Sunday, August 18, 2013

Summer Faerie HD

I finished Summer Faerie by Teresa Wentzler a few months ago. This is the fourth and final faerie in the series. I'm considering sending these four to Jill Rensel for framing. I'm sure she'd do a good job with them, and I could get them done early as a Christmas present to myself (Matt likes these easy decisions).

I'm working on Santa's Village by Country Cottage Needleworks at the moment. I changed the piece to be three across instead of four across, and now that the pieces in the series have been revealed, I'm not sure I like the arrangement. This will teach me not to work on a "mystery" set again. I never have good luck with them.

I also have various WIPs I should be working on, but a new TW is more appealing. Hm...

World of Warcraft

To answer Zeb, I'm playing on the Antonidas server and going the peaceful druid route -- no kills. I've done raiding, and I realized that I hated it. Go through a rote set of instructions with no deviation from the program and lots of stress -- what's fun in that? I'm just playing alone and talking to guild members and going the no-stress route. Much more fun.

Web Authoring

I use FrontPage as a WYSIWYG editor, so if anyone can recommend an easy and cheap HTML authoring tool, please let me know. FrontPage is acting up again.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Thanksgiving exchange pieces

Zeb called me out, and yes, I haven't been keeping up with my blog. :) FrontPage has been giving me fits, so I haven't updated my website, which means I haven't updated my blog. And it's been since April! Eek! Also, I don't see as many cross stitching posts as I used to, so I'm not the only delinquent blogger. I get the feeling our stitching community isn't as active any more. Or is it just me?

So let me do some catch-up. Here is a piece I did for a Thanksgiving exchange back in October. It's called Thanksgiving Comes Again by the Prairie Schooler. That's 40-count linen, by the way.

I also stitched an Autumn Mini by Waxing Moon Designs as an angel stitcher. Honestly, I don't know why people sign up for an exchange if they're not going to stitch. That's the most fun part!

I also finished Teresa Wentzler's Summer Faerie. Pictures soon.

Geocaching and Other Hobbies

So what other hobbies have been keeping me busy? A friend got me into geocaching, which is kind of like a treasure hunt without the treasure. I'm a compulsive collector by nature, so I figured I'd get hooked. I did.

I've also been reading a lot, and I started playing World of Warcraft again. I joined a guild that levels without killing anything -- right up my alley! You have to be patient and enjoy tedium -- that's me! I've also been working on the yard. My husband has been replacing the fence, and I've been working on the flower beds (of which there are many). This was a lot more work than I thought -- a lot. This bed should look better come spring when the lantana and irises go crazy.

I also did my first beading project and bought a felting kit. We'll see how those turn out.