I was pretty surprised to see that I haven't posted for almost two weeks. In the interim between the last post and this one, I've packed up and sent two children off to college, weathered an earthquake and a hurricane, and returned to work. Luckily, I didn't even feel the earthquake and we were only minimally affected by Hurricane Irene as it blew up the eastern seaboard. Both college moves went off without a hitch except for forgetting a cable for my son's new TV and having to make a quick run to Target. Returning to work was my least favorite of all these events, but not nearly as much of a shock to my system as I thought it would be. I've managed to leave behind my leisurely mornings and make it out the door around 7:30. Once the students get back next week I'm sure I'll enjoy it more, but right now, it's really boring sitting through endless rounds of meetings (some of which I conducted myself!) and hauling out the classroom materials from cupboards.
I've managed quite a bit of stitching in the last two weeks. Here's my finished "Home is Where My Heart Blooms" (Blackbird Designs). It's done on a 30ct R&R fabric, with the called for threads, I think. Not too sure about whether I started the house in the called for Shaker White from Sampler Threads or not. I ran out of thread about 2/3 of the way through (the directions do state that 2 skeins are needed, but who reads directions). I tried matching the current dye-lot of Shaker White to what I was using and found it was a lot grayer. The thread I was using was very close to GAST Straw Bonnet which is more yellow, and that's what I finished the house with. Had lots of trouble with that border because I can't count. Anyway, all's well that ends well and this will be framed shortly.
Thanks for all your comments on my last post about the problem I had with an on-line shop. I thought about it some more and have decided to e-mail the owner to let her know about the situation. Will keep you posted on what happens. And thank you for the suggestions of shops that do treat their customers well.
I see that I have several new followers. Glad to have you here!