Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chain Reaction: A Study in Hoarding

It all started with the Super Bowl Sale at Salty Yarns...

I went into my favorite needlecraft store with a few things in mind and of course came out with more than I was planning on. I picked up "Creepy Crawly" by Blue Ribbon Designs, fabric and floss for that, and "Hallow Sampler" from The Primitive Needle along with overdyed linen for that and some Weeks floss. The shop was out of a few of the Weeks colors I needed so when I got home I went to my online back up, ABC Stitch Therapy, for what was left. Of course I ended up buying more than just floss. Who wants to pay shipping on that? (At least that was my excuse.) To round out the order I bought a cut-thru from Bothy Threads - "Cut Thru Camper Van" - for my surfing boyfriend and "Garden Birds" from The Prairie Schooler, which I've had my eye on of a while. Needless to say I was giddy from my purchases.

A few days later I decided that I was going to make a birthday present for a friend, since I've been on a gift giving kick recently, but wanted something a little out of the ordinary. My friend LOVES Hawaii so I wanted to take a look at what was available as far as Hawaiian xstitch. Enter Quilts Hawaii. Elizabeth Root, the owner, is such a nice woman. I bought an awesome leaflet called "Scenic Oahu" from her. She wrote me an email and everything. Even checked out my blog! Thanks Elizabeth!

Do you think I have a problem yet? Wait, there's more. I picked up another Janlynn kit from Kooler Designs called "Vegetable Trio" and, of course, I had to stitch Subversive Cross Stitch's Obama design. Holy hell. I've got enough to keep me going until I'm old and grey!

In between all my shopping I put some more stitches into TIAG's "The Auction".

I even made a Valentine's Day card for my boyfriend using Little Acorn's Squirrely Valentine 2009.

Now I just need some time to stitch!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Today's Forcast: 100% Chance of Clouds

I've been thinking about putting a label cloud on my blog for a while now and finally decided to give it a try. Scroll down and let me know what you think!

I followed this super easy tutorial from phydeaux3. If you're completely lost as to where the "/b:skin" tag is just keep scrolling down, down, down under your Edit HTML tab. You'll pass section headings like Posts, Comments, Sidebar Content, Profile, Footer and then - bam - there it is. Just follow the directions in the how-to. If everything works smoothly you'll see the label cloud when you preview your blog. If you're unhappy with the black-and-blue color scheme you can change it buuuuuut, the link to the "RGB Color Code Chart" in the tutorial is broken. Follow this link instead where you can see RGB codes for 216 colors and even how the color will display. Perfection!

Happy clouding!