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peterm
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Joined: 04 Mar 2009
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Location: Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada
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4:30 pm Mar 06, 2009

Just looking at "The Water Lilies-Claude Monet" and wondering what have I got myself into. I've just finished my third cross stitch project Turtles - Stoney Creek, and have been looking for another project. I live in the arctic and recently had to fly to Winnipeg, while there I was able to find a shop that sells cross stitch supplies and before I knew it I walked out with a Monet. I was also able to get a q snap frame which I really like.
Just wanted to say hi for my first post from the north, the sun has just come out after a blizzard and my hands are almost warm enough to do some stitching.
Hoping that I will get a little red X on the map in the our world section. Smile
BarBaraPrz
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Joined: 16 Apr 2004
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Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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8:45 pm Mar 06, 2009

Welcome Peter. So far, there's no X anywhere in the far northern reaches of Canada. You'll be the first!
Alanna
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
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6:32 pm Mar 07, 2009

Wow!!!!! I looked up where you live in Google and it just blows my mind!! It must be so cool to live so close to the arctic circle, and it looks like you get some pretty cold weather there too! How do you come to live in such an isolated place? The coldest place I ever lived was Moscow and I absolutely loved it!! In winter it was around -25 most of the time but on 2 days it got down to -35 and I thought that was painful. But then in the summer it got up to 42 and I found that even more painful!! You must have a pretty high Inuit population, I think that's really cool. My mother used to work in the desert here in Australia and lived in a purely aboriginal community, she was the only white woman for 500km around. I went to visit her there once and it was awesome- blew my mind. Do the indigenous people and the white people live together harmoniously there? Or do you have lots of problems like we do in Australia?

Anyway, getting back to your stitching: sounds like you got a great pattern, don't be frightened of it, it's just one stitch after another like any other pattern. And with all those blizzards, sounds like you'll get in a fair amount of stitching time! Let us know how it goes and don't forget to send pictures!! You can also consult the tips page here for specific information or run it past the panel of experts in the forums- even if we don't know what we're talking about, we still like to gasbag a lot! Razz

Oh and I'm sure Meredith will give you your little red X of honour! She gave one to me when I was living in tiny Malta!

Look forward to hearing more from you! Very Happy
Katie
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Joined: 14 May 2008
Posts: 26
Location: Pahrump, NV
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10:43 pm Mar 07, 2009

How about a little town in Nevada, as the bumper says "Pahrump Nevada, suburb of Area 51". Shocked
Some of our residents climb the hills at night with short wave raidos trying to tune in little green men. Me, I just stay home and stitch. whew!
Alanna
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
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2:41 am Mar 08, 2009

Well that looks pretty cool! At least you're close to Vegas! Wink I don't actually mind isolation so much, but I think the heat would really bother me. I need decent winters to be happy Smile
rifestitch
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Location: North of Atlanta
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10:47 am Mar 09, 2009

Welcome to the Great White North!!! I used to do summers in Canada, but definitely not up there - holy cow!!! I, uh, don't do cold - that suburb of Area 51 sounds like my idea of heaven Smile Lots of dry heat - that's what I need - so of course, I live in Atlanta now (but grew up in Ohio - you know, lake effect central), with 8000% humidity 6 months a year! BLECH! But at least it was near 80 degrees this weekend - not bad for the beginning of March (though an awful tease for when we drop back down to the 40s by the weekend - yes, I'm a wuss since I've been here for almost 15 years now).

Do you have a place to post digital pics of your Monet??? We love to see pictures of WIPs!
peterm
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Joined: 04 Mar 2009
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Location: Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada
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8:29 pm Mar 11, 2009

Do you have a place to post digital pics of your Monet??? We love to see pictures of WIPs![/quote]

Hi, not yet, but just saw the little x thanks Meredith.

I am about to order the fabric and floss and a new q snap frame for this project. Just went thru the list of floss and now I need to fiqure out how to store so many. I am about to order almost 200 colours. Cards or baggies such a simple question and yet I am just not sure. As I write this I have just decided to go with the bags As I will probably be moving around again and the bags should be easier to move around. Have been here 3 years and think I need to be somewhere warmer.

Will look at how to post pictures soon. Looking thru the forums is a good place to see what others are doing.

Just read the newsletter, spring in Texas, we wont see spring till June. Keep warm
peterm
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Location: Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada
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9:34 pm Mar 11, 2009

[quote="Alanna"]Wow!!!!! I looked up where you live in Google and it just blows my mind!! It must be so cool to live so close to the arctic circle, and it looks like you get some pretty cold weather there too! How do you come to live in such an isolated place? The coldest place I ever lived was Moscow and I absolutely loved it!! In winter it was around -25 most of the time but on 2 days it got down to -35 and I thought that was painful. But then in the summer it got up to 42 and I found that even more painful!! You must have a pretty high Inuit population, I think that's really cool. My mother used to work in the desert here in Australia and lived in a purely aboriginal community, she was the only white woman for 500km around. I went to visit her there once and it was awesome- blew my mind. Do the indigenous people and the white people live together harmoniously there? Or do you have lots of problems like we do in Australia?

Hi, it has been an experience living in the arctic, although I am living pretty far south for the arctic it is one of the colder places mostly because it is allways windy here. The wind chill is something I thought I knew about living in Canada until I came here. Sometimes like today (-56) it just so cold it is beyond words.

I am a caretaker for a Baha'i centre here and do not have much to do most of the time. A friend from another arctic community got me started cross stitching. I thought it would be a good way to stop smoking so I gave it a try and liked cross stitching. It took awhile to stop the smoking but it's been over 3 months since my last cigarette ( smoked for 42 years) its still hard and I have gained 30 pounds and climbing. Still glad that I have been able to quit.

The community here is mostly Inuit but it is not a reserve. Everyone gets along really well here and the Inuit are a very nice people. The town is only about 50 years old and there are many reminders of how hard life use to be here, now it is like living in a small town anywhere. Internet and cable tv pretty modern, water is delivered by truck. The thing I miss most though is side walks, Last summer when I was visiting my daughter and grandson, we were walking down the street and I reallized that I could walk without slipping on ice or the gravel.
Anyway that's about it. Smile
Alanna
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
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10:10 pm Mar 11, 2009

Fascinating! Oh well, good luck with the cold and the smoking! Just a hint: cross stitching is better Wink
Meredith
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2:19 pm Mar 13, 2009

As I said in Ramblings (my blog) for the most part the x's reflect where we've shipped patterns (it's driven off the orders database). But I can always fake something up for someone who wants to be on the map, particularly when they are so far from the next x!
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