Thursday, July 20, 2006

Simple Clothes Peg

There was a request on the EMS Cross Stitch Board for a clothes peg pattern - this is what I came up with. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Sites of Interest

Thought I’d share some of my daily netdictions (sites I visit at least daily) EMS Cross Stitch Board (free membership required) Kevin and Kell online comic for the background or for the archives Free Pattern of the Day Astronomy Picture of the Day Faux Pas online comic (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) The Story so Far link at the bottom of the page goes to the archives yes, I Su Doku! "Since 1995 - Everything you wanted to know about sleep but were too tired to ask ™ " Free electronic books – no catch, it’s for real. This is where I read my first David Weber and Eric Flint – I’ve gone on to purchase all the Honor Harrington books, and I’m working on getting others by these and other authors featured.

Enjoy! And let me know if you visit one of these sites and what you think about them.

Friday, July 14, 2006

To answer Selina:

Hi Selina,
There is no pressure to refer anyone - it's just an incentive they have started offering.

I've answered dozens of surveys over the past 3-4 years. Sometimes, I just don't feel like doing it, so I don't. Most of the surveys offer between 50 and 200 points for completing them. Some surveys don't offer points - instead you are entered for a cash drawing (which I have _never_ won - I'm not terribly lucky at lotteries - lol!.) All of the surveys tell you before you take them what they are offering - points or a chance on the drawing.

It takes 1000 points to qualify for a gift - they have gifts for 1000 points, 2000 points, 2500 points, etc. There are about 30 different gifts to choose from at each level. There are no strings attached to the gifts - you don't even have to pay postage! No obligation to complete a minimum number of surveys.

Every once in a while, you may be offered a chance to test a new product - I tested a mystery brand of paper towels a couple of years ago. All I had to do was answer two-three questions each week by email for six weeks, and I got ten free rolls of paper towels out of it (pretty nice paper towels, too!). Don't ask me the brand - they never told me! So, its not a scam, and you can get some small gifts out of it.

Monday, July 10, 2006

So Disappointed!

I just finished reading Path of the Fury (1992) by David Weber. DH just finished In Fury Born (2006) by David Weber. I had ordered both from Amazon, because In Fury Born is supposed to be a prequel to Path of the Fury. It is, but the second half _is_ Path of the Fury ("...much revised version..." according to the verso of the title page). DH has read both, and says he doesn't see that much revision. Sooo ... if you read In Fury Born, you can skip Path of the Fury.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Past time for an Update!

Here’s a picture of my floor stand and frame. I still have to re-cut one of the stretcher bars – I made the silly mistake of not drilling a test hole and it turns out that what I thought was ¾ inch Forstner bit cuts a hole that is 7/8 inch diameter. The ¾ inch paddle bit, on the other hand, makes a perfect ¾ inch hole. And I’ve got to cut the dowels to length, which I don’t want to do until I’ve re-cut the stretcher bar. DD got the second frame and stand, and is already using it – she wants to make a small frame to use for very small projects – after using this, she doesn’t want to mess with hoops at all! I’ll finish this off today, and get the fabric for The Mighty Samurai mounted so I can get stitching on him. Here’s a link for the plan on which I based my stand and frame: While I think anyone could build one of these using handheld tools, I’ve got to admit that it went very quickly using the tools in our shop: the drill press, miter saw and table saw. Using bolts and wing nuts for the assembly means the stand can be disassembled for storage or moving.

DH hung the new ceiling light fixtures in the foyer. It looks fantastic! I’ve already hung the three flowers I stitched late last year (when I did them, it was for this particular spot, so I couldn’t hang them until the foyer was finished). And I found a great bargain at Pottery Barn – a 16 x 20-inch mirror to center on the wall to the right of the door. Another project I’ll be working on today – making a cardboard cut-out of the mirror, and deciding on the perfect height and placement for the mirror.

Mon Premier Biscornu! / My First Quirky!
This was a lot of fun to stitch, altho the finishing was a bit tedious. The patterns were freebies from It's stitched on natural colored linen (leftover scrap from another project) with DMC 115.

Got a new toy – a battery operated book light. I don’t use it for reading – I clip it to my shirt to shine the super bright LED light on my stitching. I haven’t tried clipping it to a hoop or frame, yet – lol!

This is the second gift I have earned from filling out online consumer surveys – the first was a leather case for my PDA. **Shameless self-promotion warning** If you are interested – submit a comment and say that you want me to refer you – if I refer you, I get extra points towards my next gift (all comments are emailed to me for approval, so I can guarantee I won’t be publishing your addy). The participating countries (that I know for sure) are US-English, US-Spanish, Great Britain, France and Canada-French/Canada-English.

Currently reading: Path of the Fury by David Weber. Just finished One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey – great fun to read!

Currently stitching: about to start The Mighty Samurai (Dimensions Gold kit) – it’s a large project, so I’m sure I’ll do some smaller projects along the way.