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Saturday, 11 April 2009

Taking a moment...

hmmm a long moment as blogger seems to have forgotten who I am, it has been so long ;-) ...to call in to my blog at last :) I have not got any fabulous amounts of stitching to share with you to show for the last 7 months (I had kinda lost the will to stitch through lack of time amongst other things) but I have one or two ;-) pieces lined up to show in a couple of postings :)

I shall start in 'December' quite a profound month for me this past year....... I knew I needed to stitch something deep and meaningful to try to stitch it out of me, do you understand that? Mind made up I decided I would start a Brenda Keyes Sampler (more on that another time) which is a big project for me and I want to do it with all the stitchy passion in my heart and my chosen one seemed very fitting.

Until...... lo and behold the very same Sunday night I nearly choked on my cup of tea when I saw that Tanya (The Sampler Girl) had posted on her blog that she had a chart called 'Persuasion' in Jan/Feb (2009) JCS Magazine. It was not the fact that she had a chart in the magazine but more what the chart was !! I thought she was psychic and had created this little beauty ESPECIALLY for me. Not only the wording but the picture too ( remember I love nautical themes) was so appropriate, I could hardly believe it!


I just had to , HAD to, HAD to get this for myself sooooo..... before I had finished the said tea I had my order in to Drema (Neelecraft Corner). I was literally pacing about every morning until this arrived to me from the US, I await the post for any order but I was like a cat on hot bricks waiting for this to arrive.

Then .....oh no agggrrrr , I just didn't have any time to stitch it what with Christmas and New Year, socialising, tiredness, school holidays and all that ( I tried ). BUT I had to wait VERY impatiently, I took the magazine opened at the picture with me every where , in my car , to my Mums, to my bedroom on a night, it was the last thing I looked at before sleep and the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes. finally my day came Monday 5th January !

My children were back at school, I had no end of housework to do after packing up Christmas but that morning after a phone call with somebody which made me feel all the more in need of having to allow things to take their course my priority was thread sorting. Come what may that night was to be the night ;-)

Five nights later 1/1 on my 40ct Lambswool with my own choice of threads and a very dark haired lady (ME) on the picture , I framed what must be my absolute favourite piece/ design that I have ever stitched. It is very tiny only 1 3/4" or 4.4cm wide and delicate and I couldn't believe my luck at finding this perfect sized square frame for it.


When I look at this design it really does make me slow down, THINK about believing in myself more and to try to be calm about things even if it only last for a few moments as I am one of those people who want the answers to the questions of life asap and find it hard to just wait things out. I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this , every stitch came from the heart and I was rather sad it finished but equally loving that it is :-))) Thank-you Tanya for creating the original.


Have a Happy Easter everyone and thank-you to the lovely Margaret for honouring me with an award and to the ladies who have missed my little bits of stitching on my blog :-))

P.S. For any British girls who are interested the frame with mount was from Tesco and it also comes in a larger 8x10 picture size which I have got too :-))



Blogger Leah said...

Welcome back, Lena...you've been missed!

Thanks for sharing your lovely finish...the frame is quite beautiful. :)

4:27 pm  
Blogger Kim B said...

It's beautiful. And I think we all need to be reminded to let things run their course and try to be rid of the anxiety we feel about circumstances and situations. I am infatuated with this little design in this particular frame. It's absolutely lovely!

4:59 pm  
Blogger Patti said...

Dear Helen, I am so happy to see you back blogging again I just can't tell you. Monday I shall go to Tesco and try and get the frame and mount because it will be perfect for something I am doing now. I love what you have done and shall look for the magazine somewhere (probably eBay). I hope you have a very happy Easter and that we can get together sooner rather than later. Lots of Love Patti xxx

5:23 pm  
Blogger Nelapx said...

BRAVOOO... vuelvo a verte de nuevo... Que alegria... lo importante de bordar no es la cantidad, si no que tu te sientas bien con lo que hagas.. y me encantaria un zoom en el cuadro, esta tan hermoso.. guao 1x1 bello....
tu amiga desde venezuela... que parece que pronto, si dios quiere, estara en japon, y luego quiza en paris, si dios asi lo quiere, sera otro año andando por el mundo...

