Just a quickie today, as I'm supposed to be toiling on a paper for school and I procrastinated yesterday by thoroughly cleaning the house which so desperately needed attention. I haven't stitched much this week, but here's where I am on Catharine:
And on Peaceful Garden. PG is a great bus project; I can outline large sections at home where I can carefully count, then fill them in on the bus, where it's harder to count and where I'm more likely to make a mistake.
I stopped by the LNS yesterday when I was doing errands and picked up a couple of these new Christmas ornament charts, which in itself is unsual because I'm not much of a Christmas stitcher, and I don't generally even think about stitching what little I do work on until about August. But I had to have these. They're not widely available quite yet, although they will be, and I think they'll sell like the proverbial hotcakes! The owner of my LNS who saw the stitched model(s), says they're stunning IRL. "Three Wise Men" is stitched on 40 count--over 1! (Not going there, but I might do over-one on 32 count.) They're charted for DMC--lots and lots of colors of DMC. Even better, they're each part of a series: there will be 6 snowglobe designs and 6 designs as part of the First Noel series. I can't wait. Marie Driskill of Blackberry Lane Designs is an extremely talented (and prolific, apparently) designer (I'm working on two of her other designs), and if you like the color and detail of the HAED designs but don't have the time to work on something so huge, Blackberry Designs is for you.
While I was at the LNS, this plastic tote caught my eye. They come in various sizes--this one's big enough to hold full-size charts, a set of q-snaps, fabric and threads for at least one project--and they're just perfect for hauling around your WIPs. I love the mesh bags, but they don't have handles, so they're harder to keep track of (I generally stuff a couple in my commuter backpack, but I always worry about setting one down on the bus seat and leaving it behind). Not very expensive either--this one was a bit less than $13.
Pink: "You spoiled my nap by running the vacuum!"
Happy week ahead!