Sunday, March 1, 2015

a few of my favourite things

White.

I've been thinking a lot about this colour lately.

With all the snow outside, it's all around us. I mean, how could you NOT think about white. Which of course leads to other thoughts about  'white'.

My favourite chocolate when I was little was - white chocolate. Now my favourite is dark chocolate, but certainly wouldn't turn down any white chocolate.. it is somewhat chocolate after all.

White tea - I do love tea, and have had this, but find it lacks flavour. I think I'll just stick to green tea.

For more fun facts that you must know, it's all on google...

White was one of the first colors used by paleolithic artists; they used calcite or chalk. 

In ancient Egypt, white was connected with the goddess Isis. And did you know that 'White' is the source of more names for women in western countries than any other color? ...Albine (Latin), Blanche and Blanchette (French); Bianca (Italian); Jennifer (Celt); . Candice (from Latin Candida); . Fiona . (Irish);  , Nives (Italian) ....

Oh there are so many things one imagines, when thinking about white.... beaches, sandals, white pants for summer, albino animals, weddings, clouds, mountain tops, cleanliness, ghosts, tobogganing, skating, ice... oh the list goes on...

White is the color in Western culture most often associated with beginnings ... innocence...

But white has a dark side. Trust me. A cruel, blinding , colourless, bleached, natural, friends laughing in your face mean streak... with nary a shade or smidgen of colour relief in sight...

Why do I say this, you may ask.

Let me introduce you to what I have been stitching...



well, this is all I can show for now, 
since it's a design I'm doing the model stitch for, 
and it hasn't been released yet... 
but soon :)

Maybe not soon enough.

So another thing white reminds me of is the movie...
The Sound of Music

why?

Oh let me remind you of that song ...

Men in white lab coats bearing straight white jacket,
Solid white floss and still more in the basket,
Snipped off white ends that stay on my eyelashes
Any more white and I'm going to bash it

Knots in the stitching 
I'm blinded by white
These are the reasons 
I'm longing for 

chocolate.

Ok, so the last word doesn't rhyme.

Chocolate - the antidote to all things white... 

especially when stitching white in vast quantities.






Tuesday, February 17, 2015

the only way to go...

You know the saying, When Life gives you lemons... make lemonade?

Well, I've come up with my own sayings...

When friends give you flowers...


make a beauuutiful bouquet, and since there's no room on the table, just eat out.

When there's just too much food...


the next day, have it for breakfast.. and lunch  ... oh and dinner ..

When struggling with short stubby nails


just get gel'd

When throwing a party and telling friends NOT to bring gifts


Be very thankful that they know what you like... and don't listen

When it snows


Don't fight or struggle with the stuff... the sun will come out eventually, 
even if it's months from now
(and remember we have leftovers.. and gifts!)

When there's a sale after Valentine's day...



do not resist.. it's futile anyways.

When celebrating Pancake day...


it of course must be done creatively with chocolate !

And last but not least...


If you happen to have a hubby ...


Be thankful that he has a sense of humour
and brings you roses.


:)



















Saturday, January 17, 2015

It was just a matter of time

Well, there are lots of things I can handle in life.

Decorating for a birthday boy.. easy


and fun




with maybe a wee, tiny bit of mischief thrown in


Getting up early
and making heart shaped pancakes


Well, not that I am an early bird, but I did it!



Seeing my sweet son turn 13




well, maybe a bit harder.



Now , seeing my dinner go up in flames
was a bit hard



BUT since it was part of the show, 
and there was a slight distance
... not too hard

ok, yes, it was easy
considering someone else was doing the cooking, lol


Seeing a cake that's NOT chocolate??



ok, it was still delicious.. 
and beside my dear sonshine  picked it out


Seeing someone ELSE receive chocolate??



ok, that was indeed tuff.
I might have to pull out the duct tape to restrain myself while he sleeps...
unless of course he failed to count said balls of delectable goodness
teehee

He did share, so that softened the blow




BUT THIS??



I thought THIS would NEVER come.
(wishful thinking at the highest)

THIS is beyond dreadful.

Even worse than 
running   out   of    chocolate.

Yes. That bad!


And it's official.



The door says it all now.

Loud and clear.


And it's one thing I just cannot handle.




I may need to drown my sorrows...




shhhh... 

birthday boy is sleeeeeping.

Pleasant dreams 

and a pinch to grow an inch

:)



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

could it be?

Could it be - another finish?

you bet!



Finish #5 !
Mill Hill Teddy Snow Charmer


Could it be another snowman?
You bet!

Could it be that birds may not be my theme for the month?
welll .. maybe overall for the year.. but I think there are a 'few' snowman that need to be
cleared out first
I'm hoping that will clear out the freezing cold temperatures sooner too.


Could it be
 a few friends seemed to think it was birds that was my theme for the month....
I have no idea where they got that idea from ;)

There's always room to add a birdie on the snowmen :)

I do like snowmen, and birds, and...and...

I was thinking today about what might be my absolute perfect 
pattern to stitch.

So here's the start of the list of what it would need to include:

birds
snowmen
bears
chocolate
tennis
music
something Christian
flowers
angels
something outdoorsy
all with a touch of humour



Could it be that's asking for too much?








Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Out of order

13 days into the year and 4 finishes!

Of course I posted my 2nd finish on Jan 2... so here's my 4th finish.


Isn't he cute?
Mill Hill Birdhouse Charmer
I love the fact that there are birds on this design.
I just love birds.

