Anyone who has read the “Elm Creek Quilt” books by Jennifer Chiaverini will know what UFO’s are. And I have a lot of them!!! Un – Finished – Objects. I used to love cross stitching… and then I got older and my eyes were not what they used to be. Instead of just holding the fabric tucked tightly into the embroidery hoop and stitching… I now need magnifying glasses to see where to poke that needle. I started a baby bib for a co-worker who had that baby over a year ago and is now pregnant with another — and has left the workplace altogether! I started not one, but THREE different wedding samplers for my #2 son and daughter in law – until I settled onto the one that I really liked. I started a hummingbird picture for myself, back when we lived in California and actually had hummingbirds year ’round that I loved to feed and watch. We even had a teeny, tiny hummingbird nest one year in our Ficus tree – what it treat that was to watch the hummingbird parents sit faithfully on that tiny egg. Ahhh but I digress… I have many projects started but not completed. Here’s a sample:
Since it was one of my New Year “resolutions” to complete the aforementioned wedding sampler, I sat down yesterday with my audio book going in the background, and FINISHED it!! Tomorrow it goes to the framer. I hope to get a custom made heart-shaped mat to go around it, and then have it cut to fit into a squarish sized frame. Of course I will post the final result, but here’s a shot of it finished – before it takes the trip to the framer. Remember, you can click on the photos to enlarge.
Oh I hope they will like it, even though it took me so long to complete. Anyway, finishing this project has given me a new…. zest for cross stitching again!! I realized that I can see pretty darn good with those “granny glasses” and that I really DO want to try to make some gifts this year. I’ve always felt something special about giving (or receiving) a handmade gift. It’s as though the person has given something of themselves. I love that thought! So, watch through the year and see what I’m actually able to accomplish in the way of gift making. Now, it’s time to get stitching again!! 🙂