Sunday, July 31, 2005

Not quite there

Hmmm....not going to be able to get this finished tonight. Wasted a fair bit of time today with that frogging, blech. I should have realised my moon was too high, DOH. And of course, stitching with the wrong colour, that was pretty hopeless. Regardless, I am still pretty close to getting this completed, so I will try to hustle as much as I can over the next few nights, and get it finished ASAP. Wish me luck!


I was stitching the word "Marriage" at the top of my tree, and then I realised that I stuffed up the position of my moon. So, I had to frog the moon, and the plan was to finish up the lettering and then back to the moon. And now I've discovered, I've stitched the word in the WRONG COLOUR!!! ARRRRRGGGGHHHHH. I'm so frustrated right now, and it's so damn friggin' annoying! Now I have to frog the word and redo the entire top bit, including the moon. At least I didn't stuff up the sun, blech. And there I was thinking, hey, I didn't do too bad on this one, I haven't made any mistakes yet. Never speak too soon and jinx yourself eh? Grrrrrrr..... Oh wells, gonna take a tiny break from this before getting back into it. The frog had better be gone when I'm back!

Saturday, July 30, 2005


I found this on the web and thought it was hilarious. I really needed a laugh, not that I'm feeling down or anything, but yeah, things have been pretty dead around here (although uneventful can be good).

So, after proclaiming that I was going to finish 'The Marriage Tree' this week, I only managed to get in 2 nights' worth of stitching, so I'm still not quite near the finish line. I will try to do some stitching tonight and hopefully more tomorrow, and see if I can still meet that deadline. I guess as long as I've finished it before I head off for my vacation, I will be okay, I'll just have to get this framed in Singapore instead of here. It would have been so neat to frame this myself, alas, things don't always go the way you want them to.

I have been so lazy....just procrastinating and not doing the things that I really should be doing. This computer can be sooooooo bad sometimes, I just sit here and veg out, which is such a complete waste of my time. I know it, but I just do that at times, like my brain just needs to "rot" for a while. Also because I'm alone, it's almost like I don't quite know what to do with myself. I did do a few things today, but I've stretched them out over a few hours, when really they don't take long to do. Oh well, the night is still young, plenty of time for me to squeeze in all the stuff that needs to be done, eh?

I can't wait for Friday to come, I will miss the doggies terribly, and I will probably worry about a million things even while on vacation, but it also means I get a break from work, and just have a bit of fun for 2 weeks, that will be awesome. I'm going to start packing this weekend, cos I know I won't have time to pack during the work week, and I don't want to start panicking and freaking out on the Friday night I leave. I bought a few books from Borders yesterday, I also have a couple of bookrings, so I will have plenty of in-flight and airport reading material.

Anyways, I better finish up this post, otherwise I'm never going to leave this computer. Here's wishing everyone a good weekend! I hope my next post will be a picture of 'The Marriage Tree' completed. Till then.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

WIP update

Raise the Roof Designs - The Marriage Tree Posted by Picasa

So, this is my progress after 2 evenings of stitching. I didn't get a whole lot done as I didn't have as much time as I would have liked, but I hope to be stitching on this every night of the week. I am getting close to the finish line, so let's see if I can have this completed within the week. Anyways, time for me to head to bed, it's back to work tomorrow, boooooo hooooooo.....

Say hi to Lola :)

The adorable Lola!Posted by Picasa

My sister (in Singapore) recently adopted an 8-month old puppy. The previous owner absolutely loved the doggie, but had to give her up because his niece was developing allergic reactions to the pup. This cute little furball's name is Lola and her breed is Beagle x Schnauzer. She looks really cute and I'm looking forward to playing with her when I visit in two weeks! :)

Saturday, July 23, 2005

All by myself

Terrence left for Brunei tonight, so I will be by myself for a while. I will see him pretty soon when I fly over myself in a couple of weeks, but I still miss him :( There will be a few perks to having the house to myself, like staying up to 2 am playing Mario Party 5, LOL. At least I defeated Bowser in the final battle, hee hee. I will also be able to focus on finishing up the piece I'm stitching on for my friend. Not that I couldn't do it with him here, but it's just easier when there's nothing else around to distract you. I haven't done any stitching this week, yet again, but I plan to dedicate most of the weekend to stitching.

Work has been getting busy busy busy. It's probably gonna be pretty hectic these 2 weeks before I go on leave, trying to clear everything and get stuff finished. I just hope I will be able to do so, which is really difficult at times, cos' I'm usually dependent on someone else for information or parts of work before I can complete my tasks. I'll see how it goes. I'm expecting some goodies to arrive at the office next week though, so hopefully that will help perk me up when I feel like I'm drowning in work, LOL. I've got a BookCrossing order coming, just some release supplies, as well as a book coming from a BookRay (means that the last person on the list will do a wild release). I'm looking forward to those arriving!

