Tuesday, May 1, 2012

15 Minute Challenge

I managed to work on these projects seven days out of seven last week.  To see how others did with their 15 Minute Challenge, visit Kate at Life in Pieces.

I finished the cross stitch snowman this morning, I've blocked it and it's drying.  I'm not sure how I'm going to finish it yet.  This being only the second counted cross stitch I've finished, I have a lot to learn.  1) find a neater way to secure and carry threads so they don't show through,  2) read the directions carefully,  3) have an idea for the most logical way to attack the project. 4) count and recount.  I had to rip out a large section when I realized that I was off by two rows which affected the rest of the pattern.  There's a stitch here and there that is incorrect but unless you have the pattern and view it stitch by stitch, you'd never know.  Also in the graph there was a stitch that looked like a quarter stitch.  I thought at first it was just a half stitch but then there'd be two half stitches in the same stitch block.  So I winged it.  I need to research this more.  I remembered to sign and date it but I think I'll try to stitch it smaller next time.  Anyway, here it is:

For a few years I've debated whether to get a tattoo.  It's all the rage you know.  And I like to try new things....  You wouldn't believe how many I've looked at on the internet.  I saw one years ago of a vine winding around the woman's wrist, so I've mostly been looking for something like that.  I also debated maybe something on my leg or inner wrist.  For sure I wanted some color.  But it's so permanent, what if I don't like it after I get it...and....it's gonna hurt.  Yesterday, for kicks, I drew a vine with flower around my wrist to test it out.  This is what it looked like:

I kept looking at it on the other side of my wrist but my eye kept being drawn to the brown spots, wrinkled skin and large blood vessels on my hands.  You'll notice I don't have a picture of that side.  I couldn't wait to wash it off.  I don't think I want a tattoo.


Hope you had a good day.


Marti said...

LOL, you are so funny. I wouldn't want a tattoo anywhere near my age spots either. Maybe around your ankle? Most people have ankles that get bigger as they age which would keep the tattoo from having that wrinkly look later.

Good job on your challenge. I've given up for the time being.

Kate said...

The snowman cross stitch turned out beautifully. Sounds like you had a good week with the challenge too. Hope this next one is as good.

Love your new blog header. It definitely works with your title!

thea said...

The snowman turned out great! I don't have the patience for cross stitch anymore .. probably since I started to make a christmas stocking (which was taking forever ..). I'm glad you tried out the tatoo before doing it for real.

Shay said...

I think your cross stitch looks beautiful.

Ive never wanted to get a tattoo (my husband has a huge one on his arm and my daughter has three of them )but I am partial to the idea of a nose piercing.

June D said...

Nice snowman!

I've seen too many old people in the hospital or rehab centers to ever want to tattoo - but the wrist idea is unique!

libbyquilter said...

i think your leafy wrist tattoo is wonderful~!!~ i think I want one now . . .

good job on the 15 minute challenge this week.