Monday, July 25, 2005

Good Red, Bad Red 

I had two red experiences today. Bad one: My Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer account got downgraded to a "Red Card". I didn't travel to England enough times in the last 12 months. I plan to remedy that really soon and get my silver card back so I can use the premium economy check in counter.

Good Red: Mailman brought some spiffy red boxes for storing all my CDs of photos, archived research, patterns, charts, stuff!!!! Would you believe I found them at a place called www.drugstore.com?

They come flat - are sturdy and unfold and snap together with big metal snaps. The snaps wanted to be a little difficult, but my trusty hammer solved that problem.

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Friday, July 22, 2005

A Little Credit Please 

Wholesale pages are done and uploaded to the website. Next the guild pages then the retail catalog.

That may not seem like a very big accomplishment but it's the fiddly stuff that takes so much time. Does everything have a button? Is the hyperlink correct? Do they all work? Have we added all the new stuff?

My hat is off to those folks who do sites as a profession. But then maybe it's a piece of cake to them.

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Thursday, July 21, 2005


Forgot to mention that Robin's article this issue is about blackwork filling patterns.

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A Good Thing 

Needlepoint Now is A Good Thing! Especially as my friend Robin continues to contribute articles about historic needlework.

I can even overlook my "ouch" at the term needlepoint for canvaswork. I'm old fashioned and think needlepoint is lace made on the point of a needle.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

That Does It!!! 

I'm getting out my biggest bracing needle and sharpest stilletto and dullest scissors and attacking the identity fraud perpetrators!!!

I've been through one alert by a credit reporting agency who managed to give all my identity away and now my bank sent me a new debit/VISA card with a new number because gee whiz they managed to get hacked/get careless - whatever.

So I have two days to change all my info on accounts that use that bank information for automatic payments and will still probably get e-mails saying "gosh your credit card didn't work". Then you have to figure out if those e-mails are from the real folks you want to pay and sort the whole thing out. I forsee lots of telephone time today and tomorrow.

On a better note, I just got in a book I had wanted for some years from England. Would you believe from two folks who sold an American bookstore and set up shop in Alfriston, East Sussex? Cate and Nash sent me a discount coupon inviting me to visit their shop, Much Ado Books. Little do they know I might just do that in October. Alfriston seems to have lots of early Norman/late Saxon stuff - or as I sometimes say "Ye Olde Oozing from the half-timbers".

They don't seem to have much in the way of embroidery books listed on their website but they do list a 2nd Ed. Caulfield which might tempt someone. They say they specialize in the Bloomsbury Set so you might find them a good source if you are interested in the shennigans of that rackety bunch.

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Monday, July 18, 2005

Sheeeeessss Baaaaccckkk 

Sharon's back - so go read In a Minute Ago. She's interesting. I'm just packing, packing, packing and realizing I could have about 50 of my favorite stitchers over for a tea party with all the fancy cups I just packed.

Other than that, just boring boring boring here. Finished up 3 more alphabet charts yesterday and am spending today sorting out the wholesale pages on my website. They are a real sad mess.

Thanks for the welcome home - its good to be back - and I think it would be great tea party I would even done a funny hat for such an event
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Friday, July 15, 2005

Still Here, Still Charting 

Got the model done for the front page of one of the pattern booklets, now to finish up the charts. I have to drive myself to do them -- I LOVE alphabets, I HATE doing the charts.

The second booklet is in the works as well -- I alternate between them as they are slightly different. One came from a German speaking area (i.e. Germany, Austria, Switzerland) the other from France. These little booklets do have different styles and characters.

The printers did make mistakes from time to time though. Sort of - "oh well, these are cheap little books and no need to proof them carefully or recut a plate with just a few little bloopers." Keeps me on my toes.

I'm stitching the model for the French book in Dinkey Dyes Dreamtime. It is a lovely country French sort of blue that just suits.

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Friday, July 08, 2005

That Long? 

Gosh I haven't been around here for several days. Packing has taken up a good deal of time and stitching on the models for a few new alphabet books.

I'm feeling very disoriented today due to the tragic events in London. London is my adopted "hometown". When I get off a plane at Heathrow, I sort of fall onto the Tube and breathe a sigh "home again."

I was supposed to be in London this month doing research at the British Library and sitting the exhibition in Cumbria on weekends.

One of the Tube trains bombed was my route to the BL - the Picadilly from Baron's Court to Kings Cross and the bomb went off at just about the time I'm usually traveling. Perhaps my back gave out at just the right time.

I've called the UK today and e-mailed and determined that my London area friends are okay - but lots of folks aren't okay and that is unacceptable in my world.

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Friday, July 01, 2005

Careful Stitchers 

Whatever the Victorian age stitcher was, she was not necessarily a tidy stitcher. I am creating the charts for new alphabet books from original little pattern books and believe me these stitchers regularly spilled tea or coffee on their patterns and I swear they dribbled jam or honey on them as well.

Of course these were cheap little books and meant to be tossed at the drop of a hat. I'm amazed so many of them have survived. Of course the survival stats also are influenced by the thousands upon thousands of them that were printed.

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