Monday, May 11, 2009
Derudas has a website at OriDavid. His diagrams for the butterfly are at: http://digilander.libero.it/oridavid/tecnicafarf.htm. By the way, the butterfly on his website is called "Farfalla." I guess that is Italian for butterfly!
Here is a picture of David and Tomoko Fuse. It's great seeing two of my favorite folders together! I have loved Derudas's butterfly since the first time I folded it. I was turned on to this butterfly by my friend Deiby in Brasil. (He is really into folding insects!)
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
I was perusing 1-2-3 Stitch which is one of my favorite online cross-stitch sources, when I discovered a cross-stitch origami cootie catcher/fortune teller! I am not sure how the designer got the shape to stay, but she probably used a fabric stiffener and an iron to set the shape, since cross-stitch fabric is quite soft and doesn't fold well. (Although, when you buy the fabric, it's sometimes sold folded and it's like heck to get those folds out -- so once the shape is set, it will probably stay that way.)
This embroidered origami fortune teller is pretty cute and would make a nice gift for a child. If you want to buy the design, go to 1-2-3 Stitch's fairy tale fortune teller page and enjoy!
P.S. Turns out that Lynne Nicoletti has other fortune teller designs besides the fairy tale one. 1-2-3 Stitch also has dog, cat and flower fortune tellers by Lynne. FYI Lynne has a website at lynnenicoletti.com. Click here for Lynne's page describing the creative process of "growing a fortune teller."
Monday, May 04, 2009
Joseph Wu created an origami model about 20 years ago called "When Pigs Grow Wings and Fly." It's a wonderful model. I'm including a pic here. This one was folded by Yureiko.
You can see Mr. Wu's post-"swine" flu model here.
UPDATE: Joseph Wu has now transformed "Swine Flew" into "Ground Pork." Check it out: Ground Pork. It is only a matter of time before there is "Road Hog"!
Sunday, May 03, 2009
I love the Dragon Dreams designs (especially the ones she does with Theresa Wentzler). I was just perusing Dragon Dreams patterns at 1-2-3 Stitch -- Joanne really does have a nice selection of Dragon Dreams charts -- and I fell in love with one called "Guard This Keep." I can't buy it right now because I need to eat and survive until the 15th (small matter, isn't it?) but maybe I'll order it later. It would be great on my door!
The OMRON website really doesn't show the pedometer in its full glory. Try the REI Pedometer Comparison page -- I have the pocket pedometer which, of course, is the one with five starts.
Saturday, May 02, 2009
If you want to go directly to the source, see Woo Toons Cartoons and his website showing his crochet in progress and in action, WooWork.com. There are pics and links to pics of Howie Woo at both websites.
Hey, if you're interested in the H1N1 ("swine flu") virus, take a look at this book by Gina Kolata about the 1918 flu epidemic. I learned an incredible amount about how a pandemic flu spreads. Did you know, for example, that a milder version of the flu appeared in the spring of that year, to return in the fall with a vengeance? This could be the pattern of the H1N1 virus. In fact, the preparations for a flu vaccine for the fall indicate that scientists believe the flu may come back as a more virulent strain this fall. Take a look at this book. It will enlighten you.
Also, check out this great website:The Great Pandemic. Very interesting is a discussion of life in 1918-1919. My dad was six years old in 1918. Everything you might want to know about the 1918 flu epidemic, including moving personal family stories of how the epidemic affected them. This is a great website!
If you crochet (or even if you don't) you're going to love Craftside's Pop Art Croched Roll of Toilet Paper Cozy Cover!!! I'm posting a pic here (her pic, FYI) so you can see what a glorious work of creativity this thing is, and if you crochet you'll find the instructions at the above link.
"June 29, 1996
Subject: Hi Sherry!
"Guilt? Guilt is my middle name. I feel guilty for not being more than I am, for letting opportunities pass me by, for not having enough energy to do everything, for not being perfect, for spending so much time on the web!
"I feel guilty for not being best at everything, because merely being good at some things is not good enough. I feel guilty for being emotional and spacey and focused and eccentric rather than calm and cool and organized.
"I feel guilty for having a bit of an edge on my personality even though I do like my personality, but I still feel guilty about relating to The Evil Queen and Cruella DeVille instead of Beauty and Snow White.
"I feel guilty about having a daughter who refuses to wear dresses or pink pony tail holders, though I think she's wonderful, and she loves The Evil Queen too.
