I'm so pleased to share the final stitches went into Frances Eden yesterday afternoon. Loved every stitch of her, but I'm glad she's done. Frances has definitely been more patient with me than I have with her. Simple girl!
Her bottom crazy house was fun up until that last orange panel with the doors. Then suddenly it was like trying to swim in jello - lots of bright color, but not going anywhere very fast.
What do you think? I'm a bit concerned that the size, color and total solidness of the crazy house overwhelms the rest of the piece. But even if it does, there's no turning back on it now. Just the fact that I put my initials and the year in over one stitching means like it or not, she's finished!
So what's next? I swore on a stack of Bibles at the beginning of the year that I'd see the end of Hannah Pepper before next New Year's Eve. Well, I can only try to keep that one, but I've taken a good hard look at what remains of Miss Hannah, just to reach the conclusion that unless I win the Florida lottery and can quit my day job, that may not be doable. She'll get done alright, or a at least taken back up soon enough, but I really need a summer vacation sort piece right now. Something beachy and fun, not too complicated. Hhmmmmmm, I feel a stash dive coming on........
There have been some other summer houses on the radar lately, two of the traditionally navigational sort. A morning spent on Little Gasparilla Island gave us the chance to revisit two old friends.
The Gasparilla Island Lighthouse, all metallic and steam punk in its faded glory,
And the Boca Grande Lighthouse, all serene and tidy.
Perfect days like this one don't come along very often. We made the most of it, exploring, swimming, beach combing and enjoying each other! A lunch of ceviche and cold beer topped it off.
As always, thanks for stopping by. Here's hoping all is well with your summer houses!