Sunday, March 11, 2012

Wipocalypse - The Crafty Princess

Hi Stunners!

I wanted to show you alot more progress than this as I was hoping that since I'm on leave I would have more time. But it would seem that Murphy's law has kicked in and the more time you have away from work it seems that other things fill it up. But progress is progress and I've done the best I could despite driving over 5000 kms to South Australia and Victoria, battling flood zones, a moody mother, wine time, and other interesting distractions.

So for this months Wipocalypse only 3 goals out of 6 were adhered to (kinda sorta anways):

Goal 1

Completed not quite 340 stitches per day more like 700 per month on Faery 2 (d'oh)

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After


Goal 2: No progress

Goal 3: No progress

Goal 4:

Progress but not as much as I intended. Trying to stick to 100 stitches per day but came in at about 1600 or so stitches shy of this goal.


Before

After

Goal 5: Progress but forgot to take a photo before my last shift at work.


Goal 6:

Progress on the rotation wip


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After - You'll notice I had to do a bit of frogging on the pink background. Decided it wasn't blingy enough so I am using the sparkly DMC 819
(sorry about clarity of pic it was taken at twilight).


I thought I would include some holiday pics so you could understand why goals were not met for this Wipocalpyse.

What every household needs! An underground cellar to store your bulk wine!!
That's Poochie and Penguin (yet to be named) who were my awesome companions during the trip.

This is the underground cellar at Seven Hills Winery which is the oldest winery in the Clare Valley (Sth Aust). It was established in 1851 by the Jesuits to produce sacramental wine. Which they still do till this day. I bought 3 bottles of the Chardonnay though. Hey you can go to church and get their wine for free so why buy it???




Sunset as Semaphore SA near Port Adelaide. Aww pretty!


These are pics of scary driving through floods. I was desperate to get home, as the locals said that if I stayed one more night I would be stuck in Narrandera or Wagga Wagga for a week. No offence to the locals but get me out of here!!!!! So I drove through scary lakes where there once was a road trying to get back home. I ended up having to cross the state line for 3 states 5 times during the day in a bid to navigate my way home.



This is actually a road. To the right of the car is farmland, not a lake or river that overflowed, to the left is houses. My heart went out to them those poor people that were still repairing from the last floods and they got hit again. But I will say that even though the residents were facing total destruction of all their property they still waited at the end of this lake road with their 4wd vehicles and winches in case any of the stupid tourists (yes like me) came unstuck and (shudder) stalled in the middle. And they gave an almighty cheer when I made it safely through. People can be so awesome!

Well strangers can be awesome but not my parents!! LOL! I was absolutely crapping myself driving through this and almost in hysterical tears, I could feel my beautiful 1 year old Mazda of DMC 995 colour absolutely struggling against the water. It was almost over the bonnet. In hindsight it was pretty stupid to attempt it but I was soooo soooo desperate to get home.

My father in the front passenger seat was happily taking snappy photos and going "Oh man" and "Whoa look at how high the water is!" whilst my mother in the back seat was knitting a scarf and just kept saying "It's ok darling just keep going" without once lifting her eyes from her knitting. Ah you gotta love crafters! Nothing deters them from creating and getting those UFO's completed. Not even natural disasters, which is probably why Measi's Wipocalypse is so popular. We are all like End of the World??? I don't think so biatch I've got stitching to finish!!!!

I would like to make a special mention to "The Lovely Boys" from Sew it all (Australia). Mrs Dibble, Aunty Nene, Mummy, Jen and I went to the Craft show at Rosehill Racecourse on Friday. I love catching up with Peter and Wayne they are the coolest and loveliest boys. They specialise in all kinds of cross stitch fabrics and accessories including their own range of hand dyed fabbies. All of my wips posted on this post are being worked on fabrics I purchased from them (Mind you my photos don't show up how fantastic these fabrics look in reality).

The boys have also designed and patented Grip N Stitch frames which are great for small to medium projects as unlike Qsnaps they never ever lose their firmness. And I found out they now do framing at a third of the cost and their frames can be painted, papered and whatever you like to make your project truly unique. Plus they are really cool and so helpful. Their website is http://www.sewitall.com.au/. They also ship worldwide for the non Aussies! So check them out if you get a chance. Ok there's my shameless plug but I adore them.

 
I hope everyone enjoyed this months Wipocalypse - I'm about to head to all your blogs to snoop, stalk and support your efforts!


The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary.  ~Mary Kurtz
Good one Mary!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed this months Wipocalypse

Take care stunning followers and guests!

Alicia
xoxo



And now for this post's quote:

26 comments:

  1. Hi Alicia - loving your progress pics and your holiday pics - looks like you had a great time. Did you get my e-mail the other day about which e-mail address you use? I sent you something from HAED and don't know if you've got it :-(

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    1. Aww Nic! Thanx so much for your beautiful generosity. You're too coooooooool!!

