On to the exciting news ---- I stitched! I know-- it is gasp worthy.
This weekend after the customer flurry left for the day (Saturday was the first day of my needlepoint shop's annual post-TNNA sale, and the shoppers were out IN FORCE!), my little stitching country club settled in for a get together and Ethel got all the leaves (Sampler Thread) in the uppermost basket and the flowers started going in (French knots in white Flair which may be joined by very, very pale blue and pale blue Flairs as well). And, she also got a bit more sky because that's where I started only to quickly work out that to do any more sky I needed to rid myself of the waste knots in my way and to do that I needed to get those threads running through the white flowers anchored. If I had done a better pic you could tell that the Flair makes the flowers sparkle a bit.
On Sunday I hunkered down at Chez Hovel, put on an Agatha Christie audio book, and stitched and napped the day away. It was blissful! First up on Blissday was starting my By the Bay Serenity Harbor. I am loving it.
I am changing the roses in the border from pink to red. As far as I can tell I have not messed up my counting yet, but I am accepting all prayers and good thoughts that not only is that assumption true but that they continue to be true. I have a habit of just giving up on things where I get off in count and can't find the mistake in an hour of hunting. It's a character flaw, but life it too short to be frustrated for long.
And Ellen's flag came out to play --
That's By Gone Stitches' One Nation -- and it got some new stars and an "O" in Connecticut. I know, I know. A 10-year old could stitch faster, but hey, I'm getting there.
I am going to leave you with a little ridiculousness from DC.
Behold, Sound Suit by Nick Cave. (from the Smithsonian American Art Museum)
My first reaction was "dang it someone's grandma did those." Eventually after circling the thing for a while I decided I might have to come back from the grave to shoot someone who did that to my stitching.