We have had a mantle built around our fireplace. It provides as excellent place to display my stitching.
Anne P. You are not the only one with a mantle now! You can officially tease me back if you like.
Here is my progress on Giovanni's alphabet. I am loving the the little filigreed flowers adorning the piece. It is slow going, requiring the magnifier all the time so I have branched out and started an ornament for next year. Before I could work on it though I had to get some thread. I found I miss being able to go to my boxes of thread stash...all of which are still in Brighton. Do not despair...I have started a Florida thread stash to keep here. The DMC is much less expensive here anyway!