Alrighty, I'm off to bed, it's waaaaaaaay past my bedtime, considering that I have been up since 6.30 am. I'm so glad that it's the weekend, even if I'm alone, at least I can still relax and just chill at home! Her Drama-ness bids you farewell for now, have a good weekend everyone! :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

What to do, what to do....

*sigh* And I was so proud of myself.

It's almost 11 pm, but here I am, blogging away. I had my 2nd framing class tonight, and tonight's session was about cutting the actual frame. I managed to get 2 done for the pieces that I had cut the mounts for, and I was soooooooooo happy when I actually put them over the pieces, they had looked really pretty! Now, even when I was in class, I did think they may have been a teensy weensy big, but they were so pretty, I hardly thought much about it.

Then, I got home, happily showed both pieces to Terrence, and he goes, "Yeah, they're nice, but a bit big." I'm crushed instantly, I was so pleased about them, I was really hoping for a much bigger reaction. Don't get me wrong, he does think they look quite good, but I had really wanted him to go 'WOW'.

So here I am, at 10.46 pm, asking for opinions yet again. I know the first piece seems very white, I had originally wanted to go for a coloured frame, but as I had said before, the teacher ain't big on colour, and she recommended the frame that I ended up using in the end. I wasn't convinced when I saw the sample, but after cutting the moulding and putting the frame together, I thought it looked quite good! I wouldn't put it against a white wall, everything would be too lost, but I reckon it would look nice against a coloured background.

As for the 2nd piece, Terrence liked this a whole lot better, because of the dark frame, but he also thought it was a bit big. Those were my initial thoughts too, but I was kinda okay with it, but hearing him say it then makes me second-guess everything all over again. By the way, these pieces aren't completed yet, there's still the glass and finishing to do, but you can pretty see how the finished products will look like.

Honest comments please? Pictures are below, any feedback will be much appreciated. I could be completely blinded by my tiny achievements of cutting and putting a frame together, that I'm missing what Terrence is saying altogether. I mean, I can see where he's coming from, but I don't think they're that horribly big....*sigh* I was really so happy about what I had done tonight too.... :(

Framed piece #1 Posted by Picasa

Framed piece #2 Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 16, 2005

I'm happy :)

Things are alright now, not that it was ever horribly bad, but things feel good at this stage. Work wasn't that fantastic, there were more challenges, but I had a 1:1 with my manager yesterday (it got postponed from Tuesday), and I voiced my concerns with that particular person. I don't necessarily want any particular action to happen, but as long as he's aware, I'm happy with that. I'm looking forward to better weeks at work until I run off for my 2-week break. It's gonna be busy and stressful, but I can deal with situations like that, I just don't need some b*tch antagonising me for no reason. I'm leaving for Sydney tomorrow afternoon for work. I need to be at the Sydney office by 7.30 am on the Monday morning, so there's no way I'm leaving that morning and turning myself into a zombie, I won't be able to get anything done. It will be an exceptionally short weekend, so just gotta make the most of it.

I bought Mario Party 5 for the Gamecube yesterday, it was on special, so I simply couldn't resist. I got my copy of the sixth HP book today, 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince', so I'm also happy about that! Something I can read on the flight to Sydney and back, and at the hotel too, if I'm not doing work on my laptop. I also bought 'The Wishlist' by Eoin Colfer while I was at the bookstore. I already had this book, but I had lent it to my sister, who, without asking me, had lent it to a colleague, and that person apparently has no memory of it whatsoever! GRRRRR.... I hate it when people lose my stuff, or just claim ignorance when I ask them about something that they have borrowed! This wasn't a direct loan (and my sister really shouldn't have done it!!) but still, it's annoying. Oh wells, I got my replacement, and I'm over it now.

I have not done any stitching at all this week *gasp* I have been really engrossed with this whole bookcrossing thing, so that has been taking up my spare time during the evenings. I will start putting stitches into my 'Marriage Tree' piece next week, as I really should hustle and meet the deadline I set for myself. Anyways, that's it from me, I need to get some household chores done before I settle down and sink my teeth into my HP (just realised, same initials as my workplace, LOL) book. I hope everyone has a good weekend, till next time! :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

1st week's results

So, I went for my framing course last night, and I had lots of fun. I was really tired though at the end of it, cos I had gone to the class straight from work, so it was a looooong day by the time I got home about 10.20 pm. I really enjoyed it though, and I'm looking forward to the 2nd session next week.

