Thursday, February 16, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays Catch Up - Stitching BAPs

When it comes to BAPs, I think they are a matter of opinion...what constitutes too big? At one point, before super-sized, max color HAEDs, I had tons I thought of as BAPs, but now those projects are just routine! When it comes to my stash, I've got TONS of BAPs, and it was hard just to pick technically I'm not, but I am going to divide them into five groups.

The Disney Haunted Mansion Stretching Portraits (the Disney World versions)

One of these days, when I find the perfect cross stitch software, I'm going to chart these up and stitch them as big as I can and it's probably my ultimate cross stitch goal. I have technically charted them dozens of times, but I just haven't got them "perfect" yet, so I keep trying different software.

HAED Impossibilium
Supersized Impossibilium-2
I've had this in my stash forever, but when the super-sized version came out, I knew I needed to replace my version. This is just one of those pictures that needs to be large for detail purposes.

ZAnna Cross Stitch - World of Disney
World of Disney_000
I had already purchased this pattern from Neni Designs, but this one was bigger and more detailed (sense a pattern here?). What I didn't realize until I downloaded it is that it's 222 pages worth of bigger!

HAED Little Dreamers Tree
SS-MC-Little Dreamers Tree_0a
Don't let the title fool you, this is a SS/MC chart and it's HUGE!

HAED Aimee Stewart Bookshelves
I don't have all the bookshelves, but I have the ones I like. Problem is, I started buying them before the SS MC versions, so I've had to start to replace them with their SS/MC counterparts so that they all match. I kind of wish I could trade in the older versions for the ones I want so that they don't go to waste, but I guess that's what stash buying is all about. Here are the ones I have in both SS/MC versions:
Museum Shelf:
SS Museum Shelf MC_1
A Stitching Shelf:
SS-MC-A Stitching Shelf_0a

These I have in SS version, but I still have to replace with the SS/MC version (and not all of them have a SS/MC version yet):
Heroes and Heroines:
Supersized Heroes And Heroines_2
The Secret Garden:
Supersized The Secret Garden-1
Treasure Hunt Bookshelf:
Large Treasure Hunt Bookshelf_1
and Wine Shelf:
Supersized Wine Shelf-1
Even if I buy a house in the future and I have tons of wall space, I still seriously doubt that there will ever be enough wall space to fit these bookshelves on! Maybe I'll have to rotate them out over the mantle or something!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays Catch Up - Romantic Charts

I got a bit behind on my Top 5 Tuesdays, so I want to make it up to Kate by doing a couple of catch up posts! It's hard for a long-divorced person to be the romantic version of "romance" tends to lean in the forlorn type or the Disney Princess type (back before the whole "independent female princess" mentality...don't get me started). My stash tends to reflect this. I have a ton of Sleeping Beauty themed charts and all the Disney Dream kits (well, I haven't bought Rapunzel yet, but it's just a matter of time and money), but there are some of the forlorn nature as well.

My HAED stash is only rivaled by my Neni Design stash, so obviously, let's start with those:
Rapunzel Wonderful Night

Another Neni Design chart showcases all the legendary Disney romances, so I had to have this one as well:
Disney Heroes 1

I initially bought this chart from Neni Design, but Addict to Cross Stitch had a much bigger (and more detailed) version, so I bought it again from her:
Valentines On Disney Street_000b

It's no secret that my favorite Jane Austen is Persuasion (yep, I'll take Wentworth over Darcy any day) and, for some reason, this HAED chart by Chris Ortega, The Darkest Hour, makes me think of Anne Elliot pining over her lost Wentworth:
The Darkest Hour_1

I also have a huge thing for Hamlet's Ophelia...I related to her a lot as a young girl, so I'm always looking for Ophelia-themed stitches, and my favorite is HAED's Jasmine Becket-Griffith's Ophelia:
portrait of ophelia_1

Tomorrow, I'll do the BAP Top 5 and then I think I'll be caught up!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays - Animal Charts

I've GOT to do a Top 5 catch up post, but until then, I can at least do today's theme...Animal Charts. To be honest, I don't tend to buy animal charts, unless they are something to do with an animal in the Disney character catalog, but I still have some in my stash (although not many). I debated on a wishlist-type list of animal charts, but again, it's still along the same lines, so I might as well deal with what I already have.

