Another post? Yep, maybe the last one was not a fluke!
Rob and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in November. Every once in a while it falls on Thanksgiving which is always kind of fun, except that I have to get up at the crack of dawn so I can cook all day, never get to sit down, the guys watch the Lions play football and hmmm... yeah, not so fun, I guess. Anyway, this year is our 25th so I thought I'd stitch something to commemorate this special year. I saw Barbara Anna's design called "Love Never Fails" when Carol Sims posted her beautiful finish and I thought it'd be perfect to turn into a wedding/anniversary sampler. My interpretation incorporates both the year we got married and this year, our wedding date and our names. I had to eliminate the cats (sorry, Cari) and one of the flower urns by our dapper fellow to make the changes fit. I also added some over one elements, too. I can't wait to get it framed! I really enjoyed stitching this piece and have no doubt that Rob will be thrilled. LOL~
"Love Never Fails"
designed by Barbara Anna
stitched on 35 count WDW Tin Roof linen
DMC threads, 1 over 2.
Don't you love the polka dotted birds?
I hope Rob doesn't see this post - I'm pretty sure he doesn't know I've decided to start blogging again, so I think we're safe. This isn't a present for him, per se, but I do want it to be a kind of surprise. At least he'll know I was thinking about our anniversary prior to the night before when I go find the lamest anniversary card, ever!
I added a few extra, colorful diamonds to the dress:
25 years deserves to be over one:
This pic is a better representation of the fabric color, though still not exactly right. It's truly gorgeous in person. Try it - you won't be disappointed.
I had to add some extra hearts under the names so they didn't look like they were floating:
The very last part to be finished was the gentleman's pants. He just flat out refused to put them on. Nasty boy!
I also changed the diamond border, ever so slightly. I couldn't use brown for the border because I had stitched our names in brown. That also meant I had to change the diamond colors a bit. I just used whatever was handy and then, like Barbara, stitched the mirror image on the other side. An easy adjustment to make.
This is what Barbara's pattern looks like without all my changes. Beautiful, isn't it?
I hope I can get an equally beautiful frame.
Next time I'll show you my American Sampler by Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers all framed and in it's glory. It is FABULOUS!!!
These were my estate sale finds this weekend:
This old, carved, concrete pot was a steal at $15 - don't you love the patina on it? And those daffodils!!! Love….
This one was even less $ - not as much patina but heavy concrete and I can't wait to put some mums in them.
Finally, a couple of old graters, being used as candle hurricanes. I think they were fifty cents each.
Cheap and easy, outdoor goodies!
Have a great week my friends and thank you so much for the warm welcome back to blogging.