Wednesday, August 13, 2014

say hello to the fish lady!

Hihi, it's Bluebeard's Princess all done! :D

I'm too tired/busy/lazy right now to write a lot about her, plus no one really cares about a big wall of text when there's yummy finish pictures to be had!  So here's a bunch of pictures. :D

And no, I haven't ironed her yet, how could you tell? :p


I made some minor changes as I went along, but for the most part, she's stitched as charted.  I used whatever Delica beads I had on hand (I have a small stash of them for beadweaving) so the beads aren't exactly what the chart called for, but pretty close.  I made the beaded chains around her tail all in gold instead of gold and green because I wanted them to stand out more.  And of course, over-one skin and a different face, since her charted face looks kind of like an emotionless mask.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


VERY soon, because this picture is from yesterday and I've done a lot more since then...

My next post should be a finish! :D

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

mermaids have too much skin...

Sometimes I feel like this will never end!  But it's actually going pretty fast, considering how many tiny stitches there are.  I worked on the border yesterday, and went back to skin today.  Here's how she looks now. :D

Not bad for one night's work!  And I'll probably do a bit more before heading to bed.  I wonder how much longer she's going to take. :3

Sunday, August 03, 2014

my eyes asplode

Or maybe it's my neck that asploded from being hunched over to squint at the tiny holes.  I don't think I should stitch any more today... the back of my neck is pretty sore!

Time to move the q-snap, so here's a full pic of everything so far!

Closeup of dat fishy belly... lots of spaces for beads, as you can see.  In fact, all the blank spaces you see here are for beads.  There will be some MAJOR bling in this tail!

Hmm, I wonder if I should do more skin next, or maybe start working on the border so my eyes and neck can get a bit of a break.  But I think I'll leave it for tomorrow!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

quick mermaid update!

I don't want to spend a lot of time posting, but I did want to add a new picture so I can get a better look at my progress for the week. :)

The tail part of her tail is finished (hee hee) and I'll probably finish the rest of the fin on the left tonight.  And then I think it will be time to suck it up and stitch some over-one skin!

In less exciting news, I organized some of my stash today.  Well, just the WIPs/UFOs and anything that was kitted up.  Somehow I got all the WIPs/UFOs into two baskets that fit neatly on my living room bookshelves.  All the kitted up stuff is now in a small trunk that rests on the bottom tier of the coffee table.  I managed to go from five containers of stuff down to four... not a huge difference but it helps.

Plus it was nice to revisit all the in-progress pieces and to peek at the kitted charts!  There's a number of smalls in there so I might grab one of those if the over-one skin gets to me. :p

Monday, July 28, 2014

OMG, I stitched!

And I didn't stitch a little.  I stitched a TON.

Over the weekend, we watched a lot of TV.  Like, A LOT.  We've been rewatching Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon in all its terribly acted live action glory, and after watching something like ten episodes in one day, we figured, ehhh, why not just finish the last few in the series?

The last time I posted a pic of Bluebeard's Princess, she looked like this.  That was on January 18.

I stitched on her a bit more since then, but I never took an updated photo because... I don't really know, honestly, but I did finish the fin part of her tail, plus a little bit of the tail itself.

Well.  I went a little crazy over the weekend, and this is how far I got by 5pm Sunday.

By 9:30pm, she looked like this...

And right now, here's how she looks.  Yes, this is a bit deceptive since the other pictures don't show the entire stitched area.  Everything at the bra line and above was completed a LONG time ago. :)  But if you compare the tail, you can see I made good progress this evening too!

It's kind of hard to believe that once I finish her tail, all that's left is the portion of her fin that's on the left of her tail, the border of the piece (still not sure how/if I want to stitch it), and... a TON of over-one skin.  Sob.  Why do I keep doing this to myself?


Ahem.  I guess I'm in the stitchy mood again.  All this progress felt effortless.  It's amazing how well I can concentrate now that I'm not half-dead and worried about being sick.  Yay! :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stitch from Stash - July report!

aka STILL Nothing to Report.

Well, I haven't stitched a thing... even had to drop out of the band sampler round robin I was in, because I've just been too tired to focus on anything recently.  Well, I did stitch a tiny bit on Bluebeard's Princess, but it's not worth a picture.  Everything in my life is happening at a snail's pace these days.

New starts from stash:
- none

WIPs or UFOs worked on:
- Bluebeard's Princess (barely)

Amount spent:
Way way WAY over budget.  Blew through the budget I had saved from previous months, plus this month's budget, plus a lot more.  This was my planned cheat month, and I cheated LIKE A BOSS.  I'm not even going to say how much money I spent, so there.

My cheating came in the forms of:
- Crafty Kitten birthday club
- ABC Stitch shopping visit
- 3 Stitches shopping visit
- Stitch and Frog order

Unfortunately, shopping did nothing to bring back my stitchy bug.  I probably won't buy anything else for the rest of the year because I see no "benefit" to doing so... I just don't care about stitching right now.  It's sad, but I just don't have any motivation to do anything beyond the basics, "thanks" to being so sick for so long.  I'm finally feeling better, but there's still a lot of questions about the whole situation, and I'm tired of everything that seems like "work" or "goals" or "stuff to get done" at the moment.