I’m Back!…Sorta

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Can’t believe it’s been nearly two years since my last post! I’m not even really sure what to type in this post, lol. I was a bit unmotivated to cross-stitch til just recently. Won’t be going into details unless enough of you are interested :P.

I’ve only just worked on stitches with combined colors and working on these stitches have helped build momentum to continue working on this project.

It’s also been taking some getting used to adding stitches in between all the stitches that require six strands. Those stitches with the six strands are particularly thick and a bit difficult to work around if I have to fill in the spaces surrounding them.

I’m hoping to start posting somewhat regularly again! It’s certainly been a while.

…and a shameless plug, if anyone’s interested in following me to see what I’ve been up to, my Instagram tag is @michhuang38.

Half Cross-stitches: Done

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Small update: I have finished the background to the Bears project not too long ago. I used the sewing method mainly and I’ve got to say the stitches don’t look that noticeably different than the ones stitched without using method (just if they aren’t looked at too closely, haha).

I did miscount some of the stitches in the ground area with the long rows of different shades of brown. Slight mistake that’s probably unnoticeable, but a mistake nontheless.

Now to the backstitches. I already started today and I’m already dreading them..

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I’ve been a bit tied up with renovations at my boyfriend’s new place. There will be a hobby/cross-stitching room for me :). Before he got the place, the room used to look like this:

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The place used to be a 3 bedroom and 2 bath, and then the previous owner tore down one of the bedrooms and made an open area to make it a 2 bedroom and 2 bath. My boyfriend put in the recessed lighting and I have yet to get a pic to reflect the painting to the walls that we’ve done. (EDIT: Meant to add that we’ve been taking out the popcorn on the ceiling and the open den was no exception.)

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As for the cross-stitching, the blanket took a while to finish up. While I cross-stitch, I like to watch a tv show or listen to music/podcast. I’ve been watching Danny Phantom and listening to Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. Do you guys watch or listen to something while cross-stitching like I do? If so, what have you been watching or listening to?

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Taco and Burrito <3

Hey guys,

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I’ve been taking a small break from the Teddy Bear Gathering project (am I done yet?!) and picked up on the “Burrito” cross-stitch I hadn’t worked on in ages. I’ve completed both the taco and burrito. This portion has a bit of meaning to me because my boyfriend calls me taco while I call him burrito because of this poem.

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I like how little stitching I have to do. The burrito was a bit of a toughie since I had to find seven different shades of brown from previous projects I’ve completed or from random bits of floss I had laying around.

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Small update here:

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This was the progress from a week and a half ago. I’ve been using the sewing method here and there and although the stitching has been faster, the stitches don’t lay as flat against the aida cloth as the regular stitching does.

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The difference (between the center and the area a little above it) pictured in the center with the black/green stitches is somewhat noticeable and has convinced me to not use this method (despite how it cuts down on time) in my next cross stitch project.

Life and Teddy Bear Gathering Update

Here are a few pictures (creds go to my boyfriend) from December 2017. There were six of us who traveled to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. I feel like this blog is slowly turning into a travel blog haha.

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I guess I didn’t factor in time and rest because I got myself sent to the hospital twice since coming back from the Asia trip. I’ve had to take a medical leave from work and had to take a mental break from things. The hospital provided a lot of resources for me while I’m recovering and I’ve had a lot of time to work and improve on myself. I’m finally going back to work on an as-needed basis thankfully, and will be interviewing at another place early next week. Throughout this whole experience, my mood has improved drastically and am super touched by the support my loved ones have shown me.

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As for my cross-stitching progress, got the basket and most of the chair completed. The black half cross-stitches kinda remind me of someone drawing diagonal lines with a Sharpie.

This blog is close to having 100 followers and I think I’ve come up with a small giveaway to celebrate :D. Stay tuned!

