I'm going to hijack today's Friday Randomness post because Martina (Chatelaine Designs) has managed, once again, to turn me into a blubbering nut!!!
You see, I started asking Martina for an African mandala a few years back, but the response was always a "no." Every now and then, hubby (who's from Zimbabwe) would say, "Ask her again, maybe she'll change her mind," but her reply was always the same. Di tried too, and we were reminiscing yesterday about how heartbroken we were when Martina's last 'no' sounded so final.
So, imagine our (I'm using the word liberally here, it was mostly me... LOL!) crazed surprise when we saw a sneak peek of The Serengeti Mandala back in December!! Ever heard of the term 'slobbering mess?' Yup!! That was ME!! ;)
Martina teased us with little updates which, needless to say, sent me into a frenzy with every peek. I was so out-of-my-mind happy once, I called the hippo a rhino in a post, for goodness sakes! Yesterday, she released the final design and.... I have no words!!
The words "wonderful, amazing, spectacular, breathtaking..." come to mind, but they seem so inadequate. I'm usually much better at articulating my thoughts, but this, like the Chinese Garden Mandala, has turned me into a globitty, gluppity mess. ;) For my sanity, and YOUR sakes, (see how I made that mostly about you? LOL!!) I hope Martina only does this to me only once a year! Hahah!
Beads, beads, everywhere. The eagle is stitched over one, I suspect the animals might be as well? There are specialty stitches on that makes up the arch ways of each scene. They mimic the setting sun and the stars, Martina says. What could be more perfect??? :D
I've been playing with fabric ideas over the last few days. I won't be stitching this on my usual white or antique white. I want the feel of the Serengeti grassland in the winter. (We visited in the winter and it will always be one of the best times of our lives.)
I played with some layovers last night, and hubby and I narrowed it down to the following five. POLL TIME!! Which do you like? :)
Vacation Day #10
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