Thursday, May 22, 2014

Candyfloss finish



Still dirty and wrinkled and snapped in poor light, but Candyfloss, the first of the Ink Circles Roll Your Own mandala series is finished. I am so fed up with mandalas I just signed up for the next series. Here is the link in case you are interested.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Applejacked

This picture was snapped back in February but I was too busy/tired/scatterbrained to upload it then. As you know, we in Hungary don't celebrate Halloween. If kids wanna play mass dress-up, they either have to have nerdy parents who take them to ComiCon and other events featuring cosplay, or they have to wait for the masquerade season of February. Tamara is still very much into My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She cosplayed Pinkie Pie before and this year she chose Applejack. She is rocking my chequered shirt and I sew felt apples on her jeans for a cutie mark. I think she looks great.
Are ya' all right, sugar cube?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

All the SALs in the world

I keep signing up for stitch-a-longs in the hope that one of them will bring back my stitching mojo, but no luck so far. I already told you about my Mirabilia group, the tulip sampler and the Ink Circles mandala series. This year I already signed up for a Halloween SAL by Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks, another round of Ink Circles mandalas, the Save The Stitches blackwork project, another blackwork design by Brodeuse Bressane, a band sampler and the Take A Stitch Tuesday challenge on the PinTangle blog. In the meantime I have Abi's Summer Tree SAL, three HAED charts, about six Mirabilias, three L&Ls, two Dimensions kits, two Lanartes, three DMC kits, a Thea kit and a bunch of leaflet/magazine WIPs going on. I must be nuts. I know I said I won't make a fuss as long as I'm enjoying it, but I no longer do! Now I feel crushed under the sheer number of projects and feel like I have not accomplished anything in ages. I have a minor finish but I can't find any joy in it with all the others looming above my head. I have to get organized and force myself to produce a couple of big finishes before this situation is doing my head in. No more new projects for me! Okay just one: the Mojo Sampler by Abi Gurden. Maybe its name will magick the joy of stitching back into my life.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

On the fence

After a week or so of stitching a bit whenever I can, I have made some progress on the fence and now you can see where the second little birdie is going to be. I had to force myself to do every stitch, it was so dull, colour and otherwise as well. I sort of lost my stitching mojo and I thought that if I find no joy in stitching, I should make myself do the joyless bits, like wooden poles and backstitching, the kind of tasks that normally ruin the stitching process for me. I did tire of this piece eventually, and went on other adventures, of which I will discuss in detail next week.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Boring bits

I know I told you how I was gonna work on the Lanarte kit I started a year ago, but didn't actually get around to post pictures. This was taken after a day or two after I picked it up again. Did work a bit more on the wooden fence in the background, stay with me, I will blog about it soon enough.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Stitchy spot

March 16 – Topic:  Show us your favorite places to stitch.

I don't have any. My flat is 25 square meters small. That is about 270 square feet. That includes the kitchen and bathroom, yes. Not many spots to sit around, let alone comfortably. I just sit wherever I can and make the most of it. Here, an example from about eight years ago:


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Exhausted

Tamara is not well, as soon as she gets better, another infection pops its ugly head up. I'm worried for her health, not just because of the illnesses, but also the whopping amount of medicine she has been taking recently.
To top it off, my sleeping disorder is back, so I get hardly any rest. I am trying to use the unexpected extra time productively. I'm re-reading some of the classic books that were mandatory literature in school, but being too young, I failed to understand and thus appreciate them. I'm reading Madame Bovary and next on my list is Catch 22.
I have done some stitching too. I spent two weeks under the spell of Red. It was weird but fun. I couldn't even think of another project. I still keep it nearby, but now I'm working on a Lanarte kit I started about a year ago. Nowadays I'm too tired to enjoy stitching. I make myself do it because the alternative would be sitting numb in a corner, staring in the distance and drooling quietly.