петък, март 19, 2010

(Fat) Cat Card Design

This is the final look of the cat birthday card:

I can honestly say that this is my most favourite one so far! Even though the basic is the same - cross stitch design with border of stitches on colour cardboard - I've used this pattern on almost all the previous one. Maybe it's the colour way, maybe it's the fact that it's circle, maybe it's the try to tie ribbon (looks better in the real world! ), maybe it's the cat, maybe it's just me. Anyway, I love this one.
I printed the cardbourd this time, using a sheet from CuddlyBuddly.com - lots of paper stuff there!
The girl that's the cat's new owner now, liked it too, which is most important I guess. I hope she'll feed it properly! :) Cause it aint fat after all.

сряда, март 17, 2010

Better late than never

TUSAL pic:
Not much difference with the previous month. March hasn't been good for stitching for me T__T
I can complain why exactly, lol, but instead I'll just post this:

Just a bracelet wip :) But I have to say I love those colours - the photo can't show them well enough >.<''

сряда, март 10, 2010

I ♥ books!

"Outside of a dog, book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
~Groucho Marx

It's been few days already since our PC was repaired and came back along with all the data on it(oh happiness! ^____^) My uncle fixed it - when we had it back dad said that everything is just like before and he changed one thing only with a newer version. I wondered what program he changed when I turned it on...
Well, it was the operating system XD So now we're with XP. I'll kind of miss our old Windows 2000 Professional with it's sturdy appearence. Strange it may sound but right now the edges and icons of xp annoy me little ^^''
Anyway, all the data was saved along with my pc diary which a wanted back so badly for one reason only - it had my book list for the year. I stated some time ago some impossible goals and one of them was reading 100 books for one year - I started this at 17th of March but I think it's not that early to present it now. I made it halfway which is not that bad after all. So here is the list of the books I read this year - rereadings do count while manga volumes and graphic novels do not (obviously as I have another list for them, despite MAL trying to ruin it). Poetry doesn't count too, although I read quite a lot this year as we studied many poets - and I really loved most of it.
I tried finding the original (or the English) titles of the books but I'm not absolutely sure for some. Hmm... so the number of lil hearts (from 0 to 4) expresses my personal opinion for the book, the (r) stands for rereading and the (n) for a newly read book; and some even have a comment in italic, wow. Enough bla bla now, the list finally comes:

1.♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Small gods - Terry Pratchet (n) This is my dad's fav book of the seires and I have to say I love it too.... but still there wasn't enough DEATH there
2.♥ ♥ Under the Yoke - Ivan Vazov (r) the most popular bulgarian novel probably
3. ♥ On the soul - Aristotle(n) total brainf*ck O.o
4. ♥ ♥♥ Bay Ganyo - Aleko Konstantinov (along with few more feuilletons) (r)
5. ♥ Warcraft - The lord of the clans - Christie Golden (n) With risk to be killed by army of Wow fans, I'd say the story and style were rather mediocre. I wanted to read the story of Medivh (?) but this was the only Wow book left.
6. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥Johnny and the Dead - Terry Pratchett(n)
7. ♥ Say cheese and die - R.L.Stine(n) when I was little those Goosebumps stuff was wasy scarier... I bet it's the movies...
8. ♥ ♥ ♥ The Pillow book - Sei Shonagon(n)
9.♥ ♥ ♥ A Series of Misfortunate events - Bad Beginning- Lemony Snicket(n)
10. ♥♥ ♥ A series of Misfortunate events - The Reptile Room - Lemony Snicket (n)
11. ♥ ♥♥ S series of Misfortunate events - The Wide window - Lemony Snicket(n)
12. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Twilight Watch - Sergey Lukyanenko(n) I've been babling alot about it, but this and 14. are my fav parts of this series
13. ♥♥ ♥ A series of Misfortunate events - The Miserable Mill - Lemony Snicket (n) why they haven't translated the rest yet T_____T
14.♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Last Watch - Sergey Lukyanenko(n) see 12 :P
15. ♥ Who ate my cheese - John Nocols(n) not even as goos as everyone was saying... but nice piccus inside...
16. Twilight - Stepheny Meyer(n) with the risk to be killed by horde of fangirls, I'll say... no after all I value my life...
17. ♥♥ ♥♥ The Lord of the rings - J. Tolkien (r) One of those books that have to be reread every year ^W^
18.♥ ♥ ♥ Witches abroad - Terry Pratchett (n)
19. ♥ ♥♥ My family and other animals - Gerald Durrell (r)
20. ♥ The Iron Oil Lamp - Dimitar Talev (n) I guess it's a very interesting if you want to explore the customs of people during the renaissance and the human psychology...
21.♥ E.T. - William Kotzwinkle - (n) nyaa, movie so much better
22. ♥ ♥ ♥ Lords and Ladies - Terry Pratchett (n)
23.♥♥ ♥ Mort - Terry Pratchett (n)
24.♥♥ ♥ Sphere - Miachael Crichton (n) I remember that the movie was so freaking creepy O.o Especially I recall one moment when the opened all the cupboards and they were all full of Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, and when they looked through the pages there was text only till the page -one of them don't remember who - have read the book. I have no idea why, but this totally creeped me out
25. ♥ ♥♥ Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett (n)
26.♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Count de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (r) same as LOTR
27.♥ ♥♥ ♥ Ink heart - Cornelia Funke (n) I LOVE this and again... when are they going to translate the other books too?!? I have to see the movie too...
28. The little Witch - Cylia Reece ??? (n) so boring... and my sister loves it so much - I really don't get why. And I'm not sure for the title and the author
29.♥ ♥ ♥Charlie and the chocolate factory - Roald Dahl (r)
30.♥ ♥ ♥ The Truth - Terry Pratchett(n)
31. ♥ ♥ The children of Hurin - Tolkien(n)
32. ♥ ♥♥ Going Postal - Terry Pratchett(n)
33. ♥ ♥ Cruel kings and Mean queens - Terry Deary(n)
34. ♥ ♥ ♥♥ The necromancer's death - Martha Wells(r) One of my favourite fantasy books too. This book I can reread again and again (and that's why it's in such a miserable state now. Why do they print such good books on such cheep paper! T____T)
35.♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Tobacco - Dimitar Dimov (n) I think this is going to became my fav novel from a bulgarian author ^^
36. ♥ ♥ ♥♥ The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents - Terry Pratchett (n)
37. ♥ ♥ ♥ Dracula - Bram Stoker (n)
38. ♥ ♥ Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (r)
39. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy - full edition - Douglas Adams (n)
40.♥ ♥ ♥ The Lionheart brothers - Astrid Lindgren (r)
41.♥ ♥♥ ♥ The Last hero - Terry Pratchett (n)
42.♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand (n) I'm absolutely in LOVE with this story. Ever since I watched the movie for first time. It's still moving me to tears. I've been trying to find the book for years. This summer I read it in French and when later dad brought me Cyrano in bulgarain you just can't imagine how happy I was. He really searched a lot, good he's a real expert in book hunting and finally found a very old edition - it's almost like curio. At first I was just so happy for the book itself I didn't see that the book was signed from the translation Veselin Hantchev to Jean Coiffard who was back the first French ambassador in Bulgaria. It seems that the book was meant to him, but then they saw that some of the pages aren't cut properly, so they chose another one - at least this is my theory! Lol! It's so fascinating who old book have their own story - I have a lot of old book but often don't pay much attention where they come from because I'm moe interested in the story - maybe I ought to check it out, who knows what their stories could be, lol! Apart from this, the translation is really amazing, I loved some parts better thab the original - like the duel in the beginning and the very end too. But my most fav quote I still prefer in French:
DE GUICHE: Sur le chapitre des moulins !
CYRANO (saluant):
Chapitre treize.
DE GUICHE: Car, lorsqu'on les attaque, il arrive souvent. . .
CYRANO: J'attaque donc des gens qui tournent à tout vent ?
Qu'un moulinet de leurs grands bras chargés de toiles Vous lance dans la boue !. . . CYRANO: Ou bien dans les étoiles !

