Just a quick update as things have been going slowly this week but at least steady. I managed to finish 6 more squares on the Advent Calenday so I am now half way there.
I may have mentioned how I was really itching to start a HAED pattern after I bought Direwood. Common sense kicked in and told me to start small before I go nuts. I started the Freebie SK Flower Bride but not much progress happend. I found out that my eyes don't like such small stitches and I was straining my eyes to do this little bit.
I have ordered one of those magnifying glass thingies that go around your neck and then rest on your chest so you can have your hands free. It should be here by the end of next week so if I have a couple of late night next week maybe I can make enough of a dent on the Advent Calendar that I will be able to spend a few guilt free hours on Flower Bride once it arrives.
I also started one of the bookmarks for my daughters school. It didn't get very far due to my guilt of working on another project even if it is one that also has a deadline. Hopefully these will go super fast once I really dig in as I want to make four of them before the end of the school year.
I have had a bit of a bittersweet week. We live in a town that doesn't have a movie theatre so I only got to see Deathly Hollows Pt 2 when it was released on DVD Monday. It has been such a big part of our lives for so many years that I just can't believe that there will never be another one. I felt the same way when, after three years, LOTR finished. Luckily (and don't give me any flack for this) I still have the two finale Twilight movies to look forward to. It opened at movie theatres on Friday and *sigh* I will have to wait until maybe March / April to see it.
Although major watching plans in the hopefully near future will be the purchase of Merlin Seasone 2 as I am really looking forward to watching it. I went online to view prices and was shocked to see Seasone 3 is already released and now to try figure out how I can get that too:-)
I have had to come to the decision to not take part in Crazy 15 2012. I wanted to start kitting everything in preparation and realised that I just don't have enough fabric. Whenever I have had a bit of extra cash I put it into dmc threads to try get all the colours but it has meant that I have only bought fabric whenever I have needed to and I thought I had more than I do have. There is no suppliers of cross stitch items in SA so most of the items we can purchase locally are all either DMC, Dimensions and Heritage. All of these are imported and unfortunately for us that means it is pricey. The shops have to cover the items cost, the postage and whatever taxes they have to pay when the item comes into the country and on top of that they have to make a profit. DMC threads cost R9.50 each at my local shop and I had to pay R25 for one of the metallic threads the other day.
But I look at it in the sense of how many hours of pleasure I get making the items and I would never say I regret paying what I do. I have about 70 more colours (excluding the metallics and variagated) to get and then I will have every colour so 2012 will be the year of buying fabric and then in 2013 I will join the group again, if it is still going, and I am okay with it.
I have joined TUSAL though and look forward to using my cut offs as a decoration in a pretty bottle/vase instead of vacuum cleaner fodder:-)