wedding-sampler.jpgI finally got the cross stitch wedding sampler back from the framer yesterday.  I just had to post the photo of the completed project!  I thought about mailing it to my son and daughter-in-law, but decided against it.  I am simply not willing to risk anything breaking (like the glass!) or having it get lost somewhere in transit.  So, when they come to visit next time or when we go there, I’ll present it to them – with a smile.  I’m really happy with the finished product.   Remember, you can click on the picture to enlarge 🙂


StitchingAnyone 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:

UFO’s  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.

Wedding sampler  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!! 🙂