I've still been fostering kittens, and of course my days are filled with animals. In the last ten weeks, our shelter has taken in around 1,700 animals. I have hired staff (and let a few go), have handled multiple crises with as much grace as I could muster, have been on the news a number of times, and really, I've just been working my butt off.
And when I get home every night around 7...or 8... I think about cross stitch. But I haven't had the strength to even pick up a needle. I had to close down my shop in the last few weeks, too, so that means in addition to extremely long weeks at the shelter, I've been hauling boxes, tearing down displays, and moving things back home. I'm setting up a home office; I found a desk and chair yesterday to order, so for today, I'm on the kitchen table, and we're just going to have to eat our dinner in our laps. I have missed you guys!
Okay, so ...
I've got Mary Bate's reproduction ready to go. Look for it on my eBay shop. The chart price is $20.00. The piece is 270 by 390 stitches and can be stitched in DMC floss or Needlepoint Silk/Gloriana/Silk N Colours. Here is a supply list, if that helps:
Needlepoint Silk 763, 993 (3), 756, 203, 693, 957, 913 (2), 333
Gloriana Silk Old Gold (2)
Silk N Colours Rye Grass
Linen: 40 count Espresso by R&R Reproductions or 40 count Vintage Light Exemplar by Lakeside Linens
Yes, I've been fostering. But I've got a roast in the oven, so I just want to share some pictures with you real quick, hopefully to tide you over until next time. I have lost a few kittens, but have saved a bunch this year. I am trying to limit myself to three at a time, but right now have five (several came back sick from the shelter.)
Currently here at the house -- absolutely one of the most affectionate kittens I've ever had.
A baby doll.
Super-funny and active. And look at those amazing whiskers.
Came in by herself, and was terrified at first.
Trying to get over a cold here at the house.
Also came in by himself.
Adopted last weekend.
His new little boy has the same color hair he does!
At the house -- also with a cold.
VERY unusual coat of cocoa brown and cream.
Her eyes have become concerned-looking, but she hasn't a care in the world.
Also at the house.
Handsome, nice, and very soft.
I hope life has been treating you well. Life is treating me well, and I'm treating it well right back.
Be good! Hope to talk to you again real soon.