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DWTS season 17: week 3

Hollywood night
Leah. Lots of step, pose, and spins. Not any astral steps. She had the passion but it was a bit stiff and careful. The shoes didn't help. It made her almost step on her heel first instead of the toe. The dress almost looked like a ballroom dress rather than Latin. Scores are too high for my liking.
Corbin. It was a bit too up and down and in place. It didn't travel enough. He lost his posture a little bit. I guess I'll give it to them but it's a little high.
Elizabeth. Oh good, she can do ballroom. Smooth, fluid and not bad in hold.   Compared to others, it should have scored higher.
Brant. The variation on that song was majorly distracting for me. A bit odd. They traveled more than Corbin. Don't know if it deserved straight 9s.
Valerie. She completely lost track of the choreography. And that song was not really a cha cha. The dress isn't that flattering. I'll agree with the scores.
Bill e. Another odd song. A bit stuttering in the paci…

A change up

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No cross-stitch this week. Well, I did work a bit more on Grand Ball but I couldn't keep my mind interested in it. I found myself watching the TV more than stitching. My next few random numbers brought me to new pieces or once that really needed my attention. I didn't quite feel up to that so I pulled an afghan out of the closet.

I made several of these. I also remembered why I put it away. I had to make 32 of them. I have 11 now. 21 to go. Oh joy.

But I made most of this guy today in a few hours. Isn't he a cute little octopus?
If he's anything like the cat I made, he'll be joining my household for a while even if I put him on Etsy. Which reminds me, I need to take a better photo of that shawl I made and put it on there...

On the dance front, I have a partner now so I'll be getting back into competitions soon. Yay!

DWTS season 17: week 2

Another cute opening where they didn't just walk down the stairs.
Elizabeth. ooh a proper Samba song. Probably the best samba I've seen a celebrity,  especially this early. The bounce was not choreographed into the dance but it wasn't filled with shimmying and fluff steps.  I'll agree with the scores.
Christina. Didn't wow me although she danced it well. Interesting dress. A little high possibly?
Bill e. He looks like he's having fun. He picked his knees up but at times he did look like he walked through it. But not that much. A lot to work on with technique. Scores are ok but maybe high.
Jack. The fog couldn't hide the fact that he was doing heel leads in Latin which is a big no no. Cheryl danced around him a lot and his hips were non existent for the most part. Too high.
Keyshawn. This is a hustle song not a samba. He had no bounce, he was stomping when he did move. It was not good. I'll give them the scores but too high for me.
Snooki. It look…

Little progress

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Didn't get much done this week. I made a few more ruffle scarves but probably spent too much time on my computer and not enough crafting.
I did however get a nice picture of Onyx and my first pumpkin of the season.
I spent today walking around Times Square dressed in a sari for a promotion of Diwali at Times Square at the request of a friend of mine. Took pictures with a lot of random people. I think I've spent more time in the sun this year than the past 10 combined.

DWTS Season 17: Week 1

These posts will be later than in past seasons because I have class on Monday nights. Loved the opening number. Very different than usual. Let's get the season started. 
Brant. Good looking. But stiff and was walking or not doubt anything for most of the dance. Hip movement was w vote awkward.  I liked Peta's dress. I think the scores were to high. But week see how the rest of the night goes.
Leah. Odd music for a foxtrot. She seemed to mess up a little bit. She has some potential. Needed to be smoother. There's something off about her dress that isn't that flattering. The belt is too high?  I guess I'll give them the scores based on the standard for the night so far.
Corbin. Well, he can dance. How will he can take on the actual ballroom dances is left to be seen. I'll give them the scores but only because he was the best of the night so far.
Jack. Song was more swing than foxtrot. He wasn't bad. Could be a bit more fluid. He did heel leads! Latin may be…

When I get an idea in my head...

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It can take over even if I know I'm not going to execute it right away. First my progress on Grand Ball, then to explain the latest diversion my brain seems to be preoccupied with.


Almost done with the first 25%. Tried to finish it today but couldn't. If I hadn't made a few scarves this week and been bothered by a cold, I probably would have done it. Also ended up cutting some fabric strips for my first quilt earlier.

Anyway, recently I got a whole bunch of patterns. Of the costume patterns I picked up, one was based on 'Brave' and two were based on 'Once Upon A Time'. Now combine this with the fall season starting up, a show on Syfy I've been watching called 'Heroes of Cosplay', and the fact that I look bad in white, I ended up wanting to make one of the outfits the evil queen wears on the show.

So, take this pattern:

Which when compared to the screenshots from the show, are pretty close to what she's actually wearing, and the wheels start…

Too many crafts

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Not enough time. First up, my progress on Grand Ball. I have some more heads that may or may not be attached to anything.

Now for some crazy reason, I've decided to add quilting to my already long list of crafts that I do. I picked these fabrics up at Joann's labor day sale.
I think the cats are cute and I'll probably use the other packet in conjunction with a safari panel that I picked up months ago. As for the jelly rolls. The multicolored one will be used, with black to create the basketweave-ish pattern below on the left. Minus the flowers of course because they don't go and I don't have enough fabric. I also picked up fabric to create the Halloween wall hanging quilt and two of each place mat.


Is there a AAA for crafting addicts?

On a non-crafty update, school started again this week. One more semester, three classes and I'll have a Masters. I should start looking for a job...

Onyx was being cute. My comforter had skewed off my bed and left a little cave. S…

DWTS cast for season 17

I know I'm very late on this, but I was busy most of the day. Onto the cast!

-Valerie Harper, with Tristan MacManus
She's the soft spot of the competition with everything she's been going through lately. She may stick around a bit.

- Bill Nye the Science Guy, with new dancer Tyne Stecklein



I used to watch him on PBS a lot. While I don't think he'll be the best dancer, I do think he may be the goofy charmer that sticks around a bit. Of course, being paired with a new pro may be a handicap.

-Brant Daugherty (Pretty Little Liars, Army Wives), with Peta Murgatroyd
 I don't watch either of the shows, but he's hot and he's with Peta so he'll probably go far. If he ends up with two left feet, he'll probably still stick around more due to his looks.

-Jack Osbourne, reality TV star, with Cheryl Burke
 He may surprise us with like his sister did. But with MS there may come a point where he may be underprepared.

-Bill Engvall (The Bill Engvall Show) with f…