Sunday, 25 January 2015

(Black) Angel Wings

Progress on the Winchesters!

Boy has it been busy for me lately. College feels more like college this semester. I don't know if they take it easy in the fall, or if it's just me, but there has been a lot to do. I really love both my math courses, plus I help my sister out with hers, so I've got twice the math homework I did last semester. I enjoy it, I do. It's my English and History courses that are a pain. But so life goes. Anyway, I have been getting some stitching done, and as you can see, one of the wings is coming along nicely! I really enjoy doing all the black, I really do. It's fun, unexpectedly. I thought I would get sick of it, but I haven't. XD I've also been fiddling around with it some more down near the bottom, adding more stitches and thickening the outlines, same as with the top feathers. The shield is coming into view, and I've got the inner border going as I do the wing.

As if all the books I have are not enough, I went to the Friends of the Library Saturday sale yesterday. The Saturday sales only happen four times a year, so it's definitely a date to go on. They have sales on the second Thursdays every month, but the Saturday ones are special - mostly because it's not a school day. Picked up a couple of new Greek mythology books, an extra Astrology book (I'm a sucker for old editions), and a few more various books to try out. I was hoping for some more cross stitch books (because of course I don't have enough patterns either), but it was a bust this time around, as usual. I'm thinking of buying a couple of back editions of some magazines that have patterns I like in them at some point this year - probably around June, since I can excuse it as a birthday present to myself. XD

Anyway, it's off for a final prep before school again tomorrow and back to stitching for the evening. Have a good week all!


Saturday, 10 January 2015

Secret Project Reveal - It's the Winchesters!

Here's what a day of stitching will do you! From thread and blank fabric to this in an afternoon:

:D It's a Supernatural piece, based on the TV series, of which I am a very big fan. I'm working it on 18 count Aida, and the lettering here is ten inches across. I'm hoping to use it as a way to take a break from studies this semester, see how much I can get done between homework, since I won't always have time for an episode or four, and I'm getting near to finishing all available seasons. :(

Anyway, this was a fun way to spend a lazy Saturday! Now, at least, I have something to show for sitting down all day. :DD


Secret Project Start

Time for a new project. I've got the last stitches to put in Winter Wonderland, and the finish page will be updated today. But that all can wait, because I've got a secret project.

This is the fabric I've chosen and the threads all set out. The reds were a pain to pick, but they were eventually sorted. The fabric is a pearly grey, one I nearly chose for the Wonderland piece, and I've got three reds, one medium dark blue, a medium dark grey, black, and white.

I honestly can't wait to get started.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

So Much Snow

My arms hurt. I definitely need to take a break from cross stitching. Dx

But here is the lovely result! The stars are added in the night sky, more small patches of detail worked around the horns, and ever so much snow stitched around the base. I've modified the edges on this piece. The pattern was originally worked on white fabric, so large sections of all the snow in the piece is simply unstitched fabric. On blue fabric, that equals a great deal more stitching, since all of that unworked stuff now means xs. Around the bottom is difficult though, because its left to just fade out into the fabric, while I have to come up with an edge to quit working at. Mostly I followed the extreme ends at the bottom of the trees to the left and right, then I've worked it in a rounded shape to cover the foxes' tail tips and go below the bunny. It's all starting to look rather like a bell now.

And I finished the fourth book of Fablehaven inside 2014, but I've had to finish the series outside of it. This is the last book (Keys to the Demon Prison), and I've got about three chapters to go now. I thought it at the time when I read it originally, and I think the same now: this book is exhausting. It feels like those last chapters of a book, right before the end, when all the reveals are arriving and the baddies are monologuing, and the world is about to be saved - but for the entire book. Chapter after chapter, it's like you never get out of the big reveal, the big climax, and it is just the most brain-wearying book I've ever read. And I've read Dickens. When the last chapters are actually coming in this book and the big battle is about to go down (as it is when I left off last), you're just so tired that you can't even get excited for it. I'm hoping the battle scene is quick, so I can finally get the wind down. DX That's cruel of me, isn't it?

The books arrived! The ones I was talking about in the last post got here today in many packages that were very happily lugged upstairs. All but the last of the Dragon Slippers series came, so only that one is missing - the rest is here. Even the Celtic Myths book; it's even the same edition my college has. The slip still says that it's a used DVD though:

"Description: Very light surface scratches that do not affect the use of the DVD/CD or Blu-Ray. This is a USED DVD/CD/BLU-RAY. All items unless otherwise noted will include disc case and artwork. Other contents such as booklets may vary, please inquire for details."

