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April Showers

I don't know about you guys, but there is a serious case of cabin fever in our house.  Winter will not let go.  Yesterday, we had G O R G E O U S summer-like weather, and today, it's chilly and rainy.  Perfect stitching weather, although I really am anxious for more nice days to get out of the house and do stuff out in the sunshine.  I think I might break out my "Faith" and put some stitches in that lovely companion to "Joy", or possibly start a new small project, since I have so many large ones going right now.

We took advantage of the weather yesterday and went over to the city for the Cherry Blossom Festival.  We saw the beginning of the parade. and then wandered over to the vendor section.  Truth be told....we were not impressed.  The food looked good, but the other vendors were just, blah.  So, we left there and ventured up to the Hill.  I'd never seen the Supreme Court building, so we stopped there, and unbeknownst to us, the Library of Congress is right next door!  Oh, to have access to those research hooks.

Library of Congress
Library of Congress Reading Room
Library of  Congress Thomas Jefferson Library

If you ever have the opportunity to visit DC, make sure you visit the Library of Congress.  It is absolutely stunning inside and out.

Onto stitching!

I promised pics of my Raven Queen all dolled up in her new frame, so here they are!

  Raven Queen #ravenqueen #crossstitch #mirabilia

I am so happy with how this frame turned out.  Since it's not solid, it brings out the grey fabric and the castle spires and lines in the background.  She is easily my favorite of the queens that I've done to date.   

Raven Queen #ravenqueen #crossstitch #mirabilia

I used all the called-for threads and beads, but not the fabric (naturally).  I used Picture This Plus "Storm" in 32 count. 

Raven Queen #ravenqueen #crossstitch #mirabilia

As always, I encourage all of you to make all your work "yours" by switching fabric (my absolute favorite thing to do) or the threads.  Often times, you'll find that this enhances the piece in ways you didn't even consider! My "Skeleton Crew" is a perfect example.  My former LNS still gets requests for the changes I made to that piece.

I'm off to bake some bread, stitch, and read.  A nice, quiet Sunday.  I wish the same for all of you, my lovely people!!

 


Spring has finally sprung.

You GUYS.  I hope that you had as spectacular of a weekend as we had here in DC.  I mean, OMG.  Friday was eh, with rain and still kinda chilly, but Saturday? BE-A-UTIFUL.  Sunday???  Equally as gorgeous.

Saturday I finally decided to venture into DC, because I had to figure out this Metro at some point (it's less difficult that the NYC subway, but I wish it had more stops like NYC....), and it was the last weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Well, I got off the Metro close to where I'd have to then start walking to the river to see the blossoms, and OMG.  People.  Everywhere.  I felt like I was in that Bugs Bunny cartoon where he says to Gossamer "Doc! Look - out there! In the audience!"  and Gossamer yells, "PEOPLE!!" and runs through all the stage backdrops to get away.  Insert me instead of Gossamer and that was pretty much how my Saturday in the city began.

So, rather than try and see the blossoms, I just kept on walking to the downtown area.  I really wanted to go in at least one museum, while I was there, but all those people?  I was OUT.  Downtown and Georgetown, here I come.

The city gave me plenty to take shots of, but honestly, I was too busy enjoying the sunshine (hello, Vitamin D! i'm SO glad to have you back!!) to take many pictures.  Here is a glimpse, though, of some of what I saw during my walk.

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Also, if anyone has about eleventy billion dollars they want to give me so I can move to Georgetown, that'd be fabulous.