Well, after throwing caution to the wind and declaring all sorts of new things as a New Year's resolution, everything since then, at least stitching-wise, has been a little short of reckless. Isn't that how it always goes? I gave myself permission to go a little crazy. I even made a few purchases, namely the silks for Mary Bate.....
...and the linen for His Eye Is on the Sparrow. But as the holidays faded away and time got back to the usual limits, it was just plain easier to stick with what was already underway, namely Hannah Pepper.
Since this picture was taken, I've turned the bottom right corner completely and have been progressing sedately along the bottom border She'll be a beauty when she's done, but at this rate Miss Hannah isn't going to see a finish any time soon. But that's OK. Next weekend is Super Bowl Sunday and maybe then I'll take a walk on the wild side.
A big reason for the lack of time - other than work and life in general - is that I've been traveling since my last post. My sweet mom turned 86 last week, so my family gathered in Dallas for a Texas-sized birthday bash. I think Mom might still be pooped from it, but she looked pretty happy on the big day.
Best of all, the visit meant a girls weekend with my sisters. Here we all are - from left to right is our niece Gracie, then Teresa, Jane, Judy and myself.
You can bet there was non-stop chatter and very little sleep all weekend long! While the big get-together was in its planning stages, we all though it would be great fun to bring along a little hand made gifty for each other. We are a pretty clever family after all, and Mom is always an inspiration. So let me showcase the goods.
I quickly rounded up some little PS fruits I'd stitched a long time ago, then sent them off to the ever resourceful Faye to see what she could do with them for the girls. Since we're all big tea lovers, she didn't disappoint.
Teresa is a knitting goddess, whipping up beautiful little lacy shawlettes for all. Mine was knitted with 3 Irish Girls custom "Gulf of Mexico".
Judy is big into beaded bracelets and rosaries. I feel like a little bit of Judy's style has rubbed off on me every time I look at my wrist now.
And Jane, never one to be out-done by her older sisters, showed up with lovely hand coiled baskets for each. Mine is now safely ensconced on my stitching table, perfect for holding embroidery scissors and other needful things.
I had a wonderful visit with all my family, but it was still good to be back home. I think I was missed, at least by Ruby. What a sweetie she is!
So I'm hoping this finds everyone safe, warm and ready for another week. As always, thanks so much for taking a few moments to stop by!