Well, yesterday was, in fact, my birthday. I actually had a great day, although I had to work. My mother surprised me with lunch and gifts by coming over in the middle of the day, unannounced, which is usually a complete no-no in my corner of the world, but it was a nice surprise! She brought me wonderful flowers and a new charm for my Pandora bracelet.
BF and The Stepdaughter also each bought me a charm for my bracelet, and I used birthday money from my grandparents to purchase the Celebration Cake charm. My bracelet is coming along now!
Now, as for stitching, me and my stitching mojo have been at odds, let's say. It has been a frustrating week or so for me with starting one new thing after the other, and then not liking it, or getting bored of it. I was very angry and frustrated and upset at the whole thing.
I had a bit of time this morning and I decided to go to The Stitching Post and hope that inspiration struck and I would find the perfect project. I walked all around the store, looked at everything, and nothing was jumping out at me. I thought to myself there is no way I am leaving this store without a project, darn it!!!
So, I passed by the Mirabilia/Nora Corbett rack and stopped, and looked, and actually picked up Bliss Fairy, which I have always wanted to do, and then I saw The Peony Garden. I don't remember this one coming out. And the flowers just threw me and I said this is the one! (I also want to do Charlotte!)
This one calls for Caron Waterlilies. I have never used these, so did not know they were silk, to the tune of $6 each!!!!! But I still got them, but they did not have all of them the pattern called for, so I ordered the missing ones, along with the two Mill Hill beads they did not have, from 1-2-3 Stitch.
These silks are gorgeous and variegated, and all of the flowers, stems, petals and all are stitched in these silks, so it should look interesting.
Picking out a fabric was also a challenge and is usually my hardest task in a project, besides actually stitching the project to completion, of course! The pattern called for Light Pink Sand linen or aida. Hand-dyed Jobelan sitting in a basket caught my eye. I love Jobelan. It is probably my favorite evenweave fabric. And they had Pink Dahlia in 28 count, so I bought that.
Now, I have not stitched on 28 count or 2 over 2 in quite some time, as I have been stitching on 40 count, 1 over 2. So I am ready for the shock of BIG stitches!
I pray that I can finish this one. The first large project I ever stitched was a Mirabilia, and there was a time where that's all I stitched, one after the other, and I never tired of them. Maybe it is me just coming full circle back to where I started. I sure hope so. There are so many wonderful Mirabilia/Nora Corbett patterns out there that I want to stitch.