27 April 2010

Be A Witch - Shepherd's Bush

Be A Witch - Shepherd's Bush
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Chart: Be A Witch
Designer: Shepherd's Bush

Fabric: 10 ct Sand Tula
Threads: Weeks Dye Works, Sampler Threads, Crescent Colours, Anchor


It may come as no surprise that my favorite holiday is Halloween and thus I have several Halloween themed charts in my stash. There's just something about pumpkins, witches' hats, black cats that I love to stitch.

I started this piece when I had my NYC stitching pals (aka the MetroStitchers) over for an afternoon of fellowship. It's a quick stitch, being done on Tula, even if one does make a few mistakes and have to frog a little. I finished it up last evening, buttons included.

The only change made to the threads is that I used Anchor 403 for the lettering (a witch) in place of Blackbird from Crescent Colours. My LNS was consistently out of this color and I decided it wasn't worth ordering online when a solid black would suffice.

Now it's time to decide what to stitch next -- while continuing to make progress on Love from Turquoise Designs. I'm on the final letter (L) so the end is in sight.

23 April 2010

Awesome Day

Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

My mom arrived, with her friend, Ron, on Wednesday evening for a visit. Yesterday we drove up to Liberty State Park to take the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Me and my big mouth complained that every time someone comes to visit, if they haven't been here, I have to take them for a visit. Well, I'll never say that again... Yesterday, while we were there, The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, was receiving the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award.

I managed to be less than 10 feet from the man for a bit. Snapped a pic with my cell phone and sent it off to the BFF (the ultimate Springsteen fan) and get a text in reply" What? Where is this? Are you there? OMG! I texted back the specifics to get "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" in reply. Took a lot more pics with my regular camera (which are on Flickr), but since I was off to the side, they're not the best. Still, I was less than 10 feet from an American icon.

After hearing him speak, the crowd dissipated and we bid farewell to Ellis Island and boarded the ferry to the Statue. We didn't get crown tickets (I did that climb once about 20 years - that was enough, TYVM) but we did have tickets giving us permission to climb the pedestal. They said it was 156 steps, but after going 142, the ranger said we had 40 more to go. (What sort of math is that?)

I made it up, but it was an ordeal. I don't like stairs. Particularly when the stairwell narrows so it's a one person width and if you look over the walls/rails, there a big chasm of nothingness - in this case, the innards of the Lady. Coming down was more of a challenge, I went really slow, was on the verge of freaking out, but I held it together. This was the easy part - hard to believe I climbed the narrow spiral staircase to the crown all those years ago. (Once committed, you can't turn around.)

After a brief rainstorm while we were up on the pedestal, the sun came back out. We drove back down to the shore, meeting my husband for dinner at Spike's in Point. Lobster bisque + lobster roll might just equal the most perfect meal. I was so stuffed, as much as I wanted a piece of key lime pie, I couldn't eat another bite. We ended the night strolling along the boardwalk in Point, then I took mom and Ron for a scenic ride home through Spring Lake, Belmar and Avon (along the ocean) before leaving them at the hotel and coming home.

It was a great day - though I was exhausted when I finally got home. Intended to go to bed early - but had to upload the pics. By the time I did get to bed, I was out before my head even hit the pillow.

15 April 2010

Meow Pussycat

Kitty Cat Row - Bent Creek
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

I put the last stitches in Kitty Cat Row tonight. Well, almost the last stitches -- the last stitches I'll do. I need my mom's assistance in doing the French Knots for the mice's eyes/nose/feet. She's coming for a visit next week, so I'll get her to do her bit then.

Now it's back to my LOVE piece...

07 April 2010

New 'Do

Self Portrait - 04/07/10
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

A month or so ago, I had a makeover done at one of the cosmetic counters at Lord & Taylor. As a thank you with my purchase, I was given a free cut/style by a stylist from a nearby salon.

My hair is stick straight (does not hold a curl easily) and thick. If I put it up wet in a ponytail, 14 hours later - still wet at the core. As I'm growing it out, I've been struggling with it, swearing when it seems to have a mind of its own, not doing what I want it to do.

On impulse, I decided to let this stranger do the one thing I've always feared (after a previous botch job some 20 years ago): layer my hair. I talked to her, told here I didn't want them to be obvious but always wanted my hair to be manageable and have a little more movement. Once she was done, I saw the difference immediately. My hair went from heavy and lifeless to free and flowy.

It's been a few weeks and I'm still trying to achieve the exact look she managed (without use of a flat iron which I've never quite mastered). I think today it turned out pretty damn good and I managed to get a decent shot of myself. I'm happy with the cut and now have to make the decision to continue seeing my current stylist (who I adore and have been seeing for several years now) or give the gal who gave me this new look another chance.

05 April 2010

Hello Kitties!

WIP: Kitty Cat Row - Bent Creek
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

With the gorgeous weather, I've not really been stitching much the past few days, choosing to work on my tan instead, however, during the deluge, I did plug away on Kitty Cat Row as seen here.

This was a project I had started over one on 28 ct fabric - surely I must have been ill to attempt that. So a trip up to Tawny's a few weeks ago resulted in me acquiring this blue fabric. Hopefully now with baseball season starting up, I'll find time to stitch and cheer on the Yankees in the evenings. A couple games and this should be finished quickly and then I'll be on to my next UFO.

04 April 2010

What's one food you'll never eat again?

Peppers - green, red, orange or yellow. I got sick on pepper steak on a flight to Florida 30+ years ago and never again will peppers or any food containing peppers cross my lips. I can't even stand the smell if someone at my table (or even a neighboring table) is eating a dish with peppers.

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