Can a genetically engineered alien be considered an animal? I'm not sure, but since he "hides" as a dog, then he is in my book, so I'm going with A Neni Design - Stitch Vacation:
Stitch Vacation

I'm not a cat person (I'm very allergic), but I have always had a thing for Lucifer from Cinderella (Lucifee...zoom zoom). But once the live action Alice in Wonderland came out and Stephen Fry (whom I adore) voiced the Cheshire Cat, I've had a new-found affinity for that one too, hence yet another Neni Design:
Cheshire Cat stained glass

One Christmas, I tried to get my mother and Sister involved in stitching, so I bought them both a HAED backfired because neither one of them was interested, but I got two new items to my stash. My mother has a thing for Teddy Bears, so I thought this one would be cute - HAED Feeling Better:
feeling better_1

Obviously, any chance to stitch something Disney appeals to me, and the second I saw this pattern from Neni Designs, I had to have favorite man surrounded by my favorite animals:
Walt Disney and Heroes 2

One of the first kits I ever finished as an adult was the Design Works Mice series Kitchen Fun. It's gotten old and my ex-husband dropped the frame and broke it, cutting the fabric in such a way that I am literally going to have to do it over to be able to reframe it anyway, but I'm still pretty proud of it considering the hell that was happening in my life at the time:
I also have most of the other matching kits, one of which I've finished - Tea Time:
Christmas is Sew Special:
Christmas Is Sew Special
Sew Mice To Be Your Friend:
Sew Mice Friends
Have A Mice Day:
Have A Mice Day
And a replacement for Kitchen Fun:
Kitchen Fun
The goal is to finish them all and get them framed altogether (so they match perfectly), but who knows when or even if I'll ever get them done!

Granted, that's more than five, but I couldn't very well split up a set, right?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Stitching Update

This week was a bit easier work-wise (and yes, I'm well aware I probably just jinxed myself), so I did manage a bit more stitching. I left off here last week:
And ended here tonight:
I'm not a huge fan of the sparkle thread in her eyes, but I'm afraid that the fabric is too soft to frog it, so I'm letting it sink in a bit to see if it's worth the trouble or not.

Next week I'm going to start back on Night Wish. I know I've got to get back to Maleficent, but I'm just not ready for all the dithering just yet.

At least Bugsy FINALLY gets a haircut this week. Maybe by next weekend, the new brothers will look more like brothers!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Stitching Update

I've posted my update on Happy Haunts over at A New Stitchy Start Blog. I didn't get as far as I wanted (thanks to work), but things have to calm down eventually, right?

I picked Snow White back up again last night and she'll be my rotation piece for the next week or so. I left off on her last June:
And didn't get very far, but it's been hard to focus this weekend:

All is fabulous in pup-ville...Bugsy got a clean bill of health (well, other than the heartworm problem) and he and Bam are getting along great!

Sunday, January 29, 2017


Considering it is so close to the end of the month and I've been working on Happy Haunts, I won't have a stitchy update this week. I still have two more days to work on it before I have to post over at A New Stitchy Start Blog, so I'm going to try to take full advantage.

This has been a horrible week at work and next week won't be much better, but I do have some fabulous news to Sister and I have tickets to see Duran Duran in Dallas! I haven't even had a moment to think about it, let alone process it. It's not the farthest I've even gone to see Duran, but it is the first time I've seen them in a few years and I'm way past due.

When it comes to work, I'm just not sure what to do anymore. I've got a shrink appointment in the morning (if they don't cancel on me...again), but I don't think that's going to help. I'm not sure how much more I can handle, but I can't buy a house unless I have my job. I'm between a rock and a hard place and it's being used against me.

Bugsy is doing well (or at least I hope he is). We go back to the vet this week, so fingers crossed that his white blood count has gone down. He's adjusting well and he and Bam are doing amazing, so if we have to all live in a trailer forever, then so be it. Whatever else I have, I certainly have a furry little family that depends on me and I guess I depend on them too!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Weekly Stitching and stuff

First with the stuff...
Introducing Bugsy! He's still pretty sick...not from the heartworms but rather from the infection in his lungs caused by the dying of said worms. He's not allowed any stressful activity, which includes bathing or hair cuts and we all know how I feel about hippy Shih-Tzu's! Guess I'll just have to deal as best I can.

He's quite a bit bigger than Bam, but they had an almost immediate connection, so what could I do? So huge vet bills and hippy dogs I must deal with because I'd do pretty much anything for Bam. Bugs is about 2-3 years old and has had a pretty rough life, but not anymore! Tomorrow is his first real day with Bugs without me, so I'm still a bit worried, but I'm hoping it will go well. Knowing me, I'll probably be checking in on them numerous times throughout the day.

As far as the stitching goes...last week I left off here:
and I FINALLY finished the first page and a bit:
It's confetti hell, but I've pretty much loved every single bit of it! I'm so excited about how the fog streams are turning out!

