March 31, 2013

Heirloom Tablecloth

Today was a special holiday for many of us. It was Easter, and it was a great time of celebration and joy!

It is so wonderful to gather with family and friends on holidays, and at other special times.

I want to share a special tablecloth that I received from my great aunt's hope chest. My great aunt never married, and she passed away when I was a very young newlywed-- back in the early eighties. She was a wonderful lady who loved to read, learn, and visit with her family and friends.  She also really loved to cook, and do handiwork. She could cook up the best meals one could ever imagine, and yet her kitchen was so small one could barely fit more than one person in it. It was tiny, and yet she had the house built to her design specifications. I guess she wanted to do the work alone! I can't even imagine what she would have thought of today's modern women and men demanding large kitchens. Come to think of it, her previous home before the one she built had a rather large kitchen, and yet she chose to build a home with a tiny one. Interesting! 

My aunt also did a bit of handiwork, as she called it, which meant embroidery. I recall she subscribed to a magazine called "Workbasket".   In the mid 1950's, she started a tablecloth tradition in her home. When you would visit for a meal, one would sign the tablecloth, and my aunt would later embroider your name so it would be there for future guests to see and enjoy.  Most guests also added the date after their signature, and some added their address or at least their city.  I wanted to share a tiny bit of the tablecloth with you today.

Here's a few peeks at the tablecloth: 

This one makes me chuckle, as it appears Richard's nickname is "Gravedigger".  I know my uncle (her brother) was employed at a cemetery, so perhaps he truly was a person who dug graves.

This next part was written in 1963, and it includes my late brother's name.  He was in about first grade when he wrote it. My name is to the right, but I am sure my mom wrote it for me as this is her writing. I would have only been pre-school age so I am sure it wasn't from my own hand.

This lady's printing is so nice and clear, and it's fun seeing the year so plainly, too.

Last of all, you can see my aunt's name at the bottom, and the year she started it. I love that the tablecloth is trimmed with rows of rick rack. I so loved rick rack when I was a little girl!
I think I need to go buy another tablecloth of my own, and start this tradition again in our family. Wouldn't it be fun to see the signatures grow over the years. 

As best I can figure, she kept this tablecloth going for just about ten years. What a fun idea!  

March 28, 2013

Spring Flowers

There is something just so, so relaxing about time away from our jobs. I feel so lucky to have had a few days off. I haven't yet stitched, but perhaps today will be the day!

I should pick up my Summer Queen. All I have left is a bit of beading, but for me beading is a tad laborious. So I have put it off.

I have been working in the yard a very little bit, and I was so surprised and pleased to see that our fuschia survived the winter cold. This lovely blossom peered down at me as I walked onto the patio:
So many of my friends and family members are still battling piles and piles of snow. We don't have much seasonal change here, but I sure appreciate our mild climate.

Our front yard roses have begun to bloom, too. I so love seeing them when I arrive home from a long day's work.

Is it spring where  you live? What do you like about spring?

Thanks for stopping by today!

March 24, 2013

Beautiful Views

I have a few days away from my job so I hope to get some stitching time into my schedule. I'll be busy with many other things besides my job, so we will see how it works out timewise. Years ago, it seemed I had a lot of free time for my hobby. Now it just isn't so easy to find the time.

I recently received this pattern as a gift.

It's Carriage House Samplings "Houses of Hawk Run Hollow". Isn't it lovely?

I need to buy some fabric and threads for it so I can get to work on it.  I haven't decided whether to use silks or regular DMC threads. Which would you choose? Has anyone seen it worked up in silk, in person? How about in DMC? What did you think of the pieces and the chosen fibers? Please do share your thoughts.

In the absence of any current stitching updates, I wanted to share some photos that we recently took of the local scenery. I love this one as it's a view of the far off big city, some twenty miles away. I can't believe how clear it was that day!
The next one is taken from the same spot, but facing in a different direction. I love the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Thanks for stopping by today, and do let me know what you think of the sampler and whether silks or DMC would be better.

March 21, 2013

Thinking of A Loved Vacation

Park Guell by Loves2Stitch2
Park Guell, a photo by Loves2Stitch2 on Flickr.
Just sitting here thinking about how much fun it was to visit Spain. I loved going to all the cities we visited, but a visit to Parc Guell in Barcelona was a treasured highlight.

I hope to dig out my stitching in the next few days as I have a few days off.

Thanks for stopping by today!

March 8, 2013

Perfect Moment Rose

Perfect Moment Rose by Loves2Stitch2
Perfect Moment Rose, a photo by Loves2Stitch2 on Flickr.
It's beginning to look like spring. One of these beautiful roses is blooming now in our yard, and it really brightened my day to see it in all its glory. We took this photo last year when there was a huge bloom of them. My late brother loved roses, and this was his favorite rose. He planted this bush himself over twenty years ago.

Are you glad to see spring on the horizon? I know I am.

Thanks for stopping by today!

March 3, 2013

Granny's Attic Afghan

I can't even quite remember when I started this next project that I'll share here. Do you have any like that? I used to keep track of my stitching projects in a red spiral notebook, and I rotated them every 10 hours. That was a long while ago. I guess it was helpful in that it was easier to track time spent on a project, and also it helped me see when they were started.  It also helped in making sure that all projects got a bit of work done on them throughout the  year.

I do recall buying the Granny's Attic by Sue Hillis book while on vacation in the midwest, and I am quite sure that I started it about...brace yourself as it seems unreal...twenty years ago! Can that be? I think so.

So the book I bought in that quaint midwestern town was Granny's Attic by Sue Hillis. I added a few Sam Hawkins patterns to the project, as the finished afghan contains twenty squares. I opted to use these additional patterns instead of repeating Sue Hillis' ten patterns. I changed colors in the Sam Hawkins patterns to make them all in the same color family. The colors are now appearing very much like an homage to the 90's. I'm not happy about it, but that's how it is with style when you spend almost half your life on a project.  Wow, that sounds hopeless. You'd think I were building or creating something stupendous to have it take that much time. (Let's forget the years it has spent in a craft chest of drawers!)

Here are the Sue Hillis patterns I've placed on the project:

Here are the patterns I've added from the book called Sam Hawkins 501 Favorite Crosstitch Designs:

So I've got 12 squares down, 8 to go. I guess it's time I really get going on this one!

Do you have any old projects? How do you motivate yourself to finish them? Please send me some hints.

Thanks for stopping by today!

An Old Piece ...again

I stitched this piece many years ago. I so love the words, and the colors of the various flowers and leaves. I know it's now looking 'dated', but I still enjoy seeing it on our bedroom wall.  It's from an old Counted Crosstitch and Country Crafts magazine, and it's called Gathering Honey Sampler.  It was a pleasure to stitch, so long ago.

Thanks for stopping by today!