May 2009 Archives

New Series

Starting a new series of song lyric cross stitch projects. I've got the next 3 lined up but I'm hoping to find something from the 80s to stitch.

This first one is from "All The Wine" by The National, who are known around these parts (my house) as the Best Band Making Music Today Not Named Radiohead.

Tomorrow I hit Michaels for more supplies.

Update!: you can buy this pattern in my Etsy store!


Lakers, you are going to send me to an early grave. But you give me pictures like these to look at, so I forgive you....for now.

Kobe doing his best seal impression.
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Pau staring down one of the crappy officials.
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French Open starts tomorrow. Hopefully someone (i.e. Federer) can stop Nadal. Apparently Ana Ivanovic is using Kings of Leon as "inspiration" for the tournament. Which means she'll play well in the first few rounds and then start playing like crap and lose.


In honor of tonight's finale, I made sure to finish this in time.

"The Bear" Station

I saw this on the back of a shirt at the Radiohead show I went to last August. I never saw what was on the front, but Lost + Radiohead = win in my book.

Apparently most of the Dharma station names are related to Apollo. His twin sister, Artemis turned one of her nymphs, Callisto, into a bear.

Favorite Lost characters:

  • Desmond
  • Daniel
  • Sawyer
  • Locke
  • Juliet (Because she wants Kate to die almost as much as I do)
Least favorite Lost characters:

  • Kate (I was REALLY hoping the Others shot her in last week's ep)
  • Jack
  • Sun (Living off the island didn't do her any favors)
  • Michael

X Stitch Bag

My new bag for all my stitching supplies. By far the most complicated thing I've sewn. Despite my serious lack of sewing abilities, I think it came out fairly well, although there are some definite flaws. Namely my complete inability to sew straight, which I blame on being left handed because it sounds like a good excuse. Plus I think my sewing machine hates me. It must sense my growing hatred of sewing.


It's approximately 8" x 8" and holds up to a 6" hoop comfortably. An empty 7" hoop fit, but with the extra fabric, it wouldn't fit as well as it should. Most of my work is in 4 or 5" hoops anyway.

Above is the view of the inside. I added a pocket for my scissors and a slightly larger one for thread and a little cushion i made for my needles (better view of it in the photo below). Right now it's not attached to anything, but I'll probably attach it to the pocket. I also added a button (the yellow thing on the left side) to put my unused thread on. More specifically the leftover thread when you take the strands you need.

The hoop in the photos is 5".

Took the bag to work yesterday for a test run, and other than the needle cushion probably needing to be attached to something, it held up well. Most likely I'll add another button and use some kind of ribbon to attach the cushion to it. I may also add some extra flair on the outside.

What I've Been Working On

That's just a piece of my current stiching project. I think I'm about a third of the way done with it. I realized that I've become too "one color" in my stitching. I don't know how it happened, but it has to stop. The pattern for my next project is complete and will have mulitple colors! I'm really anxious to start working on it. I would work on both at the same time, but I am way too scatterbrained for that. My "routine" is to work on a pattern while stitching something, although I haven't been in the mood for pattern making lately.

I'm also hoping to sew a bag to keep my stitching supplies in when I'm on the go. I have a bag I use now, but 5" hoops don't really fit in it, so it only really works for small things. My sewing skills are seriously sub-par, and yet my expectations are high, so this should be interesting.

Lately I've been...

Reading: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, which is basically what it sounds like...the zombie apocalypse in 19th century England. Normally I'm not interested in the bastardization of my favorite book, but most of the original text (thus the plot) is intact, so it was an interesting reimagining of the story. I can't wait until they turn it into a movie.

Listening to: Pearl Jam (who I've come to like in my old age), Live, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth (who I need to spend more time with cause they're pretty awesome), The National (Alligator, which I definitely enjoy more than Boxer).

Watching: Slowly making my way through the Best Picture nominees, so far I've seen Slumdog Millionaire and Frost/Nixon. Also watched Rachel Getting Married, which is like Margot at the Wedding but FAR better.

TV shows...Castle and The Unusuals which are both growing on me and will probably be cancelled. Dollhouse, which is seriously being held back by Eliza Dushku's total inability to be versatile. And of course Lost.

Making: I hurt my hand which has prevented me stitching as much, but I'll post a picture of what I'm currently working on tomorrow.

Required Listening: May

2002 was a pretty damn solid year for music. I enjoyed everything I listened to and all the albums will most likely make the list. I especially enjoyed listening to the Long Winters first album again. It has that debut album magic that is hard to replicate on future albums.

Up next, 2003, the year I've most been looking forward to for some unknown reason.

  • Black Keys- Thickfreakness
  • Cursive- The Ugly Organ
  • Kings of Leon- Youth and Young Manhood
  • Long Winters- When I Pretend To Fall
  • Muse- Absolution
  • Nada Surf- Let Go
  • The National- Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
  • New Pornographers- Electric Version
  • Placebo- Sleeping With Ghosts
  • Radiohead- Hail to the Thief
  • Those Peabodys- Unite Tonight
  • David Usher- Hallucinations
(Suggestions are always encouraged)