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Posted on Mon, 31 October 2016
Happy Halloween! As usual these days I didn't do much for it. Just dressed up at work and kept my costume on at home. I dressed as a ferret!  I love dressing up. So fun! Also bought myself some candy! Some Reeses ghosts with white chocolate! So good! Plus I've been fairly productive today. Woot! Also, Barnes and Nobles had the Gravity Falls Journal 3 Limited Edition. Amazon had already sold out!  Plus on Amazon it was $150, and Barnes and Nobles had it for $93 something. I went and ordered one!  So happy!Plugs: Georgie and Cristina


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Posted on Sun, 06 November 2016
Yesterday I decided I was ready to try something new in the form of the Happy Village quilt project. This is my November project forIt was also my October project, but let's agree not to talk about that, shall we? The book I pulled off my shelf is one of the oldest in my collection. This one from Karen Eckmeier.The book makes it seem easy, and actually, I think it is. I'm farther along than I thought I would be after just a few hours. And I don't know how things go in your sewing room, but I always want supportive friends close by when I start something new.The first step was to choose ten fabrics, and to make this bright village, the colors are listed in the book. Here's my group:The first step was to cut from each fabric, one 6-1/2 inch square and one 6-1/2 x 2 inch rectangle. The rectangles are set aside for later use.The squares were set in two piles to be cut according to a diagram contained in the book.Although some measurements were provided as a guide, the author points out that the exact measurements aren't important. It's more important to get some similar shapes. Little cuts are made from each corner of the whole.Then the large piece (on the left in the image above) is cut again into smaller pieces. Mine was cut wrong, but it was true that it didn't matter in the end.Then, I cut the second piece. I went to great pains to measure the red stack and cut them just like it showed in the book. Still, I did it wrong, and so I marked the second stack more free form and worried less about the measurements. Honestly, it really doesn't matter.After marking, I cut those too. You might notice the tiny little squares in the lower right and left corner. Those are 3/4-inch squares. They are set aside to be used as windows later.Once the cutting is finished, you just start working from the center out on a 16 x 16 piece of batting. I really didn't expect to do the whole thing in one sitting, but there it is.There are three things to keep in mind: 1. Leave no holes where the batting shows through. 2. Keep the light fabrics under the dark ones so there is no shadow showing through. 3. I forget the third thing.When I had these laid out, I decided to stop for the day and come back to it with fresh eyes today. I'll probably shift things around a little bit. It seems a little crowded there in the upper left corner. That was the last section I completed, and so I was trying to fit all the pieces into a small space. It isn't necessary to use all the pieces, but I'm just messing around with this for now.The next step (once I'm happy with placement) will be to use the rectangles to create roofs, archways, windows, steps, and awnings. There are other suggestions for shapes as well, such as trees and flower pots. There are ways of cutting and ways of thinking about this listed in the book, and I'll say more about it as I go along. For now, it seems a good start, and I haven't spoken a single bad word...well, maybe one bad word. That's just to show that I care. I will say this, however: I think I would separate the squares into three or four piles before cutting. I was using sharp scissors, but I still got some weird cuts because of the thickness, and this really can't be done with a rotary cutter.It was late in the day at that point, but I still wanted to spend some time experimenting with the sparkly threads for quilting snow on the Gingerbread Square quilt. This first snowflake was quilted with the Sulky white metallic thread:The lighting is weird, I know, but I wanted you to get some idea of the sparkle. The next one was done using the spool I had in my collection with no brand name. I think it has a little more sparkle than the Sulky thread, but it pissed me off when it broke before I could even finish a single snowflake. Also, it seems to have a slight pink cast.I cut threads and continued on. Within a few inches it broke for a second time. Grrrrrrr. Okay, so that made my decision pretty easy. I decided to go with the Sulky thread, although I might relent and try again with the no-name thread today. I haven't tried using a silicon thread lubricant on it yet, and so I'll do that and give it another chance. For now, I've been practicing some ideas I have for quilting the snow, and the Sulky thread is performing beautifully.Initially, I had a YLI 40-weight cotton thread in my bobbin, but I switched to a 60-weight Bottom Line polyester thread. The Sulky is fairly thin and lightweight, and I think the lighter Bottom Line thread is a better choice.This being Sunday, it's time for Slow Stitching with Kathy.Yesterday I shared my progress on Hocuspocusville:Kathy asked us to say something about the lighting we use for hand-stitching. My favorite lighting is this Black Diamond Headlamp.It's rechargeable, and it puts out a nice bright light. The one thing I don't like about it is that it's made for bicyclists and that means it has a flashing red light at the back. It can be turned off, but sometimes I forget. It doesn't really matter (aside from its comedic value) except that it runs the battery down faster. It'll last for about three sessions of embroidery for me...maybe about 5 hours...and then it takes a couple of hours to recharge.It's not the sort of thing you'd want to wear out and about...unless you're hiking, or biking, or something like that. (Warning: Scary Picture Of A Woman With A Very Bad Bedhead Ahead. Once seen, it cannot be unseen.)Yes, she does have kittens on her sweatshirt. Anyway...my headlamp puts a nice bright light right where I want it. Using that lamp I can see that I have a vast expanse of unstitched hoop in my lap.Better get after it. What's on your agenda for Sunday?Pin It
Posted on Sun, 06 November 2016
Now, after a good while I finally managed to open the Webstore! I am now accepting orders without any cap BUT I'll let you know if orders will no longer be available due to having a bigger queue or other issues! Click on the picture to access the webstore!I hope the prizes are acceptable for you– I am not used to make a webstore so please give me a chance! The money would help me supporting me through the daily issues such as getting food and the like– not that I'm pure but a little more money wouldn't hurt at allI am accepting orders now– if you want something then check my shop out, click the right link and fill out the form! Thank you very much!!
