Changed the carnations/flowers to something more poinsettia like. I put a red bell around his neck but it was too cute for such a primitive piece. I considered the 1721 date stitched vertical to his left with a corner border top right. I really think that would look great, but when I'm done, I'm done. The sparkle wore off halfway through all the backstitching. I'll pull the seams in closer and he'll be fine in his solitary quirkiness.
Fall 2015 issue of Sampler Antique Needlework Quarterly
I plan on purchasing an external hard drive this week. No one has been able to tell me why all my backup was corrupted. Everything downloaded to a flash drive from the recovery backup, but they won't open from there. Maybe combining meno with crabass creates an electrical phenomenon.
Someone asked about making labels for boxes and they are no-reply. Yes you can photograph or scan the piece. Open it in Paint and then copy and paste and move sections of the stitching, lining up the linen weave, to piece together areas that would fit into the size label you need. Additional sizing by height and width can be done in Paint also but you have to pay attention to how it changes the weave. Color adjustments made in Photo Gallery.
I found a dozen journals at the bottom of the container that held my boxes and will do a few of those soon, maybe four more boxes.
Hope everyone was happy with their purchases, thank you again.