Monday, May 19, 2008

Snapperville - 100% complete

Well, I finally finished the border last night about 1 am. I am very pleased with the results. I made some changes to the threads. I changed the color for several things. I used: Old Oak tree for the swirls at the top, Gold Leaf for Schneckley, Black Coffe for Onyx, Cinnamon for Rust, Black Hills for Seaweed, Dark Chocolate for Swamp Water, Whitewash for Toasted Marshmallow, Dried Thyme for Kudzu, and Virginia Beech for Shaker White (and in the last square for Harvest Basket). I think I made some more changes because I really don't like to use WDW thread; I'm sure I found replacements for all of them in the project. I think I started this project back in October of 2007. I don't know the specific date but I do know that I had finished the 2nd square in early November and I started it after the retreat in early October (the fabric is from the retreat). I am very happy with the results and can't wait to frame it. I will post a picture when it is framed.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Blogging Meme

I found this at The Floss Box and grabbed it.

Why did you start your blog?

I was moving back to Mississippi and my friend Carole suggested that I start blogging. All of my stitching friends agreed because they wanted to see what I was stitching.

How did you come up with your blog name?
Since my stitching friends called me Clarkey, I used it to make it easy for them. (They call me Clarkey because there were two Sharons in the group.)

Do your friends and family know about your blog and if so, what do they think of it?

Yes. The whole idea behind me blogging is for my friends and family. They all like it. They enjoy seeing the projects that I complete.

How do you write posts?
Generally speaking, I finish a project or do a lot of work on it. Stop take a picture. Then go to the computer and blog. I don't pre-write the blog (which sometimes I should).

Have you ever had a troll or had someone leave unkind comments?

Nope. I have it set up that people can't leave anonymous posts.

Do you check your stats?

Yep, from time to time.

Do you care how many people read your blog?

Not really. For a time there I didn't think anyone but my family and friends read my blog. Then I got a map that tracks the number of hits. I am really surprise at how many people visit. I'm happy that they visit. But, if no one but my family and friends visited my feelings would not be hurt.

What kind of blogs/posts interest you?

Most of the blogs that I visit are ones that involve stitching or ones that discuss activities that use needle, yarn, and fabric. I like to read about the project and the people who create the blogs. Sometimes I look at the blog and realize "Hey, I like that project".

What do you like and dislike about blogging?

Mainly, I dislike that what you see in the preview version of the blog is not what you see on the actual page. I don't do anything fancy on my blog; everything is straight forward. The blogging area could be a little wider; there is so much wasted space on the sides. Also I have alot of trouble moving pictures around. I wished they would allow you to move the pictures around more like a word processor.

I like to make lists. Blogging allows me to create and post lots of lists. I also like letting my friends know what I have been stitching.

Well thanks for stopping by


Thursday, May 15, 2008

My Favorite Bracelet

I signed up for this GCC through EGA's Cyberstitchers. I thought it would be fun (which it was). I have had the foundation part of the bracelet completed for awhile. I keep freaking myself out about adding the embellishment beads. At first I was confused with all the beads but then I looked at the beads and the supply list to get them straight. Well, today the weather was very bad and I thought, I'll try the bracelet again. I started on it around 2 pm and finished it at midnight. Of course I didn't work the whole time, I had to stop to eat and watch the season finale of Supernatural and Smallville. I am proud of myself. I plan on submitting it for evaluation. This was the first GCC that I have completed (and only the second one I've attempted). Well got to get some sleep.

Thanks for stopping by


Saturday, May 10, 2008

My Crafting Wall

Well I finally did it, Target had the cubicles on sale so I got a second one. My Dad came over and attached them to the wall. Then I started sorting all of my crafting supplies. I have almost all of my stuff in the cubicles. But, as you probably know, I really need more space. But considering I live in a trailer where my home office and craft room are the same room, I don't have the room. But I'm working on getting rid of some stuff. I also started an afghan that is worked in purple heather. The pattern is "Emerald Lace". I'll try to post pictures of it later.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

May Flowers and Final Exams

I have three projects to post today. First, I have a friend who loves Scottish Terriers. I sent her a birthday gift (3 months late) but I sent it. In the package were several items but the most important thing was a Scottie scissor fob with scissors. I found the pattern in an old cross-stitch book of dogs. I heard from her and she loves it. I want to make her a Scottie dog Biscornu but the patterns I have are way too big for the Biscornu. I guess I'll have to keep looking. I'll let you know if I find one.

Second, I started the Ink Circles Mystery stitch along. (By the way, they released the second square in the pattern today). While stitching, I get bored with the yellow (but not the black?) So, I use up one cut of floss then stitch on something else in the pattern. I think I am gong to like it when it is finished. My sister, Jennifer, and I picked out the recommended colors. I used DMC because I will use alot of floss. I am using Silkweavers 28ct. Jobelan - Karma. I can't wait to finish this corner and start on the new piece.

The third and final project, I started last night. I wanted to do something simple and quick. So, I went digging through my many patterns and kits looking for a specific pattern from Lizzie Kate when I came across the May Blooms for the All Tied Up series from Pine Mountain. I thought it would be quick (which it was). So I stitched on it last night. I finished it this morning, but now I have to buy a 12 by 12 pillow form to put in it. I have several 14 by 14's but not the one I need (of course).

Today I go give the last 2 final exams. One at 6pm and the other at 8pm. I can't wait for the semester to be over. But, then I have to finish doing work on my home, write on my dissertation proposal, and look for a job (maybe). I am thinking about taking the summer off, but I don't know if I can afford to do this. We'll see. I'll let you know.

Thanks for stopping by. I have to go give the exams.