It rained here all weekend and now the sun has cleared through ~ I love it. Los Angeles truly sparkles after she's had a good shower (as do I, but hey, some days are diamonds and others... not so much). Today it is glorious and I'm happy as could be because I finally tried my hand at something I've been dying to do ~ yes, cross stitch! I've been admiring other people's work these last few years but that paralyzing fear of trying something new has held me back. Finally yesterday, I took out one of my fave books, Alicia Paulson's "Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living," and set to stitching. I haven't yet exactly read the book, but I've studied those gorgeous pics a hundred times, and I don't care that my work isn't perfect and my x's are 3 different sizes... I did it!!!
And I know my sister won't care that it's not perfect either. She recently bought a house in Connecticut so I made her this set of monogrammed pocket placemats as a housewarming gift.
I haven't seen the house yet, but I'm pretty sure my sister's style is slightly more sophisticated than ours over here at, you know, kid central. So choosing the colors and fabrics was a challenge but I gotta admit, I love these placemats. The blue fabric is by Lecien and it's called "Le Petit Jardin." The linen monogrammed pockets are lined and hold silverware perfectly. Can't you just picture these being rolled up and thrown in the summer picnic basket?
Okay, now I've got picnics on my mind. Like a nice sunny one up in Napa Valley with my husband ~ no kids! A blanket, a book, a bottle of wine... i'll just keep dreaming over here... ;)