5:47 pm  
Anonymous karenv said...

What an absolutely gorgeous little finish Helen! The frame is perfect for it and over one on 40ct - wow!

Hope everything is OK with you? It sounds like you've had some challenging times of late. Thank you again for such a lovely RAK today {{hugs}}

6:22 pm  
Blogger Margaret said...

Wow! I love how it came out! Over one on 40ct -- I'm impressed! I love how you framed it too. Beautiful!

6:48 pm  
Blogger Loralynn said...

What a charming job you did on your stitchery! Words to live by too!

7:09 pm  
Blogger staci said...

It's wonderful to see a new post from you!!! I have been wondering where you've been and how you are...I hope things have sorted themselves out.

A beautiful, delicate finish...and the frame is equally gorgeous! My, how I've missed your beautiful stitching inspirations!!! A very Happy Easter to you and your family!

8:47 pm  
Blogger Sheila said...

How lovely to see you back. And what a beautiful job you have done with this piece - I love the stitching and the frame.

10:09 pm  
Anonymous nataliejo said...

What a nice surprise to read you again ! I hope everything is back to normal on your side as it seems you have been experiencing difficult times. Thank you for sharing your latest finish : it is absolutely gorgeous ! I love it and now you gave me the bug ! I am going to look for this magazine right away !
I can understand your impatience about it !!! Hope to read you soon ! Hugs, Nataliejo

10:22 pm  
Blogger Heidi said...

Welcome back! I knew you were still 'out there' since you commented on and off to my blog entries. Thanks! This is a beauty! And that frame comes from Tesco??? You never know where you will find the perfect frame. I agree this is a great little design as the quote is very thoughtful. I have been trying let things take their course in my life too with my health problems. Letting go helps find the way. I hope you are well and look forward to seeing more blog posts from you.

Hugs ~

9:24 am  
Anonymous Claudia said...

Welcome back, Helen!!! It's a pleasure to see you around... and with this beauty you stitched, well it's a pleasure to visit your blog once again!!!
Happy Easter and chocolate kisses from Italy!!!

1:12 pm  
Blogger mainely stitching said...

What a great surprise to see your blog pop up in my bloglines this morning! Wonderful to hear from you. :D Wishing you a great day!

1:27 pm  
Blogger Katrina said...

It's so pretty! Love it.

And it is so, so nice to see you posting again. I think we all go through those seasons in life where our lives and priorities shift :-).

2:10 pm  
Blogger Keka said...

It's wonderful to read you again!!
Your latest finish is gorgeous, thank you for sharing it.

2:54 pm  
Blogger Brigitte said...

This little piece is such a beauty. I can't believe it's stitched over one on 40ct - you must have the eyes of an eagle, lol. It looks perfect in that frame.

4:29 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

It's lovely to see you back blogging again Helen. Your little finish is absolutely gorgeous! I love the frame too and shall definitely be checking them out next time I go to Tesco!

I absolutely love my Mac and can honestly say that I have no regrets changing over from a PC!

Happy Easter! :o)

5:11 pm  
Blogger Redwitch said...

Very beautiful and delicate and a lovely thoughful post, it obviously meant a lot to you to stitch this piece.

I hope your next choice brings you as much happiness :)

5:28 pm  
Blogger Carol R said...

Welcome back Helen - you have been sooo missed!
I love your teeny "Persuasion' and the frame is perfect. [Note to self - check out Tesco's]

11:18 pm  
Blogger Dani - tkdchick said...

Welcome back to stitching and blogging!!!!

Its a beautiful piece and I'm glad it got you going again.

4:45 am  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Nice to see you blogging again! I love this piece, the frame is perfect...must check out tescos :)

10:40 am  
Blogger Susan said...

Congratulations on your finish, Helen. It is gorgeous. It is so nice to see a post from you, too!

1:36 pm  
Blogger Xangles said...

Gorgeous, Helen. And it's so great to see you back and stitching again! The frame is just perfect for the design.
Happy Stitching {hugs} Pokua

2:09 pm  
Anonymous Virginia said...

