Sunday, July 29, 2012

Page 5 finished

I finished page 5 of The Arab Tent last night. Three more full pages and one page of 5 stitches to complete the first row. I don't have much more of an update this week.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Season 15 All Stars Cast Announcement

Yay! Dancing With the Stars is back again. The cast has been announced, time for my opinions and my thoughts on who the pro partners will be. Although the DWTS site has 12 pros listed, they won't announce the partnerships until August especially since there's still one more celebrity that will cause one more pro to be needed.

Apolo Ohno. I like him. He was the best of his season but it's been several years since he was on and now he has some competition.
Original partner: Julianne
Most likely to be with: Julianne (if she comes back this season, probably not and maybe only if Lacey doesn't dance with Kyle should he be voted in.)
Alternate: Chelsea

Bristol Palin. Why? Yes she got far, but she couldn't dance, wasn't very entertaining, and I'm not sure who actually liked her.
Original partner: Mark
Most likely:

Drew Lachey. Very likable. Will he still have the same chemistry with Cheryl? Well he have a different partner as she also danced with Gilles and Emmitt. He may be a bit rusty.
Original partner: Cheryl
Most likely: Cheryl
Alternate: Anna

Emmitt Smith. Let's see if he still has what it takes, he most likely will get a current partner which may change the game a bit.
Original partner: Cheryl
Most likely: Peta
Alternate: Anna

Gilles Marini. Welcome back eye candy, one who can dance too. Like Emmitt, most likely will not have Cheryl.
Original partner: Cheryl
Most likely: Karina
Alternate: Peta

Helio Castroneves. I know he won, but Mel was the better dancer that season.
Original partner: Julianne
Most likely: Anna
Alternate: Karina

Joey Fatone. He's been dancing in the Vegas show, so he's probably not as rusty as some other stars. As I haven't seen the show, I wonder if some of the problems he had during his initial season have been corrected.
Original partner: Kym
Most likely: Kym
Alternate: Cheryl

Kelly Monaco. Season one's winner. This should be interesting, her original partner had only been on one other season and is probably not going to be back. Plus it's been a while and she only had five other constants in her season.
Original partner: Alec
Most likely: Derek

Kirstie Alley. The only star I know that took lessons after the season finished.
Original partner: Maks
Most likely: Maks
Alternate: Val

Melissa Rycroft. For a last minute replacement, she did very well, the ballet background helped. Let's see how much she remembers.
Original partner: Tony
Most likely: Tony
Alternate: Derek

Pamela Anderson. I heard she did the version in Israel. (How?) She was not the best dancer of her season.
Original partner: Damien
Most likely: Tristan
Alternate: Val

Shawn Johnson. I know she recently messed up her knee, although better, it caused her not to be able to compete at the Olympics this year. It may give her trouble later on given the demanding nature of the show.
Original partner: Mark
Most likely: Mark (unless Sabrina is voted in)
Alternate: Derek

Voters choice.
Sabrina Bryan. Dance wise I've choose her, gone too soon to see what she could really do. But she does have extensive dance training as was evident in her initial short run. She's also been in the Vegas show.
Original partner: Mark
Most likely: Mark
Alternate: Derek

Carson Kressley. As bad a dancer as he is, he's entertaining, would rather see him in the cast over Bristol. Also had been doing Vegas.
Original partner: Anna
Most likely: Anna
Alternate: Lacey or Karina

Kyle Massey.Yet another star who's been doing the Vegas show (sense a trend here?)
Original partner: Lacey
Most likely: Lacey (they might as well bring her back)
Alternate: Chelsie

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The dreaded craft closet of doom

It has the makings of one of those closets you see in cartoons that they open and are soon buried under an avalanche of stuff that falls out. The bottom would be there soon if I keep piling stuff on it. The bags are filled with yarn, one nearly finished crocheted skirt, and fabric. The cabinet on the right has most of my cross stitch (except the projects that I have out, some more yarn from finished projects, and some sewing patterns. The bag on top contains my crochet hooks, and 'thread' for that type of crochet and a few crochet books. Maybe there's a knitting needle or two, who knows. In addition to this nightmare of a mess, I have an unfinished latch hook and a midway or better finished crochet afghan in another closet. I have a box of fabric on my floor and more patterns in the leopard bench. Not to mention the have yet to arrive fabric and the have yet to buy fabric.

I went to walmart the other day to buy cheap storage drawers. I have only set foot in that store once before. I found one of the types I was looking for and ordered the other online and had it shipped free to the store for pick up later. Good enough to start the organization of everything but the large pieces of fabric.

I did take a picture of all the bags I pulled from the closet on the floor but it didn't come out for some reason. (Edit 7/24/12) I did find a picture of all the bags together prior to my organization

 I started with the fabric scraps keeping a list of the type, pattern, and the size of each piece. I managed to fit all of the smaller one after folding them pretty neatly into the top two drawers of the storage system I did get the other day. The majority of the yarn went in the next three drawers.

This is a picture of the 4 drawers from the stand on the right prior to my reorganization. Not all my cross-stitch stash was in here.

After everything was reorganized, I was left with 5 large bags of fabric and yarn that will be placed in the storage drawers that are on order. Along with 3 smaller bags which are in my bench for now. I got rid of 14 plastic bags.

I still have some organizing to do, I found leftover DMC thread from other projects which I need to sort into my main rings shown below. I may need to split them into four as they're tightly packed and I know I have some colors that don't already have bags there.

