Well, I am plugging along slowly, very slowly, on Elizabeth. I just don't have much time to stitch right now so it's a slow go. But, I do love the colors and am now more excited about working on it. I'm still itching to get started on the The ABC Hornbook but am afraid that as soon as I start that, I won't pick poor old Lizzy up again. I can't stand having WIPs laying around and I don't do well with rotations, either. I guess, because of my work schedule, (I am generally at work at 6:30 AM and don't usually get out till around 5:00 PM or later) I just don't get to spend enough time stitching. Truth is, by the time I get home, prepare dinner (you know, stopping for pizza, laying it out on the counter and calling "Dinner's ready!"), do a load of laundry (yeah, okay, that's a stretch - I don't generally get too much laundry done during the week), get the dinner stuff cleaned up (it takes a lot out of a gal you know - crushing those pizza boxes and disposing of them can be treacherous - paper cuts????), and then finally, finding a spare minute to sit down to stitch, I just don't get that much done. I can get in about an hour or an hour and a half of stitch time at the most, before I'm dozing off. Unfortunately for me, an hour and a half does not produce very much..... I'm slow ~ in more ways than one some might tell you! Anyway, here's what I've managed to get done on Lizzy since the last time I posted.
A few of you saavy stitching gals have noticed that the colors on my Lizzy look slightly different than the pattern. Yep, I changed 'em up just a little bit. I went to my not so local LNS to get the floss and they were out of most of them. So.... I looked at the front cover and started picking colors. They did have the Weeping Willow from OWS but it was just too taupe for my fabric so I swapped it for Weeping Willow from Crescent Colors. The pattern calls for all Olde Willow Stitchery fibers for all colors. The fibers I am using are:
ILO OWS Emblem of innocence Rose, I'm using CC Blushing Beauty
ILO OWS Philadelphi Red, I'm using CC Apple Fritter
ILO OWS Quaker Swan, I'm using CC Green Onion
ILO OWS Bucks County Red, I'm using CC Cherry Tomato
ILO OWS Providence Brown, I'm using CC Cocoa Bean
ILO OWS Weeping Willow, I'm using CC Weeping Willow (the CC is a lot more green than the OWS Weeping Willow which is a lot more taupe in color). This explains my parrots looking so funky, but I love 'em!
Painting my craft room floor is taking more effort than I anticipated. After 4 coats of white, I'm finally ready to start putting in the red blocks. I expect this will be a slow go as I'll have to do very thin coats to keep it from bleeding and - I cant' do them all at once because the tape will not allow the squares to match up corner to corner. Oh well.... it'll get done eventually. I did move my stitching chair to our bedroom so I would have a place to stitch but I don't feel quite as productive there. Plus, I like having all my stitchy things around me when I'm working. The floor will get done but WHEN?????
The other thing I've done lately (remember, the stitching mojo isn't quite back) is to paint some primitive style boxes. This is my first ever attempt at doing these so don't look too closely. I think they're okay though and I think I'll try my hand at a few more. The blue is not quite as neon as the pic looks IRL. That's Miss Pitts standing next to the boxes. She's a punchneedle pattern from CHS and I just love her. She's stuffed with lavender and she still smells sweet.
Oh, and one more thing, all you lovers of the Hawk Run Hollow series: I just read on Gio's Blog that Kathy is working on Christmas in HRH!!!! Christmas is my favorite thing and I'm just imagining candlelit houses with wreaths, feather trees and folksy Santa's. Can't WAIT to see this one!! I've searched high and low for a reference to this but can't find it anywhere except on Gio's blog. If you find it, let me know!
Until next time, have a great weekend and thanks so much for all your comments! As I'm sure you know, it sure is a kick when you see that someone has taken the time to leave a comment. It's like getting a little present! FuN!