Sunday, July 28, 2013

"I'm wishing..." - Run Disney Princess SAL Week 8: Snow White

Good afternoon stitchers!!!

Sorry I'm so late this week! I was sitting at my sewing machine and realized I'd forgotten to do the update yesterday like I promised! I'm going to blame the trip to Hobby Lobby that resulted in me making some new placemats for myself.

Anywho, without any further delay, here she is...the ORIGINAL Disney princess:

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Truth be told...I cannot stand this version of Snow White. I think it's the voice.
But she did give the rest of the girls a chance at being made. All the same, I prefer her like this:

Anyway, I will see you all next week. It will probably be another weekend update as I will be without my computer near the end of the week.

Keep on stitching!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Run Disney Princess Stitch Along - DELAY

Morning Stitchers,

Summer class has made life hectic. The new RDPSAL pattern won't be up until tomorrow.

Go get yourself some apples in anticipation (just don't buy them from an evil old hag).

Friday, July 19, 2013

"A Dream is a wish..." - RDP SAL Week 7

Morning stitchers!

It's Friday which means it's new pattern time!

This week's princess is often thought of as the original Disney Princess (even though Snow White came first). That's right, it's that vision in blue, Cinderella. Who, even though often marketed as the original princess, wasn't even born a princess...just saying.

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Hope you all enjoy stitching this one. I loved the satin stitching, personally.

I know there are new Flickr photos, and I am working on it, but school is getting a little crazy. And I start a new class on Monday, so if I get a little behind, I apologize in advance.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Why I hope the world will remember Cory Monteith.

I sleep with my iPhone in "Do Not Disturb", which I have set to turn off at 6 am everyday because during the week, that's what time I get up. So at 6:10 am this morning when my friend Catie texted me, the sound woke me up. Then when I read it, I was in shock.

Cory Monteith was dead at the age of 31.

Surely this was a joke. A prank. Like whenever a young celebrity is claimed to be dead. But as I read the news and Facebook and twitter, I was faced with a harsh reality. He really was gone. 

I've been an on and off Glee fan recently. But I've been there since the first episode aired after the American idol finale in may 2009. As I watched it, I knew something special was happening on my tv. 

Glee was important to my generation because it taught the world to accept people who are different than you. It took on big issues like bullying, teen pregnancy, teen suicide and being LGBT. And at the heart of most of those storylines was Monteith's Finn Hudson. 

Monteith helped us learn to love ourselves and each other. 

And for that, I'll be forever grateful.

Friday, July 12, 2013

I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I want it more than I can tell. - Run Disney Princess SAL Week 6

Good morning stitchers!

It's Friday and you know what that means!

It's time for another pattern in the Run Disney Princess Stitch Along!

This week we have my all time favorite Disney princess...the star of the first movie I can remember seeing, the woman who taught me it was okay to walk around with my nose in a book and my head in the clouds dreaming of adventures bigger than myself. Who taught me it was okay to be the intelligent girl. The woman who still inspires me at almost 25.

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I think she came out perfect. I love Belle so much. I think she is an important inspiration for girls everywhere. I hope you all enjoy stitching her.

Fun fact: when I was about 2 or 3 and went to Disney World all I wanted to do was meet Belle. We had just missed her and I started crying. My dad went up to the cast member that had been with Belle and told him/her the situation and they told him where Belle would be next in the park. Not only did we make it there and wait for her and the Beast, but when she came out from behind the gate, she was asking for me by name. Never argue the magic of Disney with me. Because that castmember made a little girl's day and hooked her on Disney for a lifetime. 

Don't forget to send your pics if you're stitching along (there's a link to a Flickr group in the side bar).

Happy Weekend!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Reconstructing Amelia: a book review

When Kate gets a call at work that her daughter Amelia has been suspended for cheating on an English paper and that she must come pick her up right away, she's confused. But when she arrives at school and finds out Amelia has jumped from the roof of the school her confusion changes to dread. But that is too washed away when a month after Amelia's passing, Kate gets a disturbing text. 

Amelia didn't jump.

"Reconstructing Amelia" is a fantastic tale of a mother's quest to find out the truth about her daughter's death, and life. Interlacing the narrative of Kate's search for truth with Amelia's life in the weeks leading up to her death was a brilliant call of story telling on the author's part. 

It's a fantastic summer read, especially if you are a fan of murder mysteries like I am.

And the twists and turns just keep you guessing. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

"Watch and you'll see..." Run Disney Princess SAL Week 5: Ariel

Morning stitchers!
Hope my American readers had a pleasant 4th. I had a wonderful, relaxing day full of fun, babies and pool reading. The only downside is the sunburn I got...but so far it isn't terrible. Here's hoping it stays that way.

And speaking of sunshine and swimming, this week's Disney Princess is quite the fish! That's right! It's everyone's favorite mermaid, Miss Ariel!

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I did Ariel in a seafoam green using a backstitch and satin stitch, using 1-3 strands. Stitch as desired.

Confession: I was actually forbidden from watching The Little Mermaid for about 5 years because Ursula scared me so badly. You know, at the end when she gets humongous? Terrifying. But now it is one of my favorites...mostly because of the music and Ariel. I love her she's willing to sacrifice anything to get what she loves. Is it right to leave your family and heritage for a guy? Debatable. But the translatable lesson is the one I love.

And, you know, this:

This one is from the Broadway production...which was okay, but not as good as some other Disney Broadway. But Sierra Boggess (Ariel) is a gem and I love her voice...and her as a person - she has such a positive outlook on life and what have you, so it's hard not to love her.

Until next week stitchers, I hope you have a relaxing quiet weekend full of craft time!
Yep...met her under the sea...

And on land.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Project Updates

Hello stitchers!!!!!

Thought I'd share what you and I have been up to.

You first:

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Looking good! Thanks for sharing your work!

Now me:

I also came up with ideas for all the Christmas presents I'm making this week. I haven't decided yet if I will be posting pics of them, since some of the people they are for read the blog. 

I also plan on using this blog a little more as a not-strictly-stitching blog...that is, when I have something to say that doesn't revolve around crafts (which since all I do is stitch and craft, may be a while).

But consider yourself warned :)