I wanted to post this first picture tonight because Ma Teakettle was so very kind to announce my debut on her BLOG this morning. The little verse on the top of her blog caught my eye right away. I stitched this on aida way back in 1993 while providing home-based nursing assistant duties to a sweet elderly woman. She passed away shortly after I completed it. I have no idea who designed it or where I got the chart. I would guess it came from a magazine.
The next picture is of a beautiful apple design I found in a 1992 issue of Cross Stitch & Country Crafts magazine. I stitched it in 2001. I remember picking it up about a year before that though and messing it up so badly I threw it in back in the basket. When I did grab it again it seemed to come together without much trouble. I don't know what I was fretting about. This was one of my first linen pieces. I have always loved anything having to do with apples so this is one of my favorites!
The Country Kitchen Sampler pictured next is a design by Deborah Lambein, a Leisure Arts leaflet. I stitched this one in 1994, two years after the chart was published. It is on aida cloth but I've been kicking around the idea of doing this one again on linen. Hmmm...........
The last photo today is for Stephanie at Joie de Bayou. She was so kind to comment on my last post and ask about a couple of my finished pieces. I'm sorry Stephanie but I just realized that you asked about TWO of them and I only took a picture of one. They are BOTH finished and framed. The pic below of of Birdhouse Row, a design by Diane Arthurs. The chart was published by Imaginating, Inc in 2004 and I completed it a few years after that. The chart called for it to be stitched on 14 ct. aida with DMC#3345, Hunter Green/Dark but I used an unknown blue linen with white DMC floss. I have always liked the look of blue and white, in fact my dishes are the popular Willow Ware pattern.
The colorful piece in the center is called Folk Art Wedding by Dimensions. Masterchief and I were married in December 2005 and I did that one in the Spring of '08, I think.