Sunday, January 27, 2013

Miranda, Part 6

I know it's been quiet here on Snapdragon for a while, but I've been in Texas shopping my lil heart out with my mom : D  However, I've got something fun to share today, look what I just got!

We picked up Miranda in her new frame today, how do you think she turned out?

She's going to live at my parents' house for at least another year till we come back to the States (along with like a half dozen other framed stitched pieces I've done).  The couple who does our framing thought I was slightly mad for doing something that large and involved and couldn't hardly believe it when I said that Miranda is on the *small* side for Scarlet Quince projects.  Ha!

In other news, look what my brother and his wife bought last week:

No, not the lady, that's my MOM.  That car is a 1955 Chevy Bel Aire and the interior is teal.  I suggested they name it the Golden Chariot, or possibly the Giant Banana.

That's all I have for today but I'll be sure to update more often when I get back home next weekend.  Ta-ta for now!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Snapdragon Photography 2013 Calendar

A few years ago, Lee and I had the brilliant idea to take some of our photos and turn them into calendars for our parental units.  The first year was all pictures from Japan, last year was pretty much all in England, and this year is pretty much all over Europe.  Thought you might like to see...we've discovered that we like the way the calendars look better if all the pictures are landscape rather than portrait, which made picking photos interesting because we kept saying WHY is that vertical?!  But here's what we ended up with.

January:  Lee took this shot of Hohensalzburg in, you guessed it, Salzburg (only it was November when we took it).

February:  We spent about 2 hours sitting in the Place de la Concorde freezing our butts off for Lee to get this shot.  Was it worth it?  Heck yeah.

March:  Lee swears that I took this one in Bruges.  I was hoping we had a good shot of the canals with swans, but no go.

April:  Lee also swears that I took this pic of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.  I don't know for sure which of us took it, but I do know that Lee expertly removed a crane from the shot :)

May:  Pretty sure Lee took this one of Trevi Fountain in Rome.

June:  I'm absolutely sure Lee took this one when we were in Venice.

July:  Not sure which of us took this one; it's Saint Michael's Mount off the coast of Cornwall.  And I never did get around to posting our Cornwall pictures from last April, so maybe I'll do that soon.

August:  I took this one of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and a nearby statue.

September:  I think Lee took this one of Pompeii with Vesuvius in the background.

October & November:  These pics are actually swapped; the one with the orange leaves on the left is October's photo and November is the one with the red ivy.  I'm having issues with Blogger and it won't let me move the photos how I want.  Both photos were taken by Lee at Lake Bled.

December:  I took this one in our village when we got all that snow last winter, I thought it was a good Christmasy picture.

And there you have it, our 2013 calendar.  Hope you enjoyed!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Goals for 2013

They say that you're more likely to accomplish your goals if you write them down, right?  And even more so if you share them?  If that's true, then maybe this will help me.  Here are a few goals I have for this year, in no particular order.

1.  Finish my master's degree.  My last class starts on Monday, and then I'll have to do a comprehensive exam.  I just want to stick a fork in this degree!

2.  Work on scrapbooks for Lee and me.  To that end, my goal is to do 100 scrapbook pages, so about one double-page layout per week.  And I want to do that NOT counting baby books (so I kinda hope my friends and family will quit procreating so rapidly to help me out with this).

3.  Finish the two baby books I started last year and both the babies have arrived and I still lack 1/3 of each book.  Oops.  Umm, let's call that a goal for January.

4.  Update our personal cookbook.  So I did that massive cookbook project last year, and we've tried (and liked) lots of new recipes, but I haven't updated our own cookbook in a very long time and I'm tired of always looking for the printouts of recipes because they're not organized.  I even had my mom send me a divided file folder thing to organize all the recipes I want to try, and I did put a bunch in there, but I've got a stack an inch tall that hasn't been organized yet.  And more recipes in piles in the kitchen, my craft room (??) and the computer room (where the printer is, so that makes marginally more sense).

5.  Stamp and mail out cards...and hopefully more or less on time for birthdays, etc.  What with posting new cards every weekday over on Snadpragon Stamps,  making the cards is working out pretty well so far and I've been doing not so bad with mailing them too.  So this is kind of a maintenance goal.

6.  The ever-popular work out and eat better.  Since Karen moved here I've got a gym buddy (classes start up again next week) and I've even been going to the gym on my own the last week, so let's just make this a habit.  I just need to not sample quite so many cookies when I make care packages ; )  The first challenge to this one is when I go home to Texas in a few weeks for my birthday...HELLO, Panera Bread!  Tony's!!  SONIC!!!  But I'll try.

7.  Be happy.  Kind of a nebulous goal, but I like having 7 goals and this seems like a good one.  And fun to work on, right?

Hugs & kisses, peeps!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Accolade, Part 5

First post of 2013 and it is time for a cross stitch update!  December's Scarlet Quince project was The Accolade.  To jog your memory, here's what I'm working toward:

And here's what mine looks like now!

As you can see, I didn't *quite* finish the last two pages on the top row, but by golly I gave it a valiant effort.  December was very gray, both in stitching and the weather hereabouts.  Here's a closeup of the area where I was working.

So all that randomness on the chart actually *does* translate into some nice shading!  In December, I did 10,668 stitches, which brings me up to a total of 29,492 done out of 150,000, or nearly 20% done.  Because I was curious, I added up how many stitches I did in all of 2012 on my four projects in rotation, and it's a whopping 81,623.  Whoa!  That's enough to have made Miranda twice over.

Looking at how much I've done compared to how much I have left to do on this one is still a bit of a depressing prospect, but I'll get there.  Last month's stitching was the most progress I'd made in a month on The Accolade, so that's something.  And when I start the next row, I should get to start working on the lady and her hair, so that's cheery!

New year, new project...since Miranda is now finished (though still awaiting a frame), I've decided to start on a new SQ project, Rain Blossoms.  I kind of debated if I wanted to add another project or just shorten the rotation to 3 projects, but Rain Blossoms will be on 16-count and will be a nice break from the intense stitching on the other three projects (particularly The Quarry, that one is turning out to be a real bear).  Haven't actually started on it yet though....last night it seemed more important to have some cuddle time on the couch with my doggos while we watched stuff on TV.  So perhaps tonight :)