We haven't seen the sun here since... I don't remember. Middle of last week, I think. It's been cold and rainy. Today, it's cold and rainy and windy, and may be sleety and/or snowy later tonight. Nasty. Not a fit day for man or beast out there, so I'm inside playing with my stash and thinking about stitching.
First things first. These lovely threads arrived from Robin in Virginia! How's that for a way to brighten up a cold, gray day? Thank you, Robin!
More mail! A ginormous piece of 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha for the Joyful World series, a couple skeins of Wildflowers (trying to decide on a purple for the Twelve Days of Christmas project), and an adorable polymer clay needle minder from Down Sunshine Lane.
By the way, please forgive the super bright lighting. I had to use my Ott Lite, as it appears we will never see the sun again, and if I ever wanted to take photographs for my blog again, I had to resort to artificial light. Anyway, yes, I'm starting Joyful World. I wanted to stitch it last year as it was being released, but I had too much other stuff going on. I still have too much other stuff going on, but, well, you know.
And here's something really special. I've decided to have my blog printed into a book. The first year arrived today and I couldn't be more thrilled with the result! With all the time, effort, photographs, information, etc. I have poured into my blog, I couldn't help but be paranoid that one day I would wake up and it would be gone, due to some crazy glitch or hacking or something. I know you can back them up online, but for this old-fashioned girl, there's nothing like holding a hard copy. Besides, it's pretty special to be able to flip through a beautiful book of your own needlework.
The service I used was blog2print. I only created a book for the first year, partly because of the expense (there weren't any current coupons), but mostly because I wanted to see how a book turned out before I took the plunge and did my whole blog. I am extremely pleased with the result, and I've already created books for 2014, 2015, and 2016. It's expensive, but they do have good discount offers on their Facebook page fairly often, which I used this time. I can't stop looking at it, and to me, that's well worth the expense.
So besides looking at my new book 40 times, I'll be putting a few stitches in on LHN's Season's Greetings...
...and Sleeping Fox. Remember him? He went into hibernation while I worked on Christmas stuff, but he's awake now. Wait... never mind.
That's what I'm doing on this blustery, cold, wet, nasty day. Really good stitching weather!