Half done!

It's official, I did a count a few weeks ago, and I'm half done with my HAED! I decided to count my progress because I just finished one row, so it'd be nice to see where I was up to. Honestly, I feel a little bit disappointed, I'd envisioned myself reaching really high numbers...like 70%. Vain hopes, but you just never know how far you've gone with a HAED design. Here's my WIP picture as of two weeks ago.

Doesn't it look kinda completed? Haha, that's why I was hoping most of it was done already. It's amazing how small an area one page takes.

In other news, I've started a side-business-y thing of buying / selling stuff (isn't that what everyone's doing nowadays?). It's never going to sustain me as a full-time job, but it gives me some extra pocket money each month, not much....but enough to make me happy! Enough for say...15 new books a month. Or 10 fancy meals a month. :D

We're ba-ack!

Yes, as Eel said in her post, we've gone missing for the longest time. Chalk it up to laziness, and the fact that she's now unemployed, which funnily enough, means we don't talk to each other online that often anymore. So, it's been quite a few months since our last update, so expect to see a great big difference in my HAED, not like Eel's. ;)

And, since you probably can't remember what it looked like the last time, and also to rub it in Eel's face, here's a side by side comparison of the two.

I'm really pleased with myself! All the bodice and lower skirt bits have super scattered stitches and it took ages to complete, which is why I took breaks by doing the side pages, as you can see on the right, there's a bit done there as well.

I'm trying to do as much as possible now because....I'm planning the longest holiday of my life! Eel's going to be doing a 3 month holiday next year, and if all goes well, I'm going to be joining her for a month in Europe. Doesn't it sound luxurious?? Of course, the fact is, we'll probably be staying at cheaper B&B places, and skimping on food, but we'll be in Europe for a month!

I've been jumping from country to country, trying to decide where to go, and I'm still not sure. We've pretty much decided on Italy, the other countries that are still a maybe include France, Switzerland and Austria. So much to do, so little time to do it in. And of course, money is always going to be a factor as well. *sigh*

So, with all this excitement coming up, it's best if I get cracking on my HAED so that I can finish it as soon as possible, and then I'll have lots of money to celebrate beating Eel in our competition. :p

Super Long Hiatus

Its been months since our last post and probably the same amount of time since I've done completed my quota consistently. I've been really neglecting my HAED and hiding from Sae because I don't want to face up to the fact that I'm lagging behind so much haha.

This week however, I'm finally back to my daily quota. Just need to keep that up for the next 2 years *sigh*

Here's my progress pics which sadly won't be much different from my last I imagine:

I haven't been completely without needle though. For our 1st year marriage anniversary (marriage, not wedding; that's in another month), I got an iPad! :D I'm completely attached to my iPad now and decided it needed a case so I could carry it all around. Being a cheapskate, I decided to make my own. And here's the result:

Its not as well-made as I'd like it to be but it was a good lesson for me and I shall make another one soon rectifying all the problems that happened in this first one. It took me ages cos it was all hand-sewn. If I had a sewing machine, this would have taken me a day I reckon. 

Now that I'm free of my guilty HAED conscience, I can stop hiding from Sae. ;)

HAED Art and Sculpture Art

So we're almost at the 2 year mark and I'm probably only a quarter done! Woe is me. I've done quite a lot lately though, thanks to my new career of being a lady of leisure. However, despite no longer needing to spend 8 hours a day at the office, I still don't want to be replacing that time with just HAED-ing. I can really only manage 1-2 hours a day max while watching TV or something. Beyond that, I just want to chuck the whole thing away and cry. :)

Well here's my progess:

I've been swapping between that nice big blog on the top that's not really joined to anything and the holes in the side pages. That big blob is the really awesome page I started a while back and its the only thing keeping me sane while filling in the holes on the side. 
Other than HAED, I've been busy with a few other things. One was going to the Ron Mueck exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. See that sculpture on that front page of that site? When you stand next to it, an adult would probably come up to half way of its height. The exhibition was split between sculptures of giant people or tiny little people. And all super realistic. I got to see it pretty close up and you can't tell it apart from real human skin at all! Here's a photo I took with my iPhone (hence the not so awesome quality) of the hand from that same sculpture:

It was a really interesting exhibition, so if you get a chance to see Ron Mueck's work, I'd recommend you to go for it, it will amaze and slightly scare you. 

Another page done, and...the iPad!

