Monday, July 25, 2011

Alan Rickman, You're My Hero - An Update

Not only would I LOVE to hear Alan Rickman read, oh, the phone book, but wow, between Colonel Brandon and Severus Snape - not to mention the scads of other characters he's played, good guy or bad - and the reading of sonnets, could you want anything more?


Yes, I saw the final Harry Potter movie - and yes, I DID read the book, the week it came out. Wow. What a FABULOUS finish, and the whole things with Snape - very, very well done. Yes, I cried the WHOLE TIME, which was very amusing to the 18yo who went with me. I am pretty sure I am going to have to go see it again - waiting for the BlueRay just isn't going to cut it. What a great adventure it has been, watching these kids all grow up during the course of these movies. What great books - she's got to come up with something else, there can't just be nothing more, ever. BTW, I always knew Neville was going to be bad-ass :)


Okay, well then... The UPDATE part of this post is next. First up, picking up where I left off last week on my Mill Hill Halloween piece - Midnight Farm was completed on Thursday night. I got the last of the stitching done on Monday, then spent Wednesday & Thursday doing the beads (Tuesday was out - Band Parent meeting - zzzzz). Because, it would seem, I can bead faster than I stitch, which I don't get, but there you are. I wish my camera was good for night/low light things, because the GITD Kreinik in this is AWESOME - the Farm easily has twice as much as the Library did. Here is just the Farm:


And then the overall - Boo House will go to the right of the Library there:


I was slightly tempted to just go on over to the right and do the House - I could have this done in under 2 weeks, easy. But then I wouldn't have anything to look forward to, so I put it away. Must. Have. More. Bead. Projects....

One day last week, I actually TOOK LUNCH, and got Tanglewood out; okay, I only had it out for about 10 minutes, but I did make an effort (I've spent most of my lunch time the last couple of weeks writing instead - slogging through War & Peace seems to encourage me to write something that is READABLE and WITH A POINT). And then we had our July meeting of PINS, so I took it there and continued working on it. And worked on it through the rest of the weekend, and plan to work on it tonight. I got the Peacock done, again! (I did him on Natalie's RR, too - and yes, it did go pretty quick this time - see here and here).


And here is another one that I am pretty sure I could have done in under 2 weeks if I kept it on the floor stand. I seem to have a few of those that are 2 weeks to a month of concentrated effort to finish - while others are getting dustier and dustier (L&U anyone?).

So, Tanglewood will see some more this week, and I really need to get those damn chickens done - another one I could have done in under 2 weeks, if I could just work on it until it was done. We have a new spot for our Tuesday night stitch in - IHOP! So Tanglewood may go there tomorrow, too, or I may drag along Mary or the chickens - don't know yet. REALLY need to get past the hump on Knotgarden - but I'm just not feeling it. So who knows what'll actually grab me this week?


Speaking of Tolstoy, I had to take the 18yo to the book store - those paychecks are just burning holes in his pockets. While there, I picked up This Is Gonna Hurt, by Nikki Sixx - who's Heroin Diaries was a completely unexpected FABULOUS read. You know, I don't know what it is about him, but I would really like to pick his brain in person. We come from two completely different walks of life, but his writing just really clicks with me, for some reason. So I've given War & Peace a temporary hiatus while I rip through this new book, and need to download the accompanying music soon. I can't believe I have 2 books going at the same time (3, if you count the Tudor History book that I pick up from time to time, when I need a little fix). I used to only stitch on one project at a time, too, you know... But I KNOW Hurt will be done this week; War & Peace I don't think will EVER end :(


Happy stitching - and/or reading - this week to everyone! Enjoy that heat - it'll be freakin' winter soon enough :(

11 comments:

mdgtjulie said...

Oh, I am soooooo not enjoying the heat. It kicks my asthma into high gear! I hope you enjoy your new read. I've heard so many good things about the Harry Potter movie, I can't wait to go see it! (Not till it's in the cheap theaters, though. Probably around my birthday, in Oct.) Your partial finish looks good, but I can barely see any of the glitter in it. And I know that Kreinik is glittery! Grats on the progress on both your Halloween piece and Tanglewood. Both are looking good!

Patches said...

I loved Heroin Diaries as well. Love the halloween pieces.

Cathy said...

I went with my son on Sunday to see Harry Potter. I really enjoyed it. All of your projects look great. You always accomplish so much in a week.

Karen said...

@ Julie - this Kreinik is Glow In The Dark, not metallic - the clouds and the fence posts all have it in there, as well as the ghost over the tractor, it's just a hair yellower than ecru; if you see it in person, you'll see it's got a couple of shiny glints, but not like a metallic #4 does. But it does look awesome when you outen the lights :)

Kimmie said...

No matter what movie I see him in, I always see Alan Rickman in that goofy Dogma movie with Ben Afleck and Matt Damon and Alanis Morrisette. LOL

Karen said...

@ Kimmie - Oh, yeah, I forgot that one - that really was such a brilliant part for him :) No one else could have done that - which might be good, might be bad!

mdgtjulie said...

That's awesome. I'd love to see it with the lights out, but you can't take a pic like that. Too bad... Thanks for the info Karen. It's nice to get a message from you as you're one of my heroes. It's all those Chats you have finished, lol.

Joysze said...

Karen, another friend told me that she cried during the last Potter movie too.

The library and Tanglewood are looking great. :D

Lissanne said...

Love your bead projects, you must be super fast if you can bead faster than stitching!! You wanna bead my Hummingbird Chat, I think it is only 5910 beads on it, lol!! Your Tanglewood is beautiful!

Karen said...
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Karen said...

@ Lissanne - Heck yeah on Hummingbird - that's the OTHER main reason for why I love Chats - silks AND BEADS!!!!!!! You get tired of those, you just send it on my way :)