Monday, June 2, 2014

Seaside Mandala

Greetings my lovelies!

It's a beautiful sunny day here.  Too nice to be inside so I will write a quick post.  Thank you all for your support with my work situation.  We are still doing a rotating strike and I've had my pay docked...which makes me angry.  So what's a girl to do when her cheque is -$200?! Buy dresses and threads!! Like I can afford to buy anything right now right?! It's therapy in my opinion and it has helped!! I've also had some crochet therapy this past week.  Nothing like sitting in the sun, hooking and meditating and feeling the breeze on my sunned shoulders.  I try to be positive in all aspects of life since life is so short and it's important to revel in simple pleasures.  Without further ado, here are some uplifting photos I've taken this past week of crocheting, flowers, stitching and of course my furbaby Titus.  

Seaside Mandala....I hear the waves and smell the ocean brine....

Attic 24's Mandala with Debbie Bliss cottons

Giving JCS 1707 some love and sunshine

Leaping deer

Granny Stripe colours make me giddy with joy

Sampling Saki at Eat Vancouver...little sips of heaven!

BBD SAL eyelet agony....taking an age to make

Riverside Pink Poppies...reminds me of a Georgia O'Keefe painting

Luckiest find in the world...signed 1987 Andy Warhol photograph just before he died.  I will try to authenticate the photo when I have some time in the summer.  Found this at our SPCA thrift mart for $12!!

Doctor Seuss flowers

Finally, a regal photo of Titus!

I will be replying to emails from last post and this post shortly.  I like to do this since I think it's the polite thing to do, although I know others don't reply to comments for whatever reasons. Probably busy or whatnot.  Do you find it important to reply? Tell me your reasons if you do or don't...I'm curious.  Shirlee recently wrote a post regarding some blogger issues, which are frustrating for me too, and she mentioned her thoughts on replying to comments.  I do try to reply to each and every one although it takes me awhile to do so due to being busy.  

Until next time! 


Anne and Titus


valerie said...

Great crocheting and stitching Anne! I hope things turn out well with the work situation! I didn't use to reply to comments. I make more of an effort to now but I am still terrible at it. Life is so incredibly busy that I just cannot find the time. I guess that's why I also haven't been blogging.

Margaret said...

Love your stitching and crochet! The mandala is so cool! Love that pic of Titus too! And those poppies! Lovely! Sorry about your dock in pay. :( I hope this is resolved quickly. As for replying to comments -- I try to reply to most comments too. If it's a short comment where all I can find to say is "thank you," I don't always reply. After all, what's the point? But if it's a longer comment I do try to answer. I like to answer comments if i can. You end up making friends and sometimes replying can lead to interesting conversations!

Giovanna said...

Lovely pictures, and lovely stitching and crocheting. I don't answer to comments (unless the contain a direct question), because I prefer to spend that time visiting and commenting other people's blogs, and I don't have much of that time anyway. I've never perceived it as rude if I don't get an acknowledgement to a comment - jmho :-)

Barb said...

This post is full of lovely things, including Titus! I do try to reply. I think that people do take time to comment and I agree with you, it is polite to reply to them. It is a bit easier for me as I am retired.

Penny said...

Your Seaside Mandala is very pretty! I find crocheting to be very relaxing. Every time I see the BBD SAL piece I want to stitch it. Love the eyelets! And those flowers are gorgeous as is Titus. :) I always respond to comments - I appreciate the fact that someone took time to leave one. I know most people are pretty busy. :)

Annie said...

Your pretty crocheting and beautiful photography have plenty of therapeutic value I'm sure. Hope the work thing resolves itself so you don't have to worry about that.

I do reply to comments. I think I feel guilty if someone took the time to write and I couldn't find time to acknowledge it. But that's just one of my many neuroses!

Claudette497 said...

We had a lockout down here, but it was resolved in two days - luckily the parents were able to pressure the school board. I hope your situation gets back to normal soon.

