Monday, March 26, 2012

Dwts season 14 week 2 performance

Tonight is quick step and jive. Quickstep is a standard dance so I don't know too much personally but I've seen it done enough in competition that I know what it should look like combined with my own smooth experience.

Roshon. Song's tempo is compatible to a competition but not for the pros. Maybe bronze/silver pro/am. Dance wasn't too bad but was too jerky for my taste for the quick step. sure, it's fast but it's still smooth. Maybe scored a little too high but we'll see how the others stack up. Liked her dress.

Sherri. Glad they didn't show the song down but I've barely seen any jive. Lots of shaking, not much else. Entertaining but no content, and not much technique on what I did see. Also lost contact before a trick. Dress worked for the jive. Scored too high for what I saw.

Melissa. Frame needs work. looks too loose. Kept up with the choreography, not that find of the dress. Like the lines they hit. I will mention it should be easier to dance in hold with hips against each other and the women's head back farther instead of both standing straight. I've yet to really see that position out of anyone on the show. Boo on Len for the score.

Jack. He gave me the impression he was trying too hard. Kicks and flicks were pretty bad. Very odd dance. Liked Anna's dress. Color scheme is a bit odd. I'll give them the scores on content if not execution.

Gladys. Song is not a quickstep. This is the type of song they use for qs that I just wonder what the heck the producers are thinking. Overall pretty slow. The quick parts weren't so bad, at least looked more like a qs. but most of it looked like an old couple dancing at a wedding. like the style of the dress but not the fabric. I'll agree with the scores.

Katherine. i really like this song. ooh pink shoes. I liked the dance but thought she could pick up her knees a bit more during the chasses. She looted like she was having fun. Scores were deserved.

Jaleel. His hops are too up. Jive is supposed to be into the floor, strangely it's a down 'jump' despite what it looks like. do not pick your front foot off the floor during a back rock step, ever. The song is more east coast swing rather then jive. Not quick enough, run away baby would hanger been a better choice. Cute outfits. I agree with the scores.

Maria. Like the song. Lost synchronization near the end. I like Derek's choreography. She managed it pretty well. I'm surprised Carrie Ann didn't call a lift with that one jump in the corner. Once again she was standing straight. Do not like her dress. I understand the theme but still didn't like it. The 9 was high.

Martina. Hair style and outfit are not flattering on her. She unfortunately lost the entire kick sequence both times and didn't do much better with the parts she managed to do. song was slow. I hate plaid so I hate Tony's pants. I have a feeling they're going to go home. Poor tony.

Donald. Cute dress. Decent qs. Not too find of the song. It was clean and precise. He was enjoying himself. I agree with the scores.

Gavin. Goods song but he looks uncomfortable. He's barely moving and his kicks are muddy. Jerky in the arms. I do like Karina's dress. lose the hat Gavin. Scored a bit high.

William. Cheryl's dress is a bit odd. Better than I thought it would be. He did screw up the foot work a tad. I think his shoulders were bouncing near the end. I would've given 8's.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

And the dress is done.

I promised pictures and I have them. Two at least. I'll eventually get action shots but for now you can imagine what happens when I spin. I do have long gauntlets/gloves that I wear with the dress but I forgot to put them on before taking the pictures. I had a long day at the competition, started at 10:30am didn't finish until probably 10:30pm. 61 dances, smooth and latin. Placed top 3 in all except one where I placed 4th. I'm not usually that tan and it still hasn't completely come off. And the white part of my french manicure is now a bit brown as well. I completely forgot to pick up the DVD I had asked to be taped and now will have to figure out how to get a hold of it. Overall I managed to win $600. Not anywhere near enough to cover the costs but more than I've won previously and should give my credit card a nice relief for next month.




I had mentioned due to preparation for the competition, I wouldn't have much time for stitching. I was correct. Not much got done on 'cats...' but I did manage to finish the top half of the design.


Dancing with the stars tomorrow and that means another round of my opinions on the dancing, scores, and outfits. This week it's quickstep and jive. Both very tiring dances, especially when done as the last of five.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dwts season 14: week 1 performance

Yay! It's back on! Onto my opinions of the dances and other tidbits.

Maria. The laugh's already getting on my nerves and it's only 2 minutes into the show. Lots of poses and dips. Probably to hide the fact that her technique is not there. Yes, I know it's week 1 but she didn't do much footwork. I saw 2 lock steps that didn't move anywhere and that's about it. The dress was good for the cha cha. Liked the color. 7's are ok but a little high based on lack of content.

