Vote on February’s Films! (Stitcher’s Film Club)

Hello, Film Clubbers! We’ve had a LOT of nominees for February’s films, so instead of posting it on Instagram, I thought I’d do the poll here. I’ve included all the nominees down below with links to their IMDB pages. At the bottom of this post you will find a poll for February’s films. Each person can vote for two films. Please, if budget is a factor for you, check streaming services available to you before voting. I can’t guarantee that your country will have these films available for free (or for paid, for that matter). Voting ends January 31st. Also, if you see a mistake in this list, please let me know.

The Reader 30 January 2009 (USA)
Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Café Society 5 August 2016 (USA)
In the 1930s, a Bronx native moves to Hollywood and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man.

City of Angels (10 April 1998 (USA))
Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel (Cage) who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room. Franz plays Cage’s buddy who somehow knows a lot about angels.

The Notebook 25 June 2004 (USA)
A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

Becoming Jane 10 August 2007 (USA)
A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

Leap Year 8 January 2010 (USA)
Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.

About Time 8 November 2013 (USA)
At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

Trainwreck 17 July 2015 (USA)
Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

P.S. I Love You 21 December 2007 (USA)
A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula 13 November 1992 (USA)
The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor’s fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Somewhere in Time 3 October 1980 (USA)
A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Under The Tuscan Sun 26 September 2003 (USA)
A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

Crazy, Stupid, Love 29 July 2011 (USA)
A middle-aged husband’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.

Breakfast At Tiffany’s 5 October 1961 (USA)
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.

Love and Other Drugs 24 November 2010 (USA)
A young woman suffering from Parkinson’s befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer in 1990s Pittsburgh.

Love & Friendship 3 June 2016 (USA)
Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica — and herself too, naturally.

Truly Madly Deeply 24 May 1991 (USA)
A woman dealing with inconsolable grief over the death of her partner gets another chance when he returns to earth as a ghost.

A Room with a View 11 April 1986 (UK)
When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation.

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Stitcher’s Film Club

In case you don’t follow me on Instagram, I thought I’d announce it here… I’m starting a film club! I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, so I decided to just throw the idea out on Instagram and I’m thrilled to say there was quite a bit of interest.
We are currently hosting the club on Instagram, but I will utilize my site to do some general management. To find the film club posts, we have started the hashtag #stitchersfilmclub for posts related to our film club.

The general outline of the film club is this: At the end of each month we will have a nomination cycle for the next month’s films. Each person can nominate two films per nomination cycle. At the beginning of the next month, I will compile the nominations and make a collage post on Instagram with the nominations. Then we will each vote on two films to watch that month. Once the films are decided, we will watch them at our own pace and post our thoughts and opinions. Please, when posting about the film club, remember to use the hashtag #stitchersfilmclub.

Rules:

  1.  In order for a film to be accepted as a nomination it MUST be available for streaming online. It can be on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Play Store, Crackle, Youtube, etc. But it MUST be stream-able. When nominating a film, please include at least one streaming service where you know it is available (please, please, please check that it is available before nominating).
  2. That’s it. Man. I’m too low-key with rules…. This space is reserved for later rules. Like, maybe one about price (see poll below).

Ok. That’s basically it for now. BUT, I do need your help with a few things. Initially I had the idea of making it a rule that each movie in a month had to be of different genres. I thought that would give people more opportunity to join it. So if horror wasn’t your thing and one of the movies was a horror, you still had a chance to join in with the other film. However, another idea was brought up in one of my posts (Hi, Trisha!); What if we made each month genre specific? I like that idea too. I think that would give us a chance to really explore certain genres and see how different directors, screenwriters, etc utilize and play with genre. So….
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If you vote for us to go with the genre specific months, it would be great if you posted some genre ideas in the comment section. There are SO many genre’s, it’s hard for me to narrow it down. I think that, if we do go with one genre a month, I will pick genres randomly out of a bag-o-genres (meaning I’ll list down like 30 genres on strips of paper and pick one at random for each month). So if you have any genre ideas, let me know.
 
