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Archive for May 2007

eBay happy dance.

Village by the Sea

After losing one auction where the bidding went up to over US$50, I finally got my grubby paws on Village by the Sea! It’s an OOP chart and very very hard to find. I’m suffering from monochrome mania right now so winning this is a real coup…particularly since I paid all of US$4.24 for it!! Can we say bargain? :D

I also recently acquired Eva Rosenstand’s Country Farm Sampler. It’s not exactly monochromatic, but it’s almost all black so I guess it qualifies…sorta. Don’t ask me when I’m going to start it…too many WIPs are on my list already!

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May 31, 2007 at 1:26 pm

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Received my needleroll!

Hannah sent me an awesome package – a beautiful needleroll, three skeins of Anchor variegated thread (I’m a sucker for variegateds, especially reds), a HIH chart and the flower treasures for the needleroll. I am totally spoilt. Thanks, Hannah!

Needleroll exchange from Hannah C.

I finished my needleroll for my exchange partner and will post a picture of it once she receives it. I had some tense moments making it. Let’s just say, phew.

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May 30, 2007 at 10:57 pm

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The Great Singapore Sale at Needle Little Love!

It’s sale season in Singapore and Needle Little Love is getting in on the action! Get 20 per cent off your order excluding shipping from now till 30 June 2007. Shop and you’ll also get a chance to win a Victoria’s Quaker chart in a lucky draw. Shop away!

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May 30, 2007 at 4:28 pm

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New at Needle Little Love.

Just in: Designs by Ink Circles and Victoria Sampler!

Here’s a special promotion for those of you who read my blog – shop the store and get 10% off your order excluding shipping for in-stock items. Just send me an email at jean @ (remove spaces) with the items you want and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice with the adjusted total. Happy shopping! :-)

I finally picked up my needle and thread. It’s a small project that fits on a 6×6 Q-snap so I can hold it comfortably without getting hand cramp. I got a bit done yesterday while in the hospital with Zoe and am hoping to make more headway today. It’s nice to be stitching again.

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May 23, 2007 at 11:37 am

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Quick update.

Zoe’s surgery was a success and she’s getting better every day! We’re looking forward to being promoted to the step-down unit soon.

Meanwhile, Needle Little Love is now open for business! I’ve got stuff by designers such as A Mon Ami Pierre, Reflets de Soie, Needleprint and more. Shipping internationally is just a flat S$8 (US$5.20), free if you spend S$200 (US$132) and over. So do drop by for a visit.

As expected, I’ve done zero stitching over this last week. Maybe it’s my imagination, but I can feel the muscles in my fingers crying out for a good workout with a needle! I hope you all have been well and stitching away. I’ll probably get back to it soon; have to finish that needleroll and start Inspiration, which I’m SAL-ing with Lauren.

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May 20, 2007 at 8:04 am

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8 random things about me.

Tannia tagged me and I have to tell you eight things about myself you might not know!

Here’s how to play:
1. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves
2. People who are tagged write a blog post about their own 8 random things and post these rules
3. At the end of your blog you need to tag 8 people and post their names
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. When I was a student, I worked as a restaurant cashier, hotel concierge and Baskin Robbins counter girl – all low-paying jobs with long hours facing difficult customers.
2. I once harboured thoughts of becoming a professional pianist, but had to admit to myself that I’m too lazy to spend hours on the piano everyday. Now I just play whenever I feel like it.
3. I don’t have a driver’s license. I’m signed up at a driving school but so far, I’ve only attended one theory lesson. Long way more to go before I start terrorising people on the roads!
4. Even though I have a Caucasian last name, I am Asian through and through. I have Scottish blood on my dad’s side of the family and French on my mom’s, mixed with plenty of Chinese. Cab drivers always mistake me for a Chinese or Malay. Makes it more confusing for them because I speak both languages well enough to pass for either race.
5. I hate all insects with a vengeance.
6. I’d always thought I was a mezzo soprano but learned a couple of years back that I’m really an alto.
7. My grandma taught me to knit when I was younger but I’ve since forgotten everything! I have everything laid out for learning again, but haven’t had the time to get around to it.
8. I pick up new languages quickly and enjoy learning them. In addition to English, I speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay and Thai. I’m hoping to take French lessons later this year.