Jack. not bad but heavy on his down steps. Did not like the song. She did use time at the beginning so he wouldn't have to dance as long. But overall not bad. More content than maria's dance but it's harder to fake the foxtrot. 8,7,8. Still a little high but I'll let him have it.

Donald. Entertaining, can move, needs to watch his feet, little pigeon toed. Pretty good song. I wonder how he'll do with the ballroom dances rather then latin. more content than maria but lots of funky moves. 7's. Ok.

Gavin. Interesting choreography. Bit hunched over. She did a good job of hiding the clunkyness I saw in the rehearsal package. He wasn't smooth, bit jerky. Not fond of the outfits. Scored a little too high.

Roshon. Best cha cha (for what was there) I've seen so far but a lot of hip hip movement used. Entertaining and I do like that song. But the cha cha is supposed to be sharp. Maybe a little high in the scoring department.

Sherri. I do not consider this song a foxtrot. She's also wearing a standard dress for a dance they do in the smooth style. Not too much in hold. Lots of poses. Didn't move too much. I do like the dress' color.

Melissa. Pretty good. Most content I've seen. But then Maks is a purist. If he can get away with making your so it, he will put it in the choreography. Love my Maks. Little biased in this department. Looks promising for the season. Scored too low. should've been at least all 7's.

William. Good looking. definitely played up the sex in the routine. Had some hip action. Feet look heavy. Cheryl did most of the work in the routine. Strange dress on her. Too high a score for what he did.

Martina. much better song. Poor Tony though. She looks uncomfortable with her arms and the steps. I like the dress. Too closed for my liking on me. Scored too high compared to other dances.

Katherine. Probably the smoothest foxtrot of the night. I liked it. Simple and elegant. I like the dress. Possible style for my next smooth dress? I agree with the scores.

Gladys. Much better than I thought she'd be but she's picking her feet up too much when taking steps. you can't be quick when you do that. Like the dress. Fringe helps hide lack of hip movement because it doesn't take much to make it move. She was having fun quick is always good. A bit too high of scores but I'll let it side on this one.

Jaleel. Song is more suited for standard foxtrot but it works with this choreography. Smooth movement but his legs were a little too far apart in certain places. Minor detail. Best male foxtrot of the night. I'm conflicted on her dress though. I like parts of it, others not so much. Scores were on par.

In danger, maria our jack based on dance, Katherine based on fan base.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

more cats

An update on 'cats, cats, cats'. It's almost halfway completed. At least in terms of where on the chart I am. I believe the chart to be bottom heavy with the cross-stitches while the top has a bit more of just backstitching as indicated by the heart and randomly placed black squares.

I did not get my dress back from my teacher so pictures are still not available. I'll have it Tuesday, I hope. I have to wear it Saturday and I still have a few things to do once he's finished stoning it. I did have it on last week and it moves really cool.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Update time.

The larger stones I ordered came Monday so I spent most of the week adding them to my dress. Sparkly aren't they? 16mm square Swarovski crystals in crystal AB. I spent most of the week adding them to the dress. I have a solid row at the top and bottom of the dress and skipping every other one in the middle. I did this because I didn't know if I'd have enough to fill them in completely. Turns out I did but my teacher liked it that way. He currently has the dress and gauntlets to stone (hey, he offered) and I unfortunately didn't take a picture of the dress before I gave it to him. Well, better to surprise you when it's finished. Although he's gotten it in his head for me to make another dress, same design but different colors by mid-June. Right... First I'm doing the black velvet to go with that belt I have and I still have the sparkly blue/silver sequined dress to make. Just a little under two weeks until Tri-state. Eek!



Because I finished stoning the dress early, I spent the rest of the free time working on cats, cats, cats. Which allowed me to get more done then I had thought I would. The top portion is done and I'm currently working on the rectangular motif beneath the two floral print kitties. On either side of that one are two motifs that are mostly back stitching as is the one directly below that. I should hopefully be working on the three ones in the center fairly quickly.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cats, cats, cats

This is the name of the next cross-stitch I'll be working on. I was pretty tired Thursday evening and wanted one I didn't kit myself. Thus no searching through my floss bags if I ran out. This probably won't hold my attention until its finished.

I've gotten the dress finished. I cut all loose fringe that wouldn't make the overall dress look odd and hand sewed the ones that would. My square stones will hopefully arrive tomorrow and most of my night will be spent sewing those onto the dress. I really should go downstairs and finish up the gauntlets. I have them cut out but haven't quite gotten around to actually making them. Playing with my serger tension is part of it. They're mesh so the test scrap isn't running through like the lycra. I may just use my normal machine and see what happens.