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WIP Wednesday: Website Edition

Now that the website redesign and my swap piece are finished, I'm inbetween projects and therefore have no purpose. There were all these things I'd planned to do once I finished the site, but now I've forgotten them.

Here's the completed Radiohead bear from last week. I stitched it for the patterns page, so I could have a better picture. The old one was pretty sad.


Next week is my birthday, and I'm planning something fun for that. Watch out!

Welcome to the New Site!

It’s finally here! After months of pretending to be a designer, the new and improved site is out in the wild. I’m so glad it’s finished, the old site was starting to look uglier and uglier the more I worked on the redesign.

Basically, the whole idea was to give the site a brand new look that was more minimalist and functional. I eliminated the clutter and updated just about everything else. As a bonus, it gave me the opportunity to work on my CSS and HTML skills. I read books and everything!

Here’s some fancy bullet points about what’s new and exciting:

Looking forward, my plan is to include more posts about things that aren't stitch or music related. I’m thinking fun posts about moving, decorating a new place, DIY projects, maybe even cooking. I have tons of ideas that are just waiting to be put to use once my life sorts itself out.

I probably broke 50 things after making the site live, so excuse me while I frantically fix them.

WIP Wednesday: Extended Edition

So I found out that the deadline for my swap piece was 2 weeks later than I originally thought. That made me so freaking happy. Now I won't have to rush and stitch like a madwoman to try to finish it in time. I hate to be late for things, so I would've gone to insane lengths to make it on time if I needed to. But it won't be an issue now. I made quite a bit of progress last week before I found out about the deadline change, so I could end up mailing my piece a week before the deadline. I haven't been early for a swap since the very first one I joined.

Here's another progress picture that gives nothing away.


Also, the new site is so close to being ready it's scary. Within 2 weeks it'll be out in the wild. Eep!

WIP Wednesday: Scatterbrain Edition

I'm trying to do too many things at once so my brain is all over the place right now. I started a new pattern, am still working on my wip from last week (I'll get to that in a bit), plus new site stuff and reading a super-long book. I can't really focus on one thing for long periods of time so I'm not making the progress I'd like. I'm dying to get the new site finished and release it into the wild, but the stupid thing will not just magically finish itself. Right now I've got a few big sticking points that have to be sorted out. Until that happens I won't feel like I've made any real progress. If only I could borrow a designers' brain for a few hours.

Enough of that, here's a tiny piece of my wip. As I said last week, I can't show very much of it without ruining the surprise. I've got a third of it done so far, but I had to crop it from the picture. It looks awesome though, trust me.


WIP Wednesday: The Return Edition

...And we're back! I've been pretty productive lately, particularly in the last week, so let's recap.

My creativity decided to return from its vacation so I've been working on patterns like crazy. Normally I work on one pattern at a time, finish it, stitch it and then move on to the next thing. Since I've been having inspiration issues recently, I decided to work on only patterns for awhile and try to stockpile some before actually stitching anything. I finished 3 patterns and am still working on 2, plus some other ideas I still have brewing in my head. Not to mention the upcoming Phat Quarter swap.

But, I could only work on patterns for so long before I just had to stitch something, so I stitched this bad boy up.

Not what I planned

Basically, in life as in craft, things don't end up like you thought they would. See also, milestone birthday approaching.

Here's my current wip. I can't show much because it'll ruin the awesomeness, but I've actually done a lot more work on it.


In Real Life Land, I had a job scare last week. That's what I'm calling it now cause I must make light of my unemployment and lack of prospects in order to cope. And in my neverending quest to pretend to be a normal functioning adult, I met up with giddygirlie for lunch after my interview. I think I managed to only be slightly socially awkward, which is much better than I expected. It was nice to be able to meet a fellow crafter.

I've also been working on the new site like crazy. Obviously I missed the June 30th "deadline", which I completely expected. After getting stuck on the design (again), I reworked some things and am really happy with how things are turning out. I have no idea when it'll all be done, but my goal is to have it up by September, in time for the birthday contest I'm planning.

WIP Wednesday: No More Bears Edition


Woodgrain Bear

I have to admit, there are a bunch of mistakes in this one, more mistakes than I've made in a long time. I don't know what it was about the bear that made me forget how to count. So in that sense, it's not my best work, but I love how he came out and I can't wait to find an awesome frame for him (once I have a place to hang him of course).

If you want to stitch your own woodgrain bear, or something equally as awesome, check out flamgirlant's etsy shop

So now I've got nothing else to stitch at the moment. I have a few concept ideas but I haven't quite figured out the design part of the equation yet. My creative inspiration right now is pretty low, which is part of the reason I've been so focused on the site redesign. However, I've hit a bit of a wall with that as well. So now i'm rethinking some things while still putting off working on the graphical elements. The month is half over, so there's now about a 15% chance the site's done by the end of the month.

