Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What's better than stash in the mail?

The answer is easy -- stash in the mail with extra surprise stash inside!!

I ordered some threads from Carrie's Creations a month ago for one of my UCJC projects (Cirque des Carreaux by Ink Circles). Of course I couldn't just order the 5 skeins of silk in Epiphany. (Though they are gorgeous!)

I had to add to my silk collection , so I ordered 2 skeins of Fantasm, and a skein each of Foxfire and Tiger Eye. I also ordered a skein of Hearts on Fire (even though it only comes in cotton and not silk).

I was beginning to wonder where my order was, it hadn't ever taken this long to get my threads before. I'm not sure what the delay was, and I'm not even sure that's why the extra special surprise was in my parcel, but I was OVER THE MOON excited when I realized that Carrie had included 4 limited edition skeins of silk floss. *DROOL*

My big dilemma now is that I need to revisit all of my floss decisions for my UCJC projects, because I just have to use some of this beautiful silk. Did I mention that I am addicted to stitching with silk? Seriously -- I would stitch everything in silk if I could afford it!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Couple of Firsts

Today I am trying something new -- I'm entering a card in a blog challenge. Eek!

I saw the current challenge over at Young Crafters Unite, which is to incorporate die cuts into your card design, and I immediately had a card idea pop into my head, so I started creating!

This is what I created:

I'm kind of nervous about entering my card -- I'm still rather new at this whole cardmaking thing and I still have tons of tricks and techniques to learn. Gotta start somewhere though eh?

My other first ... I won my first ever blog giveaway!! Kari over at KWCardDesigns picked me at random and I won a most generous prize ... a $30 gift card to Simon Says Stamp. I've been browsing and drooling over that store for a while, and this was just the push I needed to go shopping. Of course I spent more than the $30, but the gift card certainly helped. Thanks Kari!!

My new stash:

I decided I should try something new, so I picked up some Perfect Pearls, some Versamark Watermark ink, and 2 beautiful new Hero Arts stamp sets - Asian Frames & Anytime Messages.

Now I just have to find time to play with it all!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Terra Update

So I've been sluggishly stitching away on QS Terra, trying to finish my one-page goal. To be honest, I hate stitching her. I don't know what it is, but I hate it. So I am going to give up trying to finish the first page (which has taken me ALL year) and I'm going to put her away indefinitely.

I managed to finish 7251 stitches (92.5% of the page or almost 21% of the whole piece).

Friday, November 25, 2011

Time for a Change

Allow me to direct your attention to the top of the screen -- do you see it? That's right, I changed the name of my blog.

To be honest, I've never really liked the original name of my blog, but at the time it was the best I could come up with. I hadn't really begun to immerse myself in blogland and never expected that anyone would read my blog but me. It was just a place to keep progress pics of my cross stitching.

But now -- I'm an avid blog reader of all things cross stitching and papercrafting, and I'm beginning to explore the world of hooking. (I love how naughty that sounds!) I'm at the point where I feel like I need to solidify my online persona a little more. I've been using the name Trylla online for more than 10 years, (on forums and when gaming) and I'm just as comfortable identifying with that name as my real one. Actually, I think that online I feel MORE comfortable being known as Trylla. And so, I changed the blog name to reflect that.

I hope you continue to enjoy my blog. Thank you for reading and sharing in my creative pursuits.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Insomnia = Organization?

So I can't sleep right now, which sucks. I figure I may as well do something semi-productive.

Normally I organize my floss collection by winding them on bobbins and putting them in bobbin boxes. I have a bobbin box for each of my large projects (HSH, DQ, and Terra) plus one for floss not currently in use on a project. That's four big bobbin boxes!

The problem with this is that there is often a lot of colours that I need in multiple projects. I don't want multiple bobbins of the same colour, so I end up moving bobbins around a lot. I find it very irksome to need a colour, realize it's in a different project box, then have to go find the boxes and figure out which one it's in. So much stitchy time wasted!

I've been flipping between projects a little more often lately, so it's becoming more of a problem. Then I started thinking about UCJC (Ultimate Crazy January Challenge), where I'll have more projects then I have bobbin boxes, and my dilemma became more pressing. Once January is over, I'll have (um math in my head ... 31 + 4) 35 projects on the go! That'll be 13 projects that are strictly using DMC floss.

I needed a new system.

So, I reorganized all of my DMC into number order, which filled 2 and a bit bobbin boxes. It's a little cumbersome to have all the boxes beside me when I stitch, but at least I don't have to get up and search for bobbins anymore.

I need to do a little DMC shopping before January (I need 55 new floss colours), and that means the 3rd box will be almost full as well.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A smidgeon of stitching for IHSW

This weekend was IHSW (International Hermit & Stitch Weekend), but I only got a smidgeon of stitching done (hence the post title).

Even though I was up to my eyeballs in schoolwork, I was bound and determined to pull out my Tree of Stitches and make a little progress. I managed to get part 3 (the dreaded French knots) and part 4 (the eyelet stitch) finished.

I was going to try making colonial knots, but really, I don't see the difference between them and French knots. I know there's a difference in the way you wrap the thread around the needle, but the result looks identical to me. Since a good friend taught me how to do French knots properly last year, I have no fear of them and that part went quite smoothly (although I do find them tedious to do).


The eyelet stitch, on the other hand, is so fun!! O-M-G!! They take a while to do, but I love them!! I love the way they stitch up and the way they look. Fun, fun, fun! They are the first stitches I've ever done that pulled the threads and manipulated the fabric. It was very cool to do. Did I mention I love them?

Sadly TOS is going away again for a while. Fingers crossed I get a chance to get a little more done in December, otherwise I won't be touching it again till at least February or March because of the Ultimate Crazy January Challenge (UCJC). Click here for details.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

First Crochet Project - Finished!

I joined a CAL (crochet-a-long) back in September hosted by Maybe Matilda. Her aim was to help people learn how to crochet. Her instructions were easy to follow and made the entire craft more approachable. I didn't end up making the project that was intended for the CAL (I don't wear cowls), but I did join in by making a bobble scarf from a pattern I cobbled together from pictures of a Bobble Baby Blanket from Maybe Matilda and a tutorial from Tales from Cuckoo Land.

Today I finally finished all 56 inches of it!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A DQ Milestone

I've been working pretty steadily on Drama Queen for the last little while, and this morning I hit a milestone -- 20,000 stitches done (or 25.89%).

The stitch count:

This coming weekend is an IHSW (International Hermit and Stitch Weekend) and I think I might just pull out my Tree of Stitches and finally work on part 3 (the dreaded French Knots).

Also -- I need to give a huge shout-out THANK YOU to Rachael of TimRachael's Blog for being so incredibly generous! She had a giveaway last week, and I won! So in my email yesterday, I received a chart from HAED. It's gorgeous!! It'll be yet another present for my mom ... eventually. I'm not sure when I'll have time to sneak it into my rotation. (Perhaps CJC 2012 will have to expand to 16 days!) It's QS Blue Butterfly by Ching-Chou Kuik.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Waiting Game

So, long-time readers might remember that I often read and participate on a forum called crossstitchforum.com. They have an annual exchange called Stashmas. It's on December 1st, and it's just a celebration of all things stitchy. This is my second year participating and it's so much fun to have a package full of goodies arrive on your doorstep!

I sent out my package more than a week ago (pictures to come in a later post) and today I received mine! Yay! And you should see the package it came in ...

Though the sender gave me very strict instructions:

And so the wait begins.