Monday, February 13, 2017

Hadeland Glassverks Hand Blown Glass in Norway 2011

Recently I was watching a science video on YouTube with my daughter and it showed an artist creating some glass blown objects and it reminded me of the time I went on a trip to Hadeland Glassverks in Norway and created a small vase while I was pregnant with her.  She got so excited when I showed her the finished product yesterday, and I hope that you enjoy some photos of my visit there in 2011!

Here are some artist at work creating beautiful Glass Pieces.

These are the three choices of glass pieces you could make for a fee.  I chose to make the one on the left.

Here is the Artisan who helped me create my vase.

Some broken pieces that didn't make the cut!

Some finished pieces on display in one of the many shops.

I still have some unused candles I purchased at the candle shop I think!

Here are some photos of the gorgeous Norwegian countryside.  The wrapped hay bales remind me of Mozzarella cheese...

Thank you for looking!  I still have many stitching updates to share but I'll save that for another day.  Until then...Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Best stitchy buy of Stitch Smart stand!

So I definitely wasn't on a stash ban in 2016 but one of my favorite stitchy buys was my Stitch Smart stand and accessory pack!  I had been dreaming and thinking of getting a cross stitch stand for a little while.  It seemed that all of the "best" stands that could be used with scroll frames, hoops, and Q snaps were in the US $300 price range, which for me I'd rather spend that type of money buying a Chatelaine.  Also I was doing research on the cross stitch Facebook groups and someone had linked the Stitch Smart on Amazon.  I started reading about it and thought it would work really well for how I stitch (mostly using a hoop and q snaps but I have a scroll rod that I would like to try), I was about to buy it but it must have sold out and disappeared from Amazon.  On a whim I thought I would search for that same brand on JoAnn's Crafts website.  The crazy thing was that not only did they have it and the accessory pack in stock but they were also having a 50% off sale!  I thought the coincidence was too great and I purchased them both before the sale ended :).  I was lucky too because I have checked the website a few times since I bought mine and they don't offer it online anymore.

Here is how my new stand arrived in its boxes...

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It was packaged well so nothing got broken during shipping.

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The accessories that I purchased include a chart holder, light, and magnifier with a top that closes so there is less risk of a fire (after reading about some stitchers that had fires start in their homes due to their magnifiers I am paranoid so I also purchased another cover to go over it like a hood, and I haven't used it yet).

It was so easy to put together and I was able to try it out the same day I received it!  Here is a photo of it in action...

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The main "arm" adjust for tension so you can clamp your stitching and lock it in place, and you can set the angle you would like to use, say if you would like it closer to horizontal or closer to vertical it's all adjustable!  And the best part of the Stitch Smart stand is that it easily flips over so that you have access to the back of your project for starting and ending threads!

Another feature I love is by adding the chart holder arm which is flexible and also completely adjustable I don't have to try to affix my chart to my piece with a needleminder (the one above is from Fiberlicious).  Instead my chart is right where I need it hanging above my stitching surface! You can see that better in the photo below.

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I really like this stand and I feel it has helped me stitch a little faster because now I can stitch two-handed on everything!

Here is another photo of it in use with a Q Snap.  In the background I am watching one of The Stash Queen's Flosstubes.  She is one of my favorite Flosstubers and I discovered Flosstube when she linked hers from her blog and I instantly became hooked!

The only criticism I have of this stand is that when I use my 17" x 17" Q Snaps the angle doesn't stay where I would like it too as well.  It probably has to do with the weight and size.  I think there is another extender attachment you can use that might help with this issue.  Overall I am very happy with this purchase that was still half the price of the expensive stands I was first looking at, before I was able to find mine at 50% off of that price!  Do you use a stand to stitch with?  What type is your favorite?  Also do you make Flosstube videos?  I always love to find new stitchers to subscribe to.  Please let me know in the comments below.  Until then...Happy Stitching!

*Note this is NOT a sponsored post.  Although it would be pretty great if I could figure out how to get paid to try out cross stitch supplies or equipment*

Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy New Year 2017~!

