The prom challenge looks like the one where the season meets its tipping point -- where the producers' say outweighs the judges' opinions.
(In case you doubt that the producers have a huge say, look for the statement they run at the end of the show.)
This to me was like the recycling episode last year, with Allison getting auf'd while insane and egotistic "It Makes Me Hot" guy (can't even remember his name) stayed on even though his model couldn't walk in his dress.
But the minute the judges praised Victorya's dress, the camera panned to Ricky looking miserable. You knew right then and there that they would keep Ricky around, hoping for some real fireworks between him and Victorya. As for those two, did Victorya deserve to win? Not sure, but it'll sure bother Ricky more than if she had come in second. But I thought Ricky definitely deserved to be auf'd.
i consistently loathe his designs and his workmanship, and his attitude consistently annoys me. for example, if he wants to talk about passive aggressive behavior during the Trends competition, he should begin with himself. why would he assume leadership over someone else's designs?
i wish this really were just talent, and not personality. does anyone beside me wish they could see even a little bit more of the construction process?
Kim, just a wild guess. Have you laundered your muslin before stitching on it? If you didn't, maybe the sizing on the muslin is interfering with the transfer pencil?
I use the Sulky black transfer pen or, like KittyKill, use a colored pencil, a regular kind as opposed to a transfer, on Solvy. More and more I am using Solvy--easy to use, leaves no permanent marks on your fabric and stabilizes it as well as transfers the pattern.
The wooly mammoth drawn by the author/artist David Macaulay in his book The Way Things Work (and the revised edition, The New Way Things Work) is the first wooly mammoth that comes to my mind -- the only one, in fact. I like David Macaulay's style, and if you do, too, you could easily adapt it for embroidery with some tracing paper and transfer pencil. (And just in case the copyright police are watching, i assume that this is for your own personal use of course!)
Try Craft Connection, at craftconn.com. Select "Patterns" from their shopping menu, and there are several categories just for Aunt Martha. I used the site last fall, found a very big selection, and received my order astonishingly quickly.
If White has a web site, you might be able to order an instruction manual from them or, better, find instructions for your machine online. I just bought myself a manual for a Singer, directly from Singer online.
If you can cross-stitch of course you can do hand-embroidery! Welcome.
You'll be happy to know that the Stitch-It Kit comes with everything you need, including the right kind of needle, embroidery floss -- floss here means "thread" -- plus material to stitch on and a hoop. There are diagrams for the stitches in the Kit, but also on the sublimestitching.com website that katielee posted.
You can check the Stitch-It Kit out on Amazon, if not on Amazon site then for sure on the U.S. one.
you might want to do a search on this board for the other questions--there are some posts with great info on the differences between embroidery, needlepoint, and cross-stitch.
i love to embroider -- easy to learn and satisfying, plus you can apply it to so many things. hope you like it too!
I think i would rather her talk about something she hats then something she didnt recieve. Does that make sense?
That makes sense to me (sadly enough, i totally get this).
Plus, if you are thinking longterm, then you want to give your relationship with HER its best shot. If it fails, let it be because of her, and not because you didn't try.
(And people who carp about presents they've received make themselves look bad.)
How about a flowering plant? Pretty hard for her to object to a flowering plant (although yes, a complainer can always find plenty to complain about). Ask your boyfriend what her favorite flowers/colors are, even if you are sure he doesn't know. That way you are on the record for having tried to please her. If she lets the plant die, don't interpret it. Her choice. (What if you gave an object? She could break it or toss it.... you see where I'm going? Try not worry about what she does or will do, so long as you've done something you feel is appropriate.)
As far as a card goes, I wouldn't get too personal, since she is so rejecting. Depending on what the situation is, you could even skip the card. If it were me and I were giving a card, I'd stick to as few words as possible.
Good luck! And i like this boyfriend who wants to do something about your relationship with his mother, especially if he can see what an uphill battle it is for you.
Jumping in as well, to agree with the others that your mother is going to love whatever you do (yes, i'm a mom too). just that you began thinking about Mother's Day at the beginning of April says so much about you.
i was going to post what someone else already said -- your original post contained some great ideas. pick the one that you liked best and that you feel is the most do-able, and if you need help with anything along the way, ask for it here.
you were absolutely right when you said that it's the thought that counts. i'll bet your mother has helped teach you that, hasn't she? your mother is going to treasure what you give her, all the more so if it's not perfect.
good luck. it sounds as if you are off to a fantastic start.
Why don't you use the flowers in your avatar as your design? You'll have to excuse me if that's not your idea of fresh and new (my teenage years are long gone), but I think if you did the outlines in those colors in your favorite outlining stitch, it would look great.
Now for the unsolicited advice: tees can be tricky to embroider, because they're stretchy. You have to take a few preliminary steps, like use a stabilizer (most of us here like Sulky tear-away or, if you're stitching on a dark color, look at Solvy). You might save yourself some frustration by doing a search on this board for tips on "tees" and "T-shirts."
Good luck, and welcome to the wide world of embroidery.