i've been on a bit of cross stitch bender lately. when it's hot, i like to hang out on my bed, under my ceiling fan, listening to the radio and working on tiny projects. this one is about 3 x 2.5 inches, it needs a frame then i'm going to put it on my desk at work. i joke about working in a cubicle farm, but i do like my little space there. i've also been making small colorwork pieces; just repetitive patterns in a variety of colors. shades that don't quite match other has been my favorite thing to play with. lots of lime-y greens and weird purples being friends with orange, that sort of thing. a bit of color dissonance, if you'll let me get pretentious for a second. this little sampler uses an ombre style coloring in the frame, which was a lot of fun as well. the more i do it, the more i like it. i used to think of cross stitch as being very formal and fussy, and not necessarily "useful," the way knitting a pair of socks to wear is. making my home and work more beautiful may not be useful but it does make me happy. i think smaller pieces like this might make their way into our decor, probably sooner rather than later.