Hello all you wonderful stitchers!  Happy New Year 2017!  Last year was a great year for me stitching wise.  I had quite a few finishes...11 to be exact, I participated in a lot of SAL's and I even did Stitch Maynia where I started a new design every day of the 31 days in May.  This year I also have big plans.  First I hope to cut down some more of my 24 WIPs.  I also hope to finally get caught up showing my stitching progress here on this blog (I still have the Summer Olympics SAL from August to show you plus so much more!), and to show you regular weekly progress updates like I did once upon a time near the beginning of starting this blog.  If you are still reading this know that I really appreciate the love and support you have shown me in this hobby and I plan to write more soon to really finish updating you on my stitching and I can't wait to get caught up on all of your blogs too! It is almost Lunar (Chinese) New Year here in Taiwan and it is the Year of the Rooster which just happens to be my zodiac sign...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Stitchnmomma Fall Fiesta Exchange

Earlier this fall I participated in the Fall Fiesta Exchanged sponsored by one of my favorite designers Stitchnmomma.  In this exchange you stitched a fall themed piece for your partner and also sent a small fall themed treat.

This is the piece that I made for my partner Kelly.  I found the pattern online and I used her Stitchnmomma fabric and threads from Mo's Sale.

I had originally started it on another fabric from Stitchnmomma here... but it was turning out to be way too big for the size box I could use to send it, and the weave of the fabric was too loose for my taste.

Here it is all finished from the front.


And here is the back.

I think it turned out fairly well and I sent her a few Taiwan goodies but I forgot to get a photo of them.

The person who drew my name was Dana and this is what I was so lucky to receive!

She made the lovely Autumn pillow and sent the Halloween magazine, fall list pad, and some spiced apple cider :)

I am currently using the pillow to help decorate my home for fall.  This was my first time participating in a stitched item exchange and I really treasure the time the other stitcher took to make the pillow to send to me.

See you soon...Happy Stitching!

Fiberlicious Halloween Mystery Package & New Blogaversary Winner!

Hello!  I can't believe I haven't written a single post in October.  I have so much to catch you up on.

First, I have drawn a new winner for my prize #3 of Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving Book from my 4th Blogaversary Giveaway.  And the winner is....Connie Cain!  Congratulations Connie, please contact me at so that I can send you your prize.

I have had my eye on all of the gorgeous hand dyed threads from Fiberlicious for quite some time and never made a purchase.  So when she decided to offer a Halloween Mystery Package including hand dyed fabric (which she doesn't usually sell) I jumped on the chance to get one.

There were three options available:  small, medium, and large.  I decided on the medium package.

This was the special Halloween touch Nguyen added on the outside of the envelope.

And here is my package all wrapped up in lovely Halloween colored tissue paper.

This is everything inside...

First is a piece of her gorgeous fabric.  It is 28 count even weave and the edges have all been serged so there is no unraveling of the fabric.

Next are the beautiful Halloween colored hand dyed threads...

Then this zippered ORT holder which I have already been putting into use.

Next is this adorable scissors fob.  I had never actually used one before but I really like using this one and the added weight it gives to your scissors when you grab them to use while stitching.

Next is this hand made needle minder...

And last but not least is this spooky ouija board themed hand made needle case.

This is everything all lined up...

I am really happy with everything that came in my Halloween Mystery Package and I plan to order more of the gorgeous threads from Fiberlicious in the future!

See you soon .., and Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Typhoon Megi damage photos

Typhoon Megi hit Taiwan on Tuesday September 27th.  This is the 4th Typhoon of the season here and it was the third one in a week and the first one that we got to experience in Taipei.

This was the sky on Monday evening...

This is a down wire in front on our apartment building.  We were very lucky that our power didn't go out when some of my friends in town did lose power.

Here are some more shots around my neighborhood of the damages...

This was a scaffolding that got knocked down.

Lots of trees got knocked down by the wind...

This awning was damaged.

This sign blew over.

This sign got ripped up by the winds.

But people were busy cleaning up the mess because life goes on in Taiwan.

I also have a video that shows the wind and the rain during the peak of the storm but I can't figure out how to upload it from my phone...oh well.  There is another Typhoon that might come our way next week.  We were very fortunate that my family was safe and we didn't lose power or water during the storm.  I know this definitely won't be the last Typhoon because the season lasts until November.  I did get two days off work and school for my kids and I was able to get in a little extra stitchy time :).  See you soon and Happy Stitching!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Around the World in 80 Stitches Part 7

I completed Part 7 of this SAL sometime last fall.

I missed getting a photo of it before I started on some of the specialty stitches, but here is the first progress shot.

Here is the view of the overall design with Part 7 in progress.

I really love the delicate look of these specialty stitches and how they really resemble flowers on a vine.

I am almost done with this part of the SAL...

And here is Part 7 Completed!

I really love the design of this block and I think it came out well considering this was my first time attempting some of the stitches.  I still have a few more parts to catch you up on.  Until then...Happy Stitching!