Another Monday and life is good! We got a splash of well-needed rain yesterday evening and it has finally cooled down a tad, so it is a great beginning of a new week. The incredibly hot weather has forced us to sit indoors most of the time (I am not crying about that.. LOL), which means that a lot of weekend time has been spent stitching on a variety of things.
The In-Laws were down for a visit from Wednesday to Friday and we had a really nice and laid-back visit together. I took the last couple of work-days off from the lab, so I feel well-rested as you can see. DH's and my new life-style involves "going to bed at a reasonable hour", which meant that I could not get back to sleep after waking up at 5 AM this morning... He is happily snoozing away though.
I don't know what to do with myself, but the reign of unfocused random stitching continues. I decided to pull out the new partial kit I got from Scholehouse of the Needle, Frog Pin Keepe. It really is a quick stitch (tent stitch, say no more) intended for 35 ct linen. Since the LNS doesn't carry any 35 ct I opted for a small cut of 36 instead.
Here he is - ribbit!
I love the back of tent stitched pieces, don't you?
(Next time, I'll throw in a quarter in the photo too, so that you can get a better feel for the size.)
We have been productive during out craft-lunches at work too. The word is spreading and we have recently expanded to include no less than three crocheters. It is odd how the dynamic of a group changes completely just by adding a few more people and stir. It is really cool that so many crafters want to join, but it is no longer just a group containing my closer friends, which I know I'll miss. On the other hand, it is always fun to hang out with new people!
Anyway, I finished the Spring piece from Sweetheart Tree last week. I have really enjoyed stitching on this series. I think that all but one was stitched during lunch breaks at work.
As for the winter piece, I changed the text from "Welcome Friends" to "Welcome Spring". I also found the birds long beak pretty peculiar, so it got shortened - it doesn't look like he minds. I like the small packets of bling that come with the SHT kits and this time is was small cherry-blossom beads. Fun, fun, fun! (And time to stat thinking about what to stitch on at work next.)
I did also finish the first SamSarah stocking! I am getting used to the fact that all the pieces are a lot darker colored in reality and I think that I have almost gotten over it.. LOL I do have the button embellishments and we decided that this one will be DH's stocking, so I just ordered the alphabet buttons too.
Yesterday evening I pulled this old Acufactum WIP back out. It got thrown into the "don't wanna' stitch on this anymore" pile, since all that is left is about a billion French knots. I got maybe half of them in yesterday and it won't be put away until the rest is done. See the bird on the left below? He is holding a sprig of dill... The dill crown is waiting for Fk in three different colors - all pretty much on top of each other. At least the wings of the birds are now dotted!
Dot, dot, dot...
So, I had great plans for this piece - it was supposed to magically become this adorable cafe-curtain with a polka-dot ruffle and pretty ribbons for ties. Well, we have been looking for a new house lately, so I am thinking that I'd better hold the creativity back until I know how my future windows will look...
Finally, despite DH not giving his approval of posting this photo - here are a couple of snuggle bunnies - Alpha Bunny and Bubba. Sometimes it is really good to be a small, black rabbit.
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Take care and Happy Monday everyone!