I was waiting patiently for the next supply of Finnegan's Fog to arrive so I could resume work on Ann Grimshaw. After
And at the other end of the line is this.
Ann in all her up-to-date glory.
I'm not sure what to think of this latest dye lot of silk. It's not nearly as bright in either the light or dark tones as the first 3 were, but is more grayish over all, with not so much contrast between the two. My fear is that the alphabets and bottom row still to come will not work well with the shade variations on top, but that's the chance I took, No doubt Ann herself would have carried on with the silk in hand and not have been terribly concerned about changes in shades. How's that for a rationalization?
Remember in November when I spent some time working on those little Prairie Schooler fruits, all excited and ambitious about making them into this year's stitched ornaments for the holiday tree? Well, I had a profound moment not long ago when I realized they just weren't going to happen. I'm simply not a finisher. There, I said it. I got up one weekend morning, got all my stuff out to whip them into something wonderful......and just couldn't do it. Didn't even try. So one of my New Year's resolutions will be to stitch with the certainty that I am strictly a big picture kind of gal and to be completely OK with it.
Now, having said that, is it completely loony of me to need to show you some of my past ornament finishes? A walk around my Christmas tree has some favorites....
This little guy is a tiny PS Santa, framed in a brass label holder. My stitching group did these as a project one holiday season - what a hoot! The sand dollar is from Clearwater Beach. Like the beach, our tree is always littered with them.
This little pocket is probably my best finishing attempt. The design was from an older JCS Christmas edition, worked when I still had the patience for that sort of thing. Halley usually finds a Starbucks card in it come Christmas morning.
This woolfelt Santa was supposed to be a scissor keep.....
And this sturdy fellow....
And last but not least are my Santa Bells, surrounding yet another PS Santa.
A friend of my mother's is a local folk artist in my home town. For a number of years, Mom had a lot of fun collecting her annual Santa Bells. My sisters and I were lucky enough to share in the Santa bounty! Here they are creeping a little closer to PS Santa and his reindeer.
So I'm hoping this lengthy post brings me up to date and time for stitching and blogging will be more plentiful in the new year. That sounds like a lucky wish for all of us, so here's looking at you too. God bless us, every one!