Bears x 3, Another Finish, and Q&A

Hi guys,

Be right back with life updates while I post a belated Q&A from a Mystery Blogger Nomination. Thanks ivyjade234! 🙂

Rules: 

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog, 

2. Tell your readers three things about yourself, 

3. Nominate people, notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs, 

4. Ask your nominees five questions of your choice and share a link or links to your favourite posts.

Answering Questions:

  • What is your favorite thing in the world to do? I’d say my favorite thing to do is to cross-stitch even though it’s such a cliched answer for this blog, haha
  • If you could go anywhere in the world right now, right this second where would you go? I’d like to go to Iceland :(. Had to cancel the trip with my boyfriend for mental reasons. I’d like to think that we can go anytime in the future.
  • If you could buy anything right now, doesn’t matter how much, what would you buy. Remember only one thing? A new car, maybe a Honda Accord, (I love my boyfriend’s one even though it’d be a waste to get the same car!) or a Nissan Altima
  • What do you think or believe is your true passion in life? Can I pick two? Acquiring knowledge and being the best version of myself that I can be!
  • When you are 75 or over what do you want to be doing? Will I even live up to that age? If so, hopefully still cross-stitching 😀

Three things about myself:

  1. I know I’m usually away from this blog and take forever to answer comments, but if anyone reads this, I might have a lot to mention in my next post. I’ve taken a mental leave and feel a little more and more comfortable to delve into my personal life.
  2. I think I tend to mention my boyfriend a lot in this blog. Even though this isn’t necessarily about me, I tried breaking up (my first time initiating a breakup) with him, but the break was short-lived and for some reason I think the break brought us closer together.
  3. Speaking of mental health, I think I’m the most happy and comfortable with myself I’ve ever been.

My Nominations:

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My questions:

  1. What is your ideal day?
  2. What activities do you do to relax?
  3. Something a little more politically driven, what is one thing you’d tell Donald Trump?
  4. Do you listen to podcasts? If so, what’s your favorite podcast or what would you recommend that I listen to? 😀
  5. What is one thing you’d tell your past and/or your future self?

As always, happy stitching! 🙂

Bears and Bears

A small update (and more unnecessary reasons for why I’ve been busy)

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I made a small New York stop in October with the boyfriend in Queens and Manhattan for more food and sightseeing adventures. Food highlights include helluva lot of Chinese food at New World Mall, Korean fried chicken, Rosa’s pizza, the Halal guys, oysters at Chelsea Market, and omggg shaved ice/bingsu!

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mmm…green tea bingsu. This pic of the shaved ice might not look the most appetizing but I swear it was sooooo good!!

Our friend came back from Japan with paper crafts that I was distracted by as well…

My bf got a pretty sick looking Charizard/Lizardon? XD paper theater that I did too and didn’t get to get a picture of, so here’s a pic from Google and a YouTube link to some random person putting it together XD because you guys know I can’t take credit for the pic!

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And as always, while binging on tv shows and YouTube videos, here’s the cross-stitch update :). I’ll be getting back to the Flowers and Lace pattern very soon!

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I’ll be posting the Q&A from a blogging award soon as well (thanks again Ivy! ^^)

Oh also, the pictures on my blog will most likely have a different quality/dimension/format or whatever starting in my next updates. Come Black Friday, I’ll probably (finally!) be getting a phone upgrade so hopefully, say bye to these potato quality photos!

Better Late Than Never

Hi ladies! This post was meant to be up much sooner, but it went to the backburner with vacations plans for Chicago and preparations for Hurricane Irma. (I know what you guys are thinking: excuses, excuses!) Might I say I loved how Chicago, particularly Logan Square, treated us? There was such a nice friendly vibe in the community and loved all the pretty flowers and delicious noms!

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Credit to my boyfriend for capturing this lovely view of Chicago downtown

 

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Back to cross-stitching, this is a follow-up (and the last 😦 ) post for the Past, Present, Forever kit. I never showed you guys how grimy the aida cloth was from the years I spent stitching the pattern. Please refer to this post about grime guards to prevent what you’ll see in the following pictures from happening!

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But say your cross stitch got to the state as mine was in. What then? OxyClean worked for me. I read accounts of people mixing a 1:1 ratio of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda which is pretty much a homemade OxyClean which works just as well. I only let the grimy, stained areas soak. I had to soak them a handful of times to get the stains completely out probably because of the gunk, oils, and dirt that had accumulated over many years. After each time, the stains would become fainter, but would do this weird thing where it’d spread to a wider area. With a little bit of ironing to get the wrinkles and creases out, voilà!

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