So it was very fitting that for my globe trotting cousins, who like adventure (seriously, these 2 head to the mountains to go glacier ice climbing on weekends), and rum....that I stitched this piece for their recent addition.
I took the Sue Hillis Design pattern "Tools of the Trade" and changed out the words to make it a name sampler.
I'm back in my own office now so I can actually do more stitch work on Ronnie's requested piece. He came in today to see if I was back...I am. I apologized for not having more done but he waved me away saying it was not a rush as he wouldn't be down there for a bit. He did give me 2 small pairs of scissors though. A blue handled pair and a curved Singer thread trimmer. Apparently he'd picked them up at an auction and sharpened them for me. Which he did a good job at as I dropped one pair off my desk & it landed on my foot. I have a small puncture mark where it poked me. :S
I did manage to get a little done on the 2 bottom deer during lunch. I was in town waiting while my new tires were being put on.
Have you ever gifted a stitched piece for an auction? Do you follow said auction to see how much people may think your piece is actually worth paying? I'll admit I was slightly miffed when I submitted my piece to the LTL. I was asked to give a starting price I thought they should start at as well as what the item would cost at retail. I gave a break down of the material cost: cloth, floss, pattern, frame, mounting board....and suggested they aim for at least $40 which is what the frame alone cost. While they put my little price break down under the picture - they set the Starting Bid at $10. One bid is on it for the $10 from a gal I know.
The one I submitted last year also only went for $10 (to another friend.)
I don't think next year I will be submitting. I know it shouldn't, but seeing such a low balled offer really does take away from the joy I got from stitching them up. I was hoping it would make a boosted financial contribution for the group, as many other handy craft items have in the past. The organization does do good works over in the Congo w/ the Orphans (& those children who are legally adopted by parents outside of, but still remain in the DRC because of bureaucratic red tape.) It's especially hard to see that a box of playdoh which started at $5 is now sitting at just over $50.