Since I last posted to my blog, my family celebrated an 8th grade graduation, school ended for the summer, our cable internet modem went out and had to be replaced, I went to a wedding reception with my daughter, my husband went to a retirement party, we skipped a dinner party, the last soccer game of the season was played (and we missed it), I hosted a church picnic to celebrate the end of the year, my son took his black belt test in karate, and we made trips to the acute care center, emergency room and Doctor's office with our daughter. Karate test results will be available this evening and more Doctor's visits and tests await but it doesn't apear that there is anything all that serious to worry about just different things show up on each test.
In terms of stitching -- here is my Take a Stitch Tuesday piece using the Wheatear stitch. I used short lengths of Gentle Art Sampler Threads on a piece of Silkweavers fabric. The bottom, earth, is stitched in detached wheatear with a cross variation in the center. The flower stems are straight wheatear. The center of the larger flower is wheatear stitched on a curve, the smaller pink flower is detached wheatear stitched in a circle, and the blue flowers are detached wheatear.
I also finished another Christmas tree ornament: Not a Creature Was Stirring by Crossed Wing Collection, published in the 1998 Just CrossStitch Christmas Ornament issue. The mouse and outer border are stitched over one and I used blending filament from Kreinik rather than the Madeira suggested in the design. I am rather proud of this ornament, it was more work than most. Now I am working on a Prairie Schooler Partridge.