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burrito . ducks . elegant geisha . flowers and lace . good fortune . past, present, forever . surprise/mystery gift – batman! . teddy bear gathering

*linked webpage = completed project. no link = WIP

Pause/Resume

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I’m both sad and happy to say that I’ll be starting back up with the “Past, Present, Forever” cross-stitch kit since I just finished reading “The Blinding Knife”.  I really enjoyed working on my “Flowers and Lace” kit. A little less than half of the white border is completed along with most of the backstitches for the leaves and the purple flowers.

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I accidentally discovered one day while tugging a little too hard on one of the strands that I’m supposed to tug hard on a strand to remove it from the cardboard. No more needing to clip them from the cardboard :).

Although it’s just been a month, I feel like it’s been a long while since I last updated. Haven’t stitched as much as I liked to, some reasons that are on my part: like starting another book in the middle of “The Blinding Knife” and binging on TV shows that require more of my attention (13 Reasons Why, Black Mirror WHICH I’M COMPLETELY OBSESSED WITH, and Westworld), and one that is out of my control: my dad getting surgery to his pituitary gland (He’s safe and sound now ^^) which I’ll probably go into more detail in my following post or two.

Liebster Award

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A little while back, Nat nominated me for this Liebster award. Nat posts about social anxiety, how she copes with it, and her very relatable (at least for me!) feelings that go along with it. Feeling very touched by the nomination is an understatement, so thank you Nat! It’s quite nice to know that people visit my blog and that some of you like what you read, haha.

Ahhh! As I was going through the blogs I follow to make my list of nominations, I discovered that Emz nominated me (I was going to nominate you too!). She posts super cute and pretty posts on cross-stitch projects she’s working on. Thanks Emz!

The nominations don’t end here as it seems that the goal of this award is to give recognition to, and to allow to discover other bloggers too. 🙂

Rules for Receiving this Award

  • Create a post to accept the award! Thank the person who nominated you and link back to his/her blog (it would help if you included a little information about it).
  • Display the award on your blog. You can save the image and upload it to your blog post and/or add it as a widget on your blog.
  • List 10 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-10 blogs you admire that have less than 200 followers.
  • Post your answers to the questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • List these rules in your post.
  • Ask your nominees 10 questions after tagging them in the post.

10 Facts About Me

  1. I love the color purple.
  2. I’m pretty bad with words. I wish I spent much less time trying to figure out the “right” way to express what I want to say.
  3. I think corgis, bunnies, and penguins are the cutest things ever; corgis are like potatoes with legs, bunnies have those irresistible little nose wiggles, and penguins look like they’re wearing tuxes and are often quite chubby.
  4. I had a super big K-pop obsessive phase from 2007ish to 2013.
  5. I have eczema. I even have another blog about it! I had a pretty big flareup in 2014 and the hyperpigmentation and scars it left are just now almost completely cleared up.
  6. For those who are familiar with the MBTI, I’m an INTP.
  7. I love making lists. Doing things on said lists is very different though 🙂
  8. I like to use a lot of emojis :D.
  9. I don’t understand these contradictions (maybe they’re not contradictions?) about myself. I consider myself adventurous and thrill seeking (traveling, trying new foods, roller coasters, tried skydiving, scary movies), yet I’m pretty shy and I enjoy routine.
  10. Dad jokes still make me laugh. (To be fair, I laugh at the most random shit)

Nat’s Q & A

  • What was your childhood dream, and why?

Hm, from what I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. Thinking now, props to those of you in the profession. I have no idea how I thought that I could be one because I don’t think I could handle a large group of students and keep them behaved, lol.

  • What is one thing you cannot live without?

The internet sadly, haha.

  • If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on? 

Clothes, a cellphone upgrade, a laptop upgrade. I’d leave a big sum for my father, and probably save the rest. No noble causes I’d spend the rest of it on that I can think of though. 😦

  • Name one piece of advice you might give to your younger self.

You’re more than capable of than what you believe.

  • What is one skill or lesson you learned this year?

I used to think I often didn’t make empty promises, but work has proved that sooo wrong, lol. Let’s just say nowadays, I add a disclaimer that I’ll try my best, say I can’t promise anything, or say I’ll see a couple of other patients first, when a patient asks me when I’ll be back for their care or to fulfill a request.

  • How do you celebrate your own birthday?

I don’t really celebrate. I mainly spend it as another quiet day that I look forward to just with cake :).

  • Describe one person you either know, have met or interacted with who has influenced you in a positive way. 

As cheesy as it sounds, my boyfriend has helped me become more confident and social. Because he’s more of an extrovert, his social plans “force” me out of my comfort zone. I find it funny that I thought that I needed advice from him to be more confident and for him to monitor my progress in order to improve, but I’ve come to see that my confidence has gone up just from him taking a backseat approach and him being there to always listen (to my neverending venting, lol). I appreciate it so much that he gives me a shoulder to lean on.

  • Where is your favorite place to hang out?

