Thanks to all of you for the compliments on my new look. I am so in love. And it’s weird to look at my blog and not see Botticelli’s Venus looking back out at me. But, that’s ok. I love the red. So, in my last post I mentioned that two of the three pieces that were WIPs in that first post of mine in 2006 are still WIPs. The two are Mystery IX and Bay Sampler. Well, after writing that post, plus seeing that blank spot on my bedroom wall staring at me, I decided to pull out Mystery IX and work on it a bit. I am currently working on Part 8 (of 12). I have two of the four artichoke beds still left to finish. So, I’ve been working on it the past couple of nights and I’m making a bit of progress.
The blank spots you see in those right hand beds are for the specialty stitches and beads. I’ll do that once I have all the cross-stitching done on the left two. I’m also missing the bugle beads around those yellow beds. Bugle beads can cut the thread you’ve sewn them down with because of their sharp edges, so I’ll wait until the end to add them, along with the larger crystals. If you want to see my last progress photo of this, you can see it here. I’m stitching this on the 32ct Lavender Mist linen that was called for with the recommended silks. It is so hard to tell in the photos, but the fabric is really the palest of lavenders. You wouldn’t know it unless you held it up against something white. But, it is not the bluish/greyish color it appears here. That’s just 7am light through the window. I love this piece so much, but I just can’t seem to stick with it for very long. And I have the incentive. I’ve promised myself it will go to Jill Rensel for framing and I have the space picked out in our bedroom to hang it. I’m anxious to finish up part 8 and move onto part 9.
And remember that crappola of a week I was having? Well, on the very worst day of that week, look what arrived in my mailbox! Sweet and thoughtful Anna sent this sampler chart to me as a new addition for my A&E wall. So fun! Thank you, Anna!! And, of course she sent along one of her beautiful handmade cards as well. She is talented in so many areas! [Although I wish she’d send her framed Anna’s Bird to me…I covet it.] Anyway…thanks again, Anna! You made my week!
And here we are again with the yeti fabric. I haven’t made much progress on it since I last showed it to you, but I am liking the progress I made. I saw Andrea’s finish of this on her blog and she also subbed out the Sable thread. I think I am going to do the same, because I hate mine. So, the h, i, j may be coming out to be replaced with a better brown. I want my bunny to be a pretty brown, when I get to him, not this weird-o brownish blackish greyish color. I don’t have the GAST Cinnamon she used, but I’m sure I can find something that works.
And I’ve also got some progress to show you on Dorothy’s Garden. As I mentioned, I finished the alphabet and started on the border.
This piece is just so dainty. It’s a lot of fun to work on, but I am really dreading that house. I’m gonna have to just suck it up and do a little at a time. Here’s the whole thing…
I also bought a new stitching bag, which I was in desperate need of. I’d been using this fabulous woven bag, but it’s just gotten so much use that the material it’s made from is starting to wear down. Which is a shame. So, I saw that Silver Needle was having a sale on Vera Bradley bags, and I ordered one. I decided on the Miller bag, in the retiring fabric “Night Owl”. I just fell in love with the little owls! The bag is freakin’ huge, but it is wide enough I can fit my 17 x 17 q-snap in it with no problem, which I suppose is a good thing. And it has a ton of pockets around the perimeter of the inside, which is nice. I’ve never even really looked at a Vera Bradley bag before, so this was a new adventure for me.
I have also signed up for a 5k in August, and have been training for two Saturdays now. I’m excited about it, and looking forward to it. My plan is to walk it, but last night I made my first venture into running, so I may end up doing a walk/run. This morning I probably walked close to 3 miles, so I don’t think the 5k is going to be any problem. I’m tired though, so I think some serious stitching/couch time is on the horizon for me this afternoon.
So, that’s all the news from around here. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!
I am grateful for losing two pounds this week and pushing myself to run last night. Yay me!