What a lovely stitching ! I do love Tanya's creations. You've found the perfect frame for this amazing work.

6:37 pm  
Anonymous Tina D said...

It's lovely to have you back. You have been missed - I have been lurking here on and off for ages - love your blog.

10:12 am  
Blogger Susimac said...

Its lovely H, and your frame is perfect for it, Glad you are blogging again.

10:21 am  
Blogger Nancy said...

Hello Helen! I have checked your blog once a day hoping you would return. I am so glad to see you and your beautiful stitching again!

You did a lovely job on this. I love how delicate and small it is, and the frame accentuates your stitching so nicely. Aren't Tanya's designs wonderful? They have brought me many happy moments.

Hope you had a Happy Easter! I will look forward to more of your lovely work.

2:22 pm  
Anonymous Isabelle said...

Hi Helen, I just discover your blog today and everything you do is really gorgeous : i love your stitching and your framing : so delicate and elegant .
Thanks for sharing with us your passion.
Have a wonderful day ,

5:55 pm  
Blogger Annemarie said...

Oh hurray! A post from you, and WHAT a post! Like you, I try to stitch designs that are meaningful to me in deeper ways than just 'that would look nice on my sampler wall' (although I do plenty of those too). This one by Tanya is especially wonderful. I also like the new LHN, 'Be True'.
Great finish! But er... over one on 40 count? If anything could get me off stitching, that would be it :o)))

6:56 pm  
Blogger angelasweby said...

Helen, hi there
The best Easter present ever is seeing a blog entry from you :>)
I don't have a blog so have no way of knowing when you post but, most days I nip over to have a little look to see if there's any news. I've missed your entries very much.

Today, we got back a few hours ago from a week away celebrating my MIL's 100th birthday (party yesterday!!) and I thought...oh well, I'll just go and see and there, was not only a lovely picture of your framed stitching, but also some very poignant words. I love this little design too and was waiting for this edition to come into Borders bookshop - we go to Cambridge especially to get it!! Your version is just gorgeous and you've probably increased Tesco's sales 100% with your advertisement for their frame :>) I can understand exactly why you felt the sentiment was so meaningful!
I've written enough. More when you post again :>)
Warm wishes Angela

8:32 pm  
Anonymous NatQuebec said...

what a wonderful miniature you made ! And I was very happy to find you back on the web to see all the wonderful things you make;-)

4:09 pm  
Blogger Moreen said...

This is a gorgeous design
I love the frame what a perfect match for your lovely stitching.
I too will be looking at Tescos.
This is my first visit to your blog and I really enjoyed it.

12:10 am  
Blogger Hazel said...

Yay you're back blogging!! Wowza 1/1 on 40 count. I am very impressed. It looks stunning and frame from Tesco. ho hum just popping to the shop.. xx

8:57 pm  
Blogger Siobhan said...

I'm so glad to see you blogging again! I've been a big admirer way before I ever contemplated starting my own blog. :) Your Sampler Girl finish is STUNNING!! Isn't it wonderful when something speaks to you so much that you can't stop until it's finished and done?? And then you miss it a bit when it's finished? :) I am amazed that you got that beautiful frame at Tesco. We have a Tesco here and I just never thought to look at their frames. It's beautiful!

12:10 pm  
Anonymous Cécile said...

Helen, I'm soooooooooooo happy to read you again.
This model and your interpretation are wonderful, congratulations.
I hope not to have to wait seven months before I read you again ;-)

9:28 am  
Blogger Clare said...

Lovely to see you back.

Your stitching is wonderful.

1:04 pm  
Blogger Sharon said...

Hi Lena, welocme back! I hope we will get to see you around more! Love the finish-it's gorgeous!

7:20 am  
Blogger Solstitches said...

So nice to see a blog entry from you Helen.
Good things are worth waiting for and this finish is just beautiful.
I love Tanya's designs and you really did this one proud.
Who would have thought anything from Tesco could look so elegant. I'll need to check out their frames on my next visit to UK.

9:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C' est magnifique !!
BRAVO !!!!!!!!!!


1:27 pm  

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