Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Week of Mice and Madness

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If you're participating in Theme-Tas-Stitch (or you've been around here for over a year), you know that March means March Madness. And that means that I try to stitch on something different every day of the month! I don't always succeed, because I don't always get to stitch every day, but on the days I do get to stitch, I draw a slip of paper out of the SCOD (Sparkly Compote of Decree), and it tells me what I stitch that day. March first brought me this beauty to work on...
This is Toccata by The Drawn Thread. I only got one little square done, but, hey, that's pretty good for a work night.

March 2nd we went to see Phantom of the Opera at the fabulous Fox after work, so I got no stitching done that night. (My one-sentence review of the show is that if you saw it in the 90s, don't bother, because this production is much scaled down and misses a lot of the iconic staging moments.)

The next day, I told the SCOD to go take a flying leap, I was working on my first Loopy Academy project, Spliced (qualification: must be a two-color-per-row project):
I did not get all of that done, but I did get a lot of it done. The next two days I did not stitch at all, because I had better things to do...
We went to Disney World for my birthday! It's the first time in a while that I haven't been there on my actual birthday. That's OK; I still got the button, and the Dapper Dans sang "Happy Birthday" to me. =)

The Flower and Garden Festival was going on at Epcot, so that park was just beautiful.

Sometimes the Festival starts just after my birthday, so although some of the topiary displays are up, we don't get to enjoy other aspects of the Festival, like the fabulous food booths!

I tried to convince Michael that the cheese strudel with berry compote was terrible and I should just eat it all so he didn't have to suffer through it, but he didn't buy it. =)

Our second day, we got up early and hustled over to the back entrance of the park (we stayed at the Swan, so we were able to walk...and a big shout out to my Falcons for being in the Super Bowl and getting us a three-for-two deal there!) We wanted to be there at "rope drop" so we could speed-walk over to Norway and be in line for Frozen Ever After!
I didn't try to take any photos during the ride because I just wanted to enjoy it. The wait time can balloon up to several hours, so getting there early is your only hope if you can't get FastPasses (and we made the decision to go down too late to get them). We only waited about 10 minutes! We really enjoyed the ride and talked about how cool it is to go on a brand new Disney's a treat that doesn't come along every day!

I'll end my pictorial review with a pair of dragons, because: DRAGONS!

China pavilion topiary at Epcot...

Maleficent "float" at Magic Kingdom.

On the way home, I knit on my second Loopy Academy project, Sinnesfrid.
I'm still not 100% sure about this color...I wanted a bright Spring green. Sometimes I think this is it, and sometimes it looks weird to me. It really changes color with the light.

That doesn't quite bring us up to today, but here's the last picture that was in the camera, from Tuesday:
The SCOD coughed up a blank slip of paper, which means I get to choose! So I picked a project out of the Drawer of's a drawer in our coffee table where I keep stitching supplies like scissors, needle minders, stitch markers, etc. But it also contains various random small projects that get stuffed in there for one reason or another. I decided to stitch something from there to help clean it out...I wasn't sure what all was in there! I found a few ornament kits that were not started, an ornament with one side stitched, one side unstitched, and one side completely missing (along with the fibers!), a bead kit, a stumpwork ornament whose directions I'm sure I packed in a box somewhere, various other things, and this. This was pretty much the only started thing in there that had all its bits together! It's going to be a PEACE tree by M Designs. If I have enough fibers left to complete it. I have my doubts...

The madness will continue! Stay tuned...

Disney World got in the way of March Madness, in the best way possible, but I still got a lot of stitching done!


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

What a great way to celebrate your birthday. I am not a huge Disney fan but their landscaping and attention to detail in the parks is second-to-none. I saw the gardeners in Eurodisney trimming the hedges with stencils to make sure they were all identical.
Love the M Designs tree, these are such a clever idea.

Gillie said...

Drawer of Shame? Surely not! Um, well now that I think about it carefully, mm, I MIGHT have one too! Don't see the attraction of Disney but glad you enjoyed yourself. I love Toccata, just my thing, smallish motifs.

Kerryp77 said...

Love the post title! Disney looks amazing. Great projects from the SCOD.

Justine said...

Happy birthday! Looks like a great trip.

Julie said...

Nice birthday adventure. Love the green knitting.

Astrids dragon said...

Perfect way to celebrate your birthday! Of course, dragons!
I love the green colour, especially if you say it changes with the light, very unique.

Jackie's Stitches said...

Happy belated birthday!

I think that green is the perfect spring green as it appears in your photo. I'm not a big green person but I do love greens with hints of other colors in them - like the bits of yellow in your yarn.

Toccata is such a pretty project. I'm still stitching on mine too. Need to pull it out!

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