Sunday, April 19, 2009

oo! oo! ooo! A BEGINNERS needlepoint class

One of my absolute dream teachers is doing a FREE beginners needlepoint class!!!

Janet Perry's designs are all to die for, but I have never been able to bring myself to do them because of my absolute newbie-ness in needle pointing, though she does have another awesome site for all us newbies here

I do have the BASIC BASICs down, but not enough to do any of Janet's designs justice.

Sooooo, when i got a tweet that she was holding a beginners needlepoint sample class, I jumped. Anyone who knows me, knows what a physical effort THAT is, LOL.

Here is the info:

Many people who learn needlepoint, myself included, teach themselves. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that you end up reinventing the wheel, and maybe not learning new stitches very quickly.

I wanted to change all that and make it easy for people to learn needlepoint, learn good needlepoint habits, and have enough stitches at hand to start doing painted canvases with confidence.

The result is my free email course, Right from the Beginning. You can sign up for it here. When you sign up, you’ll get all the lessons so far and then be put on the list to get the lessons as they are released. Once the whole course is done, it will be sent out automatically to new sign-ups.

I’m sending out the first project today and its pictured above. It shows all ten of the stitches in the course’s stitch library and is small enough to keep in your project bag as a reference.

If you’ve been wanting to learn needlepoint or have a friend who wants to learn, let them know about the course.

Great end of week and weekend

I am still plugging away at Nicole North's Sex and Love scenes class.

I totally suck. Really, really suck at writing these scenes. Of course that was not a surprise to me; I knew I had a problem writing emotion, my background is all in the rarefied , passive world of academic writing.

However, it isn't all bad; I am learning a ton, and her class has given me the confidence to slog through. Practice make perfect.

And at this rate I should be ready to submit for publication rejections in about, say 10, 15 years.......

I just can't find it withing myself to be negative about this. I knew I sucked, that is why I took the class. I do not expect to be perfect in the beginning (and if you know me personally, you know what a HUGE leap that is for me). It is a learning curve.

I also went to an AWESOME workshop with Deb Dixon, author of GMC (among many other books). This book is THE bible for commercial fiction writers. I came out with 20+ pages of notes and a headful of ideas.

I am off to write some more, even practice on my silly love scenes.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Story Collage.

I am working on on Paranormal Romance that revolves around shape-shifters. It is my first novel, so it is more of a practice and tune up run than a novel that has any hope of being published (yet--if I become sucessful, maybe I can rewrite and get it out)

It is a story that has been in my head in one form or another for a while. Tonight I made up a collage with most of the main elements of the story.

They are the same picture, one just has the flash on. If you click on either one of the pictures, you can see it close up.

What do you think?

Winner of drawing

My apologies for the delay---work and the usual back to the real world crises. Nothing major, just day to day stuff, and sudden inspiration for a story I am working on. (will be the next blog posting)

So, on to the drawing:

I have 11 commenters on the posting. To be as random as possible I printed out each of your names and then had generate a random number. I then had my son pull the names from the hat (bag in our case) to get to the number generated, which was seven.

The seventh named pulled out of the (bag) hat is:


Terry, if you will email me with your snail mail addy, I will pop the magazine into the mail to you.

Thanks every one for commenting.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Egg Hunting

Hey all.

My kids--20, 17 and 17 decided a couple weeks ago they really wanted to hunt eggs today. This,after 5 years of "Mom, we are too OLD!"

What the......?? Hubby and I told them that was silly, they were much too old for that.

Secretly we went out to Wally World and purchased a few brightly colored plastic eggs and some of Hershey's offerings of the season, as well as a few bunnies for later decapitation. We hid all the goodies in the freezer in the garage for the last two weeks and pulled them out around midnight to stuff. Kids were all still up, but hubby managed to sneak the treats upstairs.

Kaat, my youngest daughter came into our room just after we had finished stuffing mounds of Kisses and Miniatures in the eggs and had mounded them all into my usurped embroidery basket. Thankfully, I had just put the basket on the far side of the bed before she came in.

The kids finally headed off to bed around 2 am (I have a household of writers and MMORPG players). Hubby hid the eggs, and I do mean hid. He said he hid them like he wanted to when they were younger but couldn't.

This morning at 7am we tip-toed into each kiddos room with excited falsetto squeals of "The Easter Bunny Came, Get Up!, Get Up!".

Did I mention morning are NOT their strong suites?

After shuffling downstairs and perking up a bit, the hunt was on--45 eggs inside and out. It took them just over an hour, and a couple hints to find them all, but find them all they did and are now contentedly eating the face/ears/tails off the chocolate bunnies and gloating over their finds.

I guess it goes to show that you are never to old for a bit of family tradition.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

It is SNOWING in Atlanta, and a give-away

I cannot believe it is SNOWING in Atlanta today. What the H*&L???? Is is supposed to be low to mid 70's, not cold enought to make my bones ache! ARGG! IHATE, HATE, HATE the cold!

I did manage to do a ton of spring cleaning, despite the frigid temps, pay bills, and generally organize. In doing so I found that i had two copies of the Just Cross Stitch March/April 2009 issue. The one with the Ink Circles "Growth Ring" pattern:

So, in order to not keep any clutter, I am giving away the extra copy. All you have to do is post a comment (Comment box is fixed now -I believe) by midnight EST, Sunday April 11th.

I will draw a winner using the random number. org generator from all entries

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Online Needlework Show is Coming This Month

The Online Needlework Show-- a wholesaler and vendor paradise of new designs offers up a ton of eye candy and contests for the consumer.

If you have never gone, make a date to come! The Online Needlework Show is April 15-20.

I have attended the last three years and one year I won
Cirque des Cercles from Ink Circles.

Awesome, aweome pattern. From Tracy's description: "
Interlocking circles provide a pleasing geometric layout for these stylized floral mandalas."

Of course, I then had to go and buy the companion piece
Cirque des Triangles

This is the point for consumers. See patterns you just HAVE to have and then get them. Of course I was already enamored of Tracy's Ink Circles work, having done the SAL Book of Ink Circles, better known as the BOINK

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Update One

I apologize--I have been *thinking* about blogging, added widget and other neat toys, and thinking about topics to blog on.

There are only about four topics I feel I write about consistently: stitching, family, work, health. Okaaaay. What is missing?


Well duh, how could I miss that? maybe because I do all my writing off line. I am a fan of paper and pen--the prettier the better.

So I will begining to not only update this blog a little more frequently, with information that may be of interest to more than myself, and add a bit of writing, my own (maybe) and info on writing.

I will be putting up a poll here in a bit to see what topics you might like to see more (or less) of


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