Have come to the conclusion that as far as my stitching choices ago, I really am a big 6 year old. You'll notice that I'm constantly drawn to huge, bright projects with bold, sharp images. Which brings me to progress on Miss Ann Grimshaw.......
But also just like a 6 year old, I've noticed that my attention span for any one of these big bold projects I like so much is only so long. Then I have to go outside to play for awhile. So while I'm head over heels with Miss Ann and am quite impressed with myself for having her nearly 1/4 or the way finished, I've found myself distracted by other new and bright playthings lately...like the shiny silks and tempting chart of Jane Atkinson.....
The more grown up and mature stitcher in me knows starting Jane would be a really bad idea right now. Soon enough I'd be tired of her too. Then there'd be one more huge and partially finished project added to the pile that now would also include Ann Grimshaw. Where does it end?
So this morning I tried taking a look at some of my previous semi-retired projects to see if I could feel a little love for one of them enough to give me a spring break away from Ann. You know, something small, nearly finished and different enough from Ann to make me feel like I'm playing hooky. Atocha came immediately to mind...
So then I considered the possibility of more work on Frances Eden, who's been patient and long suffering for far too long. You'll note a similar pattern with her. Huge size, bright colors, strong motifs......only a quarter of the way finished.
Frances has also gotten a little attention lately, though not nearly as much as she deserves. I took her with me last month when I was in Tallahassee for a few days. Unfortunately I wasn't able to bring scissors along in my carry-on bag, so each time a color change needed to happen I had to start with a new strand of floss.
The grown up, mature stitcher in me knows that the right thing to do with Miss Frances is to dutifully run all those thread tails down before moving on to anything further with her. But the 6 year old stitcher doesn't see that as a lot of fun, so poor Miss Frances will probably continue to be neglected.
But then I unearthed my completely abandoned Hannah Pepper. Now Miss Hannah is 100% the opposite of what I had in mind. She is 1) HUGE; 2) not nearly finished and 3) a lot more like Ann Grimshaw than is good for either project at this point.
I started Hannah many years ago. She's one of those epic projects that I'm either obsessed with or not speaking to at all. What put me off her last time was those ridiculous little over one red blossoms. I just wasn't in the mood for them, so I left her high and dry.
But now this morning, when I'm searching for something small, simple and nearly finished as recess from Ann Grimshaw, who's dazzling me all over again with her awesomeness?! You got it....Hannah Pepper.
And in other news....
My brother Mark and his dear wife Carol recently sent us a gift certificate to a local nursery. It included instructions to purchase a tree for planting as a memorial to Jim's dad. God love them both! We chose a young live oak tree for our back yard. It will put down deep roots and provide shelter, shade and protection for a very long life. I can't think of a better tribute to both our fathers.
The large tree in the background of the picture is also a live oak. This one - in 100 years - will be just as magnificent. I think of our dads and my family every time I look out now.
And it's official! Miss Molly has reached the age in every girl's life where birth control is an important consideration. We named her Moonlight Molly because of the moonbeam she had on her forehead when she first came home.
But now she 's all grown up and interested in boys. This is her on her return yesterday from the vet's office, safely spayed and ready to romp.
Anyway, I'll close hoping this finds everyone enjoying their Sunday and doing things they love. No doubt that means stitchng!