December 19, 2012

December IHSW Report

I've really loved writing down dates this month--12/4/12, 12/12/12, 12/19/12... What does that have to do with the price of eggs, you ask? Nothing... it just popped into my brain and the fingers went with it... yeeeeeeahh..... LOL!!!

How were your IHSW weekends? I'm looking forward to seeing your BLOG POSTS and gorgeous pics. :D

I had yet another pitiful IHSW showing. At the rate I'm going, I might as well just back virtual cookies and send them out as the IHSW host. :S I did stitch some, but it's a small, pathetic "some." So here's the new start I mentioned, but don't let it fool you as the weekend's progress was only the top part and not the entire thing.

The fabbie color is off in the picture above. Here's a truer color match, although the greens are a bit more pale and mossy than teal. My friend, Brenda, sent me this gorgeous thing, SMF Belfast "Merfolk's Mom," a couple of years ago and I finally found the perfect design for it.

Oh yes, the design... well, it's Mirabilia's Lady Alexandra reimagined. My partners in crime, Vanessa and Heidi, were instrumental with the conversion. Vanessa changed the dress and hair color and Heidi charted an asian face for me. My contribution? "Hm... I'm not sure... how about... hmm... wellll, her face looks wonky. Can you try...."

Me? Picky? Anal might be more the word you're looking for. ROFL!!!!

I'm afraid that you'll have to stick with me to see her purple dress revealed. At the rate I'm stitching, it might be a loooooong haul. What I have to show you is Heidi's drawing of her face. :D See the chopsticks in her hair? Those were hubby's idea. :D

December 14, 2012

Some IHSW Company

Before I get to the subject matter at hand, I want to say a huge THANK YOU for your support in my last post. *HUGS* They mean the world to me and once I'm done with the recital tomorrow, I'll be spending quite a bit of time in the email world. :D

Since this is our last IHSW of 2012, and we might get lonesome hermitting and stitching, I thought that the least I could do was supply some hunk pictures. ;)

As it happens, hubby and I just came back from watching The Hobbit in its high frame rate and 3D version. What an AWESOME movie!! There was so much back story and tie-ins with the Lord of the Rings trilogy that it made the nerd me in twirl around with joy. Needless to say, we'll be watching it again! But, I digress because...

...amidst the beautiful soaring music, stunning scenery, and great acting, the king of the dwarfs, Thorin, emerged--battle-honed, tough, sexy, and four feet tall! Of course this meant that I very happily sacrificed some stitching (and *choke* D3) time to hunt down more pictures of Richard Armitage, the actor that portrayed Thorin.

I would venture to say that he looks damn good both with and without facial hair. Since I like pretty boys, my preference is always the clean cut look, but damn if he doesn't look hunky-dory with some stubble too. ;) What say you?

Don't forget to wipe off the drool before you guys start stitching!! ;) HAPPY HERMITTING! :D

December 10, 2012

2012's Final IHSW

Helloooo everyone!! It's been a long while. Life has thrown a few things our way. Without going into too much detail, I find myself with some free time on my hands as I was laid off. Don't worry, everything is ok. I find this a blessing in disguise as I've been needing to take a break. So, apart from teaching, I've used the last week to just relax and basically not do anything. ;)

I'm back though, and even have a new start (more about that in a later post).

For now, it's our final IHSW of the year! Can you believe it? I think we will keep this ongoing for 2013. What do you guys think?

I won't have too much time this weekend, though. My students are having their Winter Recital this Saturday, so that day is pretty much shot. Sunday, we have to go to a Christmas party in the evening, but I'll squeeze some stitching time in. :D Oh.... and who's excited about The Hobbit??? We have tickets to go see it on Friday. :D

Let's close off 2012 with a bang, shall we? What will you be stitching? Me? Why... my new start, of course. :D

November 19, 2012

November IHSW Report

Helloooooo everyone!!! First of all, welcome to my new followers! *hugs* I hope you enjoy your stay here. Secondly, to my long-suffering followers, thanks for sticking by me through all the gaming and lack of posts. Feel free to kick my a** anytime. ;)

How was your IHSW?? I hope yours went better than mine as I only managed to stitch a few hours on Saturday. I can't wait to check out your blogs!!

(For a list of IHSW'ers please CLICK HERE.)

Friday was hubby's birthday, so we took the day off and went out for brunch and to watch the new Bond movie, Skyfall which was fantastic!!!

Saturday saw the fruition of the fourth butterfly (YAY!!) minus the backstitching (BOO!!!). LOL!

Sunday was cleaning and cooking day. Throw in some Diablo 3 at night, and it's time for the work week. Why do weekends go by so fast and work days crawl by so slowly??!

Next blog post will feature Busch Garden pictures. Till then, have a fantastic week!!!

What's that you say? Picture? What picture?

*giggle* Just kidding!!! Here is what Butterfly Lace looks like right now.

