Thank you for your comments about the lions. I am pretty pleased with them, and so glad they are coming along on schedule.
There were a couple questions about them. I've had this pattern forever, but I'm stitching them for a fair entry for our fairs this summer. First in the county fair, then as part of a special contest for the Maryland State Fair. I'm pretty hopeful for them to do well in the county fair, because there are never that many entries, honestly. It really is quite sad how people here don't "do" the home arts anymore. Does no one have time or desire to make something beautiful and useful anymore? Perhaps it would help if they had the homearts building a little closer to the entrance to the grounds--it is a hike, there are distractions, and, once you've seen a cow giving birth, deafened yourself with the monster trucks and viewed a ginormous cheese, quilting and cakes don't compare. Anyway . . .
I don't know if I should be hopeful for the state fair. That contest is a big deal. I loved my sheep last year. I worked so hard on them, and they were cute. And they got shut out. I don't know if the lions will fare better. They're more intricate, but, if they aren't something the judges are partial to, then that isn't worth much. I know winning ANYTHING at the state fair is an accomplishment. There are a lot of people who enter, pulling from all 23 (I think we have 23)counties in the state. But, really, blue is a way prettier color ribbon than green.
I have to find a frame for them. That's the next big challenge. I don't know what would complete the story of this piece. At least it fits in an 8X10 frame, so I don't have to pay out a lot to have it framed. Really just mounting and stretching. I guess if I can get a frame from Michael's--they have better frames than AC Moore--I can take it to the LNS and have them do it. They shouldn't fuss, they're still making money.
I did finish all the little confetti stitches on the lioness' body last night. And then I decided, I have worked enough on the pair for the week. For the rest of the week, I am working on nunstitching the afghan, and, when I get annoyed with that, I am working on the never-ending WIP, Fall Cat. SO saw me working on Fall Cat last night and asked if I had started another project. I told him, nope, just trying to get away from all that brown. He understood then; he watched me fighting all those shades of brown yesterday and saw me huddled under the stitching light. LOL.