Hello everyone, and greetings from soggy, swampy Florida!! Tropical Storm Isaac - and the influx of Republican conventioneers - are upon us. Nothing sinister from either one so far, though things are just today getting underway in both cases.
However, I was delighted to find early this morning that Isaac did land me a day at home, something I was more than happy to have. About mid-morning the doorbell rang, which was a little surprising on such a wet Monday. It was the mail carrier! And she was delivering a big box....from Jeanne!
Molly couldn't wait to see what was inside...and neither could I.
So we opened the box together. Here's what we found:
Needless to say Jeanne, I'm thrilled to pieces - what a day brightener! I just love the fun project bag and the needle pillow, both of which I'm sure are your own work. Molly may have her eyes on the shortbread - do dogs and Brits both call them biscuits? - but they'll be safely kept out of paws way. Thank you so much, Jeanne. Talk about paying it forward!
So while we were taking pictures this afternoon, I thought I'd get some of the coolest gift I received recently. Tampa has a chance to showcase itself during the next few days - weather allowing, that is - and one of the things the city is best known for is its booming pre-WWII cigar industry. There are still remnants of it in the old buildings and unique culture around town, but one of the easiest things to identify with are the cigar boxes.
This one was given to me by my coworkers as part of a going away gift. I was thrilled to see how beautifully finished the inside of it is.
It's already perfect for keeping stitching tools and treasures safely away from puppies who like to chew on things they shouldn't!
But it's also set the wheels inside my hot little brain turning...why not finish another box with a squarish stitching design on the inside lid?? I've been hoarding other cigar boxes left over from my old stitching guild days like the treasures that they are. And goodness knows, I probably have at least a few charts and fabric that might work....ha! So something else may be underway soon...I'll keep you posted!
And last but not least, I wanted to share this not-so-great picture of the first sampler I ever attempted on linen. It's my way of honoring Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum, who passed away recently.
I don't remember now the name of the design, but I do recall how impressed I was with myself for choosing to do something so elaborate on a fabric as complicated as 28 count linen. I tip my hat to Marilyn for the design that challenged me to take what seemed like such a big step forward. The date I stitched on this piece is April 4th 1987. My daughter was born in December of that same year, and she'll be 25 in 4 months. Thank you Marilyn, I've had a needle - and increasingly smaller linen counts - in my hand ever since!