Oct 10, 2011

Marvelous Monday Update 10/10/2011

Woo Hoo!! The latest semester is done and I'm on the home stretch now. Woo Hoo!! A lot of happy dancin' going on here. *big grins* Even though the instructor is two weeks behind on grading our weekly assignments, posting, AND term paper, I took the final and it's automatically graded. I got a 92%!! Woo Hoo! Can you tell I'm happy?? LOL

I'm already enrolled for the next semester and received my textbook for Auditing I. In talking with my performance coach at work, he suggested that I go out on an audit to see what it's like in real life. He's going to run it by the head honchos, so we'll see what they say. It was kinda cool that he offered to get me going on that, though.

Last week, a couple of commenters asked about why their photos get blurry when trying to take close up pics.

My guess is that you're getting too close to the subject is why it gets blurry. Every camera has a certain distance it has to be from the subject to remain in focus. Usually, it's around 20 inches for a point-n-shoot camera, but you'd have to look in the manual for the exact length. My 300mm lens requires about 36inches. Some of the point-n-shoot cameras have a macro setting that allows close-up photos.

Two readers asked about my confetti stitches. Normally, I don't carry my thread from one to the next. There were a few on Blossom that I did. If you look on my sidebar under How-To, there's an explanation on how I've done confetti sitches. I used Method #2. An "anonymous" commenter didn't leave his/her name and asked to see the confetti stitches on the backside of Blossom. Here goes:

Over the past several months, I've been watching a SAL called Le Jardín Pourpre (Purple Garden). The German group has a limited membership so I couldn't get in until now. So, I've started a new project! Here's the fabric and floss toss:

Check out the progress these gals have made: Sharmila and Karen
I was able to finish Part One over the weekend. I really like how the colors pop off the fabric I chose.

I received Part 6 for iStitch SAL and stitched it up in one evening. Who sent the frogs???

There were several requests for the recipe I used for pretzels last week, so in the next post I've share it along with my notes. Enjoy!


Carol said...

Oooh--your new purple start is gorgeous, Meari!! What lovely colors...great job on your Istitch SAL as well--you're almost done!

Wonderful news on your grade in your class and I know you'll be equally successful in your auditing class for your FINAL SEMESTER--WOO HOO!!!

Berly said...

Woo hoo!! Light at the end of the tunnel! That's great about the audit. And, as usual, your stitching is amazing!

EvalinaMaria said...

Congrats on great marks. Auditing is not difficult, I'm sure you will enjoy your new course. There is a lot of planning and risk assessments involved. And that's what I'm doing for living, auditing financial statements day in and day out for the last four years.

Thank you for sharing pictures of the back of the Blossom. It looks very neat.

Sunshine said...

Two thumbs up for Job 1. Best of luck to you on stitching PG. I look forward to seeing your progress. I only need to stitch the last part now. Multiply has been giving me fits, so I haven't uploaded any photos, and skipped the Sept. Blog update altogether. I hate it when the site goes into loops and I spend a lot a time getting nothing done at all but signing in over and over :(

Lesleyanne said...

Great new start. I love the colours on this one. Your sal is coming along great.

Anonymous said...

What a fun blog to read this week. They are always terrific for sure but there was so much diverse information.. Loved it.


Kay said...

Your new start is beautiful!! All your stitching is beautiful as always. That is great news about your final exam in that class. Keep up the good work!

Denise SA said...

i love those purple colours. Thank you for the pretzel recipe.

Anonymous said...

Yeah another semester down and closer to graduation. Thank you for sharing the pretzel recipe and instructions. Your new kit and relationship are great.


Mouse said...

ooooo well done on your results and way to go ... love the stitching and soooo neat confetti stitches :)love your new start too :) love mouse xxxx

Sue said...

I commented earlier, but it did not take! GRRR......well, I am happy your finished your schooling with a high grade; no doubt in my mind! You are one smart cookie.

Your Purple Garden looks fabulous; I know a couple ladies doing this piece. Is this from the group that requires you to finish in a certain amount of time? I don't think I would like that, although it may keep me motivated enough to stitch. BUT, I have things of my own to finish. I have the Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler to put more stitches in....lol.........I love all the Quaker designs.

I also love your SAL.....coming along nicely.


Kathy A. said...

Oh, I so love your purple stitch.Looked at the design - it is wonderful. Look forward to your stitching on it.

Katrien said...

waw, 92%, congrats!!
Your stitching looks great.

Irene said...

Congratulations on school being finished and your good result. I hope you get the rest of the marks back soon.

Love the purple garden!

Shelley said...

Congrats on the awesome test score!! I would definitely jump on that offer at work...

Your stitching is beautiful. Love the new SAL!!

Claudette497 said...

Congratulations on being so close to finishing school! Your stitching is gorgeous, both the purple and the fiery red-orange. I love how strong your colors are!

Akila said...

Both the Sals look great. Looovve the purple one especially, such different colours

Anonymous said...

Yay! School is out! I love the Christmas stitching you're sending to Kathy and Rory. :)

Karin in CA

Sparkles 'n' Stitching said...

Congrats on your test score and a huge thank you for the pretzel recipie, I'll be trying that out soon.

Anne Sans Tete said...

Ooooh, I really like the purple one! The colors are gorgeous. What fabric is that?

- Lisa N. in Cambodia