Yesterday, I took the finals for school and kicked those two hideous classes to the curb. Worst semester ever. Today I was free, and I've now got about an eight-week break. I'm giddy. And to celebrate, I wanted sparkles. The weather gave me sparkles in the back yard. We got a few inches of snow yesterday, and here it is, pretty much all gone, but there's enough left to frost the lawn:
I couldn't settle on a large project, so I picked up a small one that was calling to me: Prairie Schooler's "July," which is almost done. Perverse, to do a summer stitch.
I decided to add some sparkle, so I stitched the fireworks with Kreinik that I had in my stash.
I wanted even more sparkles and shine, so I stopped by my LNS and bought this little project. It's called "A Very Merry Winter," by JBW. It doesn't look like much, but there was a stitched model in the shop, and the stitcher (a customer) had chosen to do it on sparkly 32 count Belfast Opalescent, seen to the right of the little chart photo. It calls for GAST fibers and little black seed beads for the bird seeds.
Then there's this, from Cross-Stitch and Needlework Magazine, a magazine I probably have never bought before: a project called "Winter Garden" which is dimensional and features not only an underlying cross-stitched picture of the gingerbread house which is DMC, beads and metallic thread stitched on linen, with an outer "frame" stitched on 14 count Vinyl weave (it looks just like vinyl aida, and I found it at Michaels tonight; my goodness, what a horrifying material) and also beaded and stitched with metallic threads as well as DMC. What a blast! I love the candy/fruit/ornament/berry outer frame over the bead-encrusted cottage. Something fun to stitch on Christmas morning, don't you think? Not my usual style, of course, but irresistable with 30 shades of DMC (none of them subtle), 9 colors of Kreinik braid, and 13 different beads of all sizes and colors.
"I have a sparkling personality."
Happy week ahead!