You stitchers may recognize today's banner photo, which is by the The Drawn Thread, and is called Easter Egg Sampler. I did it a few years ago but have nearly finished up the embellishments recently with the beads and silk ribbon (I still have to apply the last few beads). It's done on 36 count antique white Edinburgh linen with NPI and GAST threads. I'm showing it in honor of Easter, which is now just 2 weeks away, and also in honor of our friend, Bunnygirl's virtual Bunny Benefit Bash. Hop on over and see the clever story and rabbit video she's put together (Pink, Peaches, and Elvis are in it, as well as many of our other bunny friends). She's collecting donations also to benefit bunny rescues as well as selling bunny rocker shirts, and there are prizes too! This is the time of year that bunnies are given as gifts, a horrible idea. Rabbits are not inexpensive, low maintenance pets (they are in many ways more work and potentially more destructive than my cats, and their vet costs a lot more too), and they may be cute, but a lot of them don't have cuddly, outgoing personalities. Kids tire of the rabbits quickly, and in some cases these little pets are released into the back yard or dropped along the side of the road where they cannot fend for themselves. Peaches was left in the median of a highway, Elvis was a backyard hutch neglect case who was discovered starving and so filthy and matted that he had to be shaved; Pink came from a family who gave him up to a shelter and he was saved by Patti at Bright Eyes Sanctuary. If you must get a bunny, know what you're getting into, and then please, please don't buy one from a pet store. There are lots of little unwanted buns at one of the many rabbit rescue organizations.
I have had a lot of homework since my vacation, so I didn't get to stitch a ton, but I did make some headway. I've made it all the way to the far right of the top of the design (the little blue motif that I've started).
Some of you asked how Elvis' haircut is coming along. His face looks softer now, not quite so shorn. "Mom, please! I'm using the bathroom!"