For the last two weeks, I have had finishes, some new starts, and progress on things. All of my stitching is Halloween and Christmas, as it usually is this time of the year. I'll try to keep this a short story!
I finally finished Autumn Leaves, yay! I started this last year for the Crazy 15, or 31 starts. I gave up at 27 days!
The fabric is Lambswool jobelan so my picture is a bit dark because I took the picture at night. I love this. I have a question though and hope you'll give me your opinions. The fence posts there at the bottom are backstitched, I did that to the first two. In your opinion, does it look better with or without backstitching? I'm on the fence about it, haha. So let me know what you think. The house and the fence posts are in WDW Pewter and I think that is my new favorite color.
Due to some unforeseen circumstances, which is mentioned at the bottom, I couldn't settle down to stitching on just one thing. I bounced around on some new starts, one of which is Christmas Fruit Basket by Threadwork Primitives..and I finished it also..
It didn't take me long at all to stitch this up. I bought this as a kit so I don't know what kind of fabric it is. At first I was going to leave off that bottom lace-like border but then decided that it almost looks like a table with a lace table cover on it, so I stitched it in. It's so pretty. I've been really taking notice of this designer's items. I have stitched a freebie of hers but this is the first real pattern I've done.
My other new starts are these..
I didn't have the WDW Havana linen but I pulled out a 35ct Straw linen and I had the silks in my stash already. I like anything Edgar Alan Poe so this was perfect. I'm almost finished with it.
And the next new start is Halloween Cat by Satsuma Street..
The fabric, Periwinkle, just arrived yesterday so I grabbed my DMC's and got a start on the witch hat, as seen here..oops, I thought I had a picture of the PDF but I don't. There is a picture on the last post though.
Here's progress on some other stitching..
I'm all about the Halloween! Haha. The Lizzie Kate I'm almost finished with the first section. I just have to stitch in those other Kohl quilt motifs and then add stitches to the border at the bottom. That middle project is Halloween Revelry found in a JCS Halloween preview magazine. Last time I had one cat stitched in and the pumpkins had no eyes or teeth; they do now! And Little Lamb has all the wording and the beginnings of a roof. I'm finding it hard to stitch the roof going all across and then coming back with the top stitch. I'm using all DMCs but the fabric is 36ct Edinborough something. I'll keep plugging away at it though.
So I was on eBay looking at prices for OOP Prairie Schoolers and look at this..
Would you look at the price for that middle chart?! Wow! Somebody would want that in the worst way to pay that much!
Now the sad part..
My little T, sweet T I called her. We had to put her to sleep on the 3rd. Her real name is ET because her eyes were real big, bigger than her entire kitten body. She was 7. I assumed all my cats were going to live to the teens, you know, 13, 14 years. Nope. The last part of August she started turning her nose up at the dry food they mostly eat. I give them wet canned food about once a week to make it interesting. Then she started losing weight, not really noticeable at first, and spending all her time down stairs like she was hiding. I started feeding more canned food because she would eat that, trying to put weight back on her. September 3rd, we take her to the vet and a mass was discovered in her tummy area. Because she was spayed, and being middle aged, her tummy looked like it always did. Believe me, I have racked my brain wishing I had noticed earlier! They didn't want to operate so we had to let her go. It was for the best. Last time I had to let a pet go was more than 20 years ago, Scruffy who was blind, 14 years old, and was having trouble walking. This is painful. My weeping had gone down some. It's unusual to find just 3 cats at my bedroom door in the morning now. It's just not right. RIP ET.
I'll leave you with a recent sunset picture with the remnants of a tropical storm moving past. No rain, just clouds.