Here is the gift I sent off last week that I mentioned. It is a Prairie Schooler design from the "Rain, Rain Go Away" chart. I really liked this one, so even though it is the middle of a hot summer, a spring design is what I stitched. It is stitched on Lambswool 32 count fabric with good old DMC floss.
Here is another shot of it that I took inside. Although it looks good from a distance, when you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see what the flash does to the colors. It makes a glare and the fabric and floss look all shiny. I will have to try and take photos outside from now on, though perhaps not in so much shade.
Here is what the back looks like. I had thought I would just leave it blank as I was feeling lazy, but in the end I stitched our initials, the month and year and some flowers. I am glad that I did so, it looks much nicer that way. I tend to get lazy with the personalization--especially on things I plan on keeping, but I need to at least try and stitch my initials and the date. So, finally a finish...even if it is a small one.
I have not picked up a needle since last week. I have been wrapped up in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which I didn't read when it originally came out. I finished it today and right away started Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. They have both been very entertaining. I hate to admit, but I sort of don't want to put the book down, so I will get back to stitching when I finish (probably by the weekend).