Archive | August 2012

The roses are blooming

I have really enjoyed stitching on my new project – the prayer rug for my daughter, and I think I’ve made good progress, slowed down a couple of days ago when I dropped a draw full of frozen food on my arthritic hand!!!  So here’s the progress so far (the fabric hasn’t come out very well – it’s actually a light apricot colour).  The only question now is whether to add the backstitching that is called for in the pattern.  Anyone that knows me, knows that I absolutely HATE backstitching.  So do I bother or not – all input appreciated 🙂




On the home front, I can’t believe that my summer holiday in England is nearly over. I know, I know, I’ve been here since 8 June so it should be enough, but there are less than 2 weeks to go till our return to Algeria and to be honest I am dreading it.  Having to now think about it and plan things is just making me more stressed.  When I was chatting to my mum the other day I told her it felt like I was returning to prison.  My daughter (who was eavesdropping LOL) piped up with “it’s not THAT bad mummy, it’s more like house arrest” – not sure if that makes me feel any better LOL.  So anyhowI think I have all the shopping done that I need to take back, just the wonderful job of trying to make it all fit into the suitcases to come.

This entry was posted on 27 August 2012. 6 Comments

Stitching goodies and a finish

First up the finish – Little Blue by Alessandra Adelaide stitched on 18 count cream Aida with Six Strand Sweets threads in Grape Jelly and Concords.  The fabric was really stiff so I’m glad to be finished with that, but love how it has come out, though there was one skein of the grape jelly thread that was lighter than the rest and that really shows up in this picture, much more than it does in real life.  I have 2 other patterns in this series and am planning to frame them all up the same and group them together, once they are all done – may have to buy another one just to make it an even number 😉  So I’m counting this as a finish for the August “blue” theme in the Stitching Hangout Yahoo group – even though it’s in purple 🙂




Next up some goodies.  I treated myself to the new StitchSmart stand to replace my old wooden one which was getting very lose and squeeky.  Loving how it holds the work and how easily it turns over to get access to the back.  I then found what I thought was an amazing deal on the accessory pack (daylight lamp, magnifier and chart holder) but when it arrived it turned out to be another stand!  My mum decided to keep it as she hasn’t really been stitching much recently because of her fibromyalygia (sp?), and this seems to help her, but she still can’t manage too many stitches.  So she kept the second stand and ordered me the accessory pack (and paid the extra – thanks mum :))  Here’s a picture of the setup in action (minus the lamp as I have really good lighting here – it will be invaluable back in Algeria though where the room I stitch in gets dark very early and the lighting there is useless for stitching).




After seeing Denise’s prayer mat that she was stitching during Ramadhan, I hunted high and low on the internet to try to get myself a copy of the book by Susan Bates.  The only place I found was in Turkey and the postage was really high, so I decided to contact the author herself via her website – .  She was so helpful and agreed to sell me one of her own copies of the book and post it to me.  It is a stunning book, with some beautiful designs, a couple of which I think are destined to be wall hangings one day.  The kids both picked out the ones they wanted and then tossed a coin to see which one I would do first – my daughter won.  So I ordered the fabric (28ct Jobelan) and threads and that will be my next project.  I need to get the sewing machine out first and hem the edges though (or get mum to do it 😉

This is the deisgn my daughter chose:




and this for my son (in Man United colours of course LOL)




and this is the book I’m talking about – shame I can’t speak Turkish LOL


Blog post – July 2012 – copied from Multiply

Blog Entry An update for July Jul 3, ’12 5:22 PM
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I have been away for a few days break with my parents and the kids, which was enjoyed by all.  Apart from that I’ve just been relaxing and enjoying being spoilt by mum and dad, not having to do much in the way of housework or cooking (at least doing it with someone makes it much easier).  On the stitching front, I’ve been working on Cotillion again and am really enjoying how it is coming along.  Had a senior moment last night when I confused >> with == and used the wrong colour thread on a whole motif, but hey ho – only God is perfect!

