Faithie the Rude Monster

Since I have been updating monthly with my stashy purchasing updates, I thought I would fill you in that I was kicked out of the Stitch For Stash Challenge.

Oh Faithie, getting into trouble again!! Did I call someone some names that only a sailor’s wife can say with the proper flair? Did I bully someone and use my Krav Skills to take candy from a baby?

Nope.. I apparently hurt the moderators feelings…

Bad Faitie!

How?

It’s funny you should ask..

I regret to inform you that you have been removed from the Stitch from Stash 2014 group. This is due to some comments made on the Cross Stitch Forum.
Not all people who were involved in the discussion or made negative comments were banned from the group. Only those that went on and on about it or went about it in a rude way. If you’d like to know what comments were considered in this removal they included (but were not limited to):
 I think a lot of the “meh factor” as I call it is because of unclear guidelines set in place followed by such a quick lapse of those guidelines by the person moderating the challenge. I think Gparr hit it on the nail when he said this really becomes a game of how well you can rationalize your spending.. 
The italicized portion is a response I made in a forum thread which is how I heard about the challenge in the first place. There’s been some dissent, with most of my forum members dropping out… Mostly because the moderator, who said she devised the challenge to keep herself in check went and allotted herself a $100 spending spree a few months in.. So yeah, the followers who were taking this challenge seriously are going to give you a big WTF… In that there was no clear what is this and what is that.. when you look at the rules it seems legit but reading all my forum friend’s comments it really was a game of being able to justify you expenses… that wasn’t at the moderator of this challenges fault.. well maybe a little.. but mostly it was to how well people can’t stick to a budget and will do acrobats to rationalize their spending…
I myself was taking this pretty seriously..
She also copied another comment I made but it has no context without what I was responding to.. So here’s the full dish on that:
From a forum member:
I did have a bit of a :shock: when I got up to the clerk though. The fabric I bought was on sale for 70% off and then there was 19 inches left on the roll so when that happens they give it to you for the original % off and another 50% so they do not have to mess with what they call a remnant. So I said yes I would take it. Well they have those silly machines that read the USP codes and it prints out a paper to tell the clerk how much fabric they cut for you. Suppose to be more efficient right???????? Yeah well I never pay any attention to it when they had it off to me. So I get to the check out and the girl runs the scissors and threaders and then the paper with the fabric and the screen comes uo to almost $3000. Yeah I said $3000. I was like WHAT!!!!!!! And the girls was like :thinks: :thinks: :thinks: I do not know how the guy did it but when he was inputting the 19 inches of remnant it came out as 569 yards of fabric??????????? I told the girl she could keep it if she was going to charge me that. Good thing she had a sense of humor as she came back with nope once it is in the machine you have to take it. We had a good laugh then she called the shift manager and we got it all worked out but WOW that is what I call sticker shock. I came home and told hubby and he said I was no longer allowed in any crafting stores if I was going to need a secured loan to shop in them
My response:
Could you imagine if you did report that amount to the person running the challenge!!!
Her email ended with:
Anyone that was extremely dissatisfied with the group has been removed so that the others who are enjoying the group have a better chance at the prizes.
Best of luck with your new stitch from stash group.
Mel.
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AH! That’s where the hurt comes from… See the cross stitch group I’m with decided to make their own version of this challenge with more concise guidelines and that hurt this person’s feelings.. Which.. I totally get… but you know what that means when someone tries to copy you? You’ve made celebrity status! People want TO BE LIKE YOU! Emulation is a form of flattery I’m told…  get over it.
Because I have been keeping to $25 dollars on all guidelines and I like to participate in things I told the person in charge of the forum’s group to sign me up.. but who has been so swamped with school and black belt training and kids that I didn’t even actually participate in the forum’s challenge?
So yeah! Call me Faithie the bully.. or Faithie the drama starter…
But really.. It’s tell as I see it Faithie

April Stitch from Stash

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I’m proud of my financially savvy saving during this challenge! Instead of purchasing the recommended third set of beads for the Butterfly Fairy I used some already in my stash. They weren’t exactly the right size, but I think the 3D look they give adds to the awesomeness of the design..

Yay for Money being saved!

With the completion of Butterfly fairy I had to start a new project! Nothing in my stash was calling to me, so I ended up ordering Alessandra Adelaide’s design called Halloween.

 

I’m making it for my husband’s cousin who like him, has a borderline obsession with all things Halloween.

Fabric and some extra threads for a different project I started (in which they sent the wrong thread… enter sad face here) brought my total for this month up to…

EXACTLY $25…

In case you don’t believe me!!

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Butterfly Fairy

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Butterfly Fairy is complete!!!! 

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Joan Elliott always adds a lot of detail into her designs. By far the detailing in the wings was my favorite. Surprisingly, it was also the most troubling as I just couldn’t get the detail of the wings right and had to keep back tracking. 

 

 

 

My attempt at 50

The Daily Post has a weekly writing challenge. How fun is that! 

Here’s the challenge:

For this week’s challenge, you must write a fifty-word story. Not five thousand, not five hundred, but precisely fifty words.

 

 

 

He left me with the responsibility that was ours to share. Unable to make eye contact, I agreed when he said this was for the best. What he meant to say was that what was best for him was all that matters. My unhappiness is best left unsaid. I agreed.  

The Parent Teacher Conference That Will Go Down in History

Back in February I made a post about my son and getting in trouble at school

So really… it’s no surprise that we’d have an interesting parent teacher conference.

