August 14th, 2005

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Cross stitch meanderings

Finished the 3rd hummer coaster while up at Gram's. Because it's off center somehow (and I folded/measured and everything... wah) I decided to fill in the open area with some more flowers and greenery, or at least their edges. So that came along pretty nicely, really. Now to work on #4. After that... there's the Final Fantasy 8 one somewhere around here, and the old world map, and I've now got a hankering to get out that afghan I started and see what I can do about that.

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The old world map is pretty big, but it's a design I've wanted to work on, so I should probably get back to that at some point. Alternately there's the FF8 design. That's on 22-ct Hardanger, over 1, so yeah, 22 stitches to the inch. But it works best for sprites because each pixel is a stitch and so these things still come out around 3" tall. The hardest part there is that PC Stitch doesn't interpret the colors correctly from light-based sprites to thread, so I'm going to have to alter some of the color choices. For instance, it wants a sort of burnt orange for "pale skin tone" and then brown for the shading, and it looks awful in practice. I think I got one sprite started before I set that one aside.

There are, of course, many many other designs & kits left. But I really want to finish up these "works in progress for years" before starting something new. I did find in an old magazine a neat chart for a "berry sampler" which uses a lot of beads for the berries (raspberries etc.). That one looks very cool, and now that I know how to use beads it looks interesting. But first things first! ^_~
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Cross stitch humor

A highly funny story someone posted over in cross_stitch. (Apologies to those who've seen it twice! ^_^)

There was once a man and woman who had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They kept no secrets from each other except that the old woman had a shoebox in the top of her closet that she cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoebox and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box.

When he opened it, he found two beautifully embroidered samplers and a stack of money totaling $45,000. He asked her about the contents. "When we were to be married, " she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and embroider a sampler".

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious samplers were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness. Honey," he said "that explains the samplers,, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?"

"Oh," she said, "that's the money I made from selling the samplers."
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Androfic: FMF 119: The Hostages Return, Part 3

For 15minuteficlets' Challenge #119. Actual word not posted so as not to spoil it for other FMF writers.

Title: The Hostages Return, Part 3
Fandom: Star Control (pre-SC1)
Warnings: None
Character: Dina
Word Count: 619
Notes: Early 2112, Eta Vulpeculae 2, about the same time as parts 1 and 2.
To be archived at Androsynth Series.
Disclaimer: The Star Control universe and concept of the Androsynth are property of Toys for Bob. The Androsynth society, all characters in my Androsynth fics and all extrapolation of those ideas are mine.

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