21 Inches & Counting

Hey there! Long time no see. I didn’t really do all that much today, just extended down the right side vine border and stitched the berry border under the verse.  While stitching I did make some progress in the verse section. It definately needs more “something” and I think I’ve started to get an idea of what I’m going to do there. I don’t really want to keep moving down until I get it sorted out. I know that if I have everything else finished and this bit still needs work I know I’ll just do something half assed so it’ll be done. And I don’t want to do that to ATS, it’s very much a whole ass project. And the post title that refers to ATS, it’s now just over 21 inches long.

Saturday I spent a bit of time on Bluebell.

Her hair is complete except for the beads & I’ve started in on the Krenik wings. Normally I would have gone on to skin after the hair, but I’m not very happy with what/how Nora’s charted this gal’s skin. I’ll figure something out by the time her wings are done.

Reading: I had a difficult time learning to read. I still remember not being able to read. I also remember the first word I actually read. It was Fox – on the big G.Fox sign that was on a building in Hartford CT.  Anyway by 3rd grade I was still in the lowest reading group, 4th I had clawed my way up to the middle reading group & somewhere around this time is when Mom made me “The Offer”. She would buy me any book I wanted and buy me more of my choice once that book was read. Have I ever mentioned that Daffy Duck is the cartoon I most closely relate to?

Yeah, so it was my greedy little heart that inspired my love of reading. 😉 By 7th grade I was in Honor’s Reading & I totally kicked the Verbal SAT’s ass. What I boils down to is, I love to read, I read fast, I read well & I always have a book within arms’ reach.

Not sure what I’m going to stitch tomorrow, probably my current Mirabilia RR. I’m in a Mira mood. Now I’m off to start a new book – Daughter of The Blood.

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18 Responses to 21 Inches & Counting

  1. Christine S says:

    ATS and Bluebell look great!!

  2. Valerie says:

    Welcome back ATS! It’s good to see you stitching on it. This was the project you were mainly stitching on when I stumbled on your blog and I was very “huh, she’s going to stitch a peepee on Adam? No way!” And you did…the whole thing looks great so far.

    I really like the colors in Bluebell!

  3. Blu says:

    Wait. You got paid (in books) to read? I had to beg my parents to drive me to the library!

  4. Siobhan says:

    I did the same bribery thing with my older daughter, except I promised her a stuffed animal if she’d read the first Harry Potter book. She never collected on the stuffed animal but just kept zooming through the books. Now she writes book reviews for one of her college societies. 🙂

    Love the WIPs!

  5. Patti says:

    I love reading to so much that I always have two books on the go at once. One I am physically reading and the other one I listen to every night through my headphones on my ipod which I time to turn itself off after 30 minutes and I really love both way.

    Your ATS is looking amazing. I have yet to start mine because I have some obligations that I have to meet first. But it shall be started within the next month.

    Lots of Love
    Patti xxx

  6. Debbie says:

    Yeah, you posted a picture. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen. Am anxiously waiting to see what you do with the verse.

    My sister was the same way about reading when she was younger. But now she reads like a wild person – far beyond me and I was always the one with my nose in a book.

  7. Cheryl says:

    I don’t need to love ATS so much, but I do. I agree with what you said on The Wagon about centering the verse. I hate to recommend frogging, but I think you’ll be happier in the long run.

    I had to be bribed to put down my books and go outside to play as a kid. Always been a voracious reader with no plans to stop in this lifetime. Plus, I crave the escape-ism reading provides. I think it helps me cope with the daily life drugery to be in someone else’s world for a little bit each day.

  8. Annette says:

    I can’t remember when I wasn’t a reader. I *hated* being outside as a kid….unless I had a book.

    ATS and Bluebell are looking very good 🙂 Though, I agree with Cheryl – I think you’ll be happier with the centered verse.

  9. Daffycat says:

    Awesome stitching! ATS looks lovely, 21 inches, OMG!

    It took my DD FOREVER to learn to read but once it “clicked” there was no stopping her. By 9th grade she was reading at a college level. She has way too many books for the space she has and working in a bookstore (she gets huge discounts) the stacks just keep GROWING!!!

  10. beritbunny says:

    I also had a hell of a time learning to read–it trully is a skill/hobby where you have to “sell the benefit” to people when they are still children. Most of the presentation of books in schools is more like punishment than anything else.

    But, for a kid, books are best–they can do anything they want (instead of being bossed around), and can by reading up on a subject become more knowledgeable than *gasp* the know-it-all adults. It doesn’t take long to learn more about sharks than most parents ever cared to know, for example. Gotta sell the benefit. It’s a crying shame how illiterate our society has become.

    Reading: Research anything you want for virtually free (Library). Tell anyone/everyone else anything you want…even from beyond the grave.

    I’m preaching to the choir here! Read to yer kidses, everybody!

    You mom was a genius to offer such an incentive to you. 😀

  11. Melissa C. says:

    Okay, now that you’ve said you’ve got issues with the verse, I will chime in. It’s too naked. The rest of ATS is dense, and this area has too much “white space”. It doesn’t match up. I know that’s what’s bugging you too.

    I hope you’re keeping the verse you chose, just recharting, or filling the space somehow, because the words are perfect.

    Reading – I’ve been a bookworm since go, thus the degree in English lit…ya mean I can read my way through 4 years of college? Sold!

  12. Alice says:

    ATS looks great! I too love the verse, so I hope you keep it. I agree that there is a non matching element to that part of the piece and maybe centering it would be better. Then you could add more motifs around it on both sides and keep the symmetry. My husband and I are both bookworms and our kids all love it too. There is nothing like a good book!

  13. Michelle says:

    OMG, it’s gorgeous! I am in love. All the changes you’ve made and specialty stitches – this piece is such a treasure. And you can really see the sword bling in this photo! You definitely need something around the wording…no idea what though. And I don’t think you should have any fear that I might finish my ATS before you finish yours!

  14. Sonda in OR says:

    Looking great!!! You do such lovely stitching! I was a voracious reader even as early as 2nd grade…but have not done as much since I had kids. Slowly, but surely I’m getting back into it. Hope you have a lovely 2010!

  15. Lots of readers among us, isn’t that grand!? I love your ATS and am sure you’ll figure out what needs to be done. Your Bluebell is going to be very pretty! You really didn’t need to explain what the 21″ meant but I have to admit, my mind did go there. Bad girl, bad, bad, bad!

  16. Gabi says:

    I love your Adam and Eve sampler. Showed it to my husband, and he loved the poem under it too.
    Bluebell is coming along nicely too.

  17. Sara says:

    I love your ATS verse! I think you might be happier with it centered too or at the very least more motifs over to the right to kill the dead space.

    Bluebell’s wings are a bit of a pain with all the #4 braid but plenty of Thread Heaven made them tolerable. I still don’t like her skin either nor have I decided what I’m going to do about it and I’m starting to run out of other things to stitch around it. I’ll try and get a pic up soon.

  18. Anne S says:

    OK, you’re tempting me to get my Bluebell out and get started on her too … she’s looking gorgeous, I just adore her colours 🙂 Your ATS is looking amazing too – absolutely amazing project!

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