It took another three and a half hours of beading today, but finally - happy dancing!!!! Boy, I sure did prick my finger with the quilting between needle a lot last night - that was such an exhausting experience :-) Don't know if you can tell, but she has soooo many beads in her wings! If you plan to stitch Fairy Flora any time soon, make sure to buy three packs of Mill Hill 00161 beads - it took just over two packs for me to bead this. You will only need one pack each of the 00275 and 02024 beads, as well as of the 70161 bugle beads. You will use almost a full spool of the 013 Kreinik blending filament... on belfast linen, that is :-) I just went back in my blog and discovered I started Fairy Flora back on 1/17/05 and finished her on 6/18/05... keeping her in my rotation I still got her done in almost exactly five months! I think that is quite decent!
Thank you to all of you very sweet, encouraging cheerleaders who kept me motivated all week in finishing Fairy Flora :-) You are all awesome!
Hey, hey!!!!!! Ryan Newman is on the pole again for the race in Michigan tomorrow!! :-) (photo is from www.nascar.com)
I got in some items from Stitching Bits & Bobs today - the rest of the Mill Hill Treasures that were backordered for Enchanted Mermaid (anyone looking to do this as a SAL??) and most of the beads for the upcoming Celtic Winter SAL... the magnifica beads are backordered....
I treated myself to a little stash shopping tonight too - I ordered Autumn Winds (this designer is new to me, and this design appealed to me... great colors!), Thistle Stop (a chart I've eyed forever and loved seeing stitched up at Celebrations at the Crossed Wing Collection booth), Red Dragon Bookmark (a cute newbie from Dracolair) and a sheath for my Cougar scissors I bought several months ago (I like these for traveling since they were so inexpensive)...
I also finished Peacock Cypher late tonight :-) I only had a tiny bit of stitching left to do on the bottom band, and then the beading - which was nothing compared to Fairy Flora! So, double happy dancing today!!! I will post a photo tomorrow. I am going to have Mike take a photo of it, and a better one of Fairy Flora to post tomorrow :-) It has been a productive weekend, and now I shall forego my Passione Ricamo SAL for the second week in a row tomorrow and get cracking on the Celtic Band Sampler SAL - I am quite a bit behind my SAL mates, so I could use a day to get some progress made on it :-)
Stitched on today: Fairy Flora (Happy Dance!!) and Peacock Cypher (Happy Dance!!)