Now, I have done mounts/mats for one of my stitched pieces, and I've included the picture with this post (below). While I'm so happy that I've learnt how to cut mounts/mats and really proud of myself (even though it's hardly a big achievement), I have concerns about them. The teacher of the class isn't big on colour, so it was already a struggle for me to fight to get the strip of colour in. I would love some honest comments, especially from those framing experts out there on what you think. Is it too white? I'm also worried that the mounts/mats are too big and are overpowering the piece? It's not fancy or anything, but I didn't think I would even get to be quite this elaborate for such a small and simple piece. I'm such a newbie, so I've taken the teacher's advice with some faith, but I would still like some feedback. So if you don't mind, please drop me a line and let me know what you think! Thanks very much! :)

Sorry about the fuzzy picture! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 10, 2005


I had asked Terrence to fix the comments part for me because they wouldn't show with the original post on the blog itself. Well, got that part fixed, but didn't realise the 'post a comment' bit was stuffed up! And there I was, wondering why nobody was visiting or leaving me messages! And feeling a little sad :( ....... LOL. Anyways, it's all fixed up now (thanks to Terrence, and he also put in the little BookCrossing banner for me), so there is no excuse to not drop in and say hello, hee hee *grin* Thanks Petra and Harsha for the heads-up! :)

I'm obsessed!

I'm back again! I couldn't sleep, so I just ended up playing with my books! I tagged and labelled more books to be released into the "wild", and also registered books for my bookshelf from my permanent collection. In my previous post, I had registered 3 books, it's now up to 16, though not all are to be set free. It's amazing how addictive this is, I've really been enjoying it, and all I've done is label the books or just registering them! LOL. See how sad my life is? Oh well, I better head to bed now...I'm feeling tired and the yawns are starting to kick in. So tell me, with my mad enthusiasm, is anyone inspired to be a BookCrosser too? LOL. Just remember, if you sign up, put me down as a referral (leeny37), and here's the link again: Good night and have fun! :)

Saturday, July 09, 2005

I'm a BookCrosser!

Yep, you heard me right, as of today, I'm officially a BookCrosser! Before I ramble on, here's a definition of BookCrossing:

"The practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise."

Essentially, you "release a book in the wild", but each book has its own little tracking mechanism thing, and hopefully the person who picks it up will head to the website and keep the trail going. I'm not doing a very good job of explaining this, so it's best if you go here to have a quick read: I have heard about this a couple of years ago and thought it was pretty neat, but never gave it a go in the end. I then read about it on Candice's blog and thought, hey, probably time to give it a try! I had a few books that I was planning to give to the local library anyways, so this was just a more adventurous avenue, and will be lots of fun for me to see if anyone "catches" them!

I've registered 3 books and I'm planning to release these in the "wild" - 1. Michael Connelly's City of Bones, which I finished reading recently, 2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (a duplicate copy), and 3. Sophie's World by Jostein Gaardner. I was so excited, I ran off to Officeworks to get labels and prepare the books to be released, LOL. I have more to let go, but I will take my time with this. Well, if I do manage to convince anyone to give this a go, when you join, please put me as your referral: leeny37. Thanks! :) If you want to check out my bookshelf, go to:

Here's the latest update on my WIP, I'm liking it so far, I loved how the rainbow came together, I think it's pretty! Alrighty, that's it from me for now, if you are visiting, please say hello!

Raise the Roof Designs - The Marriage Tree Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 08, 2005

It's Friday....

This week has gone by pretty quick, and the weekend is here already. Had a few dramas at work, which got me pretty upset, I'm over it now, but it still bugs me at times. I'm gonna be raising these issues about this particular person during my review session with my manager this coming Tuesday, don't know if it will actually do anything, but I think it's important that he's aware that someone is preventing me from doing my job effectively. I feel even harrassed and targeted at times. Not a good feeling, which is why I can't wait to get away from the office.

This is my new display picture on MSN Messenger, I love it, it's soooooo cute! :) If you're interested, I got it from here: I've also taken other images from the gallery as desktop wallpapers on my own computer and work laptop. At least something to perk me up, eh? Hee hee..... I asked Terrence if he would create a new blog skin for me with these images, and he completely ignored me, like as though I didn't exist at that point in time. LOL. I really don't think I will be allowed to make any changes in the near future. *grin* He did fix up the comments section part for me though, so that was impressive.....

