The big finish this week: at long last the ancient cross stitch UFO is done! It's not framed yet, but I've ordered some artist's stretcher bars to make a frame to stretch it over.
To give you an idea of scale, it's 22 inches tall. The price tag reads '2001' and I think I bought it on a trip to America plus all the threads to do it. I started it, struggled with the counting and only got about halfway down the first dresser before it went into hibernation. It lived under the bed at our last house for 10 years but I never wanted to throw it out. Then three years ago I discovered that the world of cross stitch had moved on and you could now do something called 'gridding' with coloured fish line, to divide the canvas into blocks of 10 squares. This is a huge help when you are number-challenged like I am. I'm much better at thinking in terms of "three squares past the gridline". I picked it back up and worked at it off and on, it came on a few holidays with us, and now it's finally finished! I feel a sense of achievement and I do really like it.
So that means I've been able to move on to the next cross stitch UFO which is a younger-but-still-middle-aged Christmas house that fits into a house shaped frame (had a few worried moments where I thought I had lost the frame over the years but I found it). Some years ago I did the first 'room' which was the hallway. So I've loaded the fabric onto the frame and it is now living in the living room so I can work on it while watching TV. The house frame is bare wood, I don't think I will paint it such a strident red as in the picture.
Hope it's cooler where you are as well.