Granted though, next week is a new one, so on to a new project. It's time to finally start Happy Haunts, my A New Stitchy Start blog post, so I'll be showing my progress on Haunts on the end of the month over there. It's kind of nice to be back to a rotation again...I missed working on some of these projects!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays-Travel Charts

When it comes to travel, I don't think it's a secret that I typically only go to one place...Disney World. Granted, I have a mile long list of all the places in the world I'd like to go but, for some strange reason, I always end up at my happy place.

I debated whether or not to make this list up with dream places or my happy place and, just by digging in my stash, I found tons of Disney park-related charts and kits, so I just figured I'd hit up my own stuff.

1) Happy Haunts by Neni Designs - I haven't officially started on this project yet (so the link will be an empty album, at least right now), it's my A New Stitchy Start Blog project for the year, but it's still my favorite Disney park-related chart I own simply because it's of my favorite ride, the Haunted Mansion.
Happy Haunts_000

2) The Disneyland Map by Neni Designs - Whether or not I'll ever get around to stitching this is another story (and the park will be completely different by the time I do anyway), but I wanted a chart to remember my Disneyland trip (at least the good parts) and this one serves me well. I never understood why they didn't do a Disney Dreams Disneyland 50th Anniversary stitch kit considering Kinkade did paint it, but since we went during the 60th Celebration year, guess it would be as outdated as my next choice.
Disneyland Map

3) Disney World's 35th Anniversary Celebration - Despite my hatred of the dark fabric and the fact that this is technically Disney World's 45th Anniversary year, I do still love the overall look of this project (if I ever get it finished). Plus, I did actually buy this in Disney World during the 35th Anniversary Celebration, so it means even more because of that. There were a couple of other celebration charts that I didn't get (those kits were VERY expensive back in the day), but I've managed to scrape several of them together throughout the years. This one might be the only one that gets finished though.

4) Everest by Love My Stitch - I love this pattern because I know exactly where in Disney World this view comes from. The rickshaws are all around the area, the rock bridge overlooks the mountain, and the only thing missing is the noise and all the guests! Animal Kingdom may not be my favorite park, but I knew this one had to be mine the second I saw it (and I doubt it will live in my stash might make an appearance in the next year or so).

5) Cinderella Castle by the Art of Disney Collection - Granted, I'm not sure that the view from the Libery Square Bridge has ever been this pretty (maybe back in the day when the Swan Boats ran), so on the realism front it isn't so great, but standing in that spot, it almost feels like you can smell the flowers, hear the birds singing, see the swans swimming, etc. It is a very awe-inspiring view and though I may never work on this kit (way too many French Knots), I'm happy to know it's in my stash. It was also another kit that was purchased in Disney World. I do wish they would make more kits...back in the day, they would literally sell out almost immediately when they were put on the floor. Nowadays, the same old Disney Dream kits hang in every Art of Disney store (although I haven't seen this one in a few years).
Dreams-Cinderella Castle
I have enough Disney-themed charts, be they park or otherwise, to last more than 10 lifetimes, but seriously, can one ever have too much Disney?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Weekly Stitching

One week I'm blazing through stitching, and the next week I barely had any time. But first, A better picture of Lilo and Stitch Otherwise:

Between work and other things, I barely managed a day's worth of stitching all week. I started on Sleepy Hollow Mural and didn't make it much further than a start...not even a fifth of a page.
It's my first time working with a q-snap and it would only fit in my worst lap stand. The stand is too short for me and I have to sit it up on my leg instead of the desired underneath. That puts it too high and I'm stretching in weird ways to reach the upper corners and it makes my arms sore, so I can't stitch for very long anyway. Until I can figure out a way to extend the leg of this monster, my stitching will be limited on it. Funny thing is, it's the most expensive stand I've ever bought. My cheapo lap stand works a thousand times better. But I'm so into Sleepy Hollow Mural right now, I'm not ready to stop, so I'm going to give it another week.

Besides, next week could possibly bring a very exciting "change" to our family and I've got some extra time off next week (if they leave me alone), so I'll have some extra stitching time. I don't want to jinx things right now, but there will hopefully be a good news post come Wednesday or Thursday!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lilo and Stitch Otherwise framed

I was a bit perturbed when I got Stitch framed. I went in with the intention of picking out a standard frame and then waiting two weeks, but instead, the dude framed it right then! They've never done that before and I wasn't prepared for the expense. I spent the entire time it took him checking my credit card balances to find one with enough space on it to cover the price. Plus, it was the bad guy and he screwed it up twice and had the gall to tell me it was because I hadn't stretched it evenly. I guess he's never stretched a cross stitch project before because they are rarely absolutely perfect (at least mine aren't). If I had the money (and it bothered me), I'd pay a professional framer hundreds of dollars to do it for me, but I'm poor, so I do it myself and crookedness is a way of life. It was pretty darn close to straight. I attest he just cut the mat crooked!
Don't worry, I did clean the fingerprints off...I just forgot before I took the picture (I'll take a better one later). It's also the first (and only) cross stitch project to have the distinction of actually hanging in my Duck Room (but only because it was the only spot with a previous print that had served its time and I had no other wall space).

