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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Six Stitches With Brain Death Part 2 on: September 22, 2009 10:39:42 PM
The World Is Wonderful!!!

Here is part two (of six) planned pieces inspired by the musical "Six Women With Brain Death"! I always say it's from the opening song which is also used as an instrumental break between skits but as I think about it, there may be two songs in the opening.

Whatever. It's from the opening song which is also used as an instrumental break between skits.

The play and this line are ripe with sarcasm so I really wanted a contrast between the word "Wonderful" and everything else. I chose a rainbow because a) rainbows are pretty, and b) the play is being put on by The Lambda Players here in Sacramento and they do happen to be "by, for and about the LGBT community" so I really took it as a tribute to them to work that into this piece.

As always a questionable quality picture phone photo  Tongue
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Six Stitches With Brain Death Part 1 on: September 21, 2009 07:25:26 AM
I hope someone out there has seen the play Six Women With Brain Death. I am doing a series of short projects based on the play and this is the first one!

I didn't want to go on and one about the play here if no one has seen it so there is a link to my blog below for the whole story but the bullet points are:
  • I love this play
  • I hate metallic threads
  • The little deely-bopper at the bottom is what they wear onstage for this skit



http://whateverjamesinstitches.blogspot.com/2009/09/six-stitches-with-brain-death-god-is.html
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / MrXStitch Quote on: August 18, 2009 09:54:33 PM
So I do a lot of quotes. I usually find them faster then pictures and its a great way for me to have funny or inspirational stuff around. But I only quote that which moves me, and when possible from those I admire. I've quoted shows, songs, my songs, my wife and a few others.

MrXStitch has done a lot for men in needlework and I came across an interview he gave to manbroidery blog back in April. This seemed like a battle cry. Like Joan Jett singing "I love rock and roll". And since I am in the middle of a rather large project it rang even more true to stop what I was doing and do this, truly, on the fly (see how I tied it all together).



And Jamie, My apologies for likening you to Joan Jett. Unless you are into that sort of thing in which case I apologize for nothing!
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / In Memoriam on: July 19, 2009 06:42:43 PM
I've been away for a while with the new job that I cant stitch at and exciting stuff at home. One of the more exciting happenings was that Windy and I were expecting a baby boy.

Sadly Windy went in to labor a little too early and he did not make it. So for once I am cross stitching something very serious and very dear to me - instead of my usual smart-assery!

I chose the lyrics from "99 Red Balloons" because a: we released balloons at our memorial service and b: I always felt the song was about surviving the end of the world, which is what the last two weeks have really felt like.

Sorry for such a downer. Hopefully next time I am back it will be a little more fun.



Sorry the pic isnt that good. Cant really steady a camera right now either.
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Last Words For My Boss on: May 12, 2009 12:51:27 PM
So I've made it well known I do most of my stitching at work. Now I have a new job where I will probably not get such an amazing opportunity. So how do you say thanks to a boss who is awesome but then added another layer of awesome by letting you stitch all day? Stitch her something of course!

I told her I would stitch anything she wanted, preferably a phrase, and it didnt have to be work appropriate (she has not seen half the stuff I have done and posted here)  Wink. So this is what she asked for. She said it had something to do with being into competitve swimming but to be honest I have only been able to take it as dirty as it originally sounded.

Thanks Tammy, you have been the best. My stitches and I will miss you!!!

26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / All that "intellegence is a turn-on" talk is crap on: May 10, 2009 11:11:20 AM
So the kids always tell us they love us to the moon and back, or around the sun and back to my heart or something sweet like that. Windy and I were laying around and she started to tell me she loved me to the moon and around Pluto and out by the other plantets, etc.

I started to explain that 1) Pluto's not a planet anymore. 2) The planets dont exactly line up in their orbit so her love would be constantly passing me as it tried to make its way along the path she set. Apparently poetic romanticism is not to be mixed with scientific fact because this was Windy's response:



So I landed a new job (yay) but it gaurantees I will not have all day to sit and cross stitch like I have the past year (boo) so this is part one of what I am calling my "Big Push" to finish multiple projects before the new job starts on the 18th.
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Oh Snap *Updated! Now with 68% more Futurama Quotage* on: April 15, 2009 11:04:25 AM
So I have been at complete "work stoppage" due to a computer problem here at work. My supervisor's advise on what to do: "Did you bring anything to stitch"?

Hell yeah I did.

I was watching Futurama yesterday and this is my all time favorite delivery of a line in the show. The main character Fry gets told The fate of all that exists and ever will exists depends on him and he is the single most important person in the universe. I still laugh every time I see it because this is his reaction.



*UPDATE* I added part of the lead in line around it. I wanted to add the whole thing, about all that exists and ever will exist resting depending on Fry but it was too long. I think this was enough to get the whole serious statement/aloof reaction dynamic across though

And if you are so inclined the episode is "The Why of Fry" and this is about 6:20 in.
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / She says the sweetest things to me on: April 07, 2009 11:38:25 PM
So my fiancee, Winna, and I are in the middle of a conversation I can't really get into here but this is what she said to express her feelings on the subject:



It was so cool because as soon as she said it we both started laughing and we knew I was going to end up cross stitching it. I'm trying to work on a rather big piece at my blog but I could not get this out of my head.

Winna has been the inspiration for a number of my pieces mostly gifts that express my love and devotion to her. While the same can be said for this piece I think she was genuinely excited to be the one quoted, since I have a long list of to-do quotes that I think are stitch worthy and I liked this so much it made #1.

And as for the color scheme: black, blue, purple and red. Given the subject I thought colors reminiscent of bruises and spanking would be a good choice.

Whatever James: sensitive to chick stuff since 1980  Cheesy

Thanks for looking and hopefully laughing a little!
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I try to get out but they keep dragging me back in on: April 01, 2009 12:05:08 PM
I try to get out but they keep dragging me back in.

I said I was not going to be able to post new projects for a while because I was going to work on a rather large project but here at work each team has a bulletin board that we decorate, post achievements, etc. This month someone decided that each team member would color a cut out egg for the board. Now there are some "crafty" ladies here. They were using (and sharing) eye liner, crayons they found in thier purses, etc. However I decided to protest as the only colors I had at my desk were a black ball point pen and a yellow highlighter.

I asked if I could stitch an easter egg and was told yes!!! It took about a day and yeah, its not my standard fare but its something I can show off at work.



On a side note there has been some discussion on other posts and personal blogs about stitching in public, especially by those of us who don't fit the "standard" ideo of someone you would see with an embroidery hoop or knitting needles. While I am known in my office as "the guy who stitches", it was really cool because word got out that I was doing this and I had a lot of people coming and asking to see it before it was done and comments about wishing they could do it, etc. Girls and guys alike. It was just a positive experience and totally worth the time away from my other project and stitching something "cute".
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Boom. Roasted. (A Michael Scott Joint) on: February 27, 2009 05:09:56 PM
So I decided to start working on a HUGE project since things are so slow at work and I don't have unlimited access to porn the internet here. However I forgot my thread and couldn't start it on Wednesday like I had planned. So instead is a little something from The Office that Michael says to Merideth. I have gotten used to the shows humor but this one left me silent for a couple seconds before laughing out loud "I am so gonna stitch that".

I so did.



Sadly this is proabably my last post for a while. I have decided that instead of doing a lot of little projects such as these and my original "I'd Rather Be" series I am going to cross stitch something big for the California State Fair. I have to have it submitted by May something. I've never attempted this before so if you wanna watch someone attempt 20,468 stitches in about two months you can check it out at my blog.  Now if you'll excuse me I have to go think up something funny to win a picture of two Victorian people dancing. Tongue
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