For the past couple of weeks, my stitching mojo has been AWOL. I don't know if it's the weather or what (the temps round here have been creeping up, the forecast for tomorrow is 35C/95F) but I just haven't had much urge to put needle to fabric. I've made myself do a bit on the RR, but that's about it. Anyway, with the festive season just around the corner, I thought I might try stitching something small and Christmassy to try to kick my butt into gear. So far I'm enjoying this, it's called Christmas Tree Sampler by the Historical Needlework Company, and it was printed in UK Cross Stitcher a couple of years ago. The fabric is a prettier colour than it looks in the photo...artificial light plays havoc with the colours. But I do have a shocking confession to make. Cover your ears gentle reader...(whispers) it's on 18 count aida... Never thought you would see the day, did you? Well, not quite.. but I've had this piece in my stash forever, and the colours go much better with the design than it looks in the photo. And this piece should only take 3 or 4 days to finish so it's not like I'll be stuck stitching on it for weeks and weeks.
I'm a woman of simple tastes, and it doesn't take much to make me happy...the first blooms on my new roses opened today -
this is my 'Papa Meilland' and the scent from it is just exquisite.