My daughter has also been working on a little gift for her father, as we won’t be together for Eid this year – she had a bit of frogging to do as she ran out of the first colour half-way through the second half of the design and had to use a different one – guess who had to do that LOL.
I tried to learn how to crochet last month – didn’t go well.  I can do a chain but after that just get lost.  Maybe you really can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  I’m still trying to figure out something for the Stitching Hangout’s pink theme for this month – probably should do something for my sister-in-law who is expecting a baby girl in September, but not sure I can tear myself away from my stitching.

dajudges wrote on Jul 3
I love both pieces , does the Islamic cross stitch group still exist ,

somayya1 wrote on Jul 3
Not as far as I know Denise, we all sort of drifted away unfortunately.

nancysxstitch wrote on Jul 7
Glad you had a nice visit with your family. It’s always nice to get away and just relax…. recharges your batteries! 😉 Cotillion is looking really beautiful Julie! The red fabric really makes your stitches pop! And your daughter’s piece is very nice… too bad about the floss running out. I just hate it when that happens. =]

fatema39 wrote on Jul 12
Cotillion looks really lovely on the red.

The Islamic calligraphy looks nice..sorry about the frogging. I know what it is not to have too much of one colour. I am also having big problems with one of my projects.

Is it Eid Mubarak?

Good luck learning to crochet.

Enjoy the stitching time.

Thanks for your lovely comments on my page.

This entry was posted on 14 August 2012. 1 Comment

Blog posts – June 2009 – May 2012 – copied from Multiply

Blog Entry Long time no blog Jun 10, ’09 5:20 PM
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I haven’t been around much recently here on Multiply, mainly because my internet connection is so C@~p I can’t get on to it most days, let alone actually see or upload any photos!!!  Anyway, today is a good connection day, and I also finished a quickie project I have been working on (just to get my finished tally up a little )

It’s Butterfly Garden by Dinky Dyes.  I stitched it on some Polstitches fabric I’ve had in my cupboard for ages – Marbled Lilac – with the Dinky Dyes Silk that came with it (my first time using these silks).  I’ve actually made it into a runner for my dressing table, just to pretty up my bedroom a little.

Apart from that I’ve been plodding along working on my mother-in-law’s present – Valley of the River Beck.  I’m over half way done, but it is slow going.  I decided not to take it with me when I go to England for my holidays – I’d rather have something I enjoy stitching on, so I finally settled on Cotillion by Papillon Creations.  I kitted it up with silk when Vicki Clayton was having her sale, and I’m going to stitch it on the same red fabric I used on Anatolia.

Tomorrow my husband is taking me and the kids to his uncle’s place on the beach – about 4 hour drive outside of Algiers to the east – bit of family bonding before I take the kids off for 10 weeks to the UK.  Just hope it isn’t going to be as hot as forecast!!!


rifestitch wrote on Jun 10, ’09
Glad to see you!! Garden is cute – I love all of her charts, though haven’t managed to stash any (I don’t think). Can’t wait to see Cotillion on that red – I have a piece of the fabric the model is on, thanks to a great RAK, so I need to get the chart soon, when I whittle the samplers down a bit 🙂

heypaula wrote on Jun 10, ’09
This is a lovely finish – congrats! Can’t wait to see your Cotillion, and it should be a great project for while you’re on holiday!

mandala8 wrote on Jun 10, ’09
Butterflies came out very sweet. As said, Cotillion is going to look super on the red. I love all of her designs! Have a super holiday.

gothtigger wrote on Jun 12, ’09
Butterflies looks great on that fabric! Great choice!

vineedle wrote on Jun 13, ’09
Butterfly Garden is looking very pretty. Looking forward to see finished Cotillion. Have a great holiday!


Blog Entry Anybody still here????? Mar 5, ’12 11:19 AM
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It’s been so long since I’ve been here, just wondering if anyone else is still around?

