Last month, Heather challenged us to stitch a Christmas/winter-themed small in July. So I found this little pattern in my stash - "Santa's Helper" by Cedar Hill. I swapped out most of the colors (I used hand-dyeds for the bag, the tree and the lightest shade of brown on the raccoon), made the tie a lazy daisy bow instead of just a knot, and added 2 little copper beads to the ends of the tie.
It is stitched over 2 on a piece of blue linen from my "mystery" bin - and after trying both 2 threads and 1, I decided I liked it best stitched with just 1 thread over 2.
In other craft-related news,long-time readers might remember a few years ago when my dad found this 1950s-era sewing box for me at an auction. Well, a week or 2 ago DH and I went to an auction looking for a new dresser. We didn't find a dresser, but I DID spot this -