I got this back from the framer about a week ago (at least), but I keep forgetting to put up a photo. Here it is - I love it! The photo is odd - Mike hung it quite high in an existing hole "for now" since I cannot figure out yet where I want to hang it :-) Just tilt your head a bit... there you go!
Mike has two fat quarters of R&R linen for sale - Yes, I said Mike does :-) He is asking for $16 each, which is well below their retail price (typically $22-$23 each).... he has:
32 ct Mockingbird, 18" x 27" - sold
30 ct Fern, 18" x 27" - sold
If you are interested in either or both of these pretty fabrics, please let me know. He uses a different PayPal address than I do - and he accepts checks/money orders from US stitchers. I believe he asks $2.00 for shipping. Thanks :-)
Well, I have been keeping at working on An Emblem of Love on Monday nights. Tonight I finished the half medallion to the bottom left of the sampler.. and some smaller motifs... lots of GAST Tarnished Gold in this area. The gold flower to the extreme bottom left represents the bottom corner of the sampler. That's good progess now! I really, really look forward to working on this sampler on Mondays. I just hope Mike won't think this sampler is too feminine to give to him (and who am I kidding, it really is very feminine!). He's a good guy, he will still love it.
And, here are those lovely gifts from Jenna that I wrote about yesterday. Isn't the biscornu cute? And, look at the pretty tools she made!!! There are actually two of the small pins - the other is not lost, it is in my needlecase - I used it when I was putting together a gift a couple of nights ago. Here those of you who asked can see what a dololly is. It is the bigger tool in the bottom right of the photo with the chain on it. You take the bent wire and slide it under stitches in the back of your fabric. You can then use the hook (or, if you prefer, as I do, you can use your needle) to pull small, hard to grab threads into the loop and then pull. Voila! Your tiny threads are anchored. I think they call it a dololly because it can "do a lotta things." I used mine a few days ago to insert into a decorative bead with a small hole, put ribbon through the loop of the dololly and pulled the ribbon through the bead while doing finishing work on said same gift. The ideas for using this tool are endless. Jenna did an amazing job with this! Thanks again Jenna!
I received a package of gifts from Katrina today. I had sent her the last issue of JCS a few weeks ago because she really wanted it - and she wanted to reward me with little pressies - a cute needlebook with needles and a little bottle of pretty hand and nail cream - aw, thanks Katrina - you didn't need to do that!
Daylily: Shark's Tooth
Stitched on today: An Emblem of Love