"I feel guilty about producing boys who aren't great at sports, who are thin and wiry and freckled and spectacled. But, they are feminists, hurrah. I feel guilty about aluminum cans and eating meat and using cleaning chemicals and having three children and driving a car -- ecoguilt. But not guilty enough to change my bad habits.
"I feel guilty for liking myself even though I'm convinced I've failed completely at being perfect.
"And now I feel guilty about writing so much!
Ah Candice: You get the 1st Year Guilt Prize from SherryArt. You're definitely the most guilty one so far. Love, Sherry
Friday, May 01, 2009
The only thing I don't like about Twitter is people repeating the same thing over and over again. I don't know how many times folks noted that h1n1 is the new name for "swine flu." It gets rather b-o-r-i-n-g. But one guy from South Carolina noted that a Mexican restaurant was empty in his town. That is an interesting piece of information.
Anyway, if you're reading this, I've added Twitter to my blog, so go ahead and follow me!
It took me a while to figure out that "What are you doing?" on Twitter was the way to post about anything at all. I thought it was a question, like "What are you ACTUALLY doing?" not the way to, like, discuss H1N1 (so-called swine flu). Technically, that's not really what I'm DOING, but what the hey.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I am really getting addicted to You-Tube. I keep watching videos of border collies doing one thing or another. I sent Carol, my fellow Lawrence anthropologist, a link to a video of 3-week-old puppies. She enjoyed it, but then I found one of 4-week-old puppies herding ducks! So I sent her that link.
So now I'm going to go look for clawhammer banjo on You-Tube.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
My friend John in Orange County, California, told me that the bombing of Dresden was much like the bombing of Guernica by the Germans. He said to this day the Spanish won't allow Lufthansa to land because Lufthansa planes bombed Guernica. But the Germans allow us to land our planes there despite the destruction of Dresden. I guess that is because the Germans lost the war, so they have to take what they got. My cousin Curt Siodmak -- he was 92 when I corresponded with him -- was very bitter about the bombing of Dresden. It was in his autobiography. It makes me hurt to think about it.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I still need to buy a capo and tuner for my banjo. The teacher said I would need these, but I haven't bought them yet. I just paid for the session on Monday, like four weeks late. But it seems to be okay.
There is another session starting at the end of May, and I'm going to sign up for that one. I'm going to stay in this class as long as I'm in Saint Louis. There doesn't seem to be a folk school or a clawhammer banjo teacher in Jacksonville.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
The piece we are learning now is called "Jake Gilly." Last week and the week before it was "June Apple." I imagine we'll learn more of Jake Gilly today.
My daughter also quit smoking. I would like to think that I inspired her!
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Sky & Telescope
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Step By Step Beads
Cross Stitch Crazy
Original Logic Puzzles
I don't get some of these every month, but a few of them (like BARk, the beading, and the sci fi magazines) I'm subscribed to. The science and astronomy magazines I pick up at the store, along with the British cross stitch magazines. I am subscribed to Brain Boosters, for example, but the rest of the puzzle magazines come from Barnes & Noble.
By the way, I often drop by Barnes & Noble after my therapy session in Olivette. It's on the way to Forest Park Parkway in Clayton just off the 170. I usually have raspberry cheesecake while I'm there and maybe get a puzzle magazine or a cross stitch magazine if there are any new British ones. Then I get back on the 170 and take Forest Park Parkway home.
Obviously I like magazines. They appeal to my various interests and I usually read them from cover to cover.
Here it is: www.sudoku-puzzles.net
Well it isn't exactly new. Monks from Tibet create sand mandalas as a form of meditation -- and then destroy them when they are finished because destroying the mandalas represents the transience of life. (Look at the picture here -- the monks are using straws to blow out the sand because the mandala is so detailed.)
I started coloring mandalas at my therapy sessions because I had anxiety and my therapist had colored pencils and mandala drawings to color. I found it so helpful that we have continued to use the mandalas in therapy. The therapist also participates, coloring her own mandala.
Although my anxiety is now mostly gone because of a medication decrease, I decided to get my own mandala coloring books and some decent colored pencils. I got 36 fine Prismacolor pencils and 36 regular professional Prismacolor pencils. I also got some coloring books that are mandalas or designs or of a spiritual nature. The manufacturers of the coloring books are mostly Dover and MindWare. I like the MindWare books better. I have just about finished with one of the MindWare books, Celtic Mosaics. I don't know which one I will do next. But I am being disciplined about it. I am finishing one book before going on to the other.
