I knew it wouldn't take very long to finish the opossum outlining. I thought I would finish him yesterday, but I was in a whirlwind of organizing and spent the day unpacking boxes -- mostly books (CFA Almanacs, quilting and decorating magazines) and sewing supplies (sewing fabric and more Q-Snaps, yeah!) Then we watched the only football we have watched all year, the Washington vs. Hawaii game. It was a thriller. While watching I did go though half the Christmas catalogs we have gotten in the mail so far. There are still a couple of feet more to peruse. It only took about a half an hour to finish the opossum, but I was not ready to start the chipmunk. I still have to iron the fabric.
So since I was on a roll I pulled out Flower Fairy again. You may think that I have forgotten her, but I have dragged her on all my past trips and even showed her to Ruth in Los Angeles. She just got pushed aside until the Christmas presents are finished. This backstiching is not as easy as outlining on the opossum. I have to look at each stitch on the pattern. The backstitch makes sense when you see the whole pattern, but not so much on a stitch by stitch level. In a little while I got the middle leaf done and started on the flower stalk. I'll have to put this down again and concentrate on the chipmunk this week.
This picture is for Kendra. Hot Browns are the treat you get for making a fresh turkey. Yum, yum, yum. And none of those nasty tomatoes on them that you find in some bogus recipes. Our recipe is from Out of Kentucky Kitchens by Marion Flexner (1949), which lists this as Brown Sandwich (hot). The author mentions that it is perfect in winter, but that she prefers the Brown Sandwich (cold) -- rye bread, turkey, lettuce, tomato, hard boiled egg, and Thousand Island dressing when the weather is hot. It makes more sense to have tomatoes on a summer sandwich than a winter one.