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  2. Great progress Alicia, I don't think you should punish yourself too much on not reaching goals as at the end of the day it's all for fun and every single stitch counts! xx

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  3. I think you got some really wonderful progress in! No need to be crankers with yourself :)

    Also, I probably would've crapped myself trying to drive through that, too - so don't worry. Men don't recognize things such as "logical fear" (as I discovered when I was in Iceland with my Boyfriend) and moms like to pretend they're not scared for the sake of their kids, doesn't matter if the kids aren't kids anymore.

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  4. Man I can see why you were having a heart attack driving through that water..what were you thinking lovie...I can't believe your car STILL goes after that !!!!

    Your progress is fantastic...heaps better than what I could do. Thanks for taking care of me at the craft show the other day, I had a great time and enjoyed meeting the "lovely boys". Cant wait to start on my kitty cat cross stitch with the cute paw print aida cloth. Thanks again for setting it up for me and zig zagging round the edges etc. xxx

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  5. Feck! I can't believe you drove through that water! I would have seriously been petrified, and we have a 4x4 thingy!! Go you!!!! Glad you made it back in one piece. Sooo sad though for all those affected. You have really had your share of crappy weather down there just lately, I thought it was just us Brits that had bad weather ;-D

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  6. Huh, I HATE driving and I guess I would die driving through that water ;-)
    You made good progress on your projects, I love the colors on Faery 2 =)

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  7. Holy smoly driving through that water, Alicia!!!!!! Sheeeesh! Glad you're home safe and sound and hope your Mazda is now happy and dry. :D

    Great updates on the WIPs.

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  8. Love your before and after pics. They really show your progress.
    I've used Sewitall for fabric here in the UK. They were great, really helpful. In fact I got a bigger piece than I paid for as they changed their website just after I ordered. I queried it and they said "don't worry, keep it". What nice people!
    Love the way you describe your car by it's DMC number, that's so cross-stitch!

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  9. Aww thanx everyone. What awesome comments, I know I was a bit of stupid head driving through that water but in desperate times yadda yadda yadda. Jo I usually describe colours by DMC numbers or labels of wine bottles (you know that lovely yellow on wolf blass chardonnay 2010) LOL! For some reason only girls understand those colours of DMC and wine! Marriage made in heaven I say.
    xo

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  10. Hello

    Just found your blog.

    Lovely WIP photos they all look great.

    That water looks a bit scary, but great holiday photos.

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  11. Look at all that progress! I so enjoyed looking through all your before/after pictures!! Your HAED work is beautiful!

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  12. Absolutely amazing as always! I've given you a Liebster award BTW: http://keeblesworld.blogspot.com/2012/03/i-stitched-and-got-liebster-awards.html

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    1. Wow thanx so much for the award. I'm truly grateful. I'm glad you enjoy my blog and I'm really touched you thought it was worthy of the Liebster award. Thank you it's really appreciated. Xoxox Alicia

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  13. first of all wow on you wips, i dont make goals no more as i always fail, probably why i am still overweight lol fab stitching as always

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  14. Hi Alicia. I haven't been by in a while, but I have a good excuse. I"m behind on emails, and I"m trying to get caught up. I deliberately came looking for you for a reason, though. I've awarded you a blog award. You can read all about it on my blog, at http://juliesandyesdearsravings.blogspot.com/2012/03/lots-of-progress.html I wanted to add you last time I won the award, but I couldn't find you. This time, I went looking until I did. Grats!!!

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    1. OMG Thank you so much. How sweet of you to search for my blog so you could send me an award. I'm humbled and honoured. Thnak you, I'm really glad that you enjoy my blog. That's why I post. Mwah xoxox Alicia

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  15. I've awarded you for a Liebster Award http://obsessivecrossstitcher.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/liebster-award.html

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    1. Oh Nic thanx so much. First a beautiful chart and now the award. I'm truly honoured and so grateful for both of them. You so spoil me. Thank you again stunner xoxoxo Alicia

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  16. I think you made great progress on your WIPs. I can't believe you drove your car in that water, naughty girl. You could have gotten hurt :-)

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  17. I also have a blog award for you ;-)
    You seem to be quite popular :D

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    1. Oh thank you so much Johanna! I'm really grateful. I love your blog as well and I'm glad to see you were given the award too. It's very well deserved. Thank you I'm honoured.
      Alicia xoxo

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  18. You have a blog award from me as well. http://timrachel.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/blog-award/ Congratulations on being totally deserving of all the recognition.

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    1. Thank you so much Rachel! I'm so humbled by all the awards I've been granted. My followers and guest stars are always so supportive and stern with me when needed. I love them all for it! Thank you for making my day, week, month and year! I really truly appreciate it! Alicia xoxoxo

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  19. You have got an award from me too! Love your stitching!
    http://erlabjorke.wordpress.com

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  20. Aww Erla thank you so much stunner! Right back at ya, I love your blog too and all your work. I'm so honoured by all the accolades you're award makes it 5 and I'm so so appreciative of the recognition. To receive an award amongst all the amazing blogs out there is truly an honour. Thank you for thinking of me. Mwah xoxox Alicia

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