I started off the 2012 WIPocalypse by working on my Halloween Rules, which I'm doing as a SAL with Myra, Cucki and Ranae. Myra is stitching hers as individual ornaments and has already posted a pic of her first finish, its adorable! So adorable my mom wants me to stitch that block for her as a small pillow. At least she hasn't claimed my full banner yet.
I'm not totally in love with these colors, or the colors on the grey fabric I chose. I'm hoping it comes together at the end. Its funny that I normally dislike the cutesy-ness of L*K charts, but despite not loving the colors or how they're working with my fabric, I'm still enjoying stitching this. I think the reason why is I can pick it up and work on it for short periods of time and still see progress. Its that instant gratification thing. With L*K, 30 minutes can be the border of a block, half the saying, or a house. On Jane Rees, 30 minutes is one or 2 letters.
Here's where I'm at. If the picture is crappy, blame it on my being lazy and just using my phone. <3 the new smartphone, take a pic, make a few clicks to add an effect or 2, and then another single click to upload it to Picasa. No fancy edits, but also not messing around with memory cards, computer, going through 2 programs, etc. I'm saving all the buttons to sew on at the end, so they don't mess with the Q-snaps. You might notice a few missing bits, I'm adding a smattering of small JABCO buttons in those places. So far that's just going to be a tiny candy corn and a bat.
I learned yesterday Quilters don't have the same etiquette as stitchers. When I went to Mom's quilting class with everyone wanted to see what I was working on, which was great. But I couldn't control my cringe when one woman came up with a cookie in hand, ate it, and then took the cookie holding finger and ran it right over the white stitched ghost. What are the 2 golden rules of stitchers? First, don't touch the stitching, or if you do, have meticulously clean hands. I don't wash my hands so often to the point I look like a 19th century pot scrubber for nothing. Second rule (which wasn't violated here) was don't look at the back of the stitching! Or if you do, don't make disparaging comments, don't be obvious about looking at the back, don't get caught looking at the back and then frowning. I'll admit, my backs are pretty neat, but they're definitely not so neat you can't tell the back from the front. If you're one of those, please don't flaunt it to me.
Incoming disclaimer for this next bit - I promise, no affiliation what so ever, I just love their charts. I'm talking about Jardin Prive. Unfortunately those charts come from France and cost a fortune, so I don't own a single one. I've admired a few of the 3 part Sampler aux Bouquets that have been done in blogland (Theresa with a WIP and Michelle with a finish), but the thought of paying almost $20 for each of the 3 charts just put it out of my reach. Imagine my happiness when I stumbled on the designer's website, and she sells the charts via PDF, at a reduced rate. Remember the prices are in Euros, so its still not cheap, but wow, I might be able to get a chart or 2 (or 3)! I normally hate to cut out an LNS, but my budget is my budget, and were talking about more than a dollar or 2.