43.♥ ♥ ♥ The Last Continent - Terry Pratchett (r)
44. ♥ ♥ ♥ Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban - J.K.Rowling - (r)
45. ♥ ♥ ♥ Night Watch - Sergey Lukyanenko (r)
46. ♥ ♥ ♥ Three funy friends - Eno Raud (r)
47. ♥ ♥ ♥ Jingo - Terry Pratchett (r)
48.♥ ♥♥ Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum (r)
49. ♥ ♥ ♥ Yordan Yovkov - Balkan Legends and other short novels (r)
50. ♥♥ Le pere Goriot - Honore de Balzac (n)
51.♥ ♥ ♥ Winnie the Pooh - A. Miln (r) When you're gloomy and feeling eeyore there is nothing better than this book to make you feel so pooh ^___^
52.♥ ♥ ♥ Laughing gas - P.G. Wodehouse (r)

This turned long,wow. 52 titles of them 34 new and the rest are rereadings. And I have the strange feeling I'm reading a little too much Pratchett... Nyah. there's no such thing as "too much Pratchett" ^w^
Now I'm planning to build a list of the books I want to read. It's gonna be a long one - so few book more or less won't hurt, lol, any recommendations?
In mid april I'll have to check my other task - 10 000 songs listened on last.fm. This goal turned possible as I'm almost there. Now I'm more curious who's gonna be on the top. Last monts Cobra Starship was able to keep the first place, but Agata is fighting back - they were once first! And most likely will regain their place as lately I can't stop listening to them Especially after I visited their oficcial site (where I discovered some songs, listened to remixes and of course, the originals are so much better); and after I saw this photo:

Now believe me, this is a decadence rock group with really deep lyrics. Never trust the bunnies.

And with absolutely (ok, just a little) realtion to everything - an awesome advice how to prevent reading inside of a dog:

Good thing it works for non English speaking dogs, I was worried about this point. So have a good Friday and weekend with lot of good books ^__^

петък, март 05, 2010

Back with two more squares....

Cause I'm sloooooow (but I've been busy, honest!) and even thought I didn't have access to Internet those last weeks (hence I didn't spend time browsing the net), most of this time sadly went for studying and not for cross stitching. At least I finished the non-organic chemistry lessons (which is good, I managed it in time) and started the organic (and I'm already missing the non-organic >.<)

anyways this is it:

One more and I'm done with the six squares I need for the cube. then I'll probably start another bday project... but this is in such distant future! XD
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