Clematis Street which is part of the downtown area near where I live. There’s so much to do in the area and it’s such a warm atmosphere. During select months, there’s a farmer’s market with great food and bottomless mimosas. There are nightclubs (I’m starting to get too old for those late nights D: ), and an awesome selection of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. As someone who isn’t very social, there’s something about the places on Clematis Street that I can’t describe which makes it feel so welcoming :).

  • What color makes you feel calm?

Blue

[4/27/17 EDIT (Seems like I missed copy and pasting this question when I originally posted this]:

  • Tell me about at least two things (or people) you are grateful to have in your life.

I’m grateful for my health and my life experiences. I’ve had a lot of fond memories and learned a lot of great lessons from said experiences.

Emz’s Q & A

*some repeated questions from above have been removed

  • What is your favourite type of music?

This is pretty tough. Probably downtempo/chillstep electronic music.

  • Why did you start blogging?

I wanted to write about cross-stitch advice/tips and ask people about theirs as well. It was also a way for me to keep a log and keep myself accountable for the projects and kits I work on, lol.

  • If you could be in any TV show or film what would it be and why?

Hm, this is a tough one. Maybe Ouran High School Host Club. There’s a lot of pretty boys and I’d be laughing at the hilarity that would ensue among them.

  • Where’s the most exciting place you visited?

Bremen, Germany. It was one of the first times I saw snow up close. It was what I envisioned what a winter wonderland would be like: cobblestones, freezing my ass off, beautiful shops.

  • What’s your favourite food?

Lol, what isn’t my favorite? If I could only choose one, it’d be chocolate.

  • If you could change places with anyone for the day who would it be and why?

This is a tough one. Does my family dog count? [4/27/17 EDIT (I missed the why part! I swear I might have some form of ADD)]: I’d be curious what it’d be like to live as a dog. Are their minds as excitable as their behaviors seem to show? 😀

  • What’s your dream job?

I don’t have one really, but one that would cover my living expenses and could fund my hobbies which isn’t different than what I have currently. I don’t think I could do anything I REALLY liked as a job because I might end up hating it.

  • Can you speak more than one language?

A little Cantonese, and even less Mandarin.

  • Whats the one skill you wish you could master?

How to appear confident even when I don’t know wtf I’m doing.

  • What’s your spirit animal?

A koala :). I like to sleep and eat.

My Nominations

  • Flossandfibro – Blog about fibromyalgia and coping through a variety of crafts
  • littleblackdogsa – Lots of posts of pretty cross-stitches and other crafts 🙂
  • quiltscatsandme – Cross-stitch and a lovely travel blog
  • domnakis – Gorgeous cakes 😀
  • yhandmade – Blog with beautiful floral embroidery

10 Questions For My Nominees

1. Do you prefer sweet or savory foods?
2. What can’t you leave your house without?
3. What did you enjoy most about today?
4. Are you an early riser or a night owl?
5. What’s your favorite hobby?
6. What are three foods you can’t go without?
7. What are you looking forward to?
8. What websites do you frequent?
9. Name one of your current goals.
10. What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Bears!

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They’re soo cute! I just love the color gradients and shades used in this pattern :).

I think this is the proudest I’ve been of the back of the pattern of any kit I’ve worked on yet. I’ve clipped a lot of the end tails super close to the back of the pattern. I probably will post a pic of how the back looks after the whole pattern is completed.

Since I’ve completed most of these three teddy bears, I’ll be rotating back to my “Flowers and Lace” kit for a little bit!

Past, Present, Forever Progress and Hiatus :(

Hi fellow stitchers!

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I’ve finally reached my Past, Present, Forever “checkpoint”. A good portion of the backstitching has been completed and I didn’t dread the backstitches as much as I expected to (though I did dread it for a different reason).

I don’t know if my kit’s just gotten old and the floss is deteriorating with age (oops!) or if the floss quality isn’t as good as it should be, but I’ve had many instances of my threads breaking with the backstitches! Or maybe, since I like to bring the thread to the front and to the back (or vice versa) with one major pull, or the friction caused by the Glissen Gloss blending filament thread, or a combination of everything, but overall it’s been so frustrating!

On a more positive note, I really do like the definition the backstiching has given the piece so far. I initially thought that the backstitching would make the castle look more cartoonish and give it a more “blocky” appearance, but I do like how it’s turned out. It looks more refined, haha. A lot of the backstitching was a bit hard to find in the beginning because of the subtle color changes in the castle, and post and wall. After finishing the backstitches, they have added a nice contrast to the colors :).

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This came in the mail today after me pining for several months and Amazon canceling the order because it was out of stock :). Some of you guys know the drill: I post a picture of the backside of the packaging and make the kit reveal after I start stitching haha. So…I probably won’t be buying any more kits soon because I’ve gotten all the ones I’ve eagerly wanted and my pooor wallet.

