I’ve apparently been rather neglectful with the photos lately. I have a couple of finishes and a finish-finish to show off, in addition to more information about my new guitar.
First, the finish-finish. I did this one more than a week ago. My short-term memory also seems to be failing me more on these meds, so I don’t remember exactly when it was and the photo date won’t tell me anything because I took at least a week to take the photo. But anyway, here is the Little House Needleworks Berries design finished as a flange pillow. I mostly winged it, but took a look at the tutorial on Focus on Finishing, just to make sure I was doing to correctly.
Next up is a tin frame necklace kit from Shepherd’s Bush that I bought when I visited their shop back in March. The designs aren’t straight in the frame, for some reason, and I’ve been unable to correct it. You have to make a sandwich of glass, stitching, cardboard, stitching, glass, smoosh it all together, hold it tightly and slide it into the tin frame, so it’s a bit tough.
My latest finish is a kit I picked up at Enchanting Lair’s booth at CATS in Hershey last month. It’s called Twinkle, Twinkle and I left the border off that was called for. The chart is up for grabs. If you want it, please leave a comment and I’ll do a drawing if multiple people are interested.
This is my fifth finish, so, according to my 5 Finish challenge, I get to start a new design, if I so choose. The decision will be a difficult one to make, as there are lots of beautiful designs calling my name, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the Just Nan WhimZi design that I picked up at CATS. I forget the exact name, but it’s a great transitional piece as it features a snowman standing behind a pumpkin.
Finally, Anna let me know that I had indeed NOT mentioned the purple guitar before. This was the main birthday present from Terry, so I’m surprised that I’ve been so remiss. I’ll remedy that now.
Terry bought me an acoustic/electric guitar (it does both). It has a beautiful purple finish on the front, along with mother of pearl inlaid around the opening. It has a built-in tuner that I’ve never seen done before, but is really nifty! You just press a button to turn it on, then strum a string and it will tell you which note is being played and how in tune it is. Great stuff! Terry then supplemented with a stand for the guitar and a microphone and stand. I’m a bit intimidated about using a microphone. Most of the singing I’ve done in my life has been sans microphone, so it’s a little bit intimidating, but will help boost my soft voice without me losing the unique tone to my voice by trying to sing louder. Here’s a photo of the whole setup and the guitar by itself:
Finally, I will show you a picture of the oriental-styled tops that I’m about to start making today:
If these turn out well, I may tackle a pair of the pants in black satin. We’ll see.