Thursday, November 29, 2007
Posted by Mindy at 3:22 PM
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I am participating in an internship at one of the historical villages here in New Zealand. I have really enjoyed it so far and know for sure that I would like to be involved in museum work when I finish my degree, if not sooner. This village is similar to Amish Acres in Indiana, but there is a lot more history since it deals with early settlers in Auckland. Take a peek at their website:
Posted by Mindy at 10:39 AM
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I have been able to squeeze in some time to start a new bracelet. This one is going to be simple so that I can make the pattern available for download. The beads will mostly be added by hand after the motifs are completed. At least that is the idea I have in mind at the moment. I would like to experiment more with beading and this will give me the opportunity.
About scanning...unfortunately, I am not able to scan anything at the moment. I wanted to scan my progress of calligraphy, which by the way is highly addictive. There is nothing wrong with the scanner, but it is not compatible with the laptop I am using. I do hope to have the compatible connection in the coming days so that I can begin scanning the progress of both the bracelet and my calligraphy.
Posted by Mindy at 11:15 AM
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Finally! My deepest apologies for taking so long.
The flower pattern is not included in the instructions. You can use any 6 petal traditional rose.
PC - Padding cord. This is a #10 thread. Sometimes the stitches are made on this thread only (UCA) and sometimes the stitches are made in both the work and the cord together.
UCA - Use cord only. Work the stitches on the #10 thread only.
TC - Tighten cord. Pull the #10 thread to squeeze the stitches together.
FJ - Flat Join. This means to remove your work from the hook, insert the hook where indicated, grab the loop of your work and pull through. Adjust tension. You may or may not need to ch 1, depending on your tension.
Note: I think it is better to refer to this as a 'right side join' when the slip stitches are made to the right, but since I've seen the stitch termed this way in vintage books, I've used it.
I hope this makes it clearer for those of you who want to make the Irish crochet snowflake.
Posted by Mindy at 11:29 AM
I am one of those people who LOVE to write beautifully, even if I can't. I would spend a lot of time making my handwriting look nice when I was school. I think part of that has to do with the creative side of me. I could never draw, but I did have nice penmanship (at least I thought).
It's funny how my brother could draw beautifully but had the worse handwriting. I don't know why that is. I pitied his teachers. You would think his handwriting to be flawless. I think it might be a male/female thing?
Anyway, I bought a book a while back in preparation for summer. I started the night before last and am really excited about it. If you have ever seen illuminated manuscripts...you'll know why. I can actually visualize myself spending hours forming letters and decorating a page.
I'll post my work as I progress.
Posted by Mindy at 10:59 AM
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Finally! After a very long and tiring year of study, it's over. I have my life back again...free to do whatever my little heart desires. What does that include? Hmmmm.....
1- Losie 10 pounds
2- Making Christmas gifts for family and friends
3- Cleaning the blinds...the hard way
4- Lose another 10 pounds
5- Put away all these course handouts and notes (so many!)
6- Celebrate 3 birthdays, including moi
7- Lose another 10 pds
9- Go to the butterfly house (can't wait)
10- Buy a new wardrobe...LOL
Now that my 'to do' list is all planned out, I can get started.
Of course, waiting for my exam results is going to be long. They will trickle in. The good thing is that next year, I will only have 2 exams as opposed to 8!!!! We don't sit exams in history in the last year of our BA's. Well, you aren't let you off that easy. I will have an extra essay to write and they are longer, and God forbid if I have to give a speech...yikes!!
It's summer time in New Zealand...let the fun begin!!
Posted by Mindy at 11:16 AM