So on Thursday I said I'd be back on Friday and now it Sunday afternoon. My weekend disappeared faster than that hour we lost to Daylight Savings Time - which is one of the biggest pains in the butt I know of ... more ranting later. Anyway I have had a bit of time to stitch and this is what I'm working on...
This design is by Tra la la and is called Duo de Printemps. How could I resist this one? First, that chicken has a polka dot wing, then there are those giant tulips (my favorite flower) and it includes an alphabet. The trifecta of cross stitching wonderfulness in my world. I did change the colors to suit me and this little bit of gingham linen I had in my stash.
I started this last Wednesday when we had a snow day and was determined to use stuff I already had. So, I changed the red tulips to yellow (I don't have to tell you yellow is my favorite color, now do I - LOL). I used a Cosmos Seasons floss, 8027, which is a Japanese company. It has a variegated look to it that I love. The green leaves are color 8016 and the outer border and the alphabet are 8025. This skein is marvelous - it has two shades of blue - similar to DMC 931 and then two shades of taupe-y brown and two shades of a forest green. I selectively cut lengths of the colors I wanted to use. I stitched the outer border in the blue shades. I used the taupes and greens for the alphabet. Lots of variety of color from one single skein of floss - love that. The red is DMC 4210, one of the new color variation skeins.
This finished about 4 1/4" wide and 5" tall. I'm not sure if I'm going to frame it or finish it as a little pillow. Oh looking at the picture I realize I'm not totally done. There is another heart and some little motifs to finish. Oh well I'll get to that later.
And now for my rant on Daylight Savings Time - the short version - I intensely dislike it. I can't see a single reason to have it. We don't save any power with this and it messes up people's sleep cycles and has been related to an increase in accidents when it changes. I know the battery companies use this occasion to remind you to change the batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors, but I'm sure they could tie this reminder to Easter and Halloween and still make their point in a timely fashion. So now that I'm up on this soap box I found this site - you can click https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/eliminate-bi-annual-time-change-caused-daylight-savings-time/ShChxpKh#thank-you=p - it is a petition to eliminate the bi-annual change. It is on the White House page where petitions are posted. It needs to get 100,000 signatures for the government to look at this issue. I would love them to change this instead of my health care and taxes - just saying. So if you are on the same side of this issue as I am, go over and sign. Climbing down off the the soap box now...