By they way, there is a great website directing you to all sorts of grown-up coloring pages. It's called Best Coloring Pages and it's at http://best.coloring.ever.com. Thus, it's easy to find online coloring pages if you don't want to spend the $3.95 or $4.95 for a coloring book at Amazon.com. The only problem with the websites is that there are a limited number of coloring pages appropriate for meditation and relaxation. There are some mandalas, but not many. There are Mary Engelbreit pages, which some might find enjoyable (I colored some of these myself and liked doing them) but they may not be for everyone (especially guys, hehe). The Mary Engelbreit pages are at http://www.maryengelbreit.com/FreeFromME/ColoringPages.aspx/.
Although it's probably preferable to color mandalas than other shapes, I have found that some of the rectangular designs from the MindWare books are sufficiently similar to the mandala circles in structure to be of use. I think anything with a balanced design is relaxing. It may also be relaxing to color some of the more spiritual designs that include more intricate patterns. I have one book of wizards -- both male and female -- that fits this category. It is called Wondrous Wizards and is published by Dover.
Good luck with your coloring adventures! What's next? Paper dolls?
I am thinking about spending some time cleaning the house for three days (today -- Wednesday -- tomorrow and Friday) and if I can do it I'll cancel for Monday. That would be a sort of trial. But my fear is that I won't be able to keep it up. I don't know how this would work. I would have to get into the routine of cleaning every morning, just like I take the dog out every morning. I haven't done this for years.
See the dilemma? I'm not accustomed to cleaning the house myself, and I don't know whether I'll be able to do it.
UPDATE: Well, I'm not good at cleaning the house myself. I'm just not motivated. I tend to pick up just before the cleaning ladies come, and then I still don't do a great job. But at least the house is clean, even if it's still cluttered. So I'm going to have them continue to come every other week.
Monday, April 06, 2009
The best thing about quitting smoking is how I feel in the morning. I wake up feeling really good. I am also not coughing, except that sometimes my throat still feels a little itchy. But it isn't like it used to be.
I think the Chantix is also preventing me from gaining additional weight. My weight has remained stable. I need to lose a little weight (just one pants size) but I haven't put any weight on since I quit smoking, which is a first for me. The weight is what always makes me go back to smoking.
I highly recommend Chantix. It is VERY expensive, but not more than smoking a pack a day.
Friday, April 03, 2009
I started taking clawhammer (old timey) banjo lessons again, at the Folk Music School of Saint Louis. This place is great! So professional. My teacher is David Landreth, who is a very fine banjo player (I understand the best in the area). He's a tough and demanding teacher, which really is great because it requires discipline and practice. It's a hard class because there is no tab (written banjo music) and one has to learn in class. I am having trouble keeping up (there are five people in this class), and need to meet with people between classes to catch up. Eventually I hope to be able to get the stuff down in class like everyone else. Dave has confidence that I will be able to do it. He said he knows I could do it or else he would have kicked me out!
I think I would like to stay in Saint Louis for a while to continue with the banjo lessons. I will be here for another year because Camille will be going to Forest Park Community College for the next year, and I plan to stay here (and delay my move to Jacksonville) until she goes away to school.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I got the Pinn pattern I sent for from Thailand (picture a couple of blog entries below) and decided to get another. The one I got this time is "I always feel eternally loving touch." It is in the same style as the first one, and the two will look cute together. I have attached a picture of the one I'm expecting in the mail.
I heard a program on my iPod from Radio Lab about laughter. Some scientists don't believe that any animal besides humans laugh. There were a couple of researchers who worked with rats, and they discovered that they could hear rat noises that weren't audible to the human ear using an electronic device that can detect a larger range of sound. At first, they heard the rats chattering while they were playing (inaudible otherwise), then they tickled the rats to see if they would laugh! Sure enough, there it was. Rat laughter. After being tickled the rats would follow the scientist's hand because it wanted more tickling! Sounds very cute. I tried tickling Lucy this morning but she was too wiggly and I needed to feed her. (She got smoked salmon and a little bit of a Reese peanut butter cup. She is spoiled rotten!)
I have been taking Chantix, which is a stop-smoking drug. I have been taking it for two weeks, and although I have cut down considerably on the cigarettes, I really need to stop. Chantix halts the desire for cigarettes. In fact, they are disgusting. But I have a habit of smoking, and I have to find something else to do.
