The sun is shining and the temperatures are seasonal for Ohio in January - it is a good day. A better day than yesterday when I discovered that I had accidentally dyed/distressed the BBD cross stitch piece I am working on.
Since last week I've worked a bit on the house as the yellow threads arrived in the mail. Look at the top of the piece and to the right side of the piece...see those dark wavy splotchy lines... that is diet pepsi. Who knew it would give the linen such a vintage vibe? Now earlier in the week I spilled a diet pepsi off the table next to my stitching chair. I saw it run down the bag that held my Quaker Diamond piece and congratulated myself on having protected this project. What I didn't see was the bag containing this BBD My Home from the Maria Selby Humphrey booklet was not completely sealed. When I got back to this project yesterday I saw the stain (insert bad bad 4 letter words here). I immediately tried to rinse it out but it is set in. Whenever I try to dye things with coffee or tea I never get it to set. However, I'm ok with it. I like the vintage vibe and I'm not going to restitch what I've done. I know that diet pepsi is probably not best thing for linen. And years from now when I am dead and gone it will probably rot in that space, but I will be gone and it isn't a masterpiece project. Now if this had happened to my BBD Anniversaries of the Heart I'd be headed for a padded room somewhere with restraints. But for this piece, it is okay. I still love this little piece and with any luck it will be complete in a couple of weeks. Oh the booklet didn't fare well either. Still legible but with a definite lumpy bumpy appearance.
Onto prettier things... this is Song of Spring by BBD. I got it through the Ladies Prim club from Dyeing to Stitch. Check it out here.
I ended up making this house more yellow and replaced the bunny in the original piece with a polka dot chicken. LOVE IT!
And I'm very happy with this frame. It is black on the outside edge but fades into a lovely soft gold up next to the stitching. This is going to hang on the wall as you go down to my sewing room. I have a collection of samplers with yellow houses on that wall and it will be a great addition.