It's that time again... first of the month and two new passwords from Martina Weber! Once again, Mystery IX appears to have the smallest part, so I started with that one tonight. I managed to finish one quarter of it today, as shown to the left here. The zig zag areas on the sides of the triangle gardens, as well as between each square, will feature petite royal blue bugle beads - neat, huh? I really love this one! And, to show how it looks with the rest of the mystery so far...
Martina is having us stitch the whole top row of buildings for Medieval Town Mandala this month... it's a bit to stitch, but I think it will be better than last month - not as repetitive as those four blue corners were!! LOL
1. Finish Part 5 of Medieval Town Mandala - yes
2. Finish Part 2 of Mystery IX - yes
3. Set up my Neighborhood RR fabric, stitch my square - set up fabric, square not complete as mailing date turned out to be 3/15/06
4. Continue Mermaid Heaven SAL with Jenn - yes
5. Continue 17th Century Irish Garden - yes, a tiny bit!
6. Continue Mermaids of the Deep Blue SAL - yes
7. Continue Houses of Hawk Run Hollow if Becky, Barbara and Bea are all ready - we are now SALing... - yes
8. Continue Celtic Winter SAL (hope to finish this month) - yes, with Happy Dance!!
9. Continue Garden Spot Sampler SAL with Jo - yes
10. Icing on the cake would be to find time for: Angel of Love no, Convent's Herbal Garden no, Girl with Cat no, Little Wings no and A Christmas Spirit no!!
***I did start the Papillon Creations Mystery Sampler as my latest at work project...
1. Finish Part 6 of Medieval Town Mandala
2. Finish Part 3 of Mystery IX
3. Finish Part 2 of Papillon Creations Mystery Sampler
4. Continue Mermaids of the Deep Blue SAL
5. Continue Garden Spots Sampler SAL
6. Finish my square (Gardener's Cottage) on my Neighborhood RR and post off to Annemarie by 3/15/06
7. Start Sampler Cove's Bordeaux Sampler at work
8. Continue Houses of Hawk Run Hollow SAL
Q. What cross-stitch magazines or other publications (as opposed to
blogs) do you read on a regular basis? What do you like about them?
What do you not like? What would your perfect publication include?
A. Currently I subscribe to Just Cross Stitch (my favorite), Cross Stitch & Needlework, Cross Stitch Gold, The Gift of Stitching and Samplers & Antique Needlework Quarterly (awaiting my first issue of that one, actually). I also like to go to Barnes & Noble and check out some of the other UK magazines, like Quick & Easy, Mary Hickmott's New Stitches, The Cross Stitcher and Cross Stitch Collection. While there, I also check out Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Beading from Australia... My ideal publication would be devoid of cutesy designs - no cartoon characters or silly sayings. Mine would be filled with lovely samplers in all styles - French, German, Reproduction, Dutch. And it would feature popular designers too. Too much to hope for, apparently so!!! I feel lucky if any issue has at least one design in it that I would at least consider stitching... but often, that does not even happen!!
I love the new issue of The Gift of Stitching that came out today! Oh, and thank you to those of you who have subscribed to the magazine using the link at the top of my sidebar. Funds from your subscription will be donated directly to the National Alliance for Autism Research in a few months time... it takes a while to get the funds, but then - zip! Right off to NAAR!! I will tell you when it happens - I am so proud of you all for helping this wonderful organization!
Oh, and thank you to all of you who took time to give me some ideas on finding fabric for the Papillon Creations HUGE sampler! I was hoping to find a place that will give me a custom cut instead of buying a fat half... looks like Silkweaver does come closest.... But I suppose I could always use any left over fabric for one of the hundreds of other charts I've got lying around here, right?? Thank you, thank you!!
Oh, and another new DVD today: The Ice Harvest, which will be another fun one to watch this weekend while Mike is visiting a sick friend in NY. Well, if he goes.... he has been quite under the weather for a good two weeks now, and the doc told him today that he has acute bronchitis. Well, a few days of antibiotics and he should be quite cleared to drive out to NY... a quiet weekend for me, I am quite pleased!
Stitched on today: Mystery IX and Papillon Creations Mystery Sampler at work...(no pic today)