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays-Top 5 TV Detectives

That's right, Top 5 Tuesdays (formerly Top 10 Tuesdays) are back! Head over to The Suddenly Kate Show Blog if you wish to participate or just read everyone else's posts.

This week's selection is Top 5 TV Detectives. Other than British Detective Dramas, I don't typically watch detective shows, so this one might be a hard one for me. It might be easier for me to list my Top 5 Detective shows.

1) Midsomer Murders - Yes, I'm old because I enjoy the heck out of this show (and always have). Granted, it's hard to believe that there are any people left in these villages after all these years of murders, betrayals, cheating, etc, but coming from a small town myself, you'd be surprised how close to home some of the storylines are. Besides, you'd also be surprised how many big-named actors got their start on Midsomer Murders...seriously, I will never get the vision of a very young (and very hot) Orlando Bloom taking a pitch fork to the chest!

2) Lucifer - My one American choice (although, since it's Tom Ellis, I don't count it as such). I enjoy watching Tom any chance I get (despite the annoying guy-liner, which he SOOO doesn't need). The show is full of humor (and Tom), intricate characters (and Tom), and pretty decent storylines (and Tom).

3) Morse/Lewis/Endeavour - I'm lumping these together because they are all kind of a related. Lewis was Morse's underling and Endeavour is Morse in his young years. I'm a bit behind on these DVDs (I need to get series 9 of Lewis and 3 of Endeavour), but I'll get there eventually. Maybe it's time for a Morse marathon!

4) Waking The Dead - Although this show is long off the air, I still whip out the DVDs and watch them upon occasion (which is why I need to replace a season, I've worn them out). Although I'm not that big a fan of Trevor Eve, the character suits him. The show is dark (which I like), deals a lot with forensics (which I also like), so it's a pretty good, all 'round good show. There were 9 series altogether and a spin-off show called The Body Farm (which tanked, but I liked it too).

5) DCI Banks - Again, show OK, Stephen Tompkinson...huge crush!! It doesn't matter how old that man gets, I think he's gets better with age (kind of like Sean Connery). Whether he plays a priest, a vet in the wilds of Africa, or a detective, I'm always riveted by his shows.

You will have noticed that Sherlock is NOT on the list...prepare yourself...I'm not that big a fan of it (neither am I of Downton Abbey). As much as I love (and prefer) British television, when a Brit show becomes popular in the States, the writing takes a left turn in order to appeal more to the American masses (or, as I like to say, becomes Americanized). This is what makes them lose their uniqueness and thus their appeal to me.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Weekly Stitching

For the first time in a very long time, I had a really good stitch week. I left off with Alice and the B's here last time:
And managed to get halfway through the row, finishing up two partial pages:
I'm really into this project now, but I'm gonna keep to my rotation schedule and swap out to another project on Monday. I have an idea which one I'm going to switch to next, but who knows what tomorrow will bring and what my mood will be.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Stash Addict

I've got my cross stitch mojo back, but my stash buying bug still hasn't gone away. I've added even more to my Neni Designs collection (and there are way to many to show), but I've found a couple of new designers I'd thought I'd show off.

First up, I know I have already bought this pattern a couple of times from numerous other designers, but I've always found that I didn't particularly care for the level of detail in what I was getting. This is one of those pieces that requires a lot of detail, so I was so happy to find that Z Anna Cross Stitch finally did it in a size big enough to show the proper amount of detail!
Villains Stained Glass

I'm most excited by another designer I just found, Addict 2 Cross Stitch. I found this one first, purely by accident:
Misleading Men_00
I was hoping there was a female version too, which I found today (the dangers of snow days...light work days which means more time to play online):
Misleading Ladies_00
As I started perusing her other stuff, I found three non Disney-related projects that called out to me (although I swear I can see touches of Disney in any of these remind you of certain princesses?).
Skull Bride_00
Pomagranate Girl_00
Night Princess_00
All of these have an almost HAED-like quality to the patterns and I'm kind of excited to try one out (although I have NO IDEA when or if). I love the Neni Designs for their simplicity (and their Disneyness), but since the new year and my return to mainly HAED life, I do have to admit that I love the bigger, more detailed patterns and it's apparently starting to affect my stash buying.