Obsession... Confessions of a serial starter
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Name: Dede

Location: Georgetown, DE

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(My Picture Gallery - also a Work in Progress!)

  1. Alpine Seasons Garden
  2. American Sampler
  3. And They Sinned
  4. Angel of Frost
  5. Angel of Healing
  6. Antares
  7. Babysitting
  8. Ballet Pigs
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. Beauty and the Beasts
  11. Blue Rose Sampler
  12. Bubble Flower
  13. Calling the Crows
  14. Celestial Dragon
  15. Chloris
  16. A Confabulation of Dragons
  17. Curl Up with a Good Book
  18. Days of Advent Sampler
  19. Desert Rose
  20. Dragon Fae 1
  21. Dragon Skies
  22. The Dreamer
  23. Dutch Beauty
  24. Egyptian Garden
  25. Emblem of Love
  26. Emily Lucille
  27. Fairy Dreams
  28. Fairy Moon
  29. Florabundance
  30. Flower Power
  31. Heaven Above
  32. Hope
  33. Houses of Hawk Run Hollow
  34. Jane Longstreth
  35. Jewel of the Sea
  36. Luna, Sol and Stella
  37. Martyrs
  38. Mistress Winter and Jack Frost
  39. Mouline Rouge
  40. Noah's Sub
  41. Peace
  42. Peacock Garden
  43. The Pheonix
  44. Pheonix 1
  45. Pirate and Mermaid
  46. Polar Lights
  47. Princess Asleep
  48. Rae QS
  49. Red Witch
  50. Rose
  51. A Rose Among Thorns
  52. Rose Fae
  53. Salamander
  54. Sea of Roses
  55. Song of the Dead
  56. Soul Mates
  57. Spanish Geometric Sampler
  58. Storykeeper
  59. Taj Mahal
  60. The Tower at Stony Wood
  61. Tree of Life with Dragon
  62. True Colors
  63. Watergarden
  64. Woodland Faerie

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Recent Posts

And now it's becoming a trend
On a Roll... Another Finish!!
Tower of Stony Wood - FINISHED!!!
Quick Update
This was a surprise
Losing my stitching mojo again?
Trying something new for the new year
And back to my darling
And what have I been up to?
Progress with new rotation


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Sunday, October 28, 2007
Finally a picture!
I really didn't want to stop working on this one, seeing the details in the black and white image develop is fascinating. So I worked on her twice as long as I was "supposed" to. She is 21% complete now.

Heaven and Earth Designs
Original artwork by Selena Fenech
Full cross, one over one on 25 count Rumbles of Thunder lugana by Pol Stitches

Next up is The Tower at Stony Wood.

Thursday, October 25, 2007
And some good news I neglected to report
Child Support Enforcement tracked down the ex and a wage attachment was ordered two weeks ago. So I should start receiving that again pretty soon. I wonder, though. What does an employer think when they get a wage attachment showing a person owes the equivalent of two years back child support? Probably they don't even pay attention, but it certainly would make me wonder about the reliability of the person I just hired.

Verizon strikes again
OMG! Am I insane? Why did I switch my TV to Verizon? Well, because it would be cheaper. HA! I got my bill today and they are charging me $19 more than they are supposed to. PLUS they charged me $9.99 activation on the broadband that I already had. Payable in installments, so who knows how much they are going to sock me for over the upcoming bills. The activation fee is in addition to the $69 early termination fee they also charged me when I bundled the broadband. Which they took out of my checking account and didn't bother to put back. Supposedly they are giving me a credit for that on my next bill. Plus $10 off for the next 6 months for my aggravation. We'll see.

Now I have to call them again, endure their terrible automated answering system, and be transferred to at least three people before I end up with someone who can actually help me. GAH!! What I want to know is, how many people don't check their phone bills and so are totally not being charged what they contracted for. I tell you what, since I'm now stuck with them for two years I'm going to make sure I get my $27/month discount! GAH!! Again!

I was rather disappointed with the results of my Ebay auctions. My own fault for listing the items so low to start. Which has always worked out fine in the past. It's been awhile since I've Ebayed, though, and I guess I should have thought about the economy. Not so many people buying cross stitch charts when they can't afford to buy food! Ah, well. Some people got some very good deals and so I'm trying to be happy for them! Besides I believe I raised enough for the camera, so it's all good.

And when I get the camera I will post a picture of Memorial Sampler, which I finished last weekend. Hooray! A finish for 2007! I'm now working on Selena Fenech's Victory. She is so much fun too stitch!

