I needed a stress reliever - something to take my mind off things - so I finally pulled out the Forest Friends embroidery patterns I purchased from Sublime Stitching last month. I'd forgotten how much I loved pulling a needle and thread through fabric and spent nearly the entire day stitching away except for the quick trip I took into town to buy a few more colors. I've got to go through my unpacked craft boxes soon because I already have a pretty good stash of thread and really can't afford to pay a crazy 85p/$1.35 per skein to build up a new stash. Plus I've got several other pattern sets from Sublime Stitching that I'd love to play around with again.
This owl was the first thing I limbered up on yesterday.
Then I put the colors away and stitched this little hedgehog,
Now I'm working on the squirrel. I'm taking my time and really making sure my stitches are even and feeling a little less stressed with each one of those little stitches. And, Catherine, I had to go through French knot lessons again!
I'm going to dig through my fabric stash, too, and back each of these with a matching fabric to make little stuffed animals for the baby's room or maybe a little mobile.
Speaking of the little acorn, I'm 25 weeks along and had a checkup today and got to experience one of the really great things about being pregnant: hearing the heartbeat for the first time. At my only other midwife appointment she couldn't find the heartbeat so I actually ended up having a scan instead. And regardless of how I feel on the inside, she told me that I looked great and that pregnancy really suited me which was really nice to hear.
Another thing that makes me feel better is looking at baby clothes and we did a little of that this afternoon. I know everyone oohs and ahs over cute clothing for girls but boy's clothes are pretty darn cute, too! Picturing the little man who will fit into them also does a pretty good job of pushing aside a few of my problems - we can't wait to meet him.