Am I Crazy or What?

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So, if you’d like to take a look at my curtains I made (that I talked about in my last post), you can take a look here. I’ve been making some other changes around the house, which I hope to have photos of soon. With regard to school, I took my final for PowerPoint on Thursday and am scheduled to take my certification exam this Thursday – yay!

In stitching news, I’ve been working on August’s Red Thread block, Ocean Voyage. I’ve got almost all the water stitched, but still a little ways to go on this one.

I’ve also been stitching away on Erin’s Neighborhood RR. This photo was taken earlier in the weekend. I’ll post details when I show you the finished product.

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And finally, I’ve decided to jump in and join Vonna’s Me, Myself, and I RR. I love the idea of this being more of a SAL than an RR as I won’t be sending anything around for anyone else to stitch on (since we all know what luck I’ve had with that!). So, when I was looking around Vonna’s blogs she’s set up for this, I decided that back in 2006 (I think), I got all those Town Square freebies that were offered at one of the markets. I really wanted to stitch those all together somehow, and even proceeded to purchase some of the charms and embellishments for some of the designs, but it never got farther than that. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to work on that piece. The RR has a start date of December 31st, so I better get busy planning so that I can order fabric, etc.

So, this is where you come in…I need help planning a layout. When I originally saw the designs, I thought I would lay them out like a town square…

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But, that leaves a whole lot of blank space, and I don’t know if I like the side buildings being sideways, if you know what I mean.

So, here are some other options…

Still keeping that town square feel, while losing some of the blank space and turning the side buildings to orient up and down rather than sideways.

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Randomly spaced, with less of a town square feel.

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Laying them out in rows, more or less.

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Any thoughts? I think I like the less blank space town square and also the random one.

Here’s a close up of some of the designs, if you’re curious. They are not to scale, most of them are pretty close to the same size although my “cut outs” don’t reflect that.

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And here are some of my charms and embellishments that I already have on hand.

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I appreciate any input you have on these. Also, here are a few of these stitched up.

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sbush village sweethoney350
sweethearttree village sandiessweetshop350

Anyway, it looks to be the start of another busy week here, but I should be mailing out Erin’s RR today or tomorrow if I can make it out to the post office, and then I’ll be getting back to Ocean Voyage!

I am grateful for a good friend, and being over food poisoning…blech!

32 thoughts on “Am I Crazy or What?”

  1. I like the random – sort of like a medieval type of town.
    good luck with what ever you choose! I will be waiting for Jan to see updates :o)

  2. I like the random – sort of like a medieval type of town.
    good luck with what ever you choose! I will be waiting for Jan to see updates :o)

  3. What about if you did the clock in the middle and did a small town square….and then randomly placed the other houses around the central small “town square”? Whatever you choose…I’m sure it’ll be TOTALLY AWESOME!

  4. What about if you did the clock in the middle and did a small town square….and then randomly placed the other houses around the central small “town square”? Whatever you choose…I’m sure it’ll be TOTALLY AWESOME!

  5. It’d be easier if I could come over and play with the houses, but my idea:

    Think up a grid street pattern in your head, or a the paths in a formal garden. Then layout the houses in little clusters seperated by these streets/paths.

    This would also work with Vonna’s idea of the centeral clock tower.

  6. It’d be easier if I could come over and play with the houses, but my idea:

    Think up a grid street pattern in your head, or a the paths in a formal garden. Then layout the houses in little clusters seperated by these streets/paths.

    This would also work with Vonna’s idea of the centeral clock tower.

  7. Michelle, that is exactly what I have in mind for my Neighbourhood RR as well! This is gonna be so cool. I just ordered the CD from Silver Needle last week or so. Waiting for the mail to arrive so I can start charting it. No idea how I’d want it to be yet either. Glad to see someone having the same idea as me.

  8. Michelle, that is exactly what I have in mind for my Neighbourhood RR as well! This is gonna be so cool. I just ordered the CD from Silver Needle last week or so. Waiting for the mail to arrive so I can start charting it. No idea how I’d want it to be yet either. Glad to see someone having the same idea as me.

  9. I like the random one but I also like Vonna’s idea!

    I joined too and am waiting for a couple of charts to be sent and arrive with me before I can start my planning:)

  10. I like the random one but I also like Vonna’s idea!

    I joined too and am waiting for a couple of charts to be sent and arrive with me before I can start my planning:)

  11. hi….I’ve been looking at your blog for a while but never said anything!
    I was thinking maybe you could make like a central park theme in the middle…just a thought..but I do like the first one the best!
    Good luck in whatever you decide to do and happy stitching!

  12. hi….I’ve been looking at your blog for a while but never said anything!
    I was thinking maybe you could make like a central park theme in the middle…just a thought..but I do like the first one the best!
    Good luck in whatever you decide to do and happy stitching!

  13. I really like Vonna’s idea! I was going to suggest something similar by putting the clock in the center, then arranging some stores the go together in a row on the top and bottom. Along the sides, you can fill in with more randomly sized buildings, but keep the same orientation (don’t rotate them sideways. And you can always fill in the center area with random people and animals.

  14. I really like Vonna’s idea! I was going to suggest something similar by putting the clock in the center, then arranging some stores the go together in a row on the top and bottom. Along the sides, you can fill in with more randomly sized buildings, but keep the same orientation (don’t rotate them sideways. And you can always fill in the center area with random people and animals.

  15. I like the sorta-three-rows design, which actually looked sorta random to me. What a great idea, btw! I have that CD, too, but have only stitched up one or two of the designs….

  16. I like the sorta-three-rows design, which actually looked sorta random to me. What a great idea, btw! I have that CD, too, but have only stitched up one or two of the designs….

  17. How funny, I thought about using the Town Square patterns, too! (teehee, I love the monsterbubbles’ jail.) I also considered using the clock in my piece, but my layout keeps changing in my head…I really need to get some things on paper.

    I think I like Vonna’s idea of the clock in the middle and then “rings” of houses around that. Ooo, maybe you could lay out a little park/garden around the clock, too? Just to fill in the space a bit, if you want…

  18. How funny, I thought about using the Town Square patterns, too! (teehee, I love the monsterbubbles’ jail.) I also considered using the clock in my piece, but my layout keeps changing in my head…I really need to get some things on paper.

    I think I like Vonna’s idea of the clock in the middle and then “rings” of houses around that. Ooo, maybe you could lay out a little park/garden around the clock, too? Just to fill in the space a bit, if you want…

  19. I love these designs. Haven’t ever seen them before and I’m really looking forward to seeing them stitched up. If you use the design where the middle is empty – what about using that space for a park with a playground and/or a lake. Maybe a “forest” area with trees and animals. I really like animals so I’d like to add some of those. Just thoughts. Hope they help.

  20. I love these designs. Haven’t ever seen them before and I’m really looking forward to seeing them stitched up. If you use the design where the middle is empty – what about using that space for a park with a playground and/or a lake. Maybe a “forest” area with trees and animals. I really like animals so I’d like to add some of those. Just thoughts. Hope they help.

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