Posted on Sun, 06 November 2016
It has been effing four months since I last posted a blog. 😯 Work has been keeping me busy – as some other things. I haven’t really said this in this blog but I did sometimes post about it on social media – I am a person with disability. It is something I am born with. I still function like any other human being as obviously I am still able to work. But there are things that are hard for me to do like using my right hand, balancing my body (mostly using my left side to stand or walk), commuting and other stuff.The post A confession but not really appeared first on Technowish.
Posted on Sun, 06 November 2016
My company is promoting its mobility movement where employees can work anywhere they want when they’re not at a client’s site. The office is quite a drive from my house and I don’t want to put too many miles on my new car when I don’t need to. This is when I decided to give […]
Posted on Sat, 05 November 2016
I love advent calendars, however, opening little doors just for a tiny bit of chocolate isn’t as appealing as it once was. I’ve been doing online advent calendars (I’ll introduce you to some at the beginning of December when they open!) for several years now, and last year I came across beauty advent calendars! This […]
Posted on Sat, 05 November 2016
I just signed up for Loot Crate’s brand new Sanrio “Small Gift Crate” which is a subscription box that arrives once every 3 months (4 times a year) similar to […]
Posted on Sat, 05 November 2016
I am very pleased to announce and share my latest children’s book, Peaty the Worm. Peaty the Worm follows the main character as they explore their favourite things through the alphabet. My intention was to create a fun little story that could be cute and educational at the same time. It was a lot of […]
Posted on Sat, 05 November 2016
Guess who was so bored at home and decided to do such a video? Yep, me and my niece!   Hope you like this! It really is just a no brainer post. LOL. Bye!
Posted on Fri, 04 November 2016
You consider yourself as a virgin. An inexperienced young individual eager to try out the hype. You might think that jumping  from the plane  secured with safety gears and a parachute is something. HECK! It is something. If you are brave and have secured your life insurance, by all means, do it. If you want to sleep in the middle of the forest with your friends go on and schedule that trip. If you find yourself unsatisfied with what you have done, bless your heart I am not stopping you. But you have to take time.Take time to pause, and think if everything you want is really important. Is the change you wanted is necessary or it is only by an impulse of the on –going trends?Be in a relationship.  Kiss somebody. Write a book. Eat out every day. Spend your salary as you wish.  Explore the world. The question is, are you ready to take responsibility with every consequence of your actions especially if it turns out to be a disaster?Take time to pause. Consult the elders.I was once like you a virgin forest who got bored of the chirping birds, and of the wild animals walking on my floor.  In short, I was bored with myself. I wanted intervention. I wanted to help the human. I wanted to impress them.  I heard them whispering through the wind of how they needed more logs, minerals, and more food.  Everything they needed at that time was all I have so I offered myself. I let them chop my trees. I let them trot around letting them take whatever they wanted. I got what I wanted but I was not expecting that this is what I look like after. I was not expecting that this will hurt so much.See? Try searching deforestation on the internet. That’s not the only photo that you will find. Try looking for it in real life. I hope that you are ready to see some part of me.So, I write this to the virgins while you are young. Take time to pause. Consult the elders. Consider your plans. Discern well with prayers. There is always the other side of everything.I will leave you with these thoughts. Love,The Virgin Forest That Was Lost*A reply to this letter is accepted. You may choose to comment below or create a blog post just make sure to leave a link so I can read it.
Posted on Fri, 04 November 2016
Happy November! One more month and 2016 is over. Where has all the time gone? In the meantime, I’ve started my mini-autumn vacation. I’ll be off from work this upcoming week, and I’m also travelling out of town to Sokcho! Before I start packing for my mini-trip and spend time meeting friends, I’m here for... Read more »
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