Saturday, February 12, 2011

My Stash Depletion Blog Update

I have added three most posts to my stash depletion blog AKA: LadyDoc is Cleaning Out Her Craft Room.

Make sure you check it out if you are interested in Cross Stitch charts or magazines, Quilting books or Hardanger books.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Time to give a LOT of stuff away!

If we are ever going to move to a smaller house in a warmer climate (or even a smaller house anywhere!) I really have to get rid of a LOT of stuff from my so-called craft room. It is "so-called" because it is so stuffed there is no room to work in there.

So, I have started a new blog:LadyDoc is Cleaning Out Her Craft Room.

I will be listing all kinds of stuff there that I will happily send to a new home for the cost of postage. The first list- a group of old needlework charts- is up. As time goes on, there will be charts, kits etc as well as stamp sets and lots of other crafting supplies.

There is a link to it on my sidebar so you will be able to get there easily.

I HATE to throw away anything that someone could use, so check it out and see if something there is calling to you.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2011

From a link at AustenProse I found another reading challenge for this year that is right up my alley: the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2011.

I am going a bit overboard on this one: I am signing up for the Severe Bookaholism level, which is aiming for 20 books this year! I read more than 20 books just in the summer each year, so it should not be too hard to meet the challenge.

If you are an avid reader, check it out!

Sense and Sensibility 200th Birthday Celebration!

Down on my sidebar you will find a section devoted to blogs that celebrate Jane Austen. There are hundreds of similar blogs and websites but these are my favorites.

One of them,, is hosting a participatory celebration of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's first publication, Sense and Sensibility. 

I don't know how I missed it before- although it was posted while we were in Florida and Auntie was in the hospital, so I guess I was just distracted and not checking my blogs regularly. Fortunately, they are accepting sign-ups until March 1, so I (and you, if interested!) am not too late!

The goal for each participant is to read Sense and Sensibility related books and/or watch filmed versions of the story throughout the year.

I am signing up as a "disciple" which means my goal is to read/watch 8 selections during the year. I would LOVE to reach "afficionado" status, which is 9-12 selections, but I am not sure so I won't say I'll do it. 

I will begin by re-reading the original, wonderful Sense and Sensibility. My next stop will be the 1995 movie with Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant. After that, well, there is a long list available the AustenProse to choose from.

Happy 200th birthday to Sense and Sensibility! Congratulations to Jane Austen because her books are just as popular 200 years after she wrote them, and they are now enjoyed and loved worldwide!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

My Favorite New Needlework Design

I am more excited about this design than any cross stitch chart I have seen in years. (I also get equally excited about some of Martina's Chatelaine Designs, like the German Christmas Market, but those designs are so much more than cross stitch so I consider them in a different category.) It is by Plum Street Samplers, and you can get to their blog post about it by clicking HERE.

I will be ordering it on Sunday from The Strawberry Sampler during their Super Bowl sale. I don't know about fabric yet, but I will definitely be doing this in Vikki Clayton's Hand Dyed Fibers silks. The conversion chart is already available on her website. This will be one very expensive project before it is done, but SOOOOO worth it!!!