Photos will have to wait until I am back home ... I am using a computer at the local public library and it doesn't have a port that accepts my camera download device. But I have been stitching up a storm on the beach and have finished the following projects: Workbasket's Quaker Turtle, Primitive Needle's Salem Witch and 1692, Homespun Elegance's Christmas Night Stocking and Oh, Snowy Night [both from the Bits and Pieces series].
I have made considerable progress on my Fertile Circles Needlebook, have yet to pick up The Sweetheart Tree's Holly and Hearts Sampler [maybe tonight], have started Workbasket's Quaker Rooster and another design of my own which I am calling Beach Find Pansies. The beach here at Herrington Harbor has loads of wave pounded and polished oyster shell fragments, some of which reminded me of the center of a pansy. Since the Chesapeake Bay's waves have actually worn holes in the center of these pieces, I have stitched them onto some linen, filled the holes with French Knots and surrounded the shell fragment with closely stem-stitched petals. If this turns out well ... and it seems to be ... I'll use the finished panel to embellish a crazy quilt block handbag made from Weeks Dye Works wools.
One sad note: I had been looking forward to re-visiting Stitch Today, Knot Tomorrow while in the area. When I got there, it was only to discover the shop being emptied and the owner closing up due to a death in the family. She was selling her remaining stock at 60% off. I did buy some lovely linen, Mill Hill beads and some Caron and Rainbow Gallery fibers ... all the while feeling guilty for benefiting from her misfortune.
Tomorrow brings some excitement for me: Rachel, from the 123stitch board, will be meeting me for lunch and stitch-fest on the beach. I have always enjoyed her blog and look forward to meeting her in person although I feel like I have already made her acquaintance in cyberspace.
Well that seems to be all the current news ... except that I am about to be made a grandmother for the second time any day now. Unfortunately, the birth will be taking place on the West Coast and here I am on the East. But I plan to see the new addition to the family fairly soon.