Posted in Cross Stitch, Status Update

mid October WIPS

71966935_10218613583483166_7052365157917261824_nHi there, I got so much reaction when I post this one above on my FB. It doesn’t mean anything really 🙂 just something small and cute to pass off time when there is nothing good on TV. Meanwhile my dales is getting prettier and prettier despite not so clear shot. Just a few more holes to fill in plus the waves of clouds and its gonna be on the way to the frame shop. I love this, even if I stitch it with a cheaper stuff. Its the very first time I used #cxc from China and I thought I should keep this one and hang it on my wall  to remember how I struggle to thread my needles while doing this. I should stick to the best stuff all the time, I suppose.

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Talking about Dales gives me inspiration because in my home country (where I came from) not in Belgium. I live in a place surrounded by dales. Although I have neighbors left and right, our small community is situated in a hole like foot of a valley facing fields of rice and lakes. It is a very peaceful and charming community where people live side by side with each other. The beauty of the nature and the kindness of the people is the main reason why we love to stay there for a couple of months every year. Escaping the coldness of Belgium, (literally speaking) for quite sometime is very much needed. I don’t mean the temperature 🙂 but I neither complain nor show dissapointment because I still believe to feel warmth we have to create the fire ourselves 🙂 Its actually too warm where we are going. Sometime its suffocating and too much, that’s why I am so lucky to be able to escape both when its necessary. I would love to share next time how is it to live in Both worlds. How do we live? what we eat? what keep us busy? and why we like it the way it is. Thus, I am going to set aside my crafty basket from time to time and talk about places soon. I like it if anyone pays me a visit. Welcome

Posted in Status Update

I choose to go on

It’s not the first time that I lost my focus, in fact it is becoming a bad habit lately. Thank God I have a strong faith and hope that everything will go back to normal in due time. For the meantime I am taking things in a slower pace than I used to do before. Work a little, play a little and stop on time. Summer passed by without much ado around us. I’ve done a bit of sewing and scrapping though I wasn’t in a good mood to take photos at that time. My CS work in progress on the other hand is better than the rest of my other habit, being my number one relaxation. I’ve also tested some more threads like Molina from Poland and CXC from China. I concluded that they are not my cup of tea. I rather use original DMC or Anchor in all my next project.

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This is my current project The Dales which I am stitching using #cxc. It looks okay, though I am having a hard time dividing the six strand skeins because it is a bit wooly.

 

summer wips 2019

 

This one is almost done, and I have been finishing it with some text from a bible verse. I probably will not post the finished frame when its done because it is supposed to be a surprised gift.

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As always, I have cute little one day, one night stitcheries for give aways to my friends.

Voila! I choose to go on and keep this blog which I initially thought I should stop. All I needed right now is re-inventing my old me. My BFF thinks I’m having a mid life crisis and its gonna be over when I am past my golden years. Its gonna be a long time to wait so I thought I must waste my time accordingly. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Posted in Throwback

Memories from yesteryears

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DMC free pattern wips

Is it strange that I remember much of my kindergarten time than the last 20 years of my life? 40+ years ago we have no idea what a smartphone or an internet is. We don’t even have a colored television. The one and only black and white Tv in the neighborhood owned by my Godmother was of no use because there was a total black out of news from Tv and radio due to the aftermath of a Martial law. But for me and my childhood friends, it was the time of our lives. When our parents would sit together outside the houses and would talk about what is happening in the city. It is our chance to play outside, specially when it is full moon. Its a bit nostalgic while stitching this dmc pattern. Memories of our yesteryear no matter how simple it was brings back happiness that no money can buy. 

Posted in Culture, Status Update

Literally boxing with my gift boxes

Hi there, as you can see the finishing touches on my current projects has to wait for a little while. My house is in complete chaos at the moment and I’m afraid for the next 10 days its gonna be worse. I’m on my preparation period for my 3 huge boxes to be sent out to the Philippines on the first week of December. When I say huge, I don’t exaggerate. Its 3 times 80 x 75 x 65 cm.04

Why and what for? its been a tradition for us Filipino overseas to send boxes with gifts and special products to our families and friends, usually in the Christmas season. In my case I don’t only send gifts but also things we needed as we are going to stay there for about four months next year from January to the end of April. The easier part is shopping and buying the nik naks. Taping and preparing the boxes  takes a lot of time and energy. Thanks to my husband he is doing the honor. Putting everything in the boxes is the hardest part because it takes a lot of puzzle work how everything should fit in. But before anything else everything should either be covered, plasticized or boxed for protection to prevent leakage and eventual transport damages. What do I usually put in the boxes? Best of Belgian products naturally, ranging from beers to chocolates and non perishable goods. I usually prepares lots of candies and chocolates for the children in the neighborhood. It is my way of sharing the people around us a little of our blessings. It makes me happy seeing the kids happiness for even little things. They love chocolate spread, I don’t know why I don’t like it myself. So I do see to it that It I have lots of it. The only problem is that I have to keep the bottles in plastic bubbles one by one so it takes me a lot of time to finish a dozen of them. 02

What else? A lot of other silly things my husband cannot find out there or things we had to buy from afar such as an aluminum drainage cover. Am not kidding 🙂 its about 7 kilos and will make one of my box heavier than it should, but yes hubby hates everything that ever gets rusty, so there it is 🙂

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We are so used to a modest kind of living and sharing is a part of our life. Family is also very important for us. Since we spend Christmas and new year down there with my family last year. We are celebrating with Hubby’s family here in Belgium this year. Then we are off to go and have a four months slow life interface in the countryside. I will probably bore you with my stories, but surely learning other cultures can also be a way of understanding diversity. See you around!

Posted in Cross Stitch, Status Update

Update on my welcome Dog

Welcomedogwips2Hi there, take a peek on my first CS work in progress since I moved home: Welcome dog by Dimensions with 67w x 99h Stitches. It looks too little and too easy to make, though for beginners it is a little bit tricky because of the back and straight stitches. This is my progress after approximately 6 hours of intermittent stitching for 3 days. Its crazy but its my  before bed time activity. Sit in front of my computer with a tv monitor where I can view my patterns either in pdf format or scanned copies while stitching and watching television (which is on my right side) at the same time.  Two birds in one bullet or whatever you can call it. 🙂 If there is nothing nice on tv I listen to music while I stitch. I hope my next update will be the last for this one. Something bigger is waiting for the right time. 🙂