Wednesday, November 25, 2009
So here's two days worth of work (About oh 8 hours or so) on Queens Croquet Ground by Scott Gustafson. I placed the picture next to it so you can see what it's suppose to look like when it's done. (Which given how many projects I have going should be done in about oh 20 years or so. lol) It looks allot nicer in person but isn't that how it always is with photos?
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I only started it yesterday but I think I made pretty good progress on it. It's hard because the fabric is hand dyed so the dark colors varies and it's not easy to find the holes since it's a cashel linen. I'm doing okay right now but I'm going slower then on a lighter color.
I also worked somewhat on my wedding gift for my cousin. It's a simple stitching deal but I just am not into it. Oh well, I've got till about March to get it done and framed.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I am so damn fucking tired of people who say the following things:
1) She deserved it for any number of various reasons. She hit him, She wouldn't let it go, She didn't shut up, She just deserved it, She must have baited him. You get the idea.
2) He made a mistake, let it go.
3) This is just a publicity stunt to promote her new album.
Look, even if she did hit him, did she deserve what she got? No. I'm not saying it would have been okay for her to hit him, but to be punched, bit, choked twice, almost loose consciousness and have her nose broken is clear sign he had no control. She admitted she wouldn't let go he lied to her and he wouldn't let go that she didn't let it go and was backed into the wall. But come on, you wanna look at that damn photo of her and tell me what he did was fucking okay? Because she may or may not have provoked it? Please, shut the fuck up. I don't care what your theories are. Hitting someone is NEVER FUCKING OKAY.
Secondly, yes he's young and yes he made a mistake but this was a BIG mistake and he made it in the public eye. And that public eye got him off the fucking hook. If I ever beat a guy up like he did to her, my ass would be slammed in a cell and left there to rot. And this mistake wasn't getting a speeding ticket. He almost killed her and threatened to kill her. Not once, TWICE. I don't care if you're only 19. He fucked up MAJORLY and he doesn't seem to grasp the severity of his situation. He got a slap on the wrist and walked out of court smiling. Oh yeah, he gets it. He will get it when he does kill someone and his happy ass is on trial for murder. THEN he'll get it and even then he'll get a slap on the wrist. Look at fucking OJ and tell me that celebrity doesn't help you get off the hook.
And to the last point, maybe it is a damn publicity stunt but please tell me what in there would be AT ALL objectionable. She acknowledge that she backed him into a wall and that no matter what it wasn't okay. And she did more then most celebrities do. She acknowledge that she was a role model and that by going back to Chris Brown she was showing her younger fans that it was okay to go back to an abuse and she didn't want anyone to be hurt by that. Wow, a woman who sees that she's a role model in the public eye and does what's right. She is trying to speak out against domestic abuse and tried to show young girls that it's not okay by speaking out. Seriously, this woman is just causing trouble and clearly only interested in promoting her album. Fuck people, what do you want her to do? Sit there and say "Yes I provoked him to the point where this is okay"? Domestic abuse is never okay and she had courage to get out when she did and work through what happened and tried to come to some normality.
Can I also point out that HE went on a media campaign to repair his image? Larry King, CNN, MTV, etc. Saying that he was wrong and accepted it and that he saw his mother abused and swore he'd never do it and he was sorry but he didn't mean to do it. So his media campaign is okay but her doing two interviews is a publicity stunt? Now who's setting up the double standard. You say that if she was the one who beat him this bad it wouldn't be such a big deal but when he does TV shows for months, it's okay. She does two interviews after 8 months and CLEARLY that's publicity. No that's not a fucking double standard. It's okay for him but if she does it later then she has a scandalous motive. And then he has the gaul to come out when she does her interview and state that he respects her right to say what she wants, that this should be kept a private matter. Oh sure, when you give the interviews it's okay because it's image repair. She does it and clearly it should be kept private. Jesus you people are fucking idiots.
