I can't believe how I've been lurking - checking out lots of posts, usually not commenting but enjoying everyone's progress.
I've been busy- I'm working on a "simple" piece - or that's how it should have been. I made one huge counting error and had to take so much of it out I hate to admit it!! It's been a disaster and I've just kept plugging away - and you know what? I'm glad I kept ripping because now it's pretty close to right. I changed the colors. This designer does all black and white with a splash of color. I just couldn't do the tree black, I'm sorry.
The reason this piece is so meaningful is that my daughter adopted 2 kittens when she was at school. Someone in the dorm told on her and we ended up the long term foster parents of these cats. One cat was all black named Stashu and he just LOVED the Christmas tree. He spent his time trying to climb it, played with the ornaments, batted at the beads and bent all the branches. It was a very trying time for everyone. I found this great pattern years ago, but then wasn't able to locate it again when I wanted it. This year I found it on line and heree is my progress:Another thing I just completed tonight was a restitching of my daughter's name on her stocking. I made the stocking when she was a little girl and she was named Laura. As an adult, she legally changed her name and has nothing personalized. I ripped out her old name on the stocking and restitched her new name Lauralai. I wish I had moved it over a little more to the left, but I have to live with it not being perfectly centered. You folks have reminded me that I'm sometimes too hard on myself so I'm letting it go!! It was challenging stitching on a completed stocking! I was toying with doing the name and sewing a cuff on the stocking with the new name, but none of my aida cloth matched in color so I just did my best with what I had to work with. She will be very excited. Unfortunately, she changed her plans and won't be coming home this Christmas! Boo hoo. I told her not to look at my blog so here's the finished product.