Also, I had another question: What budget would you like us to stick to? All movies must be stream-able, but of course, not all stream-able movies are free. For example, rent-able movies on services like Amazon are generally $2.99. Would you be ok allowing those movies into our club? What about those movies that aren’t rent-able, but only available for purchase? Those are generally $9.99. Is that too much? Or do you want only free stream-ables? Let me know below.
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CLOSED – Pick My WIP – January 2017 Edition

Help. I can’t decide what to focus on in January. Vote on what should be my main stitch for January. All of these are projects on my Year of WIPs list. This won’t be my exclusive stitch for January, but it will be my main piece.

UPDATED: Poll is now closed! Henry it is!

What should be my focus piece for January?

 

 

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Year of WIPs Line Up

Earlier this year I decided to join Melanie Watkin’s Year of WIPs Challenge. The idea is to make up a list of projects you want to finish by December 2017. I decided to add 35 projects to my Year of WIPs (YoW) list. Here’s the list. I will update this list with the finishes as they come.

Not Finished:

  1. Hardanger Bookmark by Roz Watnemo
  2. Just Keep Swimming by Alishia M. James (Young40Mom)
  3. Celtic Christmas by Lavender & Lace
  4. Star Trek Alphabet by PixelPower
  5. Henry VIII by DMC
  6. Sew Pretty – MiniMakes #2 by Emma Congdon
  7. Sew Pretty – MiniMakes #3 by Emma Congdon
  8. Sew Pretty – MiniMakes #4 by Emma Congdon
  9. The Stargazer by Nora Corbett
  10. Neuschwanstein Castle by RIOLIS
  11. Hardanger Candle Mat by Roz Watnemo
  12. Needleworker by Diane Williams (Little House Needleworks)

Finished:

  1. Resistance is Futile by John Lohman – Finished October 6 2016
  2. Federation Seal by John Lohman – Finished October 6 2016
  3. Star Trek: Voyager by PixelPower – Finished October 10 2016
  4. Sew Pretty – MiniMakes #1 (Scissors) by Emma Congdon – Finished October 22 2016
  5. padd by Lord Libidan – Finished October 22 2016
  6. Star Trek: The Next Generation by PixelPower – Finished November 19 2016
  7. Claddagh Ring by Kathleen Berlew – Finished November 21 2016
  8. Blackwork Bow by KLT Charting – Finished December 3 2016
  9. Not Forgotted by Paulette Stewart – January 15 2017
  10. Angel Stocking by Just Nan – Finish Page Coming Soon
  11. Celtic Treasures (bookmark) by Rhona Norrie – UFO-ed. Removed from Year of WIPs list and replaced with the Just Nan Angel Stocking

Not yet started (I will start these during Freebie February and Stitch Maynia):
Cozy Christmas Wishes by Lizzie*Kate
Hummingbird by Teresa Wentzler
Lucky Day by Brooke Nolan (Brook’s Books)
The Happy Couple by Brooke Nolan (Brook’s Books)
Grumpy Kitty by Brooke Nolan (Brook’s Books)
Celeste 2001 Angel by Thea Dueck (The Victoria Sampler)
Connie 2005 Angel by Thea Dueck (The Victoria Sampler)
1986 Christmas Angel by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum
1987 Christmas Angel by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum
1989 Christmas Angel by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum
Keep Calm by Thea Dueck (The Victoria Sampler)
Wishing Well by Shannon Wasilieff
Flutter and Fly by Fiona Baker

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Book Review: Outfoxed (Andy Carpenter #14)

Outfoxed Book Cover Outfoxed
Andy Carpenter
David Rosenfelt
Fiction
Macmillan
July 19, 2016
336
NetGalley

The next novel in David Rosenfelt's clever, humorous mystery series featuring lawyer Andy Carpenter and his faithful dog, Tara. Lately, defense lawyer Andy Carpenter has been involved in a county prison program where inmates help train dogs the Tara Foundation has rescued to make them more adoptable. One of the prisoners Andy has been working with is Brian Atkins, who has 18 months left on a 5-year term for fraud. One day, Andy arrives at the prison to discover that Brian has used one of the dogs to make an ingenious escape.

my Review

These books are just a delight. I started reading my first Andy Carpenter novel,First Degree (book #1 of the series) back on September 4th. It is now October 15th and I’m sad to say I only have one novel left (The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, #15 in the series). I have devoured this series in a little over a month. And I’ve truly loved every one.

