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SBQ: Needlework tools

The stitch­ing blog­gers ques­tion of the week is

Do you have a favorite needle­work tool that you like to work with? What is it and why do you like using it?

I use very few tools in stitch­ing. There are many that I’ve tried or con­sid­ered, but only one thing oth­er nee­dles and scis­sors has stuck: My Favorite DoLol­ly.

I notice that Boo Boo sticks are avail­able again, though. Those I’d like to try.

Stitching, gaming and everything else

There are times when hav­ing so many inter­ests is, well, of ques­tion­able val­ue. (Not that I’m about to give any of them up.)

When I’m stitch­ing I feel guilty because I haven’t done a pod­cast in a while. Sam is hav­ing a fit with some sort of weird noise just appear­ing in the record­ings, though, and I don’t have the patience he has for re-record­ing over and over again to get a full pod­cast done accept­ably.

So I stitch, but I should also be doing some web work or blog­ging, or house work. And I know I must owe some­one cor­re­spon­dence. At least most of those peo­ple know why I’m tak­ing a bit of a break.

Peaceful Sea from Amaryllis ArtworksLuck­i­ly, gam­ing and stitch­ing go well togeth­er, although some­how, very lit­tle work gets done dur­ing the very intense ses­sions.

Then there are the cats. Shel­ley has decid­ed that she doesn’t care what her past train­ing has been. She wants to be held when she wants to be held, and at 17 years old, she takes prece­dence over any WIP. The kit­ten is still learning—no, I’m still try­ing vain­ly to teach the kit­ten not to chase my thread. It’s up to me to always remem­ber to put WIPs away so that he can’t nest on them.

At least it’s a full life, rather than an emp­ty one.

SBQ: Embroidery scissors




Embroi­dery Scis­sors

Orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by tech­nomom.

This week’s Stitch­ing Blog­gers Ques­tion is

Many of us have a few pairs of embroi­dery scis­sors and some even have a “col­lec­tion”. How many pairs of scis­sors do you have? Feel free to share a pho­to of your favorite pair or pairs with us!

I just have the one pair, but that pair is sacred! No one dares to use them for any­thing but the snip­ping of threads.

It is actu­al­ly the lat­est in a suc­ces­sion of iden­ti­cal scis­sors that have served me well for many years. I pre­fer sim­ple scis­sors that func­tion well to dec­o­ra­tive ones.

What I’m miss­ing right now are good fab­ric scis­sors, as mine were used by an ex to cut PAPER. (That per­son fits much bet­ter in a size X.)

The piece is my favorite cur­rent WIP, Drag­on Dreams’ “Fairy Tale Sam­pler.”

Kyoshi and Shelley

Kyoshi and Shelley

Yes, the kit­ten has a name of his own! And he has accom­plished much, as evi­denced by this pho­to­graph. Many a cat has attempt­ed to snug­gle with Shel­ley over the past 16 years since her last play­mate died, but very few have suc­ceed­ed. She has even groomed him a bit!

Gratuitous kid pic

Not a great scan, and I can’t find the orig­i­nal, but it is one of my favorite pho­tos of her at that age.

Katie playing dress-up

Now run off to get your own free Zooomr pro accounts, folks!

SBQ: Framing and glass

This week’s SBQ:

When you get a project pro­fes­sion­al­ly framed do you get glass insert­ed into the frame? Why or why not?

smoke damaged cross-stitchI’ve post­ed some notes from an attempt to save one piece that was not framed with glass. I was a teen, in high school, and didn’t see a need for glass at the time.

smoke damaged cross-stitchMy father smokes, and that piece isn’t ever going to real­ly come clean after 25 years of hang­ing in his den. I was suprised that I man­aged as well as I did.

smoke damaged cross-stitchSo now, yes, I get glass every time. While I don’t smoke and won’t (can’t, even if I want­ed to, due to aller­gies and asth­ma) live with any­one who does, I find it impor­tant to pro­tect the pieces. You can’t always pre­dict where one will end up, and after I’ve put so much love into some­thing, it’s worth a few more dol­lars to add the glass.

My heart has been stolen!

By a dark, blue-eyed stranger who walked up to me last night. He looked into my eyes and I was gone!

Ninja Kitty

We think he’s about 8 weeks old. He’s very skit­tish right now, pre­fer­ring to stay out of sight and away from Shel­ley unless there’s crack wet food in ques­tion.

Shel­ley is NOT amused.

SBQ: Stitching habits?

This week’s Stitch­ing Blog­gers Ques­tion is:

Since you start­ed blog­ging, have you noticed any dif­fer­ence in your stitch­ing habits? Tell us about them.

