It's nearly July, the month in which I've got a little self-challenge to stitch as many summery/beachy/patriotic themes as possible. How many can I do? I went to Fredericksburg yesterday to visit the LNS and pick up a chart I'd ordered, and on the way, stopped to take a picture of this bunting-bedecked Victorian. Very patriotic-looking. It's actually a local business--a florist operates out of there, so I've been inside, and it has a lot of nicely decorated rooms used as showrooms. [Edited to add: note the swing on the right-hand section of porch. What a perfect place to stitch and gaze at the garden!]
Here's the window of Everything Cross Stitch. I couldn't get all the pictures, plus there's a lot of reflection, so it's a little hard to see, but IRL it's a very pretty patriotic-themed window.
Here's my progress on "July." I have Friday off, so I should be able to finish by next weekend.
Then it will be on to this design: LHN's "Brave Hearts." I'm doing all of these on 40 ct, although while I was at the LNS, I picked up some 45 ct. And I took "America" to the framer yesterday; it should be back in 3 weeks. I bought a red frame with a blue mat--I will go with a similar approach on all of the patriotic pieces. I'm planning to hang them all in the kitchen which is all white cabinetry, white counters and stainless stuff--sort of looks like a laboratory or a morgue, so those colors should warm it up. I'm seriously considering leaving them up year-round. A former co-worker did gorgeous cross stitch Santa Clauses, and left them up year-round, and they looked just right, if quirky, even in the dead of summer.
I've ordered this. It's called "Flag Day," and it's by "With Thy Needle." Check out her website--she has other cute designs.
Peaches decided to go for a little jaunt on the side of the tub today; she's calculating the best way to get down. Happy week ahead--may things not be precarious, says Peaches!