I got a new pattern in the mail yesterday. It is the Pinn pattern from Thailand with the Japanese mother and child in kimonos. I have posted the design to show what it is going to look like. It is rather simple, but maybe what I need right now is a simple, encouraging design to stitch rather that smoking. If I get in the habit of stitching rather that smoking, it would help me a lot.
I also don't want to eat much. The Chantix is affecting my appetite, which I think is a good thing! One of the problems with quitting smoking is the weight gain. Stitch instead of eat, huh?
I need to exercise. I have been wearing a sweat suit every day, thinking I would go over to the gym and exercise. It is too cold outside to walk the dog and get my exercise that way. So I need to go over to the gym.
I hope I can go without cigarettes today.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
1. Never guess. Start out by going through and filling in all the areas of which you are certain. Then look again to see if, after filling those in, there are any more which have come up. Do this continually until you are finished. THERE IS NEVER A REASON TO GUESS. ONLY FILL IN THE SQUARES OF WHICH YOU ARE CERTAIN.
2. Avoid getting blocked in. There are several ways to get blocked in. One way is insisting that numbers go next to each other in order. Remember that they may be staggered. For example, if you have 51 and 53, it may look obvious to put 52 in the center. But 52 may actually go in the square up or down from the other two numbers. This may especially be the case if there is another sequence going in the same area. Let's say there is a 24 that is nearby, and it needs to get to a 27 which is actually below the 51 and 53. In order to insert the 25 and 26, you will need to leave a space. Staggering the numbers up and down is one way to do it.
Another way to get blocked in is to have a row of blanks in a corner. You need three squares next to each other (not in a row) to turn around in a corner. If you have two empty squares in a row and can't get out of that area, you have done something wrong and need to do some thinking and erasing. There has to be another way to complete the sequence so you can turn around in that corner.
3. If it is obvious that you've done something wrong, count through the entire sequence to see if you have added an extra number or omitted a number. If you have omitted a number, you will end up with a blank when you are finished. If you have added an extra number, you will be struggling where to put something that seems to obviously fit in where you are working.
4. Sometimes the sequence isn't at all obvious. If you find that your numbers aren't fitting, go back and see if you can rearrange the numbers you've already inserted near it. Count backwards or forwards and see whether what's there can be reorganized. You may have to back up several squares to get it right, and you may end up erasing a sequence.
5. Don't be afraid to erase! You may have thought you were certain a number was positioned a particular way, but there may have been other alternatives.
The best way to figure out Hidato is to start with the easy puzzles and work your way to the difficult ones. Then you will learn the tricks along the way.
Friday, February 13, 2009
There's an online shop called Subversive Cross Stitch that has all sorts of charts that might interest the rebellious adult. I say "adult" not because there's so much sexual content, but because the language is a little racey. It's definitely not a site for your kids to be perusing. But if you live alone or with another adult, it might be fun to stitch a little sign that says "Whatever" or "Bite Me" or "Irony is Not Dead." Subversive Cross Stitch is not at all like the Radical Cross Stitch site, which is put together by what I consider to be a fine artist. But it's fun, and if you're not easily offended, is worth the visit.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Rayna Fahey, an Australian, has a website called Radical Cross Stitch. Rayna is truly an artist, with an artist's cultural mentality. She has charts for such things as "Question Authority" (surrounded by a pretty flower border), "Riots Not Diets," and "Stop Climate Change" (with a nice polar bear, stitched on a pillow). Rayna's designs are for sale, and right now all the proceeds from her sales are going to the Australian bush fires victims. I strongly encourage you to check out her website and (if you are so inclined) buy something. Pretty amazing.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
All the cross stitch shops in Saint Louis, Missouri, have closed -- except one. It is called Shamrock Cross Stitch. It has everything. I was looking for a place to buy Weeks Dye Works and Sampler Threads, and they have them, along with a plethora of threads from several other companies: DMC and Anchor floss, Caron Waterlilies, Sole d' Alger, DMC specialty threads, Thread Gatherers and Rainbow Gallery Fibers. Rainbow Gallery has that fuzzy thread called Fuzzy Stuff that gets used so often for sheep and Santa's beard. They also have Mill Hill beads and buttons, and stacks and stacks of cloth and patterns. You can't order online from Shamrock, unfortunately, but I am sure it will be a great place to visit locally. Well, sorta locally. It's across town. But I am willing to make the drive! I don't care how much gas it takes!
