Tuesday, June 30, 2009

THREADS AND PENNIES

This pretty little sampler is from the Blackbird Design's book, You're Invited. It is a quilting book, but shows pictures of rooms with lovely samplers on the walls. I am smitten. We have a wonderful cross stitch shop here in Virginia Beach called Dying to Stitch, and it is just two doors down from the quilt shop. They are so friendly and helpful there and they have walls full of beautiful samplers. I could get seriously carried away. They helped me pick out this beautiful linen for my project. I have only X-stitched on aida cloth in past years. I was skeptical if my eyes would work on these tiny threads. I did feel relieved to find out that I crossed the floss over two strands of thread. I work under an ott light and pick up a magnifying glass from time to time. It is coming along! I would like to say I am almost finished, but it goes so slowly! I wonder how many hour I have in this project? I wonder if anyone else will love it in future years?
We don't pay much attention to pennies these days, so I didn't realize that they had made changes in our change. My niece held up a penny the other day and wondered about the new picture on the back. She thought it looked like a polo player. My daughter took a look and said maybe it was a lumberjack. Now remember how small a picture on a penny is. It was years before I learned that you could actually see Lincoln sitting in the doorway to the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial is no longer on the new pennies. (Follow that link to read about it.) But at least Abraham Lincoln is still on that penny! Those dingbats really had me worried!

Regular readers of this blog have heard me talk about my youngest granddaughter whom I have dubbed the Plumpkin. We cannot call her plump any longer, but I still like the nickname. She is now a sassy and comical four year old. Doesn't this picture say it all?

Last night my daughter was traveling from Minnesota to their new home in Montana. Her husband had gone on line and arranged a room for her and the kids at a very nice hotel. The Plumpkin took a look around, jumped up on the bed, laid down with her hands behind her head and her ankles crossed, and said, "Princess Kathryn, you got it good!"

Well my friends, with the 4th of July holiday coming up this weekend here in America, and even in spite of all the political turbulence, I hope we can all sit back and relax and say, "We got it good!" Give thanks!



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13 comments:

passingdowncrazy said...

Amen! We do have it good. And Princess Kathryn is adorable!

sewprimitive karen said...

The sampler is so pretty. Love the multicolors. And Plumpkin is adorable!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

We got it good, alright! If that little one isn't just the cutest thing I don't know what is! I love it, didn't know about the new pennies, thanks for that. I adore samplers, yours is no exception.

Julie-Ann said...

Wow. I'm impressed with the sampler. Good work.

Enjoy the holiday. We are fortunate and blessed to live in the United States. Here we are free to buy all the quilt fabric we want! LOL

corry said...

What a beautiful crossstitch sampler, I love the blackbird designs. And what a cute plumpkin!

paula, the quilter said...

These aging eyes need help too when it comes to the little things. I put on a pair of those magnifying half-glasses in front of my bifoculs. I am running out of nose with 2 pairs on there. Plumpkin is so cute!

Karen said...

I don't have time for the Blackbird sampler right now but have been eying the pattern in the book for a while now.

Polly said...

I love the sampler, I wish I had time for all the cute stuff out there. I'd love it if you got in to rug hooking also, so cute.

Yvonne said...

She is so cute and yes, we do have it good....so much to be thankful for. :) Your cross stitch is coming out awesome. You're making me want to pull out some of mine.

Anne said...

Your Plumpkin is absolutely adorable. Don't you just love hearing about all the funny things they say? Being a Gramma is the best, huh?

Janet said...

I love the funny little things that come out of their mouths, what a cutie pie. I love the old samplers, never done one but I'd love to. I'm sure it will be treasured.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love samplers of all kinds. I haven't done any counted cross stitch in years but I still do lots of embroidery. I can't seem to find linen any more except in tiny pieces. And the closest shop that carries it is an hour away.:(
And I definitely agree with your grandaughter - I've got it good! blessings, marlene

NancyNoBlogBlogs said...

I love that sampler cross-stitch. Very cute!