I also realized I never took a picture of the two fabrics I picked up at joann's a while ago.

I have added three pages to my blog with my stash listings. I will eventually have pictures linked next to most of the entries, especially the cross-stitch charts/kits eventually.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Arab Tent

Monday night I picked out of my closet for different projects I could work on. Peacock Tapestry, The Accolade, The Arab Tent, and my insanity piece. On Peacock Tapestry, I didn't feel like ripping out the mistake I made 9 years ago last night. (Eek, is it really that long since I was a freshman in college?) On my insanity piece, I wanted to cut the dangling threads from the old fabric to reuse with my new fabric, but I didn't feel like doing that either. And for some reason, I couldn't find the thread and chart to The Accolade. I had one page which was not with the rest of it. So Arab Tent it was. It probably won't keep my attention that long since it's mainly brown. I also decided to try out one of the gold plated needles I bought. Let's see how long it takes before these wear down. I remember using a new needle for every page or so. Here's the before and after picture of a week of stitching, I'm working on page 5. Can anyone spot the monkey?

While looking everywhere I could think of for The Accolade, I decided I really need to organize that craft closet of mine (see this post for pictures). I need to get another storage box, or rather a stack of them, preferably clear, so I can see the yarn/fabric in them. The organizing will take place tomorrow. Wish me luck.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

More fabric added to my stash and fashion designs

I broke down and ordered more fabric for my stash. It's a bit on the expensive side but I think it'll be worth it when it arrives. There's a European ballroom dress designer that I found while searching dress designs for inspiration (more on that a bit later). Farale sells one-off fabric sets with a design. I gave in and bought this design with all the fabric needed:

I know it's not a picture of the actual fabric but I really like the design and it'll be one of a kind fabric. It's also called 'animal print' and given my favorite pattern is leopard...

I also got the following fabrics from them as I found the pretty/intriguing.
The last fabric (stretch satin) is going to be used for godets in a smooth gown. I just need to buy coordinating fabrics later.

I also signed up for a 'speakeasy tour' of NYC's garment district to be held in late September. This tour is given by Mimi of Shop The Garment District. I believe this will help me find various coordinating fabrics (and some new ones) for my quickly growing stash. I also need to keep an eye out for fabrics to use with those vogue patterns I bought the other day.

Lastly, I bought a book that I believe will help me for a few things.
1. Help with drawing designs for dresses rather than looking at pictures from other designers. (I have collected these on a clipix board. One for latin one for smooth)
2. Drawing people, which in turn may be very helpful if I decide to turn my sketches into cross-stitch patterns.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dew drop fairy is finished

As the title says, Dew Drop Fairy is completed.

While waiting for my replacement purple to arrive, I started making friendship bracelets. Possibly to sell. Anyone interested? I can do other colors and patterns.

Now to figure out my next project. I'm probably going to pull one that I've already started, leaning towards my golden kites.

Monday, July 9, 2012

New stash

Sunday, I order items to add to my stash. I needed another spool of Kreinik #4 braid in Purple Passion to finish Dew Drop Fairy so I added a chart to my order since shipping was half the price of the spool. Fire Dance by Kustom Krafts.
In addition, I had started off the day by holding up the pattern pieces for an existing pattern to my dress form to see if there were any major alterations needed. Thankfully, I saw none. Of course this led to me looking at patterns online. Which led to the last day of a 4.99 sale of vogue patterns which led me to getting the following:
The stuffed animals were too cute to pass up.

Now patterns led to looking through fabric as I do have a black satin which at the moment is to be used as godets on a smooth gown. Of course I don't know if I should pair it with a solid color, a floral print, or something else. I may have black velvet left over from the latin dress I really should start making. I ended coming across these fabrics:
I prefer the blue but the pink/gold would pair better with the black. I haven't ordered them as I prefer to see my fabrics.

I decided earlier I need a new smooth dress. My current one is the red one that I posted pictures of in March. As much as I love that dress, I just saw a picture from a recent competition and the 6 finalists were either wearing red or dark pink. My dress would have a hard time standing out on that floor.

Suggestions for fabric pairings or designs are welcome. With my dance teacher leaving, I may have also lost his input. I have to see if he's still willing to help. If he is, I may have to drag him to the garment district next time I go fabric stashing, I mean shopping.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


I'm having a really bad day. I woke up to an e-mail about a purchase from my paypal account that I didn't make (I was sleeping how could I?) I somehow got a mosquito bite on the palm of my right hand. I then hit traffic going to my dance lesson and was almost late. And now, I realize I forgot some stitches in my sparkly purple so I need to order some. It's on the upper right of the wing, I missed it for whatever reason.
 I've included a close up of the dew drops. 

Given the nature of my day, I'm stopping work on this for a while and moving to something else.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Stitching done on Dew Drop Fairy

I've completed all cross-stitching and backstitching on Dew Drop Fairy. I've started beading it and have 1/8 of the border done already. Oh, and after being very frugal with my last bit of sparkly purple, I had just enough. Phew. If anyone decides to stitch this design, best to buy two spools as precaution.

I discovered a while ago while working on a Chatelaine, that the cases the SD cards come in are very good for beads. The pop mechanism allows me to open it minimally in my hand without worrying the beads will go flying. My old job got tons of them and we ended up throwing most of them away. I kept a bunch.