Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday and All is Well

I am stitching again! And more than just a couple of xx's. The Mother's Tree was calling my name but I still had to gather up all my supplies and several WIPs, supplies and all, were in my basket within reach so I pulled out Marianne Wenn. Terri and I had started this back in January as a private SAL. She finished. I didn't. I do love the design. We both made thread conversions. On the borders and dividers, I stayed with my chosen thread colors but on the alphabets, I have been picking up whatever I think it needs for zing. I will say that I am very happy with my color choices so far. I was lazy and did not press it before taking the picture. Bad me.

I am sure you have been able to tell by now that I am notorious for making color changes. Pinks, Purples and some blues just don't set well with me. Pastels in general (except yellow) make me scrunch up my nose. Those are always the first colors I change out but maybe I am beginning to mellow as I grow older because I am thinking I will begin staying with chosen colors for a lot of designs. Pastels and all. Not all of them, mind you, but more than in the past. You can see that on Marianne, I began tucking more pinks in here and there (her original color chart does call for some pinks) so it would not be such a total shock to my system later.

I gathered up my threads and fabric for The Mother's Tree by Lavender and Lace. It is done in two colors. A dark green and a lighter green. Very pretty but I wanted more color. A special piece like this really needs to stand out! Did I just say I was not going to change colors? LOL. In my defense, I am not changing the colors of green. Just adding some new colors in other spots! I need my reds! I think this should be a quick finish. No borders (yea! They are beautiful I but cringe at stitching them) and only one motif at the top. The rest are words and dates.

Last weekend, we made the trip out of town to visit the cemetery and place new flowers on the graves. It was a hard weekend but there was a certain peace to it this year. Last Friday was the forty second anniversary of my mother's death and (the next day) Saturday was the second anniversary of my father's passing. While in my old home town we ate lunch at my very favorite BBQ place. I grew up loving it and when I would visit, my father always made sure I would get big plate of it before we left. The picture is how it looked back when I was a kid. Does that show my age?

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post! I did ramble on making it longer than I had intended. I was asked what DH's hobby is. He has loved astronomy since his youth but he bought the Mag Eyes for his side hobby of model trains.
Thank you for stopping by! I enjoy your visits and comments so much! Until next time, may you have simple days and an uncluttered heart.


Margaret said...

Love your Marianne Wenn! The colors are so pretty! I'm not sure what I'll do about the colors when i come to stitch this one. Sorry it's a hard time of year for you. It's always sad when those anniversaries of our loved one's deaths come around.

Gabi said...

Marianne Wenn is looking gorgeous. I like your conversions.
I agree with Margaret. These anniversaries are no easy days :(

Penny said...

The colors are so pretty in your Marianne Wenn. I think it's good to change things if they bother you. So sorry for your hard weekend.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your Marianne Wenn looks wonderful.

Jeanne said...

I'm glad to see you getting back to some stitching - the sampler looks great! It's better to switch out colors than stitch something you aren't happy with.

For some reason I've been dreaming of my dad a lot lately - he's been gone about 5 years now. I don't think you ever stop missing them.

Siobhan said...

Your Marianne Wenn looks great so far! I hope to get to this sampler sooner rather than later. I love your conversion.

Big hugs on the anniversaries. They are always so bittersweet. My dad has been gone 21 years now and I still want to sleep through January 4 so I can avoid that day all together.

Lana said...

Marianne Wenn is looking great! Love the colors your are using!

Vonna said...

Your WIP is looking lovely Sherry, I'm so glad that your back blogging and stitching again :)