Yes, that is actually a paperback book, not a DVD. XD

This shipment rounded out the Shamer Chronicles and the Claidi Journals, but didn't bring with them the last book of the Dragon Slippers Trilogy. So, one more book to go. I'll wait for it by reading all of this awesome! It's not everyday books come to the house in this manner!

Claidi Journals: Wolf Tower, Wolf Star, Wolf Queen, & Wolf Wing

Funnily enough the Claidi Journals alternate in size: hardbacks for first and third, paper for the second and fourth. And I was careful: all of the Shamer Chronicles arrived with their lovely old covers, the ones they had when I read them first. The new covers are alright, but I don't think they go with the vibe of the book very well. I'll stick with my nostalgia, thanks. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow is the same: nowadays it comes with its own fancy lady on the front, but I love the older edition I got.

Shamer's Daughter, Shamer's Signet, Serpent Gift, & Shamer's War

The Catherine the Great book is, unfortunately, a large print book. I'm not a fan. I'll take it, certainly, I just prefer the smaller type. ;P

Now all I have left to do is finish reading that exhausting, tiresome, book and move on! I'll have a bunch of finishes soon in January (if I don't hurt myself first, that is), and then it'll be off with me to school again: college starts back on the 13th. And I've got more books to order! Just this time they'll be boring texts that no one really uses anyway. At least I'll have plenty of in-between-classes material to carry around with me now.


Thursday, 1 January 2015

All Gears in Motion!

The start of a new year, and the fourth year on this blog! This will be my 95th post. Wow. I did not expect to get this far along on a blog ever!

Well, it's ready-set-go for 2015! I've added two more widgets to the side for my reading, and removed the Winter countdown. Hopefully the 2015 GoodReads reading challenge will open up soon and I can add that on as well.

School will be starting up again soon, about a week or two left before a new semester begins. I'd like to say I'm dreading it or looking forward to it, but its neither really. I'm not looking forward to finding new classrooms, but otherwise I'm not minding it currently.

I have the final Fablehaven book to finish, which is still in its beginning stages - it'll be my first book read this year, and then I can move on to some of the series I plan to get through this year!

Thanks to my Grandmother's Christmas present of a gift card and the wonderful online book store, I've gotten an additional fifteen books for my shelves. They're nearly all of them books from my childhood, stories I read when I was really young and growing up. Some of them I read aloud to my sister. There are three complete series and three standalone books that have been and are being shipped. With the exception of one series, I've never actually been able to read them in their entirety - with the Claidi Journals, the library didn't have the last book. The Dragon Slippers trilogy I read the first book, and only parts of the second. The Shamer Chronicles I did read all the way through, and they creeped me out as a kid, but what I do remember I think of now as awesome, and I can't wait to read them again!

Currently, with the way they're all being shipped from different sellers, I only have parts of series. I got the last book of the Claidi Journals - Wolf Wing - first. On the 31, I received the first and third. XD Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George is the only series that arrived first and second together - awaiting the final book. The Shamer Chronicles' second and third books arrived together, and I'm waiting on the first and fourth to show up so I can get started on them again!

The three standalone books are quite different from one another! One is another Jessica Day George book - I love her writing so much. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow I read years ago, and remember only really liking it, and a few key scenes. I have already gotten the book, so I should probably get cracking on it. XD Then there's a history book by my favourite historian - Robert K. Massie. I have two of his other histories already: Nicholas & Alexandra, as well as Peter the Great. Both are Friends of the Library finds, Peter the Great being one I purchased only recently at the start of December. I decided to round it out with getting his Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman. It feels like I need to know a little bit more about her, so there that is. Finally is a book I picked up at my college library and had to stop reading due to college getting in the way: a book of Celtic myths. It doesn't feel like a generic myth book though, more like a book of proper adventure stories, so I hope that that is the book I'm getting in the mail! There was no picture to go with the price, though the title and author were correct. Fingers crossed! Dx

Next up on the list is the cross stitching. The whole point of this four-year, 90+ post blog. My major project is the season by Yuu. I've got to make a call on this one and decide which season to call it just to make it easier to write about. Before that, I do need to get Winter Wonderland finished. It's close, very close, just got to make the final push. When I get it finished, I'd like to find something to write along the bottom of it before making it up into a pillow or whatever. I'll have to look around for a small alphabet, since it'll be a tight fit on the fabric.

Apart from those two projects, that's pretty much it for me. I have a good number of UFOs now, all of those that I've posted about in the past year that I won't bother you about by posting them again. There's no update there. Dx At best, I might, might, get back to the Halloween Carousel Horse before too long, as a break from the Yuu from time to time.

And that's it! I've got all my brand-new Resolutions to work on, lists to work through, stuff to accomplish. Just have to remember to blog about it as it occurs! Have a brilliant 2015 everyone!