Tuesday, April 1, 2008

You're looking at 12 episodes of Sex and the City

Or at least, what I can get done while sitting through 12 episodes of Sex and the City.

Here's a little confessional post for you. Watching Sex and the City is my guilty pleasure. I didn't have HBO when it first came out (still don't, actually) and about 6 and a half years ago, a friend tried to get me in to watching the show while I was visiting her. I don't know if it was my frame of mind, or the fact that my daughter (who was just a few months old at the time) was up screaming all night long, but I hated the show. HATED it. I swore it off as trash and crap. It's so not the kind of show I'm in to.

Then a few years ago, during one of my frequent bouts of insomnia, I happened to catch a couple of episodes on late-night cable tv. Suddenly, I was hooked. Around the same time, my husband started traveling a lot for work. Sometimes, he'd be out for two weeks in a month and I'd be left alone with the kiddos. Needless to say, once I got them in bed at night my brain was toast. Watching Sex and the City was the perfect brain candy for me. At the time, we had Netflix and I would carefully plan my shipments around his travel schedule. I'd practically shove him out the door in anticipation of curling up and enjoying time alone in the quiet house with my newfound tv obsession. I watched the entire series that spring, and was crushed when I finished it.

I've just started to re-watch the series, and this time I have an even better accessory to my tv time than the popcorn and cocktail I used to turn to. Now I've got embroidery. And .... ooooohhhh .... have I found my new favorite pasttime. Me + Sex and the City DVDs + embroidery = absolute heaven. Over the weekend, I sat and just stitched and stitched and stitched once the kids were in bed. I honestly could have stayed up all night watching the show and stitching. I ended up heading to bed around 1:00 each morning - reluctantly (I'm paying for that sleep deprivation this week ... )

In all, I watched 12 episodes of the first season (I guess that's the whole first season... right? ) and stitched part of a pillow case for my daughter using a new pattern from the Sublime Stitching Craft Pad. I'm glad I had that little mental break over the weekend, because I'm slammed with work this week and won't have much time for crafting. And since we no longer have Netflix, I'll have to run down to the video store before I can get my next Sex and the City fix.

What's your favorite thing to watch/listen to while you stitch?


  1. That is very beautiful!!

  2. Delurking here to say...

    Wow, great stitching! I especially love how you did the flower, it looks fantastic.

    What do I like to watch/listen to while I stitch? Lately, it's been American Idol. ;) I guess I will have to find something different when the season is over...perhaps my Friends dvd's will get some play. Or maybe I will finally watch the Beavis and Butthead dvd I got last year for my bday. (Shhhh, don't tell anyone...)

    Keep up the great work! :D

  3. Beautiful!

    {There is nothing better than being able to just sit and stitch away while watching tv...I've lost whole weekends that way!}

  4. I've been wanting to get into embroidery for something a little different! Yours is just beautiful.

    My latest guilty pleasure is Lost on abc.com with a side of brainless knitting. My son goes to bed right at the time all the TV comes on so I always miss everything!

  5. I love it! Great stitching.
    Last night I watched Sabrina the teenage witch (I know.. embarrasing) while stitching, and today I posted the embroidery on my blog

  6. I just love that horse and horseshoe pattern from the new craft pad!

    I'm an admitted TV junky and will watch just about any terrible reality show there is. Currently I'm addicted to anything that is on Bravo: Top Chef, Project Runway, Real Housewives of New York, etc. I know, real quality stuff (blush).
    It is great mindless stuff I don't have to pay attention to follow and can concentrate on the embroidery I'm working on.

  7. Stitching and watching TV is definitely one of my favorite methods of relaxation. I usually turn to HBO series (Netflixed); The Wire and The Sopranos are my favorites. We just got cable a few weeks ago, though, so lately I have been obsessed with TLC and Style - I love stitching to What Not To Wear and Clean House. I just missed the last season of Project Runway, but I can see that becoming a major obsession when it starts back up.

    Your embroidery looks great! I can't believe that I *still* haven't picked up the Craft Pad.

  8. I do the exact same thing! I love to embroider to Sex and the City because now I've seen the episodes so many times that I don't have to keep an eye right on the tv to know what is going on. Try HBO's Six Feet Under next if you are ready to move on to a new embroidery series!

  9. I love it!

    I usually have to be doing *something* when watching tv or a movie. I am finally buying the craft pad and hopefully will get something done soon!

  10. Oh it looks so good! Thanks for revealing your guilty pleasure- I'm a big fan of Sex and the City, many boyfriends have ridiculed me but I don't even hide it anymore! My favorite thing to do while crafting is listen to old episodes of This American Life or any good talk radio.

  11. My husband (then boyfriend) bought me the complete S&TC on DVD for our first Christmas together. That's when I knew he was the one!

    I've spent so many hours stitching to S&TC, I love it!

  12. I first started cross stitching to counter the feeling that watching tv or movies was a waste of time. If I'm going to sit on my bum for 3 hours I might as well be making something.

    I did a cross stitch bouquet for my grandmother and after she died late last year my grandfather said that it was her most prived posessions. That meant so much for me, and all it took was me using my hands while stting in front of the tv rather than just sitting.

    I've since expanded into blackstitch and hope to get more into my sublime stitching, the pattern is waiting for me!

  13. Beautiful embroidery!
    I love to stitch while watching old films on TCM, but will happily sit and stitch to really pathetic things also like Judge Judy!

  14. haha...

    my husband always makes fun of me for watching sex and the city re-runs on tbs while i'm stitching. he's always like "didn't you just watch that episode the other day?" and i'm like "yeah... but stitching while watching it makes it so much better."

    now i know why my mom would watch the mexican soap operas while sewing or knitting... ahhh good times :)

    you did an awesome job on this horse, i specially love the rose and the eye.

  15. my hubby and I got hooked on Dead Wood - plenty of good stitching behind that one

  16. This is so wonderful. Your stitches are so perfect! :)
    I listen to podcasts while I clean house, so I'm always watching TV or a movie when I'm doing crafty stuff. :)))))

  17. first off, your embroidery is gorgeous! and i like to watch simpsons. so far we have the first 10 seasons on dvd (the best in my opinion) so i can keep those on all the time! i love them even as background noise. i don't know why. classic simpsons is great!


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