I started Royal Gardens by DebBee's Designs last night and am running around patting myself on the head today like I'm some kind of stitchy savant.
See that last picture?
That's called a double fan stitch, and I am happy to report that I did that all by myself without having to wash out my potty mouth, slug back a gallon of dietCoke, or call in the authorities. I took a deep breath, read the instructions nine times, and then....jumped right in there like the brave little soul I am.
If you've never done that, may I suggest that you do it immediately? The resulting feeling of "I can do absolutely anything I set my mind to" is going to carry me right through the week. I can feel it in my bones.
This chart calls for a lot of really lovely and exotic (to me, anyway) threads, but I am stitching with the basics from my stash. I did pick up the Caron Watercolours in Black Iris, but am using DMC floss and such from the stash. We'll see what happens, but if last night is any indication, I think the end result is going to be spectacular.
We're having a lovely sunny day here in Hoosierville. I am going to enjoy it this afternoon by putting my face in the sun for a few minutes before heading out to our EGA Elkhart guild meeting tonight.
I hope that your week is off to a great start and that the sun is warming your face today too! Do something fantastic and them come tell me all about it!