I handed out my valentines last weekend, and my mermaid crown was not an immediate hit - the Shrinky Dinks my sister found got the kids far more excited. However, my mermaid crown can’t burn you, so there's that. Maybe boring isn’t always so bad.
Just joshing, Shrinky Dinks are awesome. I have heard rumors that shrinking art can be made from #6 plastic, and Bounce Back Parenting tried it out in this illustrative post:
I also had time last week to work the finishing touches on my embroidery while the husband and I watched episodes of "Life in Pieces" on Netflix. It is perfect for us; it's funny and self-contained, so we're not freaking out when we don't have time to finish a crazy storyline. Thank you for not expecting devotion from us, NBC. We really can Netflix and chill.
I placed the green, iridescent beads and the stem-stitch dolphin while working the piece in Alabama. I hate the stem stitch. I'm not great at the stem stitch. And I did not anticipate doing the stem stitch, but life is wild like that.
The dolphin started out as a thick, terrible knot that happened while I was experimenting. The piece was almost complete, and I couldn't just hack at the thread hoping to free the one piece. So I created the tail over the knot, then added a small piece of felt to bulk up the body of the dolphin. From there, I used white stitching to define the little guy, since his skin would be shining in the sun.
To finish my stitching, I embellished the grid of stitches in the lower right wave with coordinating star stitches. I like how the main segments became almost quilt-like with the additional decoration.
Then, as a final touch, I brought out the shells gathered up at the South Padre shore, with the holes drilled by hungry mollusks.
And of course both the boys had to try to get lost in the tower. It’s such a fun structure, we have to force them to go see at least one exotic animal each visit.
This week, I’ll be working on my Mother’s Day projects and doing with some Etsy browsing for Easter. If you see anything delightful, let me know! And if you saw something delightful here and want to know more, feel free to ask questions in the comments. Then, send it along!