"And A Garden Grew" grew this week. Check out the little snail in the lower left-hand corner. Cute, huh?
Thank you for all your kind words on "Whale Hunting." Believe it or not, it's only 2/3 done; to the right of the boat is an entire section with a house yet to be stitched. I got really tired of stitching the grass and put it away, but I'm ready to roll again. HOWEVER, the project suffered a small setback when I ran out of some colors and tucked the direction page listing the symbols and colors into (I think) one of my many totes, with the intention of restocking. Only now I can't find that page, and there is no other (reminder to self to make working copy and put it away against future idiocy such as this). While I can certainly match the symbols to some of the stitching I've already accomplished, it's harder, and in the case of some colors, which I haven't used yet, I'll have to guess. Argh! As a paralegal, I have done large-case litigation support, where I was responsible for being able to put my hands on any single page of a 300,000 folder document production, but do you think I can find one page of a chart in my house? What a flake!
I apparently have had an attack of the cutes this week. Yesterday I went to Everything Cross Stitch to see what Celeste had brought back from Nashville. Here are a few of the things that I got, even though I am typically a traditional sampler stitcher. (She got some nice traditional stuff too, and I didn't try to photograph some of the beautiful fabrics she got, since it's too difficult. If you live in the area, go see the green and blue Picture This and Crossed Wings linens, and think of a project you can do with them!) Dewdrop by Just Nan. Came with a little pack of seed beads and the bunny's glass flower. Jury's out on the flower, but the rest of it is fun. You can buy the frame pictured. I've been meaning to get my hands on JN's "Iris" and frame. Also tiny. This little project on 30 ct is 2.5 x 2.5. I bought a little remnant of a pretty blue fabric.
I've been eying this online and couldn't resist when I saw it IRL--Jeannette Douglas' Pineapple Stitches. The Kreinik braid is absolutely the perfect pineapply color, which came in an embellishment package with some of the silks you see in the corner: Gloriana, NPI, AVA, Silk Mori, Thread Gatherer and Belle Soie, along with Lorikeet overdyed wool. It requires beads, but you get those separately, along with my very, very favorite color of Lakeside: Pear. I always forget that JD is not just x-stitch; there are specialty stitches in it, which is kind of a pain, but definitely worth it for this.
I've seen this on the web also: a tiny little Mill Hill seed beed kit in the Spring Bouquet line. This is "Popcorn"; there are others in the series called Rootbeer Float, Banana Split and Lemonade. I had a hard time deciding, but at $7 apiece, you could buy them all. They each come with a magnet so that you can display your work on your refrigerator along with your kids' artwork and where, in case you're the competitive type, it will look FAR BETTER than your five-year-old's handprint turkey. Hah!
I was cruising 1st Dibs when I should have been cruising "Long-Term Liabilities," subtitled "Your Debt is Killing my Stock." Feh--boring. This, though: not so boring. It's a nice piece of sculpture called (I think): Ark. It's pottery which is only partially glazed, and unfortunately, it's $7,000. I had put "industrial" into the search engine, because I'm looking for a few industrial pieces for my house--how I'd love to find a nice industrial table on which to spread out my sewing and projects or use as a center island in the kitchen. (I found some, but eithre I can't afford them or they're a long way away.) But in the course of the search, I found this little thing. I edited this to add the second picture, so you can see the goofily smiling fish.
I'm off to Target to buy mundane things: paper towels and tp and a couple more bath rugs, if they're still having a sale on those (last week they had good-size ones for $4-6. The bunnies snuggle on them, but they don't last very long with three little sets of teeth pulling out the carpet fibers.)