November 12, 2012

IHSW November

Helloooooooo out there!!! So sorry for the long silence (again!!). I just happened to glance over to my wall calendar and noticed that it's IHSW this weekend!!!! (Wow... I'm using a lot of exclamation points. LOL!)

I owe you guys Busch Garden pics...I have yet to upload those into a post.
I owe you guys stitching pictures...I haven't put in a single stitch for weeks.
I owe you guys kitchen backsplash and overhead lighting pictures...I haven't told you about that project.

*hangs head in shame*

I've been playing lots of D3 again...I have a new picture of monkette in her blue whore stockings, if you're interested in seeing it. LOL!!!!

They cost me a pretty penny. 4 million gold, to be exact, but because it's a set item, is not dyeable in any way, shape, or form.

Ok.... technically, it's supposed to be pants, but that's what they look like as soon as I put them on her. At least it's not a clam digger pajama bottom, which is what it looks like on the male monk. YECH!!

Onward to stitching!!! With the US Thanksgiving around the corner, I know lots of you are super busy with holiday plans. But if you can find some time for a stitch or two, why not join us? I know Anne is going to bully me into stitching some this weekend instead of playing D3. Aren't you, darlin'? ;)

What are you guys planning on stitching this IHSW? I'll still be working on Butterfly.

October 24, 2012

IHSW and Legoland, FL

(Warning: SUPREMELY picture heavy post. You might want to make a big ol' pot for this post. Hehe.)

Sorry, my dears!! I'm so late with pictures!! On Monday, I forgot to snap a pic of the little bit I stitched for IHSW on Sunday night, and then time ran away from me on Tuesday. Here we are at midweek already and I'm finally getting some time.

IHSW progress first... what little of it anyways. I discovered, after studying more of the chart, that the two smaller butterflies of each three-butterfly set are the same on all four sides. (Wow, that was a convoluted sentence, LOL!) So, the one that I'm working on right now will be exactly the same as the jewel-toned one from the last few posts. Well, minus a bit of fudging here and there. This happens when I've left a small square unstitched and being too lazy to start and stop for one single stitch, go over it with the color I happen to be using at the moment of discovery. I'm usually thinking... it's over 1 on 32ct, no one will be able to tell!! HAHAHAH!!!

I've decided that I'm going to split vacation pictures into two different posts. I think it'd be more manageable where pictures are concerned.

We left bright and early at around 7am and were greeted by a magnificent sunrise.

I'm notorious for falling asleep on long car rides, but being busy taking pictures distracted me enough this time around and I didn't sleep one itty bitty wink. ;)

This was the exit we took for the hour or so minute drive to Legoland. Couldn't have said it better myself....

I have never seen such magnificently built Legos in my life. Lego figures were found anywhere and everywhere. We spent lots of time studying the structures and looking at nooks and crannies to find hidden gems.

Each character and letter is fully made of LEGO.

See the little mouse??? :D

Can you find the little LEGO people diving off the water?

Orange groves

Miniland was a sight to behold. The details and care that went into each building in each land was mind blowing. All the trees are grass are real and it was so much fun to see what we would use for miniature plants or ground cover become giant palm trees and big bushes.


Kennedy Space Center


Little Havana

South Beach/Miami Beach

Bok Tower

St. Augustine Fort


Diving for treasure

State Capital in Tallahassee

Panama City

How cute are these?? Ground covers made to look like bushes and fruit trees!

Gators!! :D


Here Come the Brides...

Ahhh... how refreshing! Guys in thongs!! ;)


*Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate's life for me!!* This amazing exhibit came with moving and battling pirate ships.


An exact replica of the Golden Gate Bridge

Sea lions at Pier 39

Transamerica Pyramid

Lombard Street

See the upset lady waiting to be rescued? Maybe the cute firemen
can calm her down. ;)

Cat lady!!!! :D


Times Square

Empire State Building

AT&T Building (L); Helmsley Hotel (R)
If you enlarge this picture, you can actually see the hotel name.

 So many treasures in this picture alone.

Guggenheim Museum


Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Washington Monument

US Capitol

Lincoln Memorial. See Lincoln? :D

The White House...

... with the Obamas on the front porch.


Marine Corps Wars Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial)

Arlington Memorial Bridge


Legoland, Florida occupies what used to be Cypress Gardens. In buying it over, Legoland pays tribute by keeping the the Historical Botanical Garden alive and flourishing, with further plans to restore this area.

 I don't know if I'd take her to the ball. Just sayin'...

This Banyan tree is found at the end of the trail in Cypress Gardens.See how small I am in comparison?

Roots to support itself.


We spent a little under five hours in Legoland, two of which was at Miniland. The one complaint we had was that it got really hot from the lack of shade, and we were so exhausted by the heat that we left earlier than intended and bypassed a few lands.

Thanks for staying with me through this very long post. I hope the pictures were worth it. :) Stay tuned for Busch Gardens and then some.