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A bittersweet needlework finish...

Posted on 2013.03.01 at 09:11
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This past Monday marked three years since James passed away.  Very hard to believe it's been so long; time seemed slow at some points, but the rest seemed to fly.

I started working on this piece almost four years ago.  James had selected the fabric and changed the colors from the reds in the pattern to this awesome electric blue, which definitely seems more fitting for a classic Corvette in my opinion.  I started working on it and got about 1/4 finished before he got really sick again and then passed away.  For a while afterwards, I couldn't stand to look at it so I hid it away.  I re-discovered it early last year and decided that I wanted to finish it because it was so neat and having it hanging in my home would be a testament to James' styles.

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Also posted to cross_stitch.

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Mom's gift = done!

Posted on 2011.11.14 at 22:16
Location: home
Mood: chipperchipper
Music: "Jellicle Cats" ~ Cats
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My last post should have gone up forever ago!  I'm not sure what was going on with LJ at the time, but it's up now.  Weird!

Anyway, I finished the work on my mom's piece last night!

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Only four more gifts to make!  Thank goodness I'm taking the week of Thanksgiving off or I'd never finish by Christmas.  Seriously!

cross-posted to cross_stitch

Sarah Wind
Posted on 2011.11.14 at 22:10
Location: home
Mood: aggravatedaggravated
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I finished the stitching for my sister's gift a couple of days ago and just now found the time to post a photo.  It just needs a frame and it's all done!

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ETA: Just noticed that this never posted when I originally wrote it.  How'd I miss that?!


My blankie!

Posted on 2011.10.06 at 21:23
Location: home
Mood: complacentcomplacent
Music: "Party Rock Anthem" ~ LMFAO
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So, despite the need to really get some Christmas presents finished, I haven't had time for much stitching lately. Finally, though, on Saturday I helped to finish a project that has been near and dear to my heart.

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Disco Gaston

Basket of Biscornu = DONE!

Posted on 2011.09.04 at 00:03
Location: Home
Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Music: "Free" ~ Sarah Brightman
I have FINALLY finished my Basket of Biscornu!!  I started it July 2010 with the first piece, a leukemia ribbon beauty for James, and I just finished the last one.  It really should have been finished in June, but work got insane over the summer and due to having to bring work home on occasion, all my stitching suffered the sad fate of being set aside for a time.  But it's done now, and that's all that matters!

Love this piece:


And here are all the completed biscornus:

As you can see, they aren't in a basket per se, but they are grouped together in a nice order on my coffee table.  The Phantom piece and my June finish are just too massive for any basket I've found.  I'll keep looking, but for now, I like this.  Except when my nephew visits.  Then I have to move them to a safe spot so he doesn't put them in his mouth.  I can't wait until he's old enough to know to leave them alone!

I am stoked to start working on other pieces now!  I've got some seriously good stuff on the horizon!

Cross-posted to cross_stitch


Oh, my!

Posted on 2011.08.13 at 22:25
Location: Home
Mood: amusedamused
Music: "Perform This Way" ~ Weird Al Yankovic

I didn't think it was possible to laugh until you cried.  I was wrong.


Pocket Tazer Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife.  A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Tazer for their anniversary submitted this:

Last weekend I saw something at Larry's Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest.  The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife, Julie.  What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized tazer.  The effects of the tazer were supposed to be short-lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing a woman adequate time to retreat to safety.

WAY TOO COOL!  Long story short, I bought the devise and brought it home.  I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pressed the button.  Nothing!  I was disappointed.  I learned, however, that if I pushed the button and pressed it against a metal surface at the same time, I'd get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs.  AWESOME!!!

Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave...

Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, right?  There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh and blood moving target.  I must admit, I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second), but thought better of it.  She is such a sweet cat.  But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised.  Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, tazer in the other.  The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant, a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control, and a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water.  Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.

All the while, I'm looking at this little device measuring about 5-inches long, less than 3/4-inch circumference, pretty cute really, and loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-A batteries, thinking to myself, 'No possible way!'.  What happened next is almost beyond description, but I'll do my best...

