Good morning sweet Teacupers! In my last post, I had so many things I wanted to write about and was excited to share. After a week away RVing with the family for Spring Break March 11-17 and I had the chance to sit and relax and stitch on the beach which was amazing! The day after we returned, my grandmother was admitted to the hospital and stayed for a week. I took on more responsibility than I had in the past with her care and it looks like that may continue for a while.
I have to say, it was great to just sit and stitch while she rested, we talked about the project I had brought and others that I am doing. She is so ingrained in the lives of my aunt and kids who live with her that we really don't get much time together anymore without it being a family fathering. Even when my aunt or her kids have activities are events, they usually take my grandmother with them, so spending time with her is hard, but I realize I need to make more of an effort for Jamie's sake, at least. They are Birthday Buddies- 2 days apart (plus 78 years).
While I sat at the hospital I was working on the 2019 Linen & Threads Mystery Stitch-A-Long. I started late on the project, I think in mid-February. I found out about it on a post in a Cross Stitch FB group I am in and am so glad I did. It did take me a while to decide on colors, get supplies and mentally prepare myself because this is the LARGEST project I have ever done. This year's project is called "A Peacock's Garden" and the peacock in the center is absolutely amazing.
Meet Sir Reginald Featherbottoms of the House of Linen and Threads!
I think my finished sampler will be about 23-inches square, or near that when done. I completely forgot to write down the count of my aida, because I thought when I blogged about it I'd remember. Well, it has taken me longer than anticipated, but if I remember or find the box, I'll add the info.
At first I was going to post all the progress photos in Black & White, and reveal the completed project in color. However the colors are so similar in value, that there isn't enough contrast to see the design, so maybe on another project.
So you may be wondering, how does a Mystery SAL work? Each month, Linen and Threads will release a piece of this year's Mystery Sampler as a free downloadable chart on their website. You cal also find the 2018 and 2017 Mystery SALs on this site. They are amazing! You can join their Facebook Group and share progress of any of the projects.
I'm currently working on the February borders, and am excited to what the next step is on April 1!
If you are doing this Mystery SAL, let me know. I'd love to see how many others are doing it! I'll continue to post updates as each monthly pattern is complete.
Until next time, stay #CreativelyInspired!