Outfoxed is a great addition to the Andy Carpenter series. All the great characters we love are back in this installment. I really enjoyed that a more minor character, a villain from the earlier books, was brought back in this story and was well used. I think that sometimes in series when they bring back older characters, it can feel a bit forced. But this was well done and lead to some great story developments.

While reading through the entire series, I’ve loved seeing more emphasis on the dogs and the Tara Foundation. Sometimes I felt like the stories reach a bit too far into kitsch territory (once or twice in 14 books, not bad) but I felt the dog elements were played just right in this novel. It was heartfelt without turning saccharine. Loved it.

If you love Andy and his tales (oh, I SO wanted to say “tails”…puns…), I think you’ll love Outfoxed. If you are planning on making this your first Andy Carpenter novel, I very much recommend you wait and start at the beginning. So much relies on characters relationships that have developed over the past 13 novels. And, as I’ve proven, you can catch up with the series very quickly (::weeps:: too quickly…. Only one left…). But whenever you decide to pick this one up, whether it’s your first Andy Carpenter or your 14th, I can almost guarantee it won’t be your last. Now, excuse me, but I’m off to read The Twelve Dogs of Christmas.

**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Professional Reader

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Heather Stitches 1,000 Subscriber Giveaway!

Hello beautiful people!
You may or may not know this, but my YouTube channel (Heather Stitches) recently passed a milestone: 1,000 subscribers! To celebrate, I wanted to do a special giveaway for my wonderful subbies. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on the “Neuschwanstein Castle” kit that was generously sent to me by RIOLIS back in May. So I had a thought: I wonder if RIOLIS would be kind enough to sponsor my 1,000 subscriber giveaway? So I shot them an email and…..THEY AGREED! I’m so excited! They have generously agreed to send one lucky winner the RIOLIS kit of their choice!

Below you will find the form to enter the giveaway. It will be open from October 15 2016 though October 31 2016. The winner will be chosen at random. Once the winner is chosen, I will contact them and have them pick out a kit from the RIOLIS needlework kits website. I will then email their name, address, and the name of the kit chosen to RIOLIS, who will send out the kit. Please be aware that RIOLIS ships from Lithuania, so it might take a few weeks for the winner to receive their prize. Good luck!

Rules:

  • You must be a subscriber to my YouTube channel (Heather Stitches).
  • You must be over 18 or have your parent’s permission.

 

Heather Stitches 1,000 Subscriber Giveaway!

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Finish: Star Trek: Voyager

Start: September 5 2016
End: October 10 2016
Designer: Pixel Power
Fabric: 32 ct MCG Textiles Linen (hand-dyed by me)
Floss: DMC
Notes: I made a lot of changes to this pattern. Here’s a list of those changes.

  • Recharted to change the character layout.
  • Change all the combadges to Kreinik #4 Braid 002. The top half of the combadge is the charted 1/4 stitch, while the bottom half is backstitched.
  • Janeway – Changed lips to 3721. Changed eyes to 926. Added a backstitch line (310) over the inner white of the eye. Changed hair to 434 (main color) and 436 (highlight).
  • Chakotay – Changed skin to 3773 and a blend of 407+3772 for the shadow. Changed the mouth color to 3778. Recharted the tattoo.
  • Tuvok – no changes besides the combadge.
  • Tom – Changed hair color from 433 to a blend of 436+434 and changed eye color from 310 to 932. Changed the mouth color to 3778.
  • Harry – Changed skin colors to 738 (main color) and 437 (shadow). Changed the mouth color to 407.
  • Neelix – Changed the mouth color to 3778.
  • Seven – Changed her suit to S414 and S415 and changed eye color from 310 to 932. Added a backstitch line (310) over the inner white of the eye. Changed skin shadow to a blend of 3778 and 758. Changed mouth to 3778. Raised neckline to make it the same as the other ladies. Changed borg implants (face and hand) to Kreinik #4 braid 001.
  • The Doctor – Changed the mouth color to 3778.
  • B’Elanna – Changed her skin to 3864 (main color) and 3863 (shadow). Changed hair to a blend of 433 and 898. Changed lips to 498. Added a backstitch line (310) over the inner white of the eye. Stitched over the forehead ridges with a single thread of 3790.

 
 

Finishes:
Year of WIPs finish #3
Of 2016: 15
Ever: 20
 
 

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