I was elated to hear that my son is one of the most advanced writers she’s had. Content wise at least. His handwriting is probably the worst she’s had but she was polite enough to leave that portion out. My son has an elevated use of vocab, imagery, and detail that is beyond his grade level. <~ and his other two teacher before noted that the reason they suspect his handwriting is so crummy is because  he has SO MUCH to write in SO LITTLE time that he gets stressed about getting what he wants to get out in the time allotted.. His teacher this year showed me a story that he wrote and read to a sixth grade student. She beamed with pride as she mentioned how engaging his stories are and how the the sixth grader was laughing throughout it and said it was such a cool story. She said he has a talent for engaging the reader..

Then she told me about how they’ve been writing poems. Apparently they did one where you’re are supposed to elude to an emotion and after reading it to the class the students have to guess what emotion you are writing about.

My son’s poem was about how he loves living in “lala” land and is sick of being told to focus all the time. Then, in only a way that an 8 year old can, he told of how he hated school and finished with how he wants to be homeschooled where he would be free to learn as he saw fit..

All while holding up a picture of his teacher nagging him while he’s trying to read.

It was a clear defining message for his teacher. The children guessed emotions like “frustrated” and “angry”. His teacher said she was a bit sad and concerned that he felt this way about school..

I, was not surprised. This is something my son has faced since 1st grade when he learned that the schooling system works at a faster pace than he was comfortable with. Volunteering in his classrooms I saw him shift from station to station roughly every 20 minutes, never getting work done the first go around and then rushing to complete a handful of tasks in one quick mini wrap up session.

It frustrated him, to get on task with something just in time to have to reshift onto something else.

My son used to have really good handwriting entering 1st grade. By the end of 1st grade his handwriting went downhill because he learned it was not the content that mattered to the teachers, but just getting the tasks done.

I in no way blame his teachers, it’s just the way things are…

It continued into second grade, when she asked me to get him tested for ADHD. He would tune her out and miss the cues in switching to stations. His doctor said he showed no signs of having ADHD. In fact he sat there for 15 minutes, at barely 8 years old, just listening to the doctor and I discuss the situation. When she asked him questions, at first he answered them in ways that he was conditioned to answer in school. “Do you have trouble focusing?” < “Yes because the teacher said I do” She eventually asked him what he felt and he said he felt rushed all the damn time..

Which leads into third grade, I think he’s adjusted to the rushing by rushing and obviously very frustrated about it.

The teacher said they discussed his frustrations and the students “helped” by saying that he had to go to school.

And in my head I’m thinking this:

August Wilson has won two Pulitzer Prizes. He dropped out of school at 15 and self educated himself at the library.

Condoleeza Rice, ya know the former Secretary of State… homeschooled until she was 10.

Thomas FREAKING Edison… homeschooled..

In fact.. Here’s a great link to Awesome people who were homeschooled

There are certain people in this world that are driven to greatness. That don’t fit the societal mold despite trying. They either crash and burn or flourish by creating their own paths. I’m not saying my son is one of those people, but I won’t be the road block to his greatness if he is. Honestly, if he is that passionate about home schooling.. I’ve have a mind to make to it happen now….

 

Then And Now

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I am noticing as of late, how different of a person I was when I was Faith the Almighty. Those not aware, that was the title I had as a senior student in high school that the freshman gave me. I had a mini cult following… But that was almost 12 years and instead of followers I have  a family that expects me to get up before the sun does…

But that’s besides the point..

Here’s an example of how I changed:

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Roswell was THE show for me and my friends. It concluded pretty much when our high school days did… fate… pretty much..

But back then I was always wrapped up in the Maria and Michael angst.. I loved me a semi bad boy who was misunderstood… It’s as no surprise really that the relationship that ended with the beginning of my blogging career fell the same path…

Flash foreward to a year ago when I re-watched the show.. and I was on team Max and Liz! Let’s face it, Max came with some pretty hefty baggage himself (hello wifey Tess) but still.. he was keeper

 

The Daily Prompt asked:

Which subject in school did you find impossible to master? Did math give you hives? Did English make you scream? Do tell!

 

Most of my K-12 education years I hated math. My problem was that I picked up on it quickly. Too quickly that repeatedly doing it over and over in homework was the WORST torture ever. Seriously.. I can’t tell you have many “talks” I had with various math teachers about how well I would do if I applied myself in homework. As a result of never doing homework I usually averaged C’s. <~ Hey I passed AND didn’t have to do the homework… Pretty validated in my math career choices.

Now… I am OWNING math. Homework still counts in college, but instead of like 25% of my grade it’s usually 15% and accumulated with attendance and participation.. Here’s the difference between now and them… I’m doing my homework.. even for the course where the teacher never checked. I enjoy working out the puzzles especially since in my current math class I’m practically teaching myself the material.. I currently have a 103 in that class.. so I must be doing something right 😉

 

My strong suit in high school was English. Literature and analyzing and interpreting was my thing. There was a comfort in completely being justified in my way of interpretation and the freedom of forming own my thoughts.. I loved to write and would write in journals for hours.

Now…. It’s become very apparent that English isn’t exactly that way. I’ve wondered if some of my grades in English were based on the opinions of my professor versus a legit grading system. It’s not a cut and dry with  one specific answer world like math.

One similarity though..

Is that I am fascinated with the sciences such as biology and chemistry….. but have no desire to put the effort required in these courses. As a result, I have not taken any in my freshman year of college.