OK, boring stuff first, I finished yet another page of my HAED yesterday. Seems like we're only posting up updates every time we finish a page! So, here it is:

In other more exciting news, I had my first glimpse of a real iPad today! One of my colleagues had an acquaintance who just acquired one, so we all gathered around it, marvelling at how beautiful it looked. It's resulted in me wondering whether I want an iPhone, or an iPad!

An iPad works out to be cheaper, because I won't have to change my phone plan. It's bigger, and it'd be really good for reading ebooks and watching stuff. However, it's so big, that it might be problematic to carry it around all the time and might be heavy and not too nice to use frequently. Hmm, how do I decide??

I'll be waiting till some of my colleagues (who put in their orders about an hour after seeing the iPad) get their iPads so I can try it out and see for myself. How about you, iPad, iPhone, or both? :D

Yet Another New Page :)

Its been ages since our last update. But yet, still not much to update. As Sae said, I'm struggling very much with my current 4-5 pages. They are just completely yucky pages! But all is not lost, I've started a new page! Hahaha, that hole is getting deeper and deeper.

I'm definitely way behind Sae at the moment if she's already half way through. :(

But Sae has forgotten one vital thing...in a couple of weeks, I will be unemployed and have as many hours to HAED as I like. That's right, I've finally taken the plunge and resigned. At the moment, I have no plans other than to go home to Malaysia for a while.

Though I really don't intend to spend all my time HAED-ing, I have many other things to do. Of which I will be blogging about in future updates. :)

Here's my progress pic, that tiny little patch that's in the middle of nowhere up the top is my newly started page. It is the loveliest page so far. :)

I'm super paranoid that I haven't counted correctly and have started that page in the wrong position. But I counted it over and over and over and its not too far off from any other stitches so I think I'm alright. 

Just 2 more weeks before I'm freeeeee....

Nice page finished!

Well, as the title says, I've just finished the first page of the 4th row. That was a nice page, because it was at the side so mostly all background, with a bit of the purple circle and a leaf. And now, I'll be moving on to more hair bits.

It's getting harder to remember how long it's been since we first started this competition, it feels like I've been doing it for forever. I had to check the blog to see when we started, which was May 2008. That means that we've now been at it for 1 year 11 months! If I'm not mistaken, I *think* I'm at the halfway point, which would mean I'm ahead of schedule. And hopefully, ahead of Eel, too. Haha, she seems to be struggling with her current pages, so it's a good opportunity for me to zoom ahead.

Did anyone catch the first F1 race of the season? I did, mainly because Michael Schumacher was making his return, and I'm a HUGE fan. I pretty much stopped watching F1 when he retired! Plus, Lotus was making their debut, and since it's pretty much a Malaysian team, I was interested to see how they'd do.

I must say that it was a SNOOZE-FEST! There's a new ruling that there's no fuel stops, the F1 cars have bigger fuel tanks and run from start to finish. They only pit stop to change their tires. This means that they drive more conservatively to save fuel, and was soo boring because they didn't attempt much overtaking. Basically, the finishers were in the same position as how they started, except for Vettel who had a spark plug problem. I hope something changes soon, because if it continues as it is, I'm not going to be watching anymore, even though Michael Schumacher might be back!

Prize Money Contributions

EeL's Contributions: AUD$471.63 (USD 415.69)

sAe's Contributions: RM$1681.51 (USD 494.56) (updated Apr)

Total Contributions: USD$816.12

(As of October 2009)

Competition Rules

Competition Begins: 1st May 2008
Competition Ends: Chinese New Year 2013

Goal: Complete a HAED design by the time allotted.

Designs chosen are to be of approximately the same sizes. Contestants are free to change their design half way, however it must also be of the similar size to the original design chosen.

Each month, each contestant will deposit USD$20 into a separate bank account.

Every fortnight, each contestant has to update this blog with updated progress pictures.

Prize Money:

If only one contestant completes her design by the deadline, she gets the total amount of money saved by both contestants.

If neither designs are complete, the entire sum of money is to be donated to a charity that is agreed upon by both contestants.

If both complete it on time, the money is divided in the following manner:

60% of the total goes to the contestant who completes* her design first within the deadline.

40% of the total goes to the contestant who completes* her design last within the deadline.

* For EeL, completion means full completion. For Sae, completion for the 60% winner total is 210,400 stitches, with the remainder stitches to be completed by the deadline.