Today started out beautifully...after a few days of cold and overcast gloom, the sun broke out and brought warm temperatures with it. It is absolutely beautiful here and makes you glad to be alive.
Had my favorite Alaska Stand Hot Dog and Thrashers French Fries for lunch so my day is going perfectly. I've been stitching up a storm, finished Miss Liberty & Uncle Sam from Shepherd's Bush (not shown here yet because I haven't finished framing them...well, I haven't even started if I'm going to be truthful)...also Lavender Hills by Little House Needleworks to go on the back of the Lavender Hill Huswife by Impie, Hattie and Bea (I didn't get it put together this morning as I had to get here to work...but hopefully tonight I'll put it together and get it up on the blog tomorrow). But what I can show you is the beach scene at right which is done on needlepoint canvas, but done in a cross stitch. We use to do quickpoint on this canvas and you could still do that, but since I hadn't ever cross stitched on the canvas I thought I'd try it out. I like doing the cross stitch because the canvas doesn't go out of shape...win win! And because the canvas is so large it goes quickly and can be done in about a week or less. And the real jewel here is the back which I'm also showing because you because you buy it already made (with a zipper no less) and then just sew the two pieces togather by machine...done in a matter of minutes. A Bigger Win Win! And you know if I can sew it on by machine a monkey could do it....easy peasy. Because I never work on just one thing at a time I was also able to finish Chessie & Me's "Grande Olde Flag Sampler" which I loved, loved, loved. I absolutely love stitching patriotic, Americana, whatever and this was a joy from beginning to end (and is shown below). And since you do the Nun's stitch around the edge, I just cut it around the Nun Stitch (which is how Linda finished the model), and attached it to the red Weeks Wool which we cut to the size of the Hornbook from Priscilla's pocket and used spray adhesive to attach the whole thing to the hornbook. So that was a fast finish...thanks to Sara who was in charge of the finishing on that project. Then last night because I finished the Lavender Hill piece but still had a couple of hours left to stitch I took out the "Home of the Brace" kit from Pine Mountain and stitched it. So today I just popped in the pillow form and it's done. Shown next to Grande Olde Flag Sampler below. I love a project that can be finished in a matter of minutes. So now I'm at the crossroads of picking a new project. I put a couple of stitches in the new Shepherd's Bush "Gratitude Sampler" so that's going to be the primary, but I still get to pick a couple of fast things so I'm on the hunt. And even better than my finishes....Sara has completed all the finish work on her Sherri Jones Blue Ribbon Box and it is gorgeous. She is waiting for Debbie and Paola to help with gluing the pieces into the box, but this is a first for Sara to actually finish a class piece so I am so happy for her. A great sense of accomplishment. She is back to stitching (she was knitting a lot this winter)...and is working on a Chessie & Me piece. But it's slow going since shes got Michael and Vernon to say nothing of the shops and hotel to distract her. I on the other hand have me...I am my only distraction...well almost. Anyway, I couldn't let the holiday go by without touching base, wishing everyone a good Memorial Day and hoping the Tornado victims have found some peace in their lives. Our prayers are with you and will remain with you. Talk to you soon.
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