I FFO'd another thing. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
I finished stitching "In Every Nest":
And I started a couple new things. I'm still in the mood to stitch cutesy things, but have had enough of Easter, so I started Frosted Pumpkin's "Mysterious Halloween Town." I'm...not sure if I like the colors with the fabric I chose. It's one of those situations where I need to stitch more before I'll know if I need to start over on a different fabric. :/
I also started Just Nan's "Spring Mouse in a House." This is the first Just Nan mouse I've stitched, and all I can think is how it looks like an ornamental mouse-skin rug in its pre-construction state:
What surprises me most about this is how tiny it is. Just above an inch from top to bottom. The templates for the house sections are also really, really small. So cute!
I'll start on the house today. I'm going to use another Under the Sea fabric for that - "Beachwalk," which is a beige with some 'greige' mottling. It's darker than the called-for fabric looks in the model pics, but I think it will be fine.
It's funny how I really don't have much in the way of beige/tan/off-white/gray linen in my stash. I've accumulated a lot of colors, but only a couple of neutrals.
Is anyone else (in the northern hemisphere) having Spring fever? I have done a bunch of decluttering lately. We have 'big trash pick up' day in a couple of weeks, and I'm participating in a garage sale in May, and I'm being ruthless with things. My small spare room upstairs is piled with things for the garage sale. I'm getting rid of a whole bed, even. I emptied a standing cabinet in my kitchen by decluttering the butler's closet of small appliances and random home-improvement-y stuff. With that cabinet gone I now have juuuuuuust enough room for a kitchen table! Hurray!
I'm hoping that I can truly minimize everything in my house, from clothes to furniture. I loathe housecleaning, and clutter makes it even harder to do, so I hope that if I can seriously pare things down I'll be able to keep up with cleaning. And then I'd have one less thing to feel overwhelmed by.
(This will become even more important in the near-ish future, because my office is likely moving to a new building. Instead of spending 2 hours on the road commuting every day, I'll be spending 3 hours on the road every day. I really hope I can find another good-paying job closer to home. But in the meantime, not having to worry so much about how to keep up with my house, which I can barely do now, would help with the exhaustion/stress levels.)
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