Getting back into a regular schedule is just as difficult as the adjustment to having no schedule at all! I am swimming in framing work while trying to unpack the luggage that was finally delivered more than 24 hours after my return. Before doing any of these things, however, I had to rearrange much of Mouse House. Steve had to move lots of things around in order to facilitate the electricians. Fortunately, the new track lighting looks great!
I also have hundreds and hundreds of photos to sift through and four pieces in the "Elements of Architecture" series needing free-motion machining. (I did all the hand stitching in the evenings while in California.)
I picked up the Blues Series from Mac's on Main and then had to re-hang everything in my studio. Thus, I've been really busy and still feel like I've achieved nothing! Hopefully, I will soon have images to share from the days out west and new pictures of completed art.
In the meantime, my sister Wanda sent my pictures of her amazing blackwork project which is obviously more than half complete.
Years ago Wanda did some HORRIBLE needlepoint. She didn't work the pieces using the basketweave stitch. Her tension was incredibly tight. The results were so warped it was impossible to block them properly. Framing was a nightmare. In desperation, I suggested she try cross stitch. At first she refused, utterly convinced that this would prove a disaster. Instead, I created one of the best counted thread embroiderers ever! Wanda's work is unbelievably neat, clean, precise, and as perfect as possible. Later, I introduced her to the Embroiderer's Guild of America. There, she found blackwork. Eventually, I think Wanda will branch out into design work or try very, very complicated canvas work (or both!)