Monday, February 09, 2009
My cousin Carl keeps finding new information on our mutual grandfather, Edward (or Edison) Fylor Bradley. My father had told me his father had gotten the flu at basic training and never went overseas during WWI, but it turned out he did, and we have his military records. He also died pretty young of a massive heart attack. Carl is going to the funeral home tomorrow and getting a bunch of information, also on our great-grandfather Edward C. Bradley. Turns out that grandpa Edward had a paramour in Ohio. Don't know if that's why grandma went back to Rochester with the kids, but she also had a "roomer," which is a polite way to put it. His name was Jack Simpson. The woman in Ohio was Iona Henry. All the scandals!
Sunday, February 08, 2009
This friend suggested I write. I have often talked about getting back into writing but I haven't done it. I plan to try something different this time -- science fiction. I told him I was doing a lot of science fiction reading. He said, "just do it, you don't need to read any more." So here I am, writing in my blog (which he says is really a diary) instead of writing.
But I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you, GBP.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
I am reading an interesting book by Robert Zubrin called How to Live on Mars. It is an imaginary (yet fact-based) handbook for getting to Mars, setting up, getting rich, finding water, etc. Zubrin is a member of a group called the Mars Society (Mars Society) which wrote a declaration in 1998 proposing that we explore Mars and use Mars as a frontier. The book is very accessible and has a lot of drawings demonstrating various concepts and constructs. I am only part of the way through the book, and will probably finish it today. It is possible, that for me, the book is a little too simple. But it is written for the general public and I hope it ends up on the bestseller list. I also hope Barack Obama reads it!
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
I received some of my Valentine's Day stitching charts in the mail yesterday. My favorite is a design by Bobbie G which is the word "LOVE" which includes hand-painted pink fabric. I plan to stitch the design on the fabric, then do it again on Silkweaver hand-dyed solo fabric. I'm making this for my two boys for Valentine's Day.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Although I usually write about cross-stitch and other crafts, today I am going to write about a game invented by an Israeli mathematician named Gyora Benedek. The game is called Hidato and it is a number/logic game which involves filling in blanks on a number grid (sort of like Sidoku) but rather they are filled in order. I am having a great time with this puzzle and own the two available puzzle books by the inventor. (They are at Amazon.com.) I am attaching a picture of a Hidato puzzle as an example. There is a learning curve, and the puzzles start easy and end hard. But by the time you get to the difficult puzzles, you've pretty much gotten the pattern wired. I am to the point that I can almost do them in my sleep, and I imagine when I finish these two books I will be ready to move onto something else. I do hope Gyora Benedek publishes more Hidato books. I am hooked.
It takes a while for the British magazines to get here, so I just recently got the January issue of Cross Stitch Crazy. Of course, somebody visiting Barnes & Noble stole the free gift that was in the package with the magazine. I could kick myself for not checking first. Most of the designs in the magazine aren't interesting to me, but I like one that says "Forget the Gym. Stitch Yourself Slim," featuring a slightly chubby woman surrounded by delectable goodies, sitting cross-legged on an exercize mat, stitching. The design is shown as a pillow, which I think is pretty cute. It has a really nice border, which is the one thing that makes the entire design appealing. The pattern is rather simple, although the instructions say it would take 40-50 hours to stitch. I don't think there are any partial stitches (let me check): yes I am correct. Whole stitches only, but there are some French knots (see my blog entry on doing French knots). And there is a lot of backstitching. The design looks cute though, and might be worth stitching.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Cultural engineer and artist, She became the Director of Centre de l’Imaginaire Arthurien (Centre of the Imaginative World of Arthur) at the Château de Comper at the age of 25.
For ten years here in the mytical forest of Brocéliande, in Brittany, she organised meetings with many academics, writers, painters, photographers, illustrators, film-makers and other creators of imaginative works.
Some became her friends, and when, in 2002, she decided to create counted cross-stitch designes on the thermes dear to her, Celtic Mythology, the Marvels of the Middle Ages, the fairy-tale World, and the Legendary world, naturally it was the works of her friend that she interpreted in embroidery.
The Matière de Bretagne (Arthurian Cycle) is the breeding ground for her inspiration.