I'm sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side as if to say, 'Don't do it, Dipshit,' reasoning that a one-second bust from such a tiny little ole thing couldn't hurt all that bad.  I decided to give myself a one-second burst just for the heck of it.  I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and...


I'm pretty sure Jesse Ventura ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body-slammed us both onto the carpet, over and over and over again.  I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs.  The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before while clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.

If you ever feel compelled to 'mug' yourself with a tazer, one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one-second burst when you zap yourself!  You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor.  A three second burst would be considered conservative?  IT HURT LIKE HELL!!!

A minute or so later (I can't be sure as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape.  My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace.  The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was.  My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching.  My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocaine, and my bottom lip weighed 88 pounds.  I had no control over the drooling.

Apparently, I pooped on myself, but was too numb to know for sure and my sense of smell was gone.  I saw a faint cloud of smoke above my head, which I believe came from my hair.  I'm still looking for my nuts and am offering a significant reward for their safe return!

P.S. My wife can't stop laughing about my experience, loved the gift, and now regularly threatens me with it!  If you think education is difficult, try being stupid!"

Sent to me by my uncle several months ago.  Found it again tonight as I was cleaning out my inbox.  This one's a keeper for when I have a bad night!  :D


County Fair Results!

Posted on 2011.08.10 at 19:22
Location: home
Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Music: "Thanks for the Memories" ~ Fall Out Boy
Just returned from picking up my entries at the Count Fair, and I am simply floored by how well I did in my first time doing this.  Check this out:

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Sarah Wind

Enchanting finish!

Posted on 2011.06.26 at 14:24
Location: Home
Mood: boredbored
Music: "Always" ~ Panic! At the Disco
I made these for James' cousin's daughter.  She's five years old and probably would have preferred some toys, but she certainly got plenty of those at her party yesterday!  At least this is something she can love forever.  I think I'll need to make them for myself next.  :D

I'm particularly glad that I could use up some beads in my stash rather than buying those requested in the book.  I hate buying 500 beads and only using 10 on a project.  I think I'll substitute beads wherever I can from now on!

Update: Just heard from her mother that she was bugging her parents to hang these on her bedroom wall right away.  That just made my Monday!

Also posted to cross_stitch .

Oh Crap!


Posted on 2011.06.12 at 13:27
Location: home
Mood: bitchybitchy
Music: "4 Chord Song" ~ Axis of Awesome
Found out last night from my youngest sister that my other sister is pregnant again.  Despite saying she's through with her idiot "husband", it seems they've stayed rather close.  She also said she was so strapped for money with just Logynn around, so not sure how she's going to make this work.

I wouldn't be so bothered by this aside from the fact that, just like Logynn, the baby will be everyone else's issue to deal with.  I adore Logynn to pieces and would do anything for him, but any time my sister has a problem with him or anything else, we all get dragged into it somehow.  And Logynn's only 10 months old, so I'm not sure how she's going to handle two little babies.  I guess I just wish she'd show a little common sense once in a while so she wouldn't have to play the victim all the time.

She hasn't told anyone else yet.  Apparently, she's afraid to tell me because she thinks I'll judge her harshly.  Yes, I'll judge her sanity on this one because there are way too many unpleasant variables with it, but I don't hate her or anything.  I think she's also still nervous about stuff like this in the face of James' death. 

Well, let's see how long it takes her to tell everyone.  I'm betting on the information being revealed at Logynn's birthday at the end of July.  My sister is very dramatic and will want to tell everyone at once.  We'll see if I'm correct.

EDIT:  Poo, lost that bet.  She told the immediate family at dinner at Mom's last night.  Well, we'll see how this pans out...

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Writer's Block: Globetrotting

Posted on 2011.06.10 at 16:21
Location: work
Mood: chipperchipper
Music: "Again" ~ Flyleaf
If you were given the opportunity to spend two weeks in any country in the world free of charge, which country would you choose, and why?

Definitely Germany.  It's my roots and I would be so interested in seeing places that my ancestors lived.  Also, it's an old country with a long history, which just fascinates me to no end!

My second choice would be the UK.  Again, lots of fascinating history to explore.  Hm...  I'm sensing a theme with my choices.  :)

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