Sunday, January 13, 2013

Trying to stay warm by stitching

Greetings from the frozen tundra.  We are experiencing some unusually cold weather here in the valley of the (not so much) sun.  I know I am a major wuss, but 20+ degrees is out of my comfort zone.  I miss my flip-flops, darn it!  The plants are all hiding under any towel, blanket, or sheet we can round up.  I miss my geraniums, darn it!  I think normal temps are supposed to return by this weekend.  I sure hope so, I miss my patio time, darn it!  In the meantime, I am hunkering down by the fake fireplace with my next release.  You may have seen the antique Rachel Howells on the Internet.  I think she has been making the rounds.  I purchased the antique from a shop in Wisconsin early last year.  I'm not exaggerating when I say my heart skipped a beat when I saw her.  I've never purchased anything so fast in my life. 
I have recently learned from Mary that the sampler is Welsh.  Like Mary says, the original is not finely worked, but stitched with wool on canvas.  I'm not sure if that disqualifies her from being a sampler or not, but there is no denying that she is truly lovely.  I am using NPI silk and Legacy linen from Picture This Plus.  If my fingers don't freeze off, look for the chart release in early March.

You must indulge me to show current photos of my darling grandchildren.  The boys above are Sawyer and Kai.

Here are the girls, Quinn, Olivia, Rowan, and Remy.  I'm the luckiest grandma in the world.
In other news, I have done something TOTALLY crazy but exciting.  I have signed up for a trip to Australia and New Zealand.  I will be going with my sister, niece, and friend.  I have dreamed of going there forever, so it will be a trip of a lifetime.  Not looking forward to the thirteen hour flight though.  I wonder how much stitching I can get done on the plane?  It's not for several months, but I'm already getting nervous and thinking about what projects to take.  G'day everyone!