I couldn't resist - IT has been here a few weeks - or should I say "they" - the new Jim Shore Egg series. There's an owl, a lamb, a bunny, a bluebird, a turtle, and - wouldn't you know it - a frog. For those of you who don't know, there is a little thing going on at The Stitcher's Muse that has to do with frogs.
Years ago, I was complaining to Carol about UFOs (UnFinished Objects), discussing a particular one - a kit I had bought at Eaton's (so those of you in my generation know how long ago THAT was - that there was a department store named Eaton's and that they carried needlework kits...) of a background of grasses and leaves speckled with peeking frogs and butterflies. I liked the picture, but disliked doing the couching required to stitch the leaves. I was debating on whether to deep-six the picture or grit my teeth and finish it. I disciplined myself and made a decision to finish the picture and did, but my complaints started a little contest: Carol and her daughter Heather Anne made a point of buying all kinds of items that had frogs on them - a teapot, a small mug, a paperweight, salt-and-pepper shakers, and more. They'd set the items somewhere in the shop and then wait and see how long it took me to discover the new item.
So when these new Jim Shore eggs arrived, I knew I had to stitch the frog egg - I held off as long as I could but on Wednesday I broke down and took one home. I'm having a lot of fun with it. I've stitched the face - I decided he had to be watching me while I stitched on him. First pic is just the cross stitch, second is the beads added (and one eye - I forgot to take a pic when I finished the beading), and the last is the face finished. Check them all out below.