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I’ll be taking a small break from the Past, Present, Forever piece :(. Part of the reason is I’ve been fed up with the threads breaking, and more so because I’ve been neglecting a book I’d like to finish reading soon. For anyone who’s curious, it’s “The Blinding Knife” by Brent Weeks. I’m about halfway through and my goal is to finish it before I start back up with this project. I’ll still be working here and there on my other kits though :).

Until then, happy stitching and see you guys in the next post!

Faster Cross-stitching?

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The bear looks kinda creepy without the eyes stitched in, welp..

Been making lots of progress with the Past, Present, Forever and the Flowers and Lace patterns. I’ll leave it up to you guys, my readers, to take that as sarcasm or not :D. I spent the last few days stitching those two patterns more than I normally would, and I suppose in the process, I got sick of them and started a new one. The new pattern’s called Teddy Bear Gathering, and it’s another from the Dimensions Gold Collection :).

I’m in love with the railroading technique. For those whom this is the first time seeing this term, it’s a stitching technique that helps make two strands in a stitch lie parallel to each other. I don’t think I’ve ever had my stitches lie so flatly and neatly before, and I feel like it’s reduced the times the threads have gotten tangled (knock on wood!). Thank you so much, Nat, for introducing me to the term! Please check out her beautiful stitching here and here. She also writes heartful, and at times, raw posts about her personal dealings with social anxiety.

I’ve been lately hoping to stitch faster, and stumbled upon the term “the sewing method“. I’ve seen the method used before in other videos, but didn’t have a chance to place a name with it until now. I do hope to use the method soon although I probably won’t be able to with the constant color changes I have in the patterns currently. I’ll have to wait until I finish most of those sections, and get to the background since backgrounds have generally large sections of one color.

Another thing I’ve seen a lot of stitchers do in videos that I wish I mastered is poking the needle in the right place from the back of the cloth/pattern to the front without having to flip to look at the back of the cloth. For those of you who stitch like that comfortably, HOW THE HELL DO YOU DO THAT? I always have trouble pushing the needle through the right place and end up poking EVERYWHERE but the right one. It looks like stitching would go sooo much faster if I could do that properly!

Do you ladies have tips and tricks to stitch faster or any other general tricks you like to use? I’d love to hear from you! I have a few cross-stitch tips and tricks videos in my YouTube watchlist and wouldn’t mind adding more :).

26!

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I turn 26 today, guys! This is what I got myself and I’m soo tempted to open and start stitching the new pattern, but I have to finish both the Cinderella’s Castle and the flowers patterns before I get to this one :/.

The new pattern’s (I won’t reveal what it is until I start stitching >:D) finished size is about that of the “Flowers and Lace” pattern. The major difference though is that the “Flowers and Lace” has a lot of empty areas without stitches and this new pattern will not, so it’ll probably end up taking a lot more time to complete.

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Speaking of Cinderella’s Castle, all the cross-stitches are done :D. I meant to post a picture of it now, but turns out the pictures I thought I had aren’t on my phone! :(. I’ll edit this post tomorrow morning with the picture.

WHY IS THIS STILL A WIP?

Hi readers 🙂

Haha so, a year has passed since I last posted a picture update of my Past, Present, Forever WIP. Has it really been that long and has time passed that quickly? This piece has to stop being a WIP soon, but I have a big feeling two or three years might pass and this will still be a WIP, lol.

I finished the last of the DMC 501 dark blue green(?) stitches and most of the random stitches I missed (I’m getting soooo sick of these confetti stitches!). I hope next to update soon with all the cross-stitches done here, then on to the backstitches after that. 🙂 Can someone please explain why backstitches seem to be one of the most hated things for cross-stitching? And last, the embellishments and this piece will be all done :D.

Jan. 13, 2017

Butterflies and More Flowers

Be safe Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina!

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I made a lot of progress today on the Flowers and Lace WIP due to work cancellation until Monday from Hurricane Matthew. I’m hoping to get more stitching done, but I’ll be in Tampa for tomorrow and the weekend (here’s to hoping that it’ll be a safe drive!).

I’m planning my next update to be for finishing the flowers in the four corners and part of a blue border.

Batman!

A while ago (I can’t believe it’s been more than a year!) I posted about a project I was working on as a gift. And here’s the reveal:

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This was part of an anniversary present to my boyfriend and he absolutely adored it! :D. I admitted to him before he unwrapped it on Sunday that I was nervous because as I got closer and closer to finishing the design before that day, I got more and more anxious about whether he’d like it or not. His reaction of delight right after was a joy (and a great relief) to see!

Credit to Cross Stitch Chart Heaven for the Batman design. The site has a lot of designs with “silhouette art?”. I figured my boyfriend would like this Batman one because he usually likes to bring back superhero related artwork and t-shirts from anime/comic book conventions, and recently, he’s bought quite of few pieces of silhouette paper craft artwork by Will Pigg.

I guess I have to go back now add a “batman” tag to my posts previously just tagged with “surprise”. 🙂