I finally finished a present for my mother-in-law, that I’ve been working on for years – Valley of the River Beck (a Dimensions kit).  And have started work on Scheherazade by Papillon Creations.
I’ve recently been diagnosed with Psoriatic arthritis, so am finding stitching a little more difficult nowadays, but really want to try to keep using my hands so will try to get off the computer more and back to the stitching 🙂
Blog Entry Presents Apr 22, ’12 5:20 PM
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I finally nagged – I mean persuaded – my husband to get a frame for my mother-in-law’s present, and he picked it up today.  Just gave it to her and she was delighted.  Now to get him to find the drill and put it up on the wall for her 😉  I was just looking back at the WIP photos, and I started this in 2008!!!

My daughter asked me to make something for her best friend at school, so I dug out this small towel that I’ve had in a drawer for ages and stitched her name on it.  So in the good books with my daughter too 🙂
Apart from that I am still working on Scheherezade, no picture today though.

elvirasmom wrote on Apr 22
The frame is perfect for the picture. Great job.
The towel is cute too.

ebberlykay wrote on Apr 23
Lovely picture and the towel looks good too

landislb wrote on May 4
Nice finishes! The framing looks great. What a nice thing to stitch for your daughter’s friend, too!

nancysxstitch wrote on May 7
Oh finishes are so nice, aren’t they? Great job on the piece for your MIL, I’m sure she will love it. And your daughter’s friend will really like the towel. Looking good!


Blog Entry A purple project for me May 22, ’12 2:49 PM
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After finishing Scheherazade, which ended up as another gift, I’ve decided to do something for myself next.  So I pulled out Cirque des Triangles, by Ink Circles.  I’m going to stitch it on 32ct linen in Dove Grey, with Carrie’s Creation thread in Deep Purple.  Can’t wait to get started.

Also  wanted to share a finish from last year, which I didn’t put up.  It was meant to be a wedding gift for a friend’s daughter, but unfortunately that didn’t happen, so am trying to decide whether to keep it for myself or give it to my friend.
And finally a bit better picture of scheherazade

Blog posts – October-December 2008 – copied from Multiply…

Blog Entry Finally, an update Oct 26, ’08 11:11 AM
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It has been SO long since I last updated this blog – but now that Ramadan is over, and the kids are finally back at school, I may be able to get a bit more time for myself.

So I finally managed to take some pictures of the 3 projects I am currently working on.  First up is Tribute II, which I now have 2/3rds done.  I really love the colours of this floss, specially as it is now autumn so seems more appropriate, and I am hoping that this will be a finish this year.





Secondly, Anatolia.  This seems harder going, don’t know why, but again I love the thread colours on this, and I will be working on it more this week.



Lastly is the picture I am doing for my mother-in-law.  It is a kit (aarrggghhhhhhh) from Dimensions, called Valley of the River Beck.  I really didn’t enjoy all that green top left, and close up it doesn’t seem to flow very well – but from a distance I think it will be OK.

Anyway, pictures are in my WIPs album if you can’t see them here.



ndmurdock wrote on Oct 27, ’08
All are very pretty! And you have gotten quite a bit done. I hate kits now too! It does look fine on this end!

rifestitch wrote on Oct 27, ’08
Great progress on all!!! Tribute is definitely amazing in that floss,and Anatolia just blows me away on that red fabric – mine has been whimpering “Start me, please!”, though I restacked stuff the other day, so it’s a bit more muffled now 🙂

heypaula wrote on Oct 27, ’08
Wow – all of these are beautiful!! I love the color combinations in Tribute and Anatolia. And the Valley of the River Beck looks fine from here! (But I know how they can look odd when you’re up close and working on pieces like that!)

bronxchick55 wrote on Oct 27, ’08
Tribute II is gorgeous and I love the fabric choice for Anatolia.

mandala8 wrote on Oct 27, ’08
Tribute and River Beck are coming along beautifully, but I must say your version of Anatolia has just made my morning!

clearstar wrote on Oct 28, ’08
Anatolia looks wonderful. It’s my favourite of those three projects…super work.

gothtigger wrote on Oct 28, ’08
Somayya, I love the thread colour you are using in Tribute!

