I've had this Mantz doily for 21 years. The grandmother of Rich's childhood best friend made it for us when we got married. It's been sitting on various surfaces, waiting for me to frame it before someone stained it. Custom framing is SO expensive! And, I'm really a cheap skate. So, after Rich got our baby pictures done last month, I added the kids' baby pictures to the wall. Which led me to get an estimate for framing at Joann's. $130. No. Then, I bought a frame and wrapped fabric around the existing matting and black fabric around a piece of cardboard for the background and voila. Custom framed by Heather Mantz for $25. Why the heck did I wait 21 years to do that? I don't know. To top it off, I found this oval tole painting at the antique mall for $4. I'm pretty sure it's not antique but it's adorable and matches my room. So, Happy Birthday to me.
My latest obsession is with embroidered pillow cases! I keep buying vintage ones because I didn't want to put in the work on my own. But, the vintage ones are always discolored or stained. I just bought a set for my birthday (along with plaque above) got them home and realized that they had blood stains. Or, maybe it was chocolate. Anyways, these ladies worked so hard on them and it makes me sad that they're stained. I finally decided to do a set myself. These are a gift but I'm making them in a color that I like in case I mess up or they're super awesome and decide to keep them;)
Last but not least, I'm keeping up with Quilty Stitches. She was late on a post and then, BOOM, she posted 3. Then, I miscounted on the last one. You can see where I just stitched over it in white. I was in no mood, I tell you! No mood at all for that nonsense. I'm sure I'll be kicking myself for years because I didn't cut the stitches out. It's just that the last time I did that, I mutilated the Aida cloth. Oi, I can't win.