I've been taking it easy today. I went out and did a little shopping with my son and found a great picture for his living room and a toaster for the kitchen. Although he really didn't want to go into Bed, Bath & Beyond (some nonsense about it being emasculating - sheesh - such drama) - he was happy with his purchases. Then I spent the afternoon in my stitching chair and I finished this -- Sarah's Garden by With Thy Needle and Thread.
I will be referring to this sampler as Carol's Garden as I changed her hair and eye color to reflect me and I changed a lot of the other flosses too. Oh well, that is a stitcher's prerogative and I'm happy with my take on this sampler.
As I was finishing up I came to the realization that this sampler is missing something. Scroll back up and look at the first picture - do you see it?
The J, the Q and the U are missing! Now if I had noticed this before I was done I would have done some rearranging and worked them in, but it is too late now. I'm going to take this to Joann's this week to be framed. There is a lovely 60% off coupon I can use.
So what to stitch now? I should pick up the Quaker Diamonds piece but I kitted up Blackbird Designs Merry Christmas and it has been humming that Andy Williams classic "Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" which I find irresistible. I know I could finish this little sampler before the holidays. I really would love to do the bigger BBD piece Christmas Garden. I have the pattern and all the flosses and I'm pretty sure there is a piece of linen in my stash that is large enough but I don't think there is enough time to finish it before this Christmas. It may be a good one to start after the holidays.
Tomorrow is a free day for our household - no one has work or school. I'm planning to slap a coat of paint on the sofa table in my son's basement and do a little sewing. Hope you had a good weekend.