And Anatolia is simply gorgeous – I would never have the courage to select such fabric, but it looks sooo beautiful!

somayya1 wrote on Oct 29, ’08
Thanks everyone. Your comments keep me going, specially when I am unsure of a colour choice. I have no-one around me that has any real interest in my work, so it’s nice to have positive feedback from all you experts.

swisswitch wrote on Oct 29, ’08
Ooooh, they’re all lovely!

Colleen stitched Valley of the River Beck years ago, and I remember it looked gorgous! It will be really worth the pain that’s stitching a Dimensions kit 🙂

Tribute II is gorgeous!


Blog Entry Happy dance Dec 16, ’08 7:40 PM
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Tribute II is finished – YAY!!!! I just put in the last stitch. I so wanted to get another finish in this year, so I’ve been working on this the exclusively the last couple of weeks. Pictures if, and when we finally get some sunshine.
rifestitch wrote on Dec 16, ’08
Can’t wait to see it – I bet it is just stunning!!!

clearstar wrote on Dec 16, ’08
Congrats on the finish!

heypaula wrote on Dec 17, ’08
Congrats! I can’t wait to see pictures!


Blog Entry Tribute II Dec 19, ’08 11:06 AM
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I’ve managed to get some pictures of my last finish of the year.  It may take some time to get it framed, but it’s just nice to get a big project finished this year.  I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get more done – must remember to choose some smaller projects next time!!!

Anyway, pics are here if you can’t see them on this blog :


rifestitch wrote on Dec 19, ’08
Wow. That came out so wonderfully 🙂 I still think that thread was THE perfect choice for this – the variations are so perfect, and you can see each element of the design, almost as though it was done with a different thread. Great, great job!!

mandala8 wrote on Dec 19, ’08
Just beautiful!

z3mom wrote on Dec 19, ’08
This is beautiful Somayya!

squeakandme wrote on Dec 19, ’08
It turned out beautifully!

twana wrote on Dec 20, ’08
Hate to repeat what everybody else has said but beautiful is the first thing that comes to mind when you see it.

gothtigger wrote on Dec 20, ’08
This is a design that never really called to me – but your version is gorgeous – I love the colour you used!

somayya1 wrote on Dec 20, ’08
Thanks everyone for your lovely comments.

Blog posts – June-August 2008 – copied from Multiply

Blog Entry A new start Jun 9, ’08 3:36 PM
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I decided to start another project (to cheer myself up – been having a lot of health problems again recently), so I pulled out Anatolia (Ink Circles).  I love the colours of the threads in this, and it’s nice to work on something that I’ve had in my stash for a while.  I’ve just finished the first page, so I thought I’d post a picture, to see what you all think of the fabric colour.

I’ve done some work on Tribute II also, but can’t be bothered to take it off the q-snaps to take a photo.  So I’ll update on that next time.

Just under 4 weeks now till our holiday back to England – can’t wait .  I’m trying to decide what piece that I have kitted up to take with me – or should I just buy something new for when I get there?  I have ordered the fabric and thread for Cirque de Triangles, and that is waiting for me, so maybe that one – decisions, decisions……

clearstar wrote on Jun 9, ’08
Wow, that is dramatic…wonderful colouring. Love the fabric and the whole ethnic look of it.
When do you come home? Call me:)
{{{Julie}}} hope you feel well enough to fly.

natmikesell wrote on Jun 9, ’08
That looks amazing on that fabric Somayya!! You have a wonderful eye for color 🙂

rosanneduk wrote on Jun 9, ’08
That is just gorgeous. Are you still wanting Tracy’s Hawaiian Mandala Sampler? I’m really hoping you are well enough to fly and I had wondered why you were so quiet

rifestitch wrote on Jun 9, ’08
Anatolia looks absolutely amazing on that red fabric!!! Very cool – I have it all kitted up on plain old ant. white 🙂 Feel better!!

somayya1 wrote on Jun 9, ’08
Awwwww – thanks everyone. I was beginning to have second thoughts, but you’ve reassured me. I WILL be flying home on 6 July (even if I have to be drugged up to the eyeballs!!!!) and will be staying for 7 weeks, so hopefully time to meet up with friends, get lots of shopping in, and generally relax with my parents.

