Yes two of them! First I finished the 2016 Prairie Schooler Santa I started Monday. One holiday gift crossed off my list except for fully finishing it.
I made just a few changes to this one. I gave Santa black boots belt and button. His boots were supposed to be the color of the antlers but everyone knows Santa has black boots. The belt and buttons were supposed to be green if I remember right. I added two rows to the top of this hat – it just looked a bit too flat on top as charted and since I didn’t add the backstitched outline all around the stitch, it didn’t matter if I made the hat taller. Plus I added the cardinal to my stitch. I also decided to put in the words after all so now to figure out how to finish this one. I have a plan but need to do some measuring to see if it will work. I also like the use of non-stitched stitches in this chart. The dots on the deer chest are left unstitched so the fabric color shows thru. Same thing with Santa’s mustache and and areas in his beard – adds a bit of interest.
So then I moved on to finishing the white on Miss Bingley’s Library and here it is. Finished off that house this morning.
I changed the way the words were laid out on this one and the floss color for the words and also changed the color of the flower pot on the house. My thought as stitching this was that I might want to put a row of all different colors books standing up across the bottom below the words but I couldn’t remember if when I ordered the frame I had included room for that or not. Here’s the frame I got for it which goes so well with the fabric and roof color. It looks exactly as I was hoping it would.
I haven’t put my initials/year on this one and just had a really brilliant thought as I was looking at the photo above (if I do say so myself) 🙂 I will stitch just one book laying down on it’s side below the words (larger than the other books used in the chart) so that I can stitch the year and my initials in the book spine. Yes, I really like that idea.
As for the rest of today – who knows what I’ll get up to. It’s lunch time and I haven’t had breakfast yet and I’ve puttered with various things not accomplishing a lot so need to get busy with those usual weekend chores which I keep procrastinating on. Yesterday was a lovely day here (although I was working so didn’t get to enjoy it much) and of course today is gray, dreary and my computer tells me “rain coming.” Looks like it shouldn’t be long before it starts. Seems like it rains every other day for the last several weeks but at least I don’t have to be out in it today.