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I love anything creative...I am a busy mom of three (+4 dogs, 1 bird, 1 bunny, and 1 sweet husband) who sometimes wishes I had more time/energy/talent to devote to just being creative!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Skeletons coming out of my closet

I'll start with my most recent finish, Alice is done! This was a very quick stitch for me, and I loved the softness of the colors in it. This was my first time stitching a Jardin Prive design, and I have to say I enjoyed the chart too (easy to read, just DMC thread and no blended colors). I am still debating making this into a pillow or a wall hanging, pillows in our house tend to be well-loved!

And here is my not so new start. Birds of A Feather "Remember Me On Halloween".
I say not so new, because when I went looking back for my starting progress photo I had to go way way back in the archives. The date under the cat says 2011, which means I probably started this in 2010. I don't think I have stitched at all on this in the last five years, so it was time for it to see some attention.You'll notice the edges are taped with blue painters tape, and I was very brave in leaving very little margin around my stitching. It is funny how much I have learned in my stitching over the years. The skeleton is again stitched in glow in the dark white (my favorite for Halloween pieces), and I have changed every single color from the chart to suit what I had available in my thread stash. 

And here is what I have been reading this week. Watership Down was recommended by a friend of mine, and is a children's classic about a warren of rabbits. At first I was not sure how much I would enjoy it, but it wound up being one of those books I wished would not end. The Reader was my other finish this week. I have not seen the movie yet (starring Kate Winslet), so went into this book knowing only a little of the story. I did like the story, it was a short read, only 200 pages. I looked up some of the reviews of it after finishing it, and it gave me pause to think about the characters in the story. It is about a Nazi prison guard put on trial for war crimes after the war, and her motivations for what she did. I highly recommend both books, but am now immersing myself in lighter fare of Mary Kay Andrews, I love her books for how just light and fun they are. She just came out with a new one called "Save the Date" about a wedding planner who finds love. One of my New Years goals is to read two books a month this year, so finishing these two in the last week of January puts me right on track.


Marilyn said...

Alice is so cute.
Nice pic for a BOAF.
Wish they still designed, I loved their designs.

Rachel said...

Love your Alice and your progress on your Halloween design :)

Watership Down was one of my favorite books as a kid. My sister and I loved the Redwall series by Brian Jacques so Watership Down was perfect :)

Have fun with your stitching and reading :)

Annie said...

Love "Alice". That's always been one of my favorite designs by Jardin Prive.

BOAF designs are so cool. Definitely time to put more stitches in that one!

Cathy said...

What a pretty finish! As for the painters tape, it did the job and you taped it very neatly! But yes, we do learn things over the years!

Julie said...

Alice is a super finish and Watership Down is a good read, even if a bit sad in parts.

Melinda Forbes said...

Love Alice. Love your Remember me too - I think it is a great idea to do switch to glow in the dark for Halloween Pieces. I have done that too.

Thank you so much for the great book reviews. I have determined to get back into reading for 2017 too. I think these will make great choices

Christina said...

Oh I must see if I can find some glow-in-the-dark thread here in the Uk. I bet that looks really effective! Your taping made me smile...I used to do exactly the same!

Brigitte said...

Such a sweet finish.

Heather said...

Great stitching and reviews!