I have still got my eye on the Hawaiin Sampler, but having just gone through my stash I have about 20 projects kitted up already, so can’t really justify it at the moment – maybe next year!

mdgtjulie wrote on Jun 10, ’08
Wow, I really like the colors in this, and the fabby is fabulous.
heypaula wrote on Jun 10, ’08
This is gorgeous! I think you’ve picked a perfect fabric!

I hope you’re feeling better (or at least well enough to enjoy your holiday!



Blog Entry A small finish and an update Jun 24, ’08 6:25 PM
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Hi everyone.  It’s so hot here, that I haven’t really fancied doing much stitching.  But I did manage to finish the stitcher tree that I wanted to do as a present for my mum (whilst sitting in my room with the a/c on – while my husband had his friends over to watch the football!!!).  I don’t think I will get frames here, but will take this and the golfer tree for my dad, with me as is, and let my parents pick out frames in England.  Less than 2 weeks to go now till our trip – yippee…….

I’ve also posted an update on Tribute II.  I haven’t actually worked on this for a couple of weeks, but only just took a picture (sorry it’s a bit fuzzy).  This week its the turn of Anatolia


Blog Entry Just checking in Jul 31, ’08 1:39 PM
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Just wanted to pop in and say hi.  We are just over half way through our holiday in England now, so starting to think of the return .  I haven’t been able to get online as much as I usually do (good thing some might say!).  Been busy visiting various family members, quite a bit of shopping, and just hanging out with my parents, which has been lovely.  There have been quite a few emotional ups and dows too.  The kids are thoroughly enjoying themselves – being spoilt rotten of course.

Stitching wise, I started a picture that my mother-in-law has asked me to do.  Not really my sort of thing and I haven’t done very much, but I felt guilty that I had stitched presents for my parents, and some friends, and haven’t done anything for her so……  Pictures when I get home probably.  I also received a lovely gift in the mail today from one very special lady – so a big hug and thanks to her.


heypaula wrote on Jul 31, ’08
Glad to hear that you’re enjoying your holiday! I was thinking of you yesterday and wondering how it was going. I’ll look forward to seeing progress pictures when you get back home.

clearstar wrote on Jul 31, ’08
Glad all is going well.


Blog Entry I’m Back…… Aug 28, ’08 10:25 AM
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I can’t believe how quickly the last 7 weeks have gone, but I am now back in hot, sticky Algeria.  I’m still feeling really disconnected and unsettled but hopefully will start to settle back into routine soon.

Anyway, just wanted to let you all know I arrived safely.  I hope to get the stitching out again soon and will put up some progress pics when I make any.

rosanneduk wrote on Aug 28, ’08
Welcome home! I bet you have had a complete shock going home from our non-summer to Algeria’s heat. Would love to see what else you stashed away while you were over.

heypaula wrote on Aug 29, ’08
I’m glad you made it home again safely. I hope you’re able to settle back into a routine soon.

Blog posts – February-April 2008 – copied from Multiply

Blog Entry My first finish of the year Feb 23, ’08 9:52 AM
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I’ve don it!!!  My first finish of 2008.  It seems to have taken a long time to do this one – I started it last July, while I was on holiday in England, and put the last stitch in on 21 February.  I’m planning to get it framed and put up in my bedroom soon.

Anyway, details.  Cirque des Cercles from Ink Circles designs, stitched 1 over 1 on 22 count black hardanger, with Polstitches Dragon floss in Whisps of Silver.

I am still working on St Sophia, but I thought I might make a start on Blossom Time from Papillon Creations, as spring is definitely in the air here in Algeria!


rifestitch wrote on Feb 23, ’08
Somayya, it is gorgeous!!!! Well done!! It just glows – I can only imagine how stunning it is in person!

xsfav14 wrote on Feb 23, ’08
Wow it is beautiful! Awesome finish!


trishf2382 wrote on Feb 24, ’08
Absolutely stunning Somayya! I think it’s gorgeous and envy anyone who can stitch on black!! Cheers, Trish

mdgtjulie wrote on Feb 25, ’08
That’s just beautiful!!