Nothing exciting for the weekend, the usual things happening, and I hope to be plugging away at my Raise the Roof piece. I see the deadline inching closer and closer, so I want to make sure it's completed in time. My sister did say that I could get it framed in Singapore, which would be cheaper, and I guess I could do that, but I'll see what happens. Speaking about framing, I'm really excited about my framing course starting this Tuesday night. I've got all my stitched pieces bagged up and ready to go in this boxy folder, and I'll see if I manage to get anything framed by the end of the course.

Well, that's it from me for now, will probably be back tomorrow to update my stitching progress. Have a good weekend! :)

Sunday, July 03, 2005

New look! :)

Yay! After wanting a new look for a while, I've finally got one. This was a skin I got from BlogSkins, but a BIG THANK YOU must go out to my darling Terrence because he had to spend a lot of time in changing the code and he put in a lot of work to get it to look the way I liked and wanted it to be. I think it's kinda cute, a bit of fun, and quite different from my previous template. Any comments? Let me know if you love it or hate it!

Waiting for August...

Yet another stressful week. I know I should really learn to deal with it, I mean, I'm sure every single working person goes through what I'm facing right now, but sometimes, it still feels really tough. I try not to think about it too much when I'm home, I just wanna relax, but I know it's still on my mind, and I've been getting some pretty whacked up dreams because of it, LOL. Oh well......just something that I've gotta get used to.

But anyways, I simply can't wait for August to come! The ridiculous amounts of work waiting for me when I get back from vacation will be scary, but hey, I'm still looking forward to my break! LOL. Terrence will be leaving about 2 weeks before me, so I'll be alone for a while. This was the plan, so that he will have plenty of time to spend with family in Brunei as his parents are also heading back for a while (his dad is an expat in Egypt). Then, I will join him 2 weeks later and I will be in Brunei for about 4 days, and together, we will head off to Singapore. The weekend we arrive in Singapore, my sister has decided that it's a good time for a quick weekend at Bangkok (apparently airfares are very cheap now), so off we go with my sis and my brother-in-law to Thailand, back to Singapore on the Monday morning, before flying back to Melbourne the following Saturday night! It's quite a jam-packed schedule, especially for me, as Terrence would have had time to settle during the 2 weeks he's at Brunei. I think it's still gonna be fun though, I really can't wait for it, but I'll be so broke when I get back! LOL.

Terrence and I also went out last night, woooo hoooo, we were actually acting like normal young people and going out on a Saturday night, hahahahaha....*grin* We didn't do anything special, we went to watch 'Batman Begins', which was pretty good actually. There were some parts that were cheesy and I couldn't stand it, like Christian Bale talks funny when he's in the Batman suit, I know he's in disguise and he's trying not to be Bruce Wayne, but it was way OTT for me. But apart from that, I think he did a great job as Batman and it was a movie I thoroughly enjoyed. WAAAAAYYYY better than Spiderman, and Spidey is actually my favourite superhero :( I had also seen 'The Machinist' recently, and MAN, that Christian Bale is just insane, I know it's talked about a lot in the media, but if you haven't seen 'The Machinist', just compare those 2 roles, and the fact he did those back-to-back, unbelievable.......

On the stitching front, I didn't get as much done as I would like, but I think I'm doing pretty alright. Hopefully I will make my 3rd week of July deadline, so that I will have time to get it framed. I found a place that actually gives framing courses, $99 for 3 sessions, which I think is a decent price. And once you've done the course, you can go back anytime to use their equipment and workshop to frame your own pieces, and just pay for any materials/supplies. I probably won't have enough time to learn and frame this piece on my own as the course ends on 26 July, so I'll get this one professionally done, but I'm still gonna take the course. It should be interesting and if I somehow manage to get the hang of it, all the $$$$$ that I can save!

Anyways, gonna end with a couple of stitchy pictures. This is my progress to date, and for kicks, I thought I would throw in a photo of how the back of it looks too. Not my neatest, especially since this is stitched with overdyeds, it has to be done stitch by stitch, but I do think I'm quite a neat stitcher, heh. But of course, if you disagree, tell me, just don't crush me too badly, LOL. That's it from me, enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Front of WIP Posted by Picasa

Back of WIP Posted by Picasa

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  • I'm Leeny
  • From Melbourne, Australia
  • This is where I dazzle you with my wit and fascinate you with my interesting self....but no, it ain't happening. I'm just a normal person, who can be a little nutty at times, but otherwise lead a regular life. Oh, and I LOVE cross-sitching, but I'm not 80 years old :p
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  • Little House Needleworks - Spot of Coffee
  • Monsterbubbles - Home (freebie)

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