I don't expect a reply to my comments, and unless someone asks me a direct question, like "what's the name of that pattern?" I don't reply. Even if they do ask, sometimes my first thought is "if you read my blog you'd know that", lol. I only have so much time, and if I started responding to every comment, I'd never get around to leaving any. I make it a point to visit the blogs of the people who comment and leave comments for them, so I appreciate that it's a reciprocal relationship, but for me it's like you sent me a postcard from Hawaii, so I'll send you one from New York, not I'll call you to tell you that I got the postcard from Hawaii. Especially if didn't put a return address on the postcard, lol.

Anonymous said...

great work, beautiful picuteres

cucki said...

Beautiful stitches..lovely work
Hugs x

Marilyn said...

Your crocheting and cross stitch are very pretty.
Love those pink Poppies!
Titus is soooooooooooo pretty. :)

Rhona said...

Your crocheting looks gorgeous..especially the mandala - so neat! As you can probably guess, when I tried to do one it didn't even lay flat my tension was so bad, but yours looks great!
Hope your work life gets back to normal, at least the therapy always works!
I do try to reply to comments although the last few months have been crazy and I have been so late in replying, people must wonder what on earth I'm responding to as they have no doubt forgotten their comment!
Good luck with the photo...I do so hope it's genuine!

P.J. said...

Beautiful pictures...what a score with the Warhol picture!! I do reply to comments; it creates a connection. I do not have a large following so I do not have tons of comments...I feel connected to those that comment regularly. :)

gracie said...

Wonderful pictures and your crocheting is very nice. I try to reply sometimes it is difficult, but I do try to visit everyone who does comment.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful crocheted mandala! I love the colors you chose, they look gorgeous together. I really hope these school problems are resolved soon. What exactly is going on?

Vickie said...

What a lovely, lovely mandala! Your granny stripe is truly awesome. I have tried and tried to grow poppies. They never return for me. Yet! Yes, I reply to every comment that I can. No-reply blogger thing. ;)

Mii Stitch said...

What a lovely new post! I love your crosses as always and I'm now even more in love with your crochet blanket than ever!!! Is this possible?? I hope the work situation will improve & things will get better. I always reply to each of my comments. Now, are my readers receive them?? I do not know with all these troubles with Blogger :) It's always nice to receive an answer... We are all leading busy lives nowadays so if someone has taken the time to read & reply to my comment, I am always grateful. Take care xxx

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Beautiful stitching and crocheting, Anne! I think of comments as a way to encourage the person who is blogging, not expecting a reply. Perhaps that is because much of my blogging is done in the Rubber Stamping community where people receive 100's of comments that say... "Nice Card", and replies are not expected. That said, if I ask a question about a pattern or threads on a cross stitch blog - or even a stamping blog - I'm always happy to receive an answer. That's usually my rule of thumb on comments I receive as well. I answer questions and usually reply en masse to other visitors in my blog post itself. I hope I don't seem rude to my commenters, but I'm afraid if I answered everyone individually I wouldn't be able to take the time to blog! :(


Melissa said...

At least we are having some nice weather right now to "compensate" for the work/strike woes! I'm glad you are making the best of it with all your wonderful handwork!

As to comments, I always try to reply to people. I do feel disappointed when I leave a comment on blogs and I don't hear anything back. Unless the other blogger visits my blog too and leave a comment, there is no "getting to know" the other person. I find a lot of people don't acknowledge or reply to comments (or at least to mine!).

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I hope things sort themselves out with your work situation - it's very frustrating when something so negative drags on. Your granny stripe colours are so vibrant and bonnie. Titus is such a handsome fellow.

woolwoman said...

so much to discuss here from your lovely post my friend. First I do like to reply to commenters. I think it is nice to comment and lots of time its blog friends that I want to chat more with, at least exchange an email or two. Love your mandala with the DB yarn. I love DB's colors, always have. Maybe I missed but what are you doing with these? I agree totally about life being short and being as positive as possible. LOVE Takara Plum wine and not many people seem to drink it any more but it's a must with Japanese and some other Asian fusion cuisines IMO. Your JCS is looking lovely as is your BBD SAL which I never got off the ground BTW - I started pulling the silks - couldn't find a linen I liked, was either too small a piece or a gigantic piece I didn't want to cut into. (sigh) Sorry for my too long post - guess I had a lot to say - LOL - hugs Mel

Lesley said...