Monday, October 15, 2007
Just need to vent a bit
I am so annoyed and feeling a bit beaten once again. I need a propane fill up, so I called my gas company. I've had to pay in advance for the last three years (thanks to you know who demolishing my credit) and finally got put on a budget plan this year. I've gotten two statements, both of which said I didn't have to pay anything. So the first one I didn't, but I sent a payment in on the second because I knew I needed gas and I wanted to make sure I had enough money on account. Now I find out from my gas company that the statements said I didn't owe anything because of the credit and their billing system sees that and thinks I don't -- but I am in fact 3 months behind on the budget. So, I have to send in another $135 by the end of October to stay on the budget and then $270 in November. Which I could probably manage. But she then told me I'd still have to call them when I needed a fill up! The whole point of the budget was so I could get automatic deliveries (I thought) and wouldn't have to monitor my usage (which I'm not always diligent about which resulted in running out of gas last year). But now I think why bother? I could come up with $405 by the end of November or just pay $400 in December when I need the next deliver. I don't know why this bothers me so much, but it does.

And my f!!!!!! cat peed on the floor AGAIN. I hate to do it, but I'm psyching myself up to take her to the SPCA. I know they'll euthanize her, but I'm so tired of her NEVER using the litter box. I even took over litter box duties, so I know the box is clean, and spent over $30 on "cat-attract" litter. I'm going to try one more litter box and if she won't use it then I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get rid of her. Oh, and, this is a behavioral thing, not physical.

Saturday, October 13, 2007
Help me get a new camera!
I've taken a good, hard look at my stash and have weeded it out a bit. I've put the items I can bare to part with up for auction on Ebay and I'll use the proceeds to help defray the cost of the new camera I so desperately need -- okay, well, want anyway. I'm selling all my Jobelan and some various other fabric. I'm also selling off a bunch of HAEDs -- which is really a drop in the bucket compared to how many I own. How did I accumulate so many! I'll be listing more charts tomorrow.

For those of you who use Firefox, I found a nifty extension that is helping me keep up with blog reading. It's called Update Scanner and it scans websites for changes. I've set all the blogs I follow to scan manually and when I'm ready to read them I just open up the scanner, click scan, then click to open all pages with changes in new tabs. Works like a charm!

Friday, October 12, 2007
When the kids are gone, the mom goes to bed!
A rare occurance -- all three of my children are out of the house for the evening. And what do I do? Go to bed early! I'm so old (and tired!).

I've finished the verse on the Memorial Sampler, which puts me at about 70% completed. I've also started charting the personal information. I hope it all fits -- I plan to personalize it "Beloved husband of Xxxx and father to Xxx, Xxxx, and Xxxx". A bit more wordage than the original, but the names are shorter. Keep your fingers crossed that it fits! I hope to have this finished in a week -- I can't believe I stuck with one thing until it was finished! Well, not counting the night I did the lady bug experiment.

I think I've worked out a new rotation. I tried really hard to limit the number of active projects, but in the end I just couldn't do it and could only narrow it down to 21. I also plan to do something radical and restart anything with less than 10,000 stitches in on Monaco. I'll lose what time I've invested so far, but I'll save months in the long run. This is provided that using tent stitches works out okay.

And on that note, I'm off to bed.

Monday, October 08, 2007
Two steps forward... one step back
I just found out that my ex has once again quit his job. Fortunate that after this week I no longer need child support! I just had hoped I might be able to save something, but I have come to expect NOT to expect too much and to just be happy that I'm still one step further along than I was.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007
Stitcher's Dilemmas
I am suffering from WIP overload. When I'm finished with Memorial Sampler, I'm planning on starting a new rotation since my old one kind of went to pot over the summer. But I'm stuck between continuing along the same lines as before -- with all 60+ WIPs in the rotation -- or picking 12 to 15 projects and work on them exclusively. I like idea number 2 because I'd be able to see some real progress on those selected few. The down side is that most of my projects will still take years to complete and so I'd be stuck with those until finished. And I wouldn't be able to start new stuff! So I'm stuck. I still have a while to decide, but it's been keeping me up at night.

My second dilemma is what fabric to stitch Dragon Skies on. I've decided not to stitch the background and I think I've got my choices narrowed down to:

Silkweaver Chasescape, Silkweaver Starquest, Sugar Maple Eye of the Storm
Sugar Maple Forget Me Knots, Polstitches Imagination, Heaven Lee Snowy Nights

It's so hard because hand dyed fabrics never look the same as they do on the computer screen! At the moment I'm kind of leaning toward Starquest. I've seen several other pictures of the fabric and it seems pretty true to the scan on Silkweaver's site. Of course, that could change at any moment. I really like Imagination, it looks like a dawn sky to me. But I'm reluctant because I don't know if the actual fabric looks so cloud like.

Last night I did another experiment with tent stitching on Monaco. This is the ladybug from Rose. There are over 40 colors in this tiny 30 x 23 stitch section! Coverage is very good and there are no predominant slanted lines, so I think I'll be doing more projects this way. Helps with dilemma #1 since I'll be able to stitch HAEDs twice as fast.

Since I was scanning, I also did another project I worked on in September. Here is Martyr's. I originally started this Jobelan and then restarted on 28 count bone Lugana.

I also scanned my progress on Memorial Sampler. However, I was not able to get the two halves of the scan to line up correctly. But I did crop a portion. I just love this parrot. He's so cute! And now I think it's time to put him back on the scrolls and get cracking.

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