WIP Wednesday: Beary Slow Edition

Back in the Southern California Wasteland again. I was an unpacking ninja and had everything put away and back to normal in less than 30 minutes. Made it much easier to readjust after being gone over a month. I wanted to make sure I didn't use the long drive as an excuse to be lazy once I got home, so I've made sure to stay busy. And not just by catching up on 90210 (there's over 60 episodes on the DVR). Mainly, I've been working on the site redesign. I'm thinking there's a 36% chance it's done by the end of the month. I've been putting off working on the graphical elements because that's definitely not my strong suit. Luckily for me, there's tons of other stuff that needs to be done.

I've also finally gotten back to working on the woodgrain bear. I feel stupid for taking so long to start working on it again. The mistake I made was 1 stitch and not a big deal at all. My goal is for him to be finished by next week.


Yesterday I received my book swap piece. I mentioned to my partner *ennairam that Jane Austen was my favorite author and she embroidered this great quote from Pride and Prejudice for me.

PQ Book Swap

WIP Wednesday: Wednesday Edition

Slowly getting back into the swing of things. Started my swap piece yesterday. I won't be facing as crazy a deadline like I did with the music swap piece, so I'll be able to take my time with it. Don't really want to give any more details until it's finished and my partner receives it. But here's a sneak peak:


And just cause, here's a sneak peak of the new site.


Exciting, isn't it?

WIP Wednesday: Research Edition

It's been a month since I stitched anything which makes me wonder what I've been doing in that time. Other than watching 90210. Now I'm doing some research for my piece for the book swap. Real research, not like when I watched Monster's Inc. before the movie swap. My goal is to have my idea nailed down by the end of the week and spend next week on the pattern and the week after that stitching. Unlike the last couple of swaps, I don't have a feeling for what type of piece I want to do. I blame my stitchy break for that. It's a little weird being away from home and having to do all the work for the swap in a completely different environment. I only brought a couple of pattern books with me, so I won't be able to obsessively flip through my stash for inspiration.

I have worked on the new site a bit, but I think it'll be impossible for me to get everything done by the end of the month, since I'll be in Texas the whole time. So I'll be shooting for the end of June instead.

WIP Wednesday: Short & Sweet Edition

Finally I'm starting to get my act together and start being more productive. Made some solid progress on the new site. Mainly working on the layout of all the pages and whatnot. No design stuff yet so it's ugly as hell.

Going back home for an extended visit and I hope to get back on the cross stitch train soon. I really have to stop screwing around and finish my bear.

WIP Wednesday: Failbot Edition

Last week was a total failure. I barely accomplished anything after last Tuesday. Then I made the mistake of trying to work on my bear while watching the Masters on Sunday and managed to screw something up. Now I can't bring myself to go back and look at it and figure out where I went wrong. I know it's not a big mistake and it's also not the first (or second) one I've made. Needless to say, the bear isn't finished like I was aiming for. My goal was to start fresh this week and really try to get things done but I haven't gotten off to a very good start with that. I have been working on more design and graphic ideas for the site makeover, it's just slow going because I'm incredibly picky when doing anything in Photoshop or Illustrator. My goal is to have everything done by the end of May.

WIP Wednesday: Bearly There Edition

And the pun filled titles keep coming!

I was hoping to have Mr. Bear done by today, but I've been distracted thinking about the changes I'm going to make to the site. I'm still in the early planning stages, which is the most exciting part for me. Next week though, there will be a completed bear. Then I don't know what I'm gonna do cause I'm out of patterns!



New and exciting things to check out...

Patterns- make stuff!
Gallery- pictures of stuff!
Reading List- stuff I read!


Wuh oh...

Working on a bunch of updates to the site that'll be complete very soon.

Here's a hint: patterns


Joined Twitter (@ponyinarope). Added Twitter updates to the sidebar.

Updated the Archives page that was somehow neglected.

Also tweaked the About page.


The new and crazily improved Pony in a Rope is here! Poke it with a stick and see what happens!

Yesterday one of my latest works was featured on, one of my newest blog finds. A running joke around my house is that my web developer S.O. is a l33t hax0r, and this piece is his "proof". The border says l33t hax0r and has his initials all in binary.

Random May Thoughts

Lakers-Spurs game 2 is tonight. There's already been some trash talking going on between my house and my mom's. I'm staying out of it because frankly, I'm a traitor, and I would prefer not to be disowned or thrown out of my house.

Pitchfork has an interesting article about favorite albums. "Like a lot of kids I would spend time in my room making lists of favorite this and that but it was always with one mind's eye on the social world: getting my ideas straight before they were tested." That was totally me in high school, although I don't think i've ever had just one favorite album at a time. That requires too much loyality and commitment to one album. But I can fairly easily spit out a list of favorite albums. I don't like to be limited to just one favorite.

The new Gnarls Barkley album has grown on me quite a bit. I think unlike the first album, this one is much more of a grower. Right now my favorite song from it is "Neighbors".

My latest project...

I need to get a better picture, the light was crappy since it's been overcast all day. Oh's still making me hungry.


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