Friday, June 21, 2013

Another find, another treasure.....

Hi everyone!  I know, don’t pass out in shock, another post from me a week later?!?!?!  How long is it since I’ve managed that?!?!?!?!  First of all, thanks for all your lovely comments and thoughts on what to do with my grandmother’s handwork.  I am definitely going to pursue the idea of a shadowbox with a dark background as I think that would look stunning.  Another very special treasure from my grandmother in a moment.

First of all though, I want to share my personalised finish of PSS’s Red Cottage.  I had wanted to stitch something for my daughter and now son-in-law to mark their marriage.  I had planned to do it as a surprise but who am I kidding, my daughter knows me well and, even though I hadn’t mentioned stitching them anything she had wondered if I would! When they saw it they loved it but I hadn’t personalised it so I got to that this week!!!  We won’t be seeing them until August so that should be plenty of time to have it framed and take with us.  My framer can sometimes be very slow but I’m going to emphasise that I need it by the start of August and keep my fingers crossed!!!

PSS Red Cottage on 32ct LL Vintage Meadow Rue using suggested threads

Only a little bit of progress on A Sampler Story to share…..

I really enjoyed stitching this block and the next one will be a fun stitch too.

Look what I found in an old metal trunk in my parents’ roofspace.  My grandmother’s wedding veil. My mother keeps a photograph of her parents on their wedding day on her dressing table and as soon as I unwrapped this I recognised it.  I had no idea she had this. 

Here’s another picture, a close up of the cap and the little headband plus a separate piece of lace. I am assuming this is from her wedding dress.  It is in quite a fragile state so I will have to keep it wrapped up and in a drawer but I love that I found this. 

In going through some old photographs I found this one of my grandparents on their wedding day.  The dress itself was coffee coloured hence the darker colour lace with the gold through it. I’m guessing this would have been more coffee coloured at the time.  I’m not sure who the other people are.  I need to check with my mother. 

I’ve had a strange old week.  Not a lot of stitching going on as my father ended up in hospital for two days.  His doctor sent him to the hospital to have some routine checks done to have on file only they found his bloodwork was totally out of whack and seemed to be indicating he could have a heart attack at any time.  That was it…..he was admitted to be monitored!!!  He’s now back home and seems to be doing okay.  He has been put on some new heart medication and they hope that will improve things.  Meanwhile my dad couldn’t understand what the whole fuss was about because he felt fine!!!!!!

Another weekend coming up.  Whatever you’re planning hope it’s a good one!

Until next time…..

Friday, June 14, 2013

When you open a drawer....

Thanks for all the lovely comments last time round, both about my stitching and the wedding pictures.  Three weeks since the wedding and it seems ages ago now.  The honeymooners are home and back to the real world – work!!! 

A little progress to share on A Sampler Story.  The filling in done on the 10th block which, even though I have a love/hate relationship with filling in, I enjoyed and on to the next one.  Love this block.  The nursery rhyme Little Boy Blue has been rolling round in my head while I’ve been stitching this so I feel as though the next block should have cows and the wording ‘the cow’s in the corn’!! It doesn’t!!!!

With my parents now content to be living in residential care I’m gradually starting to sort and clear their house.  We have no plans to sell the house yet but with it unoccupied there are things there of sentimental value, both to my parents and myself, that I would hate to have anything happen too should the worst case scenario of the house being broken into happen.  I don’t remember my maternal grandmother as she died when I was 2.  I always knew that she was gifted when it came to needle and thread and that she worked as a milliner before she got married.  I’ve loved coming across items that belonged to her, some that I knew were somewhere in the house, some that I didn’t.

Here are two of her needle cases.  I knew about this one….

But had no idea there was another one…..

Then I came across a bag with some linen hankies inside.  I found these in amongst them….

And, a real little gem was finding these antique collars folded up in the middle of the hankies. I’d no idea these were there and it was like finding an extra little treasure.

I love that I now have these and I’m wondering if there is any way I could display the collars and hankies.  Thoughts anyone?  Could I get them framed do you think? I feel like they deserve to be seen and not shut away in a drawer.

Well, that’s all from me for this time.  Hope all is well with you and yours and given that it’s almost the weekend – have a good one!

Until next time…

Monday, June 3, 2013

As the dust settles....

Hi everyone!  I had this insane idea that I would manage another blog post before our daughter’s wedding.  A combination of being busy and lack of stitching time and even though I thought I might do a quick fly-by post well, obviously it didn’t happen!  Although the wedding happened on May 24th it has taken more time than I thought it would to get settled back into a more normal routine and I’ve really only got back to some stitching in the last few days.

Stitching first.  Well, there I was being all smug about getting caught up on A Sampler Story.  Didn’t take me long to fall off that particular wagon.  Here is where I’m too…

I had made a start on the 9th square right after the last time I blogged so I had made a bit of progress with that but I only finished it last week and a start made on the 10th one.  Some filling in to do which I tend to have a love/hate relationship with. So, May squares not finished but, given that the French Open tennis is on,  I’m treating myself to sitting in front of the tv, watching tennis to my heart’s content and stitching (and closing my eyes to the state of the house!) and I should get caught up (again!!).

The Sampler Company (Brenda Keyes) A Sampler Story on 32ct cream linen and suggested threads

I do have one finish to share, another of the BOAF Santas.  You know, I think this one is my favourite so far.  I think it’s the black and the red and the contrast with the fabric and he just makes me smile.

BOAF Black Santa using 32ct BOAF Meadowlark linen and suggested threads

And now to the wedding.  We had the most wonderful day. The weather co-operated by being sunny, the happy couple spent the whole time smiling and enjoying their day, I loved every minute of the day while my DH relaxed and enjoyed it more once his speech was made at the reception!!  I don’t usually share pics of my family on here but in this case, I’m making an exception….

(pic should be clickable if you want a closer look)

Until next time….