I hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a lovely holiday. Erich and I had a quiet Sunday, mostly spent at home. The weather was gorgeous for most of the day. More on what we did late in the afternoon in a bit though…
I updated my status on Rachel’s round robin earlier this week. Kris’ piece for the 2011 edition of the UFO round robin is now ready to travel again. :) This piece is quite busy, but it has adorable colors in it – and was a perfect springtime stitch. It’s the Spring Sampler from Kooler Design studios. When Kris sent it, she’d just started it:
And here’s how it’s being sent to Blu tomorrow:
I got to cross stitch a peep! The little spots are jelly beans. Once there’s some backstitching in here, it’s really going pop. :)
My next project is the Mirabilia RR, which I have a comfortable start on. Hopefully I’ll have it done by the weekend, although this is my busiest week of the year at work, so I may not get it done until next week. Regardless – it’s my go-everywhere piece until it’s done!
So early this afternoon, I got our laundry done and finished my hours on Kris’ piece. Erich was playing Dead Space 2 on the Xbox. I swear half of my stitching is done to the sounds of violence in some form. It’s really odd. But anyway… it was absolutely gorgeous outside, and I told Erich that as soon as the laundry was done, I really wanted to go somewhere so we could enjoy the day a bit (mostly so we didn’t spend the entire weekend in front of the TV). Saturday had been a wash-out, and I definitely had a case of cabin fever.
We headed out around 3 to head up to Battleground. Matt was working today, and he had told us he was pretty sure it would be dead due to the holiday. We figured we’d take advantage of the quiet time to geek with him. I’ve been itching to do some Warhammer painting, but it’s not really something I can do easily here at home – so it’s really a Battleground-specific project.
We headed north, and pop! goes Erich’s left front tire about 4 miles from home in Pawtucket. Now… this was not unexpected. When Erich had the massive car repair last month, we were told that there was a bubble on his tire and that the rim looked cracked. Thankfully it happened in such a way that Erich was able to maintain control easily and pull over – and into a relatively good location to swap out the tire. Donut was switched out on the axle, and we continued on our way. I’m very happy that this didn’t happen during a commute or during bad weather, though!
We got up to Battleground, and found only my car in the parking lot (Matt’s been driving it lately). For the next hour or so, the three of us were the only ones at the store. All of the doors were open, giving the place a nice, fresh breeze. It was great. I got to work painting. Erich decided he wasn’t in the mood and curled up with a good game of Civilization 4.
About three hours later, I’d put some serious work into my figurines, and managed to finish my first two:
Erich put these two together and primed them, but I did all of the painting, very slowly by hand. For perspective, the taller one is probably about 3 inches tall. The smaller one is, obviously, half that. So the details on these things are insanely tiny. My painting skill is not great, but I’d say they’re pretty good for my first model finishes ever! (now I just have about 50 more to do…)
I know they’re not exactly the girliest thing out there. I do have a batch of completely over the top girly ones in store – intentionally so to annoy all of the guys.
For those who aren’t familiar with these figurines, they’re Orks (yes… spelled that way) from a tabletop game called Warhammer 40K. It’s a futuristic war strategy game where players battle each other with squads of different races of figures. Different types of figures are worth different point totals and have different abilities. It’s quite complex. I haven’t played yet beyond an intro game, but I wanted to try my hand at creating the figures. :)
So overall, a very productive crafty weekend here!