I was busily working away on the Mermaid Treasures backstitch when I realized I'm an idiot. Any casual observer of the chart could easily notice that the two pockets are not the same size. I didn't notice. DUH. I was ready to backstitch the fish when I saw that he wouldn't fit on my fabric where he was diagrammed on the chart. So I had to take out part of the smaller pocket and restitch it.
Sometimes I concentrate on such a small part of the chart and just don't see the whole picture. I fixed my mistake and moved on.
See that double stitched bottom of the fish. I couldn't find where I got off so I just kept stitching until it matched up again. Actually it is hard to stitch with a floss that is the same color as the linen. Okay, so I have a lot of excuses for my errors.
Anyway, I finally got to the mermaid. She actually is one thread shorter than she should be but, again, I can't figure out where I am off. So we'll pretend she is fine. Now I am stitching on the mermaid that is on the other pocket.
When I was shopping at the Mall of America, I thumbed through a cross stitch magazine that was in the Barnes & Noble store.
I saw a darling alphabet. I immediately thought of doing Claire's name again but with this alphabet.
I didn't buy the magazine as it was expensive and I didn't have my gift card with me. When I got home I went to our local Barnes & Noble to see if I could find it. Their computer said they had 10 copies. They did not. We couldn't find even one. So off the the internet to see what I could find. It seems this magazine is from the UK and is sold out. But you can find anything on Amazon. I found the magazine and as luck would have it, I had an Amazon gift card from Christmas that I used to buy it. Now that I have read the magazine, most of the designs are fairly simple but I still love this bird alphabet.