In the much more stable and peaceful stitching world I have a few finishes and near-finishes. "Black Forest" is done and in need of a frame. I might break lose with the cash this time and have a custom frame made in the exact 6-3/8 x 6-7/8 size, rather then buy 7 x 7 frame sections at Michale's or Hobby Lobby. This little heart, a "Pieceworks Magazine" on-line freebie, is only in need of some stuffing and ribbon to be done. With today being Valentine's Day, I really need to get this completed. It's stitched with Valdani Threads "Hydrangea" on a piece of 28 count hand-dyed(=home-dyed) lavender fabric. I love this design and made it last year in Christmas colors. The gymnast design "Shawn Johnson" is nearly done. Her intricate hand-grips took forever.Now she needs a Bar to catch and some hair!
I also finished "Quaker Cat" as a gift for my niece's birthday next month. The finish is quite a departure from anything Quaker! Julia's room is pink and brown, so the 10" round papier-mache box was covered with a nice pink and brown print and the lid was trimmed with a wild pink and brown fringe trim. I hope she likes it.
I ventured out to the new, huge JoAnn Fabrics store yesterday and a gigantic stack of cut-out doll clothes awaits finishing. This is part of the new Spring Collection....Easter dresses and coats, some St. Patrick's Day themed stuff, nightgowns, Summer jacket and capri sets....all sorts of stuff. I cut out at night and try to assemble as many as possible during the day. My total for today is ZERO.
A couple of pet snaps. The lovely Alix poised on the kitchen counter keeping watch over the paper towels. The kittens, Roy and Carmella, love to unravel the entire roll on to the floor. Then there is Bud a few weeks ago in the snow. We had a terrible storm at the end of January...lots of snow and ice. Dangerous to drive in but oh so pretty to look at.
Here's some of my latest reads: The 2008 Federal Tax Booklet and Carrolly Erickson's novel "Tsarina's Daughter". Although I prefer non-fiction history books, this topic was irresistible to me.
Wishing everyone a Happy Weekend and a calm and peaceful week to come. Happy Valentine's Day!