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08/17/12

  11:00:00 am, by Airycat   , 269 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery, Stitches, TAST

TAST - Week 33 - Pekinese stitch

Pekinese stitch has been one of my favorite stitches since I "discovered" embroidery in 2009. I knew only one way to do it (single row of backstitch and very loopy), though, so I was delighted to see some variations on this weeks TAST post on PinTangle.

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08/16/12

  04:47:00 am, by Airycat   , 287 words  
Categories: GIMP

Another Toy!

In my quest to create with GIMP, I was looking for online art sites akin to Make Your Own Kaleidoscope! OH, did I find a doozie! Instead of going back to my TAST sampler or one of my WIPs I spent the entire evening at www.mutapic.com/Mutapic_01.swf.   I have over 200 new pictures. I don't know what I'll use them all for. Maybe for more digital images.

The free version uses the included libray of starting images. The pro version would alllow me to upload my own starting images. However,I can't seem to find enough info about buying this program, since I get a 404 on one link. When I looked at the other Info page, it tells about the program, but not where to get it or how much. When I have some money to spend, I'll write to the guy and ask him about it.

Even with the free onlne version, there is a lot! There are so many variables that the resulting images are probably in the hundreds, if not more. (It's been a while since I even tried to figure out something like that!) Basically it does in a click what I oftem spend hours doing in GIMP... using modes and filters. It produces 16 pictures at once, too! One of the things I like is that by looking at the settings and the outcome, I have actually learned a bit.

Rather than try to explain, I'll just show some of my favorite pictures that came out of this program.

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08/15/12

  07:47:00 pm, by Airycat   , 472 words  
Categories: Needlework, Gardening, Projects, Hand Quilting

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have decided to expand the WIPW to include more than needlework. For one thing, I don't always get any work done on a needlework project. This is because I'm working on other projects. That leads to my second reason for expanding. I'd like to have a record of what I am getting done. There are days when I wonder if I've done anything, so to be able to check back and see what got done will be nice for me. Some of it may be interesting to others; some not.

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08/12/12

  04:56:00 pm, by Airycat   , 619 words  
Categories: TAST

TAST Week 32 (with a Bit of an Unrelated Rant)

My frustration thermometer is spouting red at the top! Why does everything simple have to become so complicated?

I had really hoped to have this summer to do some art and needlework. I was going to do the 21 Secrets art classes this summer. I was going to work on  several unfinished needlework projects. It hasn't worked out that way.

If everything had come at once, it would have been better, but it's all been piecemeal over the whole spring and summer and each part takes so much longer than expected. It's all good stuff. I'm happy about it... just not the time it's taking from my art and needlework. By the end of September (I hope!!) I'll have my sewing studio ready to use (started in March--just needs cleaning and organizing), the family room painted with nasty carpet ripped out and a painted floor (started in May --new counter & sink are in), a spa out the back door (this month??), and new kitchen cabinets (September). See? All good. But as of December 2011, the only item on my list was painting the family room. Things just kept snowballing. All good, but still overwhelming.

Not so good was that in May I wrenched my back and have not been able to do as much as I'd like. Painting stopped. Everything is going slower. I'm able to work again now, but have to be cautious and STOP sooner than I'm inclined.

Simple plans for the garden are on hold. Couldn't dig in May/June because of my back and then it got too hot to transplant (and I'm permanently unable to go back to my previous abilites of doing my own digging, lugging and lopping).

And now... I can't find my garden shoes or my big bucket!  Where do things go!?!?!?

Oh, well...

On to the more pleasant pursuits...

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08/08/12

  10:14:00 pm, by Airycat   , 126 words  
Categories: Work in Progress, Hand Quilting

Work in Progress Wednesday

Again, not a lot of needlework done this past week. A wee bit more was done the week before (but I didn't post).

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