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All good things must come to an end…

While I love lots of things about WordPress, the one thing they do not do is java-enabled posts. And since tomorrow’s giveaway is java-based, it looks like I’ve got a new blogging home over on BlogSpot!

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in General

 

30 Days of Lists, Day 1, Version 2.0: Goals For This Month

I decided I wanted to go with a paper scrapbook/journal for the 30 Days of Lists project, so I’m starting over. Here’s Day 1, including stitched accents in two of my handspun thread colorways, Balance and Grumpy Leprechaun:

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in 30 Days of Lists

 

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September 2011 Thread Club Exclusives

Hopefully all my Thread Club members have received their shipments for the month by now, so it’s time to take a look at this month’s threads.

This month features the same colorway (Joseph’s Coat) in two fiber combos: Merino/bamboo (Panda Threads) and Merino/angora (Bunny Threads). I love how different these two threads turn out.

The Panda Threads version is shiny and bright,


while the Bunny Threads version is dark and matte – it has an almost velvet finish!

Thread Club members, please share your stitched projects with us!

If you would like to join thread club, head over to the Thread Club Sign-up page, so you’ll never miss another month of exclusive threads and pre-sale discounts!

Happy Stitching!🙂

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Thread Club

 

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30 Days of Lists Day 2: I am happiest when

All this month I will be blogging my responses to the September 30 Days of Lists prompts, in an attempt to jumpstart my blogging as well as to share a little more about myself with you! Want to learn more about the project? Head over to 30 Days of Lists!

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Day 1: I am happiest when…

  1. I am able to make my own choices
  2. I get to spend fun time with David and the kitties
  3. I have enough money so that I don’t have to worry about a little splurge here and there
  4. I’m at my spinning wheel
  5. I accomplish everything on my day’s to-do list

What about you? What makes you happiest?

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in 30 Days of Lists

 

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30 Days of Lists Day 1: Goals For This Month

All this month I will be blogging my responses to the September 30 Days of Lists prompts, in an attempt to jumpstart my blogging as well as to share a little more about myself with you! Want to learn more about the project? Head over to 30 Days of Lists!

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Day 1: Goals for this month

Wow, this list could not come at a better time. I just moved last weekend, and am in such a goal-setting place at the moment!

  1. Unpack and organize my office/work room

    Not only do I use my work room for my business (inventory and raw material storage, order packaging, etc), but I am now also using it as my work office. I was lucky enough to be able to keep my Seattle job via telecommuting, but that means my desk better be super organized!

  2. Re-evaluate plan and restart my Daily Inchie project

    Originally, I had intended to keep going on the Daily Inchie throughout the move, but that was just not to be. On the day we actually moved, I was up at 4 am to pick up my Dad from the airport, and we didn’t get the truck unpacked in Vancouver until 12:30am the next morning. But more that just exhaustion, I’m actually happy that this ended up happening – I’ve not been totally happy with how the project was going, to be honest. I haven’t quite decided, but I think I’m going to bump up to twinchies (2 inches square). While it may seem counter-intuitive to start with, working with 2 sq. inchies is so much easier than 1 sq. inch! This will allow me to include Pixel People (without resorting to 40 count silk gauze!), and other charts and patterns I’ve picked up over the last while and have not been able to use due to the one inch size restriction.

  3. Create a sustainable thread spinning schedule

    This month I won’t have any new threads out (other than the two Thread Club exclusives), and since it is the beginning of the month (and the beginning of my new telecommuting schedule) I want to create a project plan for spinning that doesn’t leave me scrambling at the end of the month, and that still has space to allow for custom orders.

  4. Walk at least 5 days/nights each week

    A few weeks before we moved down to Vancouver, David and I had taken to going on nightly walks around our neighborhood – I want to continue that habit in our new place. When he’s not here, I will probably go in the daytime (you can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the fear of stabbing out of the girl!)

  5. Find one new recipe each week

    David has a lot of food allergies, so we get stuck in big ruts when it comes to dinner time. I need to make a concentrated effort to seek out new dairy, soy, gluten, sesame, egg, yeast, shellfish, spelt, and blueberry-free recipes, if not for him then for myself, since I pretty much eat the same thing he does every night.

That’s my list for today! I hope to report back on October 1st that I breezed through all of these goals, no sweat!🙂

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in 30 Days of Lists

 

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New Blissful Threads colorways added to the shop

As part of moving to my new house, and the Moving Sale in my Etsy shop, I’m going through my boxes of handspun thread and listing the ones that haven’t made it over to Etsy yet – over the last few days I’ve listed 9 new Blissful Threads colorways. Check out all the merino/silky goodness!

Check back often – there’s more where these came from!

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in August 2011, New Releases

 

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Review: Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson

Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson
96 pages, 33 projects
$14.99 list price, <$0.50 per project
5 out of 5 stars (Grab your thread and get to stitching!)

To kick off the Reviews section of the blog, I could think of no better book than Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson. As Julie says on the cover, these designs are definitely for “your surly side”, which suits me just fine! David happened to be with me when I picked this up from Borders last month, and every time I showed him a new page of the book, he asked when I had written it, and why I wasn’t sharing my residuals with him.

The book begins with a short section of cross-stitch how-tos – these are not only clear and direct, but also set the tone for the project section of the book perfectly. (I’m always a bit partial to instructions that tell me “Don’t freak out”🙂 )

The 33 projects that make up the majority of the book are what you would expect if you’ve ever toured the Subversive Cross Stitch website – fabulously snarky phrases surrounded by traditional, sampler motifs. My favorite thing about Julie’s design style is it’s flexibility. While each project is charted for Aida cloth and DMC cotton floss, converting it to your own fabric and thread is a snap! I’ve already started a project of my own from the book, converted to 30 count linen and my handspun thread:

Julie even helps with conversions by providing an alphabet chart in the back of the book (including the all-important @ # $ % & +=!! ? symbols if you need to make the more sailor-worthy statements office-friendly). I think “Cross Bitch” is going to end up with a “Fiber Whore” companion piece at some point in the future.

Overall, I think this is a fabulous addition to any craft book shelf – the projects are well charted, easy to follow, and fun to stitch. Each project takes between 2 and 8 colors, and can easily be converted to the (handspun) thread of your choice.

Have you stitched any projects from Subversive Cross Stitch? What do you think of the book? Let us know in the comment section!

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Reviews

 

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