heypaula wrote on Feb 25, ’08
This is beautiful! And I’m sure you’re ready for some of the lovely colors in Blossom Time after all of that over one on black! (It’s *so* worth the work, though!)

illianna wrote on Mar 7, ’08
woooooooooooow that is beautiful. Congratulation on finishing it 🙂

faterauf wrote on Apr 15, ’08
Ma shaLlah!! I did not know that xstitch could look like that. I had previously tried it, but was really interested in what I was doing. This has sparked so much in me. InshaLlah I will once again try at cross stitch. I am very much interested in embroidery and anything having to do with handwork. Most of what I have seen on the web held no interest for me until I happened upon your site. As a lover of tapestries, this is what I would like to learn how to do. Now, I just need to find out how to go about learning. God Bless and congratulations on your beautiful achievement. Carol

somayya1 wrote on Apr 15, ’08
Mashallah, I’m glad you like it, and it has gained your interest again. I look forward to seeing what you try first.


Blog Entry Sunday Progress Report Apr 13, ’08 6:57 PM
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After finally finishing St Sophia, and CdeC, I started working on Blossom Time by Papillon Creations and Tribute II from Nouveau Encore Designs.

I’m loving how both of these are working up, specially the bright colours of Blossom, which I may keep working on this week, to see if I can finish.  There are so many other projects I want to start!!!

WIP pictures are here if you can’t see them

And my 2 finishes are here


rifestitch wrote on Apr 13, ’08
These are both gorgeous, Somayya!! Great colors in both pieces!!

threadsthroughtime wrote on Apr 13, ’08
They are wonderful. Your colors are fantastic.

swisswitch wrote on Apr 13, ’08, edited on Apr 13, ’08
Both very beautiful – left comments on the individual pages!

clearstar wrote on Apr 13, ’08
Nouveau Encore has some beautiful samplers.
Blossom is beautiful!

heypaula wrote on Apr 13, ’08
These are both beautiful! I really like the colors in each one – and it’s a very nice mix to switch back and forth.

fireinthelab wrote on Apr 14, ’08
Both are beautiful! Love the colors in both!

gothtigger wrote on Apr 14, ’08
Definitely gorgeous – I adore your colour choices 🙂 🙂

somayya1 wrote on Apr 14, ’08
Thanks everyone for your lovely comments

ebberlykay wrote on Apr 14, ’08
Both are lovely. Colours are exquisite

bronxchick55 wrote on Apr 14, ’08
Both pieces are spectacular.

stitchingqueen wrote on Apr 14, ’08
Both look amazing! I love the colors you chose for these designs!

xsfav14 wrote on Apr 14, ’08
I love both of these! Beautiful colors on each!

jorja89 wrote on Apr 18, ’08
Very pretty Somayya. Love the delicate spring colours!


Blog Entry Another finish Apr 19, ’08 5:24 PM
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I finished Blossom Time yesterday – hurray.  I really feel that my stitching is going well this year (well at least something in life is!).

I’m going to be working more on Tribute II this week, but I may make a start on a couple of little projects that I want to do for my mum and dad.  I’m just finalising the dates of when I will be going to visit this year – hopefully end of June/beginning of July, so not long to wait.  Can’t wait to get back to England – being able to go shopping, buying “proper” chocolate, and of course seeing the family.


rifestitch wrote on Apr 19, ’08
WooHoo!! It’s another gorgeous finish!! Well done!

threadsthroughtime wrote on Apr 19, ’08
This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I hear you on the “Proper” Chocolate.

clearstar wrote on Apr 19, ’08
Lovely…there’s some gorgeous specialty stitches in there which you don’t see in the small picture. I might have to rethink and get this one too.

gothtigger wrote on Apr 19, ’08
That is really really gorgeous !! I wonder if it would be sacrilegious to do it on black?

heypaula wrote on Apr 21, ’08
What a gorgeous piece! Congrats on another finish!

behappy0201 wrote on Apr 22, ’08
Lovely, and if I can’t have your other piece…can I have this one. Hahahaha 🙂