Sunday, October 29, 2006

Enabling, Silks and Notefish

I love to cross stitch and about a year ago I was in my LNS and they showed me the HAED charts and I had to have one.
Then I discovered the HAED Website and BB and started a major stash acquisition of charts.
Then there is alot of discussion about using silk threads so off I go to look at silk threads and think I would like a new start in silks. Decide that the conversion of a HAED is too much so look for alternatives.
Then Fudgey in her blog starts showing a Patchwork Sampler that is absolutely amazing. She passes on the information about the chart.
Then I contact Ina about the Patchwork Sampler and order that and 2 other charts.
So now I can seriously look at silks and end up with a wishlist spanning several worksheets in Excel and cannot figure out what I really want.
Then Annette from the BB shows her Notefish Wish List and I can finally get organized with all my desires and I have started this project. I love it. It is easy to use and completely visual! See the link to the right.

Friday, October 27, 2006


Who ties all the little knots at the end of skeins of silk thread (floss). I do see the purpose of some but not all.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

New Start Results

So, after the new start SAL this weekend, here is my start on Blossom Fae. She is part of a major Nadia Tate project that will eventually have either 6 or 9 fairies.

Friday, October 20, 2006

New Start SAL

The new start stitch along starts today. I am starting Blossom Fae. So this is the update on current projects. I have completed about 25% of another page of Wizard of Oz (no picture) and have completed another page of Tahliana.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

How does the mind work

I was reading Fudgey's blog and Dave's blog, then had a conversation with someone about how big a box was. It pointed out that my mind is a little flakey. I grew up during the period when Canada converted from imperial to metric measures and apparently my mind cannot decide which one to use. I think of myself in feet, inches and pounds but ask me how far away a place is and I answer in kilometers. I think of potatoes in pounds but meat in kilograms. Temperature is definitely celsius and speed km/hr.

Oh well it is just one of those things

Some Word of Wisdom

A friend forwrded some words of wisdom from Bill Gates. Although he has made millions of billions but he is also willing to put his money where his mouth is

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good,

politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Hmmm... Friday the 13th

Yesterday was Friday the 13th. I am not overly superstitious but it was certainly an odd day. Weather included bright sunshine, rain. sleet, wet snow and back to sunshine. As I sat at work there was some wind, but nothing extra-ordinary. But, as I drove up my street coming home from work, there was a massive tree down on my neighbours lawn. The good news is that it actually looked liked it was felled perfectly- in the centre of the lawn, no houses, fences or cars hit- amazing. I have to admit though that we got nothing compared to upper New York State. Buffalo which is less than 2 hours away got 60 cm (2 feet) of snow- now that is a nasty Friday the 13th!

Happy Birthday Lindsey!

Thursday, October 12, 2006


While I love the end results, detail stitching is yuk!. I am working on Tahliana and in the space of 100 stitches, there are 20 different colours. It is the bow in her hair.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Current Projects

Wizard of Oz

Mask of of Colours

Tahliana Flowerbud Fae


It's a Long Weekend

A 3 day weekend here in Canada
Lots of stitching and lots of cleaning

Even better- 2 days of no frogging

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Frogging twice in one day.....grrrr

One thing only!

I just need to vent about how much I detest frogging. Only about 20 stitches- but blaaaah!

Monday, October 02, 2006

OOPS on spelling

Ok so I can't spell- two ways not tow ways

Good Day in Multiple

It was a good day in tow ways:
There was a chat on the HAED board that was fun, entertaining and educational. Lots of people there.

Also I completed the last of my 2006 goals so the rest of the year is mine- now what to stitch. I want to wait for the SAL for a new start but that may not ahppen