I spent this weekend concentrating working on "Visions of Sugar Plums", and ornament designed by Country Cottage Needleworks for Just Cross Stitch magazine's ornament issue several years ago. I kitted the project up using linen and floss from my stash rather than the recommended fabric and fibers. In general I'm happy with what I pulled, but on Sunday I decided that the "white" silk floss just isn't bright enough, and I think that my children are too pale. So all that work is going to have to be ripped out...
I'll start with the white, replacing it with some Blanc from DMC. Maybe once that's done my children will look better. If not, then I'll have to rip out their faces and start again.
(SIGH) Almost an entire weekend of stitching...down the drain!
But it was an enjoyable weekend anyway. On Saturday I visited a friend that I hadn't seen in over a year, and I got to play with her adorable 6-month old twin grand daughters! What fun! I picked up the girls' Christmas stockings so that I can make a cross-stitched name tag for each of them, just like I had done for all of her family stockings years ago. That will be my main stitching focus this week, I hope to be able to return them to her next Saturday On Sunday DH and I joined my 2 dear friends Mike and Liz for lunch on after church. We went to Zea's and had an absolutely wonderful time (those corn grits...that sweet potato bread pudding...so rich, and worth every calorie)! I napped, planned my menu for the next week, and in general got myself ready to face a new week feeling organized and calm. So that makes for a great weekend in my book!
I also pulled the next project out of the WIP bag--it's The Merry Skater, an ornament from Little House that I started, and the put away because I wasn't sure about my color choice for the deep red, and I had a mis-count that couldn't be worked around. I'm still not sure about the deep red, but I'm going to keep stitching away on this one and if I don't like it when the ornament is finished I'll rip out the word "merry" and make a change.
I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you. Here is a photo of "Sugar Plums" so that you can see my progress--and what has to be ripped out this week, along with a photo of the stocking tags I need to make.
The white is not anywhere this crisp looking IRL.
The Merry Skater
And here are a few of the stocking tags I made several years ago. I pulled these from her mantle on Saturday so that I could match the fabric and floss that I used before, as well as the lettering style. I'll need to go get some Aida but I think I have the right shades of DMC in my stash still. Andi and Chloe will have their stockings in plenty of time for St. Nick to fill when he arrives!
3 of the original stocking nametags--I think I made 8, that first year!