I got an email today from Outi that she received her latest SBEBB AOS package. Good timing, too – I thought we were going to have to wait a month to see it.
Anyhoo – amongst other things, I sent her a bookmark I stitched up (sorry it is not clickable today – Blogger is being a pain):
This is inspired by the artwork of Gustav Klimt, the man who painted The Kiss. This seemed like a good choice for Outi since it seems to fit her personality. I got the pattern from one of my stitching books.
How many cross stitch books do you own and how often do you use them?
See how nicely that segwayed? I think it is quite clever!
Anyhoo – I own eight cross stitch books. Not many, I know, but I am more of a chart girl, really. And you will find most of my books are charts only.
– 120 Alphabets Book 2 – I use this one quite a bit, mostly for the simple alphabets. It isn’t often I will have a need for a circus alphabet or one featuring cows, but it has its uses.
– Donna Kooler’s 555 Fabulous Cross-Stitch Patterns – I use this one sometimes, but most of the stuff is pretty cutsy, and that isn’t me. Plus this woman seems to be afraid of dragons, since there is very little fantasy motifs in this book. So right away you know I don’t use it a whole lot.
– Sue Cook’s Wonderful Cross Stitch Collection – Much like the book above – except it has a wizard on the front. So you guessed correctly – I use this one more often.
– 8-Color Country Cross-Stitch – This one is handy when one only has eight floss colours available, but most of the patterns are very country and folksy. Not really my style, but every so often (like for an exchange), I need a pattern like this.
– Simple to Sew: Cross-Stitch – Very simple patterns, but I keep it for the finishing ideas. The finishing is not rocket science in this book, but then if you have seen my finishing, you would understand why I need a basic techniques book like this.
– Famous Paintings in Cross Stitch – This is the book I grabbed Outi’s bookmark from. Some lovely ideas, some finishing ideas, some cheesy ideas (like an eyeglasses case out of the eyes of the Mona Lisa). I do plan on stitching other patterns from this book… one day.
The next two are my two favourites. My Precious…es… so to speak.
– Cross Stitch Fairies – I have owned this book for about 8 months now, and have stitched two patterns from it, with near-future plans for others. The alphabet rocks, the designs are beautiful, definately one of my favourite books.
– The Best of Teresa Wentzler Fantasy Collection – Ok, so I haven’t actually stitched anything from this book yet, but one can only handle so many TWs at a time. Patience, my friends!
In other news… Scott did something to his neck on Monday and woke up unable to move. It seems his neck muscles have seized and he has a charley-horse type thing there. I don’t know the medical term the doctor gave him, but he is on drugs and moving very slooooowly. It is very painful for him to do much except lie there and sit on the couch, so I am on my own for the packing. Which isn’t such a bad thing – I will at least have a fairly good idea of where everything is.
We are not having really great luck with finding a new place, so we will be staying with Scott’s father & sister for a while until we find something. It seems three bedroom rental units are in huge demand. We are renting a storage unit and our lives will be packed away there for a while. The good part about that is that we can put stuff in there right away and out of the house.
That’s all for today (isn’t it enough? lol).