This is for you, Paula. The black background was simply a throw that I propped onto my sewing desk with a weighty book. It is black fur and I only recently purchased it from Target. It was discounted because it was out of it's original package. I got it for a little over $10.00 and I bought it purposely for pictures. Of course, knowing it would be a nice warm blanket for cold, cold nights helped too.
As you can see, the *lighting* needs a bit of help. Isn't that awful?!?!?