I went back to Houses of Hawk Run Hollow tonight. I didn't need to use my chart at all. All I did was work on filling in the blue around the diamonds on House 3 (upper left in the photo). I didn't manage to finish it. I was a little distracted (or bored?) and kept putting it down and doing other things. But I will get the blue done next time and hopefully a bit more done on House 3. I think I have been working on this block for a while now, and I want to move on soon.
I witnessed something today that still has me shaking my head. I went to my LNS today to visit with my friend who owns the shop, and, of course, to shop a little. My LNS offers framing services, so I gave her Kingdom Sampler to frame (I can't wait - I really like the plum overtone of the English Walnut frame we selected for it). As I was in the shop, a customer came in to pick up a needlepoint project she had had the shop frame for her. It was just lovely. The customer had requested that some striped material from her drapes in her home be put on the mat. It looked kind of Martha Stewart style - a floral picture with a striped mat. Not my style, but very pretty. However, it was not possible to match the corners up perfectly due to the stripes in the material. OK, so the shop owner shows the piece to the customer and the customer looks thrilled. Then the corners are pointed out to her, and her whole attitude changes. The owner told her that the problem with the corners was discovered during the framing process and could not be resolved due to the very small amount of fabric the customer gave her. Well... nothing the owner could say to this customer was acceptable. She offered to reframe it with another mat. This customer refused to listen to her. She just grumped and was loud and rude... with three other customers in the store. In the end, the shop owner took the frame apart and took the needlepoint apart, she gave the needlepoint and the refund to the customer who left with a snotty look and not a single word. Of course, the shop absorbed the cost. Doesn't this woman know that special orders are at one's own risk?? Nope, she just decided she was going to be miserable, and that was that! I could not stop shaking my head. What a disappointment this woman was - people that grumpy don't deserve to be stitchers :-) Honestly, the piece was stunning. I have no clue what she didn't like about it! The shop's framer did a fantastic job!
Here is my little Anouk. she looked so cute taking a nap on the loveseat near me tonight, so I dug out my camera. But, as soon as she sensed I was near her, she couldn't help but to peek at me - LOL! I took several photos, but she was peeking in them all! I figured I would share one, as I don't think Anouk has been in my blog in a long time.
Had a little fun in the DVD dump bin at WalMart today - stocking up on fun movies to watch during snow storms - Little Shop of Horrors and Pleasantville.
Daylily: Chili Pepper (yep, with bug)
It feels like summer again here today - love it!
Stitched on today: Houses of Hawk Run Hollow