This has been a very busy week, with traveling for both work and pleasure. My job requires a trip to the state legislature each March, so I spent a few nights in Tallahassee at the beginning of the week. Frances Eden, my ever-reliable traveling companion, made the trip too.
She made the same trip with me last year, where I passed the off hours putting in this little basket of blooms near the brick house.
I've stitched sporadically on Frances (mostly while traveling) through the year, not giving her too much thought in between trips. But once her name assignation was done, I began to dislike the colors I'd used on those flowers. With such a bright, extensive palette to use for her, the ones I'd stitched them with just looked too much like the same threads in the brick house. So I spent any stitching time I had in this year's Tallahassee visit taking last year's version out and restitching them in a brighter combination of purple iris, gold leaf and burnt orange. Much nicer I think, don't you?
Tonight's stitching will involve getting the basket under the left side blooms stitched in and then moving on. I've made myself a promise that Frances won't be put aside any longer - she's earned some respect! But that didn't stop me for gathering up all the necessary silks, linen and chart for an eventual start on my next SL extravaganza, Jane Atkinson
I'm very curious as to the linen choices made by those of you who've actually finished Jane? I have a lovely piece of Legacy Oaten Scone in my stash that I thought really suited the silks perfectly, but it was unfortunately too short for Jane's dimensions. The next option was a piece of vintage Light Exemplar, which is what the silks are sitting on in the picture. After seeing all the colors on the Oaten Scone, this one looks a little bit peachy to my eye. What do you think - be honest! It's not too late to order something if necessary, as Jane won't be underway until Frances gets some justice.
Now, on to the "traveling for pleasure" part of my week....here's where it ended, at the north end of the Canaveral National Seashore.
The water temperatures were still too chilly for swimming,
but there was plenty of time for an early morning ramble up the coastline.....
around the driftwood on the dunes....
We didn't abandon civilization completely though! After that long trek, it was off to JB's Fish Camp. our favorite Canaveral raw bar, for the Turtle Mound Sampler and a slice of Key Lime pie. All this served up with cold beer and great live music. My kind of day!
Sure wish all my weeks could wrap up this way. As always, thanks again for stopping by. Here's wishing for another busy, beautiful week ahead.