I'm cleaning my screened-in-porch today. Eating alfresco is lovely....when it's not too hot. Sometimes in Kansas we go from a bit of spring to really hot and muggy summers. Not too much fun to be outside. The porch is shaded ...so it can be nice even in the middle of summer, plus the bonus of no bugs. I'll show you an "after" shot. "Before" shots can be horrifying here... and definitely not blog worthy.
Below is a 2 year old picture of the porch during a photo shoot. I had to take everything out to make it into a sleeping room. This set-up was for the book "Birds Of A Feather." It looks just right for a nap....but not now....it's full of spiderwebs and dust.
I thought today might be nice to show a few more of your samplers in this post. Since this is Memorial Weekend ...I'm showing some samplers that were done in remembrance of someone special.
Connie Schwarz sent the sweet sampler pictured above.
"I dedicated this to my granddaughter, Tori, and included the year of her birth. I changed the bottom row to include two little birds and a floral motif. I have not decided on the finish as yet, although I am leaning toward a mini quilt using the fabric behind it as well as that lace that is laying across it. Now if only I can engage the French side of my brain to do one of those exquisite finishes the French stitchers do.
Candace Shalongo writes:
"This was stitched in loving memory of my grandmother. I was raised miles away from her in another state, but the same warmth and beauty that surrounded my father as he grew up was felt the first time I entered her house. Multi-colored quilts, embroidered linens, and crochet-edged pillowcases adorned every room. I believe my love of needlework began the moment I stepped within these walls and saw these beautiful ‘labors of love’. While stitching Petites Lettres Rouges, I added the motif of the crown over the heart which symbolizes love – her love (and mine) of needle and thread. This love of handwork now encompasses another generation since my daughter has found the great satisfaction of creating with her hands through knitting and quilting.
I used32 count off-white linen, DMC cotton floss (814, 815, 498) & Gentle Art Sampler Threads (Onyx)."
Terry Nixon writes:
Loraine Jezak writes:
"I loved the way the first entry put her Grandmother's name on hers, and after much debate, I followed suit. My Grandmother was quite an inspiration to me. She was an art teacher, and taught me much about color and design. She was a perfect homemaker, and loving wife. I admired her so much. I miss her terribly, as she just passed away in January. I put a little blue in this piece, because it was her favorite color. She had blue everywhere in her house! She even had a blue Christmas tree! Ethna Marie Webb Larson, was the name she went by, but when she filed for Social Security in her 60's, she was shocked to discover that her name was different on her birth certificate. Apparently they named her (I believe Katharine), but her dad started calling her Ethna, and that's what it remained throughout her life."
Enjoy this long weekend holiday!