Hello Everyone! I'm so glad so many have chosen to follow me after just one post! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your support! I'm gathering some pretty silks to give away to thank you guys when I hit 25 followers. For now, I hope everyone had a happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Kwnazaa or just a happy day off with friends and family. The fat red-suited man brought me several lovely goodies! Mostly stitchy stash and I just love an excuse for Stash Enhancement eXperience! First, I got a pre-Christmas treat when the fat-quarter of Sugar Maple's 32 ct. Diana Belfast came in the mail on Christmas Eve:
I intended to use it for Enchanted Mermaid by Mirabilia but I just don't think it's quite as dark as I'd like. I'm going to do a floss toss soon to decide. There are several colors from Sparklie's Fabrics I think would work as well and I'm putting together a list of samples to order. I LOVE that you can order samples before you commit to a fat-quarter of fabric based on a picture on your computer monitor.
I also recieved a lovely OttLite! I wanted one for travel and this one is perfect!
And last, but certainly not least, I received a sit-on lap stand from K's Creations. I love it!
It came in unfinished wood, like you can see with the Q-snap clamp on top. I opted not to stain the q-snap clamp until I knew for sure that the stain wouldn't rub off.. I've decided to go ahead and stain it and it is currently drying. You can see a small preview of Mermaid of the Pearls in the Q-snaps. I'll post a better picture of her and the fabric she's being stitched on later this week.
Starting on January 1st, 2012, I'll be starting Chatelaine Mystery XV: Deep Blue Sea. I think it will be a lovely compliment to my mermaids. I've chosen to stitch it on black because I would also like to stitch Chatelaine's Octopus Treasure Cove and I think they should coordinate. Here is a preview of some of the silks and the 32 ct. black lugana I plan to stitch it on.
So far, I'm loving the colors! The first part of Deep Blue Sea has been posted but I want to get another good week into Mermaid of the Pearls before I pick up another big project. Plus, I need to pick up a few more Glorianas to get myself started. I took a few better pictures of Shimmering Mermaid today, but I've decided to save them for another post. There are a ton of pictures in this post already! Thanks for reading along with me!