A New Face Lift Again!!!!

After nearly 4 months I've finally came across a blogger template that I can tweak to my heart's content. It only took me 4 days to get it up and working with my side bar items and the CSS code looks right in both Internet Explorer and Fire Fox. WAHOO!!!!

Thank you Pannasmontata! Finally someone who actually knows what they're doing and has artistic style as well.

I've decided to leave all my book related things – goodreads reviews, widgets, etc. on this blog. Since I really don't talk about much besides my needlework and the SBQ meme. Maybe I'll just end up making LJ a mirror site for my blogger posts. That should make everyone happy.

Well I'm off to finish the books in my currently reading shelf. Why not stop on by and give the new coat of paint a look see..

Later y'all......
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WiP Update: Once Upon A Time - Part 6

Well this was a very slow week and a half getting this small section done. Guess I’m starting to reach a mini burn-out again when it comes to stitching. Well at least I accomplished my goal for this project. I’ve decided to rotate it in between the other projects on my list; at least that way it won’t get turned into a UFO.

I thought I’d try something a little different this time in displaying the picture. I drew a box around the actual section that’s new and grayed out the rest of the picture to show just how much and where the progress was on the fabric. If you click on the picture link you’ll get to see a bigger snap.

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As for what I’m going to work on next, I’ve got “Camelot Sampler” set up on the scroll frame cradle. But I’m also thinking about “Musical Bell Pull” I haven’t worked on that since February 2001. Whichever one I work on next will be awhile, as I’ve been neglecting my growing collection of romance novels. They’ve been collecting dust on my headboard so I plan to get some reading done until the beginning of August and then get back to stitching.

And speaking of books, I was thinking of moving all my book related things – goodreads reviews, widgets, etc. – over to my Live Journal Blog. That’s if I can ever figure out how to put my author banners and goodreads widgets in the side panels that is. I need to start posting to it or one of these days LJ may decided to up and nuke it. I’ll be sure to post a notice and have a link in my side panel so you can look at it if you want, when I get around to it that is.

Well that’s it for this blog blurb……

Book Review - Paranormal Fantasy: Vampires

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures Volume 2 Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures Volume 2 by Laurell K. Hamilton

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent artwork and storyboard scripting!!! I managed to buy the book the day it hit the shelves and read it the minute I got home.

I now plan to put the paperback "Guilty Pleasures" in my TO-READ list. I’ve gotten the feel for Hamilton’s writing and I hope the book has a wee bit more romance in it than the graphic novel did.

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Another Project Done off the WiP Pile

YEA!!! I can finally scratch off Christmas Mystery Sampler off the side panel of my WiPs category. And it only took me 4-1/2 years!!! {groan} I promised I’d get it finished by the end of June, I got close and only over shot it by 2 weeks. I don’t have the money to frame it, so more than likely it’s going to get turned into a bell pull. Don’t know when that will be though, as for the moment I’m sick-to-death of looking at it. I only made one major change in it, and that was not stitching the last part. I just didn’t like the Kreinik metallic gold fringe effect of part six so I ended the project with part five for a more uniform look.

And now for all the other info just in case you want to know…..

Name: Christmas Mystery Sampler
Type: Counted Cross Stitch
Finished size: Approx. 6.57" x 19.7" (16.68cm x 50cm) on 28ct. Lugana {Black}
Leaflet/Kit #: E-mail PDF Chart
Designer/Publisher: Pamela Kellogg, Kitty and Me Country Crafts / CraftSoft Inc. © 2003
Finshed: July 10, 2008
Misc. Info. : A free Stitch-Along Project in 6 parts (Oct. 29 - Dec. 14, 2003) created just for Pam's bulletin board group at http://pamkellogg.yuku.com/

I'll be working on part 6 of Il était une fois (Once Upon a Time...) next.
Well that's it for now.....
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SBQ Meme: Stitching Time Management

This week's SBQ from Renée is:

How do you balance your stitching time with your other obligations such as work, household chores, etc.?

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When I was working full time my evenings were filled with getting on-line and checking my e-mail, a couple of message forums and a very long list of RSS feeds. Those feeds included book authors & publishers, my SBQ & needlecraft friends, and Brick n’ Mortar needlecraft shops. I only had roughly 3 hours in the evenings for this and then it was time for bed. Household chores, book reading, and stitching was given over to the weekends.

Now that I am temporarily unemployed I can read, stitch, or cruise the internet as much as I like during the day. Finding work is a bit more of a problem. No one wants to hire you if you don’t have a reliable source of transportation – i.e. a car.

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Book Review - Paranormal Romance: Vampires

Lady & the Vamp (Immortality Bites, Book 3) Lady & the Vamp (Immortality Bites, Book 3) by Michelle Rowen

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a really sweet story if you like romance with little to no sex. This book should have been labeled as "young adult/teen".

Which is odd because the characters were written as much older; Michael Quinn (age 30) and Janie Parker ( age 25 ). What was most in abundance was verbal loquaciousness. Both characters (well Michael more then Janie) went on and on about their self loathing and doubt.

Overlooking that little annoyance I rather enjoyed reading it. The book was sharp, witty, and had plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. A very good vampire book.

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