Monday, May 28, 2007

A Good Memorial Day

These aren't very good pictures. Since DD can't find her digital camera, I tried to scan framed pieces and pillows I finished. They're also not in the order that I wanted them in, but I'm too tired to redo them. I framed 3 pieces and made 3 pillows today. It took all day. I got them finished just in time to do dinner. The picture above is a piece that I did for DD 2 years ago - right before my son died. I had not cross stitched in years, and this was the first piece I did when I started stitching again. The picture isn't very good at all. I got the jeweled frame at Walmart on sale for $1.00! It is a standup frame. The jewels match the flowers in the heart perfectly, but you can't see it very well in the picture. The heart has a red center, not black! lol DD really liked the way it turned out!