Play if you want to! :)

Written by Jean

May 12, 2007 at 10:13 am

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Breaking the silence.

Helllooooo! Did you miss me? I’ve missed myself, LOL. There’s a reason for my absence from this blog, though. The long and short of it is…

I’m opening an online needlework store!

I figured since I spend so much money on stash on a monthly basis, I might as well turn it into a business. Right now I’m still lining up designers to carry as well as things like gadgets, fabric and fibres, so everything’s still in the planning stage. I’m planning to launch the site June 1 and am so excited! Stay tuned for more as I go along!

The greatest irony of this is that I have no time to stitch. Really. I haven’t stitched in a whole week! Meanwhile, Zoe’s surgery is scheduled for this coming Wednesday and apart from tying up loose ends at work and at home, we are also gearing up for a period of turbulence after. If all goes according to plan, we will be spending a lot of time in the hospital for the next two weeks..and that means not much time for stitching either.

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May 11, 2007 at 10:26 am

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Picture of the Month.

Malaysian Stitchers screenshot

I’m so flattered! The Malaysian Stitchers daily digest popped into my mailbox just now and I saw a message saying that the photo of my Quaker pinkeep stitched for the group exchange is Picture of the Month. First time any of my stitching has been featured in such a way, anywhere!

Meanwhile, I’m still pegging away at the wedding sampler. Gosh, July is nearly here. Argh! But before the wedding rolls around, we still have to get through one more major family event that hopefully won’t get postponed.

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May 4, 2007 at 5:24 pm

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SBQ: From WIP to UFO.

How many WIPs do you have? How many UFOs do you have? When does a WIP become a UFO?

I have eight WIPs at the moment – you can find a partial list on the sidebar. Only two of them are obligation pieces, ie. they must be finished by a certain time, by hook or by crook. I have two UFOs, which I define as projects that have been started but have fallen by the wayside for so long that I no longer feel inclined to work on them. They are my Santa’s Treasures X’mas stocking and Palace Princess, a pattern by Cross-Stitch Pattern Gallery. I only did Santa’s face and part of his beard on the stocking, and less than a page of the 30-odd pages on Palace Princess. I’ve just decided to bin what little I have done of the stocking and start over on another fabric that’s easier on the eyes. So I guess that means I have just the one UFO now. I might pick Palace Princess up again to work on in future if I decide that I want to stare at about 30 different shades of brown for hours at a time. Which is probably never!

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May 3, 2007 at 9:26 pm

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Revisiting goals.

It’s almost June and I thought it timely to review my stitching goals and see what I have or have not achieved in the first half of this year. In January, I said I would:
1. Finish and frame My Paper Doll – not even close
2. Start and finish some special projects to be gifted within the year – just two more to go, one of which hasn’t been started
3. Finish my Christmas stocking and start on another – UFO-ed
4. Start and finish Rosewood Manor’s And A Forest Grew – definitely not done
5. Start and finish Ink Circles’ Sea Stars – not done
6. Start Jan Houtman’s Patchwork Sampler – not done
7. Participate in a couple of international exchanges – done!
8. Learn more finishing techniques, e.g. no-sew cubes, ornaments and flatfolds – have learned to make a pinkeep and am working on a needleroll and mail art

Looking at new designs I’ve acquired recently, as well as my WIPs, I shall revise my goal list to:
1. Finish gifts – Name of God and MB Wedding Sampler
2. Finish BP Quaker Sampler, My Paper Doll, Birdhouse Row, Quaker Friendship Sampler and Sampler Game Board.
3. Start Inspiration, And a Forest Grew and Brassee des Fleurs
4. Continue learning new finishing techniques where possible

These are the projects that I have kitted out but have no concrete plans to stitch yet:
1. Blackbird Designs LF Bluebird’s Message, Moon Garden and Quaker Garden
2. Bent Creek Summer Snapperland
3. Ink Circles Sea Stars
4. Ink Circles Alchemical Romance
5. Midsummer Night Designs Lady Prim and Proper

In May, I hope to:
1. Finish two more pages of MB wedding sampler (need to finish and frame by July!)
2. Stitch three motifs on BP Quaker Sampler
3. Finish four houses and 12 animal/flower squares on SGB
4. Finish needleroll and mail art for exchange
5. Start Rosewood Manor’s Inspiration

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May 2, 2007 at 12:46 pm

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