I love Nimue designs. Mostly they are elves and fairies. There are two named Mic and Mac (try looking that up on the internet and you get lots of computer sites!). Nimue is in France, but they are sold her by ABC Stitch Therapy (I haven't found any other place). I did send an email to Nimue in France to ask how to buy the designs directly through them. The website is in French and the order page appears only to take French addresses. Anyway, I have attached here a couple of Nimue designs I ordered from ABC Stitch.
Friday, January 30, 2009
I just discovered a unique cross-stitch site from Thailand, with all kinds of patterns not to be found anywhere else. There are Buddhas and other Asian, Chinese and Indian gods and idols. There are adorable easy charts of pairs of Asian couples wearing Kimonos -- I think they are Japanese. There are lovely landscapes. Difficulty of charts takes the entire range of products they offer. I ordered a chart of a Japanese mother and daughter in Kimonos, and the shipping was on $5.00 airmail. The chart was $8.50. Everything is sold in US dollars.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I've been looking at small Valentine's Day designs on 1-2-3 Stitch. There are three web pages of hearts, Valentine's sentiments, love symbols and (the ubiquitous) reds and pinks. I'm not going to tell you my suggestions -- just that I'd love to make a couple of quick designs for my sons and their amores. What would you suggest? What Valentine's Day designs are your favorites? I'll reveal mine soon!
Monday, January 26, 2009
A couple of years ago I wrote a blog on how to grid cross stitch fabric to make stitching easier. In fact, I can't stitch without gridding. It makes it a lot easier to count and prevents mistakes. It is especially useful on evenweave fabric, although I need a magnifying glass to make sure I get the rows right. I always use a thread color for gridding that contrasts with the fabric. This is done with regular sewing thread, by the way, and not floss. After you're done stitching, the threads pull right out.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I have been in the market for a beginner design for my 17 year old daughter. It occurred to me to go to The Bold Sheep website (link in my sidebar) and see what they have. The Bold Sheep is a British company, and although they have both patterns and kits for more experienced stitcher, the beginner patterns are all kits. I understand European kits have a greater allotment of fabric than US kits, so I thought I would try this out for my daughter. It is on 8 count Aida with bright colors and sooo cute! Designs from the bold sheep are cute, fun, relatively easy, small and have a variety of charts for several different levels of stitcher.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I have a vast collection of British cross stitch magazines. Most of them are in storage in Wisconsin, which makes them impossible to access, since I live in Saint Louis. My favorites are Cross Stitch Crazy and Cross Stitch Card Shop. Some of the other British cross stitch magazines, such as Cross Stitcher, don't appeal to me. If I want a big design, I don't want one that is stitched on Aida in whole stitches, with tons of backstitching just to define the edges. That is why, for big designs, I prefer charts from, say, the US or France or Ireland, and I stitch them on hand-dyed linen. I don't do kits, either. There are a lot of references to kits in British magazines. I don't understand kits. I don't understand why all the threads are not already sorted and labeled in some kits (Dimensions kits would drive me crazy for this reason), or why the fabric pieces are always so skimpy and almost always white, or why they use boring brands of thread rather than hand-dyed thread, which I prefer. I do like Cross Stitch Crazy and Card Shop because the designs in them are small. I don't mind stitching something on Aida in entirely whole stitches with cheap thread if it's something small and quick, although small and quick for some of the designs in these magazines means up to 50 hours. They do have "one nighters" which for me would take a week because I just can't sit down and stitch for four or five hours straight -- unless it's Monday and I have an iPod full of new podcasts I could listen to for hours on end. If I could read and stitch at the same time, that would make me happy. Okay, so I could (and do) download Audible.com books and listen to those. That kind of multi-tasking would make me happy.
I got a 10 gallon tank with all the paraphrenalia on Craigslist, and today I had a guy from a fish store come out and set it up for me. He put in gravel, plants, a few guppies to condition the water, and chemicals (bacteria to speed up the process and decholorinizer). He left me some other stuff, including fish food and chemicals, and pointed out that I had a device to clean the bottom of the tank. He also left me a big bucket for water. I am not thrilled about the guppies, and plan to return them to the store when I get the real fish for my tank. These are very boring guppies. I know where to get Moscow blue guppies (another ad on Craigslist) and I would like to get a couple for my tank. The fish store says they take in guppies from time to time, so I would have a place to take all the babies if I get a male and female pair, or even two females who would probably already be pregnant.