I've never been in an abusive relationship. I can't speak as to "I know how she feels. I know what she's deal with, I've been there." I haven't. I know how incredibly lucky for being able to say that. But I also know enough that no matter what she did, that it was OKAY for this kinda abuse to happen. Yeah we all have said "Well that person clearly deserved to be hit" but no one really deserves it. Especially to this degree. And yes, if she beat him up this badly, I'd say the same damn thing. It wouldn't be okay. But don't make fucking excuses for him because he's only 19 and has "his whole life and career ahead of him." It's not excusable behavior. EVER. FOR ANYONE. CELEBRITY OR NOT. How many more times can I say that before it sinks into everyone's fucking skull and you get that?
I hate people and I'm still going to bed angry. I'll talk to everyone later. I'm out
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I have noticed allot of people are upset with the proposed health care bill and honestly, for the life of me, I do not understand why.
No, I do not agree with everything in the proposed bill. I do not agree with taxing small businesses, I don't think certain things should be covered, taking benefits from Medicare and Medicaid and some other things.
However, I believe that health care shouldn't be a privilege but a basic right to the American people. So many say we are the greatest nation but we don't cover our people. I have a friend who works two jobs and has four kids, one with diabetes, and they cannot afford health care for them or their children. So what if the bill isn't prefect? Why can't both sides try to make things work so we can get something fair passed to take care of our people, instead of yelling and pointing fingers and shouting that it's all a socialist threat? It's not like 1984 and the dictatorship in the book. It's a basic human right that needs to be met.
People are yelling about how it'll bankrupt social security and that our future generations will be in large debt. Financial advisers have shown over the long haul that it will be cheaper and we won't be in huge debt like originally thought. And Social Security is already going bust because the Baby Boomers are retiring. There isn't enough being paid into social security to compensate the money having to be paid out.
Please also keep in mind that in the world, we pay the THIRD LOWEST taxes. People are yelling about how they don't want to pay for other peoples health care, but we pay for other peoples children to go to school, take care of roads we never drive on and pay for other parts of the nation that we will never use or access. I know the economy is bad, I'm not saying it isn't, but by paying a little more we are showing compassion for our fellow Americans to be able to get proper health care. Nearly 47 MILLION people are without health care. Next year the number is projected to be 60 million. Why is it so hard to help them?
50%-61% of the American public want the public option. If you don't want the government's health care then don't take it but there are people out there that need it.
Do I think the economy needs to be fixed? Yes, but I also understand that it will take longer then a year to do so. I don't know if even five years is enough. It's going to be a long and slow recovery.
I'm done now. I'm walking away and not looking at this again. I'm tired of reading so much negativity towards something that I think will benefit America over the long run and I know that it will come here.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
I'm sure the following will come as no surprise to many of you. These economic times are difficult. For everyone. Businesses are certainly no exception.
Unfortunately, it is no longer possible for me to spend the time required to produce the quality needlework designs you have come to expect. Nor is it feasible any longer to keep my already-published designs in print. Effective immediately: TW Designworks is no longer offering print needlework patterns. Further: by the end of the year, TW Designworks will officially be closed.
Please know that this has been a difficult decision... wrenching in fact, but one that had to be made. I've made every effort over the last several years to keep the business viable, but to no avail. The time has come for me to say farewell to needlework design.
As far as I know, TW Designworks patterns will still be available via PatternsOnLine.com for as long as POL is willing to host/sell them. If this changes, I will let you know. Please note that this announcement does not affect designs still owned/published by Leisure Arts: those designs are still controlled by LA.
The needlework portion of the TWDesignworks.com website will remain intact for now; and I will do my best to keep the information available to stitchers for as long as possible. The Art portion of the site, however, has been closed.
The TWBB will also remain available to stitchers seeking help with my designs, and of course, I will still be available to answer questions via e-mail, or snail mail. Please note that the business phone/fax number is being disconnected and is no longer in service.
I'm not at all sure what I'll be doing next. Life has a way of being (maddeningly) unpredictable... but whatever the future has in store, I will be ready to give it my best effort.
I plan to continue blogging, so if you are interested in seeing what I'm up to (creatively), please stop by!
In closing, I want to thank each and every one of you who have supported my designing efforts through the years: distributors, shops, and especially individual stitchers. You have by turns challenged, inspired, amazed and delighted me. Thank you so much; it has been a true honor!