Not a lot of stitching going on lately. Despite the time I've had to stitch, it's been difficult to focus for any stretch of time. But, I am making some progress on my Valentine Rose house, nonetheless. The bricks are done, the roof is on, and the windows are mostly outlined. And don't you just love those little eyelet stitches in the roof? So fun to do.
I love that Alma includes a specialty stitch here or there to add to the texture and interest on a piece. So fun. I'm looking forward to the basket and the flowers for just that reason.
Last night, after taking these photos, I did get the rest of my window outlined and the door. I've started filling in those windows and should have them completed shortly. I have to tell you that working on this piece is so much fun, especially because last night I was stitching on it while watching Who Do You Think You Are. If you haven't seen that show yet, you need to. I love genealogy, and since these Anniversary of the Heart pieces really get you thinking about your family and significant dates, etc. it just hits home when you see that show. With the help of my dad, I've decided who I'm going to honor with this block, so I'm looking forward to putting those final touches in when the time comes. But in the meantime, more windows!
I'm also enjoying seeing all the new Market releases. I'm anxious to see the last of the Anniversaries of the Heart series from BBD, which is due out after Market. I'm also very curious about the new incarnation of the Loose Feathers pieces too. But, in the meantime I'm just loving their new book they've released and can you believe how many Reward of Merit pieces they released too? I especially love Wild Lilies. Such creative women. But I'm having fun seeing all the reports come in from Market today.
And thank you to those of you who have asked about Othello and sent along your prayers and good wishes for his recovery. He has been home for a week, after having been very sick. He had to stay at the vet another few days after the first time we brought him home, so I'm glad to have had him home for good this time. He seems to be doing rather well, and his follow up visit with the vet this morning confirms that.
This is his "I refuse to look at you" pose. I think he does it rather well, don't you? Since he's been home, he's been needing a lot of attention (and I have also needed a lot of Othello attention), so it makes it difficult to stitch. But, I'm not complaining one bit.
I am grateful for both of my guys being home.