Blog­ging hasn’t real­ly changed my stitch­ing habits, but I haven’t got­ten to know a great many oth­er stitch­ing blog­gers — yet 🙂

When that hap­pens, though, I expect that it may have the same effect that sub­scrib­ing to rec.crafts.textiles.needlework did back in 1995. I dis­cov­ered Q-Snaps and Ott Lites and new tech­niques and fibers and fab­rics! And there were design­ers who actu­al­ly par­tic­i­pat­ed in the news­group!

I’d been stitch­ing for over a decade then, but r.c.t.n. sparked a peri­od of growth and renew­al that has con­tin­ued to this day. I’m excit­ed about the new inspi­ra­tion I’m sure I’ll find from read­ing the blogs of oth­er stitch­ers!

TEDTalks

You actu­al­ly want to go watch Hans Rosling talk. You’ll need your sound on. If you ever need to give a pre­sen­ta­tion of any kind at work, it should count as “how to do it” train­ing. Even if you don’t, go watch. You’ll enjoy it, and this is good stuff to know.

The Challenge and a challenge/invitation

A few days ago I referred to the Change Your Life Chal­lenge, but I didn’t real­ly explain much, as I was in a bit of a rush at the time. I’ve been so excit­ed about it, too, that some part of me thinks that of course every­body knows what it is!

Not so, sil­ly Cyn.

So let me back up, and explain a lit­tle more about WHY I want to do it, and why I’d think any of you would have any rea­son to plunk down mon­ey to do it, too.

Every morn­ing, no mat­ter what else my email brings, I know there’ll be an uplift­ing mes­sage from Brook Noel. I’m hon­est­ly not a big fan of most gener­ic affir­ma­tions or inspi­ra­tional newslet­ters, but some­how Brook’s dai­ly Good Morn­ings don’t annoy me. They avoid glurge, and I fre­quent­ly add her quotes and affir­ma­tions to my Pop­Up Wis­dom file.

I first “met” Brooke through her book, The Change Your Life Chal­lenge, which I found at a local book­store a few months ago. I learned that the book is actu­al­ly based on a suc­cess­ful online pro­gram, looked it up, and was intrigued. It promis­es to teach:

  • A step-by-step sys­tem for con­quer­ing clut­ter and keep­ing your home clean
  • How to recre­ate the din­ner hour and man­age meal­times
  • How to make time work for you —instead of against you
  • How to dis­cov­er and live by your core val­ues and beliefs
  • How to imple­ment the sim­plest “diet” in the world
  • The “key” to nev­er for­get­ting any­thing
  • How to improve your rela­tion­ships with the “5-Minute Mir­a­cle”
  • How to end pro­cras­ti­na­tion
  • How to imple­ment a bud­get and man­age your mon­ey
  • And much more!

I was wor­ried because of the “70 day” part, though. What busi­ness did I have sign­ing myself up for yet anoth­er cal­en­dar-bound thing that I’d end up hav­ing trou­ble with?

Well, I list­ed to Brooke’s pod­cast last Mon­day, and she hap­pened to say that if she could go back and change any­thing, she would reti­tle the pro­gram as “A 70 STEP Life Makeover Pro­gram” and toss out the idea of tying it to the cal­en­dar. For­ward motion is impor­tant, but mak­ing it fit your life is more impor­tant.

So yes, the Chal­lenge is very much doable for any­one, includ­ing those of us who have chron­ic ill­ness­es. It’ll be even more so in a small group of women who under­stand each other’s issues.

So here’s my chal­lenge: I’m going to begin the 70 Step Chal­lenge on July 15. I’ve set up a pri­vate group for any­one who joins up to do it with me. You’ll have all the nor­mal (exten­sive!) sup­port of the orga­ni­za­tion — there are thou­sands of peo­ple on her lists! — as well as a chance to build friend­ships with­in a small­er group of peo­ple in my group. We’ll do some chats, set up “bud­dies,” and use oth­er tech­niques to help each oth­er suc­ceed. We won’t get tied up in rush­ing through the chal­lenge as much as in work­ing it with a sense of bal­ance.

Won’t you join me? I’d love to get to know you bet­ter, and it’s always good to have more friends and a bet­ter sup­port net­work.

I’m tak­ing the Challenge.….are you?
Take the Change Your Life Chal­lenge:
A  70 Day Life Makeover Pro­gram for Women


If you join through this link, I’ll be informed and will invite you to the pri­vate sup­port group with­in 24 hours. I do hope to hear from you soon!