Sunday, January 20, 2013

DINOSAWRZ, Family and a sale!

So i'm up to.. camptosaurus on my dinosaur alphabet - it may be up a day or two later than Monday though - family is visiting! :D

Went out for a delicious lunch today with them, and had a nice walk along the river foreshore. I forgot how nice it was down at the river.
View from my seat at the restaurant today!


The Camptosaurus is coming along well, I just need to colour match a few things and then it'll be up in the store on Shop Delighted. Clicky here to got to the shop! :D

I like Shop Delighted so much more than Etsy - it's a little quiet, sure, but it's still starting out, and importantly, not populated with cupcakes and resellers. It seems to be populated with FJL's and that is so, so awesome. 

On a very random note, i'm thinking of making a second SD store, purely for Star Trek stuff.

I'm also having a little bit of a sale - Any physical item on my SD Shop must go! I'll accept any reasonable offer, as long as it covers shipping. :) Sale ends sometime on the 23rd, just message me on SD to reserve/make an offer!
It's mostly finished cross stitches, but there's a few travel mug covers as well.
There's nothing wrong with anything, I just need space, and my little area just isn't big enough anymore.

I'm off to work on dinosaurs some more, and Maybe watch some Adventure Time. See ya! :D

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sectret Project Revelaed!


I got the idea just before New Years - how cool would it be to be able to stitch your way through the alphabet.. of dinosaurs?

half-assed Backstory:
Growing up, I always wanted to be a paleontologist. I loved Dinosaurs - still do.
My favorite is the Protoceratops.

But I didn't want it to be those alphabets where the dinos were wrapped around into the letter, or peeking out from behind it. It's been done heaps of times. But, what about the dinosaurs themselves, with their name - as a picture? Then put them in order, and walah! Dinosaurs in alphabetical order.

I did make sure to include the.. less popular? dinos instead of the usual ones you see - there are so many different dinosaurs out there it's insane. I've also tried to include dinosaurs from all different corners of earth - there's North America, South America, Australia, theres a couple that were found globally, if I remember right.. and I've included a few pterosaurs - though they aren't true dinosaurs.

I'm excited for this - i've got my list done, and my research pics organised, so it's just a matter of doing the patterns. My goal is to do 1 a week, so for the next 26 weeks, there's going to be a new dinosaur out there in the world.

This week, to kick everything off, is the Agustinia!

From Wikipedia:
Agustinia is a genus of sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period of South America. Like all known sauropods, it was quadrupedal and herbivorous. Although some sauropods are known to have body armor, Agustinia's armor was unique even among sauropods. It had a series of wide, vertical spikes and plates down the center of its back, somewhat like the unrelated Stegosaurus. Aside from the armor, very little is known about the anatomy of Agustinia. A fibula (lower leg bone) has been recovered that is about 3 feet (895 mm) long. When compared to the same bone in related dinosaurs, this indicates that Agustinia may have been about 50 feet (15 meters) long.

The name Agustinia honors the discoverer of the specimen, Agustin Martinelli. This dinosaur was originally named in a 1998 abstract written by famous Argentine paleontologist Jose Bonaparte. The original generic name was Augustia, which, as it turned out, was already preoccupied by a beetle (see also: Megapnosaurus, Protognathosaurus). Bonaparte changed the name to Agustinia in a full paper published in 1999, which also introduced the family Agustiniidae. There is one named species (A. ligabuei), which is named in honor of Dr. Giancarlo Ligabue, a philanthropist who provided financial support to the expedition which recovered the remains.

Agustinia was recovered from the Lohan Cura Formation of Neuquen Province in Argentina, which is thought to date from the late Aptian to Albian stages of the Early Cretaceous Period, between 116 and 100 million years ago.

Only fragmentary remains are known. These include fragments of vertebrae from the back, hips, and tail regions of the spinal column, and 9 of the oddly-shaped plates or spikes which were attached to those vertebrae. Parts of the lower hind limb were also recovered: a fibula, tibia, and 5 metatarsals. A femur (thigh bone) was found at the site but was too fragmented to collect.

Definitely a different looking Dinosaur!

So, i'm listing the Agustinia on both my etsy store and my Shop Delighted store, i'll be tagging both with dinosaurabet, if you want to go looking, though i'll have links below. :)
Etsy -
Shop Delighted -

Saturday, January 5, 2013


It's been a few days since my last post - i've been busy filling orders and planning out the start of something awesome. I can't say anything yet though -Spoilers!

It's been quite hot here in th last few days, there's ben huge fires in the south of my state, and homes have been lost. I don't think any people have, though, which is good.

(I hate to think about the pets/livestock, though. :( )

Just a quick post to say that i'm alive, safe, and feeling for those in the south. :(

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy new year!

So it 2013 now, the presents have been unwrapped, the booze drunk... And a new day dawned.

I'm going to try to post here at least every other day, it'll probably just end up being rambling nonsense or plugging things I've made, so you've all been warned!

I think this year will bring big changes in my life, for better and worse. Hopefully more of the better than worse though!

I'm determined to get by body into gear- I can feel my biological clock ticking, and with PCOS, fatty liver and possibly only one ovary, things have been made tough for me. Challenge accepted.

I want to get my stores filled with more stock, and start offering kits - I make cross stitch patterns, and have a few big exciting things lined up in that area - and possibly offering supplies as well.

There's more I want to start, like getting my garden beds finally put in. It'll have to wait though, as I'm posting from my phone and button mashing a LOT.

So on a parting note, happy new year!