If you are in the U.S., it is Father's Day, today. I know I've mentioned my dad on this blog a few times, he even did a guest post. I have to tell you, he is the best guy! I don't know that I know, or will ever know, a better man than he. My dad did not grow up with an easy life; his family was poor and his own dad passed away when he was young. He was raised by his mom and she had few of the extra comforts in life, either for herself, or to give her children. Many of the things I take for granted as necessities would have been pure luxury to her and my dad and his brothers and sister. From this humble upbringing, without a dad of his own to model himself after, came this extraordinary man. He is a retired officer from the U.S. Army, he is a fitness instructor, he is a gardner, an avid reader, a man of God, and a kind hearted and loving man who provided advice and guidance when needed (still does) and is still a great father to me, a father to my husband and the best grandfather, ever! We are all so lucky to have you in our lives, Dad!
I love you.
Happy Father's Day!!!
My dad and me at the Grand Canyon. Believe it or not, he may be more fit now than he was back then! I love you, Dad!
I am blessed to have many good friends in my life and one of them just sent me the most wonderful package. Marilyn and I have corresponded quite a bit and have gotten to know each other through our mutual love of stitching. We are stitching the Adam and Eve Reproduction Sampler from the May 2009 edition of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show you what I've gotten done as well as the treasures she sent me.
Have a look:
You can click to enlarge a little bit, if you'd like.
Yes! Your eyes are not deceiving you! Look at all the Sajou beauties Marilyn sent me.
Petite scissors, a barrel tape measure, beautiful pearl top pins and the most wonderful thread winders. Not only are the products beautiful but look at the pretty boxes the scissors and tape measure came in. I could not have been more surprised or delighted by such a generous and loving gift! Thank you so much, Marilyn, you did too much!
As you can see, my stitching is progressing. I am absolutely loving working on this piece. I think the reason is two-fold. First, I love the colors - beautiful pinks and greens just look so pretty together. Secondly, the idea that three of us are stitching it together, is so fun! Check out Marilyn and Faye's blogs for their updates. I am probably a weird stitcher though. I will stitch for an evening or two and then I have to unroll the whole thing to look at it. Do you ever do that? I know some people that work on scroll rods may not peak until the whole thing is done. I just can't do it ~especially when I'm so enjoying stitching something.
I did decide to put my own initials in this piece and I dated it in the lower left corner. What? You can't see the date?
Here, look closer; it's a little hard to make out:
Stitched over one so it would blend with the border.
A few more pics of my goodies and the sampler:
Not sure if I'll finish by the next update or not. That over one is tedious and the constant color changes are a real pain. But, I will persevere! If you're interested, we will post the color conversion when all done.
Not sure if I've shown you this little treasure or not and honestly, I'm too lazy to go searching thru my blog. I'm really bad about labeling my entries so finding something from an old post is sometimes challenging.
I found this lovely little pin cushion at an estate sale. Isn't it sweet?
Small, delicate and dainty. The ribbon is a little worse for wear but it's a beautiful piece that I would imagine was made by hand. Maybe the shells came from Nantucket (one of my favorite places).
That's it for today, friends. As always, thank you so much for stopping by.
I hope you've all had a good weekend and that you have a wonderful week, too!
Happy Father's Day!