Beautiful crafting and flower photos.Your Mandala is very pretty.
I hope your Andy Warhol find is original
I also hope your work situation does not drag on.
I try to reply to everyone who comments on my blog posts.It is lovely to receive each comment and I like to say thank you.I do understand that it can be difficult for others to reciprocate if every day life gets in the way:-)
I love regal Titus

Shirlee said...

Well, first of all, I hope this comment reaches you. I made several on blogs this morning & they all appeared to bounce back to me although they are visible on the blogs. I am beyond confused ... lol! And of course you already know my thoughts on responding to comments : ) I love those pink poppies! I can't grow any poppies here for some reason : ( All your photos are lovely. Sophie's favorite is the one of Titus of course : )

Maggee said...

Our mandala looks great! Perfect seaside colors you picked out! The BBD SAL is a challenge, for sure--now all those tiny eyelets! But you are making great progress... as you are on JCS 1707 and the Granny Stripe blanket! So talented! That is a great picture of Titus! Hugs!

♥ Nia said...

Oh sweetie I hope your work situation will get better soon! Not easy.. Not easy at all!! :( I hope everything will be solve as you need!

I like to reply too, even if it's just to say a little thank you :)
But since my baby boy arrived here... It has been impossible to do it all =/ i do hope to do it again! But I think I'll have to clean my inbox and start from zero! Too hard too catch up on all emails since March :(

Brigitte said...

So sorry to hear that the problem hasn't been solved yet. Just try to stay positive and stitch and crochet on your lovely projects.

So far I have only answered to comments when there was a question involved. BUt what I always do is go to the commenter's blog and leave a comment there (if I can find it and it's not set on private, that is). When I became retired I once started replying to comments but soon I realized that I spent way too much time on the computer. So now I reply to comments when there is some time left after visiting the blogs in my blog roll and commenting to them.

Julie said...

I hope your work situation gets resolved quickly for you.
A lovely blanket and the mandala is just beautiful.

Replying to comments, sometimes I do, sometimes not, depends on what the person has written and what time I have.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Lovely photos today! Shame about the pay-docking, they clearly think they can bully you all into backing down.

As you know I do reply to most comments. If they have backed up too much I might have an amnesty and not reply to any over a week old. If someone just says "nice stitching" I don't usually reply but if they comment on something specific within the post I will include an extra comment, personalising it for regular commenters. I often send links to further designs by the same designer if someone says "I have not seen this before"

Shebafudge said...

I do try to reply to all my comments but sometimes I am busy and won't. I also try to comment on what I read even if only to say pretty stitching but don't always need a response. I think if I leave a longer comment and there is no response I do feel like it was a waste of time.

Stitching Noni said...

Anne, I do hope things improve at work very soon. Rolling strikes are not fun and losing money is definitely not fun! Stash therapy always works though!!
I always do try to reply to comments on my posts, although due to life's many varied issues I don't always get to reply as quickly as I would like to..... but I do think it is nice (and polite) to respond when someone takes the times to leave you a comment :o)
Big hugs to you and Titus xx

Karoline said...

Hugs, I hope your work situation is resolved soon.

You've been working on some gorgeous projects, your sampler is looking stunning.

As far as comments go I try to respond to them but I can be a bit hit & miss if 'life' gets busy.

Annette said...

Omg life is so busy. Still needed to reply this. My mailbox is Full. My bloglovin WAS Full. Not anymore. After this comment that Will be empty for a short while.

I loved your pic on fb. Really hope ut helpt all. How terrible this. My Fingers are crossed for you sweetie!!!

You sea pic the mandela looks so awesome. What your going to do with it??

How Hot us it under your blanket!?
You really give me the feeling I need to get started on mine.

I hope your having a awesome weekend.
Take care. And happy crafting!!!