As usual, the real drama started once I decided to iron the sampler... Oh, I am not a fan! Not at all!!! First I freaked out because it looked like the iron burned the linen. It didn't, the linen just has darker streaks in it. Then I discovered a couple of unidentifiable smudges that I (knowing that it was a stupid idea as I did it) decided to attack with a Tide-to-Go pen (yep, I hear the stitching-community's collective gasp from all over the World...). Needless to say, now I have two paler spots in the linen. One of them will disappear in the case I decide to frame her, the other... well, I am not real sure why, but I don't really care. I guess that I am a real odd-ball of a stitcher. As soon as the work is finished, I am just not that intrigued or careful any more.
And that is good news, or I would have to set up a serious talk with the parrots (in the basement). This is a Drawn Thread design (Real Roses) that I adapted to be more personalized. I switched the lady holding the hands of two children to DH, our - at the time - 5 (only!) parrots, and myself), composed a new verse and added all of our initials, bird and man alike. I also decided to experiment with fancy edgings and I did have a ton of fun stitching it.
This is what I discover today: first off, edges are folded - I know that DH has mentioned that he has seen some of the parrot baby hang form it. Sigh... Then this; someones beak or claw has pulled out my right eye and pulled a strand out of the pain-in-the-neck long-arm cross-stitch border. I am sure that I'll find some more "added personalization" to this piece as I start to patch it back up. I love the parrots, but sometimes I tell DH that we need second house for him and the birds!!! You don't blame me, I'm sure...
Hmmm, maybe the bird babies are hinting that they are not pleased to see that their monograms are missing, poor neglected creatures!
On to happier things - I bought myself some happiness on Ebay last week. I go a very cheap Queen of Freedom by Mirabilia (I am thinking about linen color...), a OOP totally fantastic bell-pull designed by Mads Stage for Clara Waever back in the days (1960-70 probably), and a kit published by the Swedish Home-craft Society (hard to translate..).
The text translates "Craft Concerns Everyone". Pretty cute, huh!?
Well, time for bed. I promised Missy R... Plus Blogger or Mozilla or something else equally mystical seems a tad crabby tonight, so I'd better stop before one of us ends up crying...
Take care, have a great mid-week, and don't forget to stitch!