Christmas is officially gone at my house... we packed up the last of the ornaments, etc. this weekend. It took forever to get it all organized but it's finally done... woohoo! I love Christmas but sure am glad when it's all over and done with. My goal was to get everything packed away in plastic bins in the house. Ha! Not so much... four bins in the house, two bins and numerous plastic trash bags full of greenery in the shed. ***sigh*** Oh, well... I tried!
I did get all the seam treatments for Block 5 of the Midsummer CQ done...
I used #5, #8, and #12 Perle Cotton, as well as silk floss, for Back Stitch, Chain Stitch, Buttonhole Stitch, Fly Stitch, Lazy Daisy Stitch, Cretan Stitch, and French Knots. This block seems so empty compared to Jo's! All of her black CQ blocks are so scrumptious! Ah, well, there is alot more to put on my block later on, so hopefully it will improve in appearance. Now it's on to Block 6, which should go considerably faster than Block 5 without Christmas to interfere.
I haven't even started on my Take It Further Challenge piece. I've been thinking about it though, does that count? LOL! I stopped at Joann's for some curtain rods the other day and picked up a remnant that will work perfectly for the moth's wings. That piece of silk I was going to use is beautiful, but I really don't think there is enough plain green for the wings. The remnant will work just as well and provide plenty of room for me to screw up without running out of fabric. ;0) I've also decided how I will be putting it together and how I want it to sit on the quilt, so I AM moving ahead, if only in my mind!
I have to tell you something I saw in the antique mall the other day. A young mother was stopped in a booth with her two daughters, I suppose they were maybe 5 and 7. They were looking at a rotary phone that was for sale. I can only assume they had never seen one before because she proceeded to demonstrate it for them. She said, "See, you put your finger in the little hole and turn it around to get the numbers, isn't that funny? It's an old-timey telephone!" I stopped dead as I listened to her, struck by the realization that I'm pretty damn close to old-timey myself. Sigh, I suppose it's better than the alternative, though, isn't it? ;0)
That's all for now... I want to tell you about my home dec projects but since I don't have any pictures, I'm gonna wait. I promise I will post later in the week... no, really... I promise!