So without further ado,
finish #1



Mill Hill Treasured Holiday Sampler "Crystal Hearts"

This one was fun to stitch because of the variety of stitches
.. that and all the beads :)






And here's finish #3


Bent Creek (gasp, I know NOT a Mill HIll), "Snow is in the Air"

ehem, with a few changes


snowflakes are stitched with Kreinik, sparkly white cord

I think I need to use more Kreinik this year. It's so easy to substitute
it for an existing colour on a pattern

more snowflakes...button nose, beads on face

beads for border, tassels on scarf and hat...



and "I Love Snow" , with heart button 

You did see the birdie didn't you?

hmmm.. maybe the start of a theme for the year 

and for this month?
I guess you'll just have to wait and see.

:)



Friday, January 9, 2015

not quite ...

So somebody told me he'd pick up a new calendar in the kitchen for this year... oh what might that be.. flowers? bears? birds? landscapes? the choices are just endless....

but noooo,  apparently the choices are limited this year....


Not quite what I was expecting.

And I know what you're thinking... 
why couldn't it have been at least chocolate moose?
Well, at least that was my thought.

Speaking of chocolate... 


This is what a real coca bean and seeds look like!
yes I tasted one of the seeds...
not quite like the chocolate I know... but interesting

And being the fabulously fantastic exciting month that it is
Just my opinion ;)

Somebody surprised me with a birthday month present...
was this guilt brought on by the wrong type of moose?


mmmmm...
such a big bag ... 


and inside 
was another bag...
not quite what I expected



and inside the small bag? 
Godiva truffles.....

....Heavenly
very quite as I expected


:)








Saturday, January 3, 2015

some assembly required


I find it interesting and often amusing how separate, unrelated things, when I look back on a day, seem to have a common theme...

 take for instance this belated Christmas gift...


Can't you just tell what it is?


oh, yeah, there seems to be some assembly required....

Not wanting to take up precious stitch time,
 I suggested Legoson could assemble this for me.
hmmm, since he doesn't seem want to go to bed 
ever
again
(or at least it feels like that to me)
 he might as well stay up and do something useful.

Legoson, just you wait until Monday morning  and back to school 
....


So , January 2nd, I finished my 2nd project:


Mill HIll kit " Tea Time"
The kit came with a box that you are supposed to mount it on.
I think I'll decorate the box first, and add some embellishments.
So there is still a wee bit of assembly required... 
but I need to wait for the inspiration to hit

2 days, 2 finishes... at this rate I may just make a dent in my stash
in about 10 yrs from now.

hmmm... with all these finishes ,
I better go assemble my wish list
There MAY just be a few Mill Hill kits missing that I need

:)







Thursday, January 1, 2015

Yes, I could have...





Another year has come and gone

Yes, I could ponder all the places I wanted to see,
but heck, I don't think they're going anywhere...
and I'm not sure if the Lindt factory would let me in.

Yes, I could lament about all the stitching I wanted to finish,
but  I think 64 finishes in one year is indeed pretty good.
And I finished the year up with the wee angel above :)

Yes, I could regret the friends I should have called,
but I did spend time with many friends, 
and starting a job can hamper that too

Yes, I could reflect over the healthier food I should have eaten,
but didn't... chocolate is just... so ...versatile 

Yes, I could brood over all the chocolate out there I didn't get to try,
but didn't... ok, no excuse here

Yes, I could mull over the fact that I didn't get a unicycle for Christmas , again,
but there's always next year

Yes, I could meditate on all the books I wanted to read,
but wanted to save them from smudgy chocolate fingerprints

Yes, I could muse over all the housework  and organizing that I didn't do,
but I don't think I'd be musing for long.. I heard dust-bunnies are endangered ,
and there may be a paper shortage... sometime...

Yes, I could recollect all the time I spent on Candy Crush
and the fact that my New Year's Resolution
barely lasted 2 hours...
besides - I'm almost there!!!

BUT,
most of all
 I could  cry over 

spilled milk,


but I didn't...
it' wasn't chocolate milk you see.


Happy New year to you all!




Monday, December 29, 2014

A little birdie told me

Some of you might think that this blog has focused too much on chocolate.

Tuff. Get over it...lol

....not that I have an addiction to the stuff or 


yeah, ...ok .....sigh...


So, I have been a wee bit neglectful of posting my stitching finishes.
Yikes, ... I didn't post too many blogs or too many photos of me finishes this year.
What can I say - Chocolate often gets in the way...  that and my job.

So here goes... an update on my finishes for the year. I finished 61 !!!

whoo hoo!

And to save time posing all the photos here, I decided to post the link to my 2014 album on facebook :)
(I know lazy eh?... sorry, you'll have to be on facebook to view them...)

Stitching album 2014
https://www.facebook.com/helen.omalley/photos_albums

Ah, but there's one I forgot about... finish #62 !


A wee gift for my friend Linda.. who just might like flip flops ;)



Last night I finished a Mill Hill kit my son gave me for this Christmas


Super cute - I'll  keep this one of course.



But it seems I need to stitch this one again.

 Apparently, I got the colours all wrong...



.. or so a little birdie  told me...

Not sure when I'll get the time to do that though..
might be a slight delay due to some major distraction


mmmm...

 can you imagine the s'more I could make with that?

:)










Thursday, November 20, 2014

the long and the short of it...

There are many things in life that I find inspirational. 
Things that unleash my creativity and make me want to try new things. 

I love to take photos 
so here's some  inspiration for my art, including writing....



experimenting with new ways to eat watermelon ...  
yes over a campfire




this huge portrait... made of Lego


of course chocolate... goes without saying


with a view of course

Being in the woods, outodoors...


increasingly so when it's not cold and pouring down rain :)

and birds... love the patterns and colours of their feathers


doesn't this one look so peaceful?

and then there was this....


yes, even chopped hair can be inspirational.

unless done under a full moon



but even then, the end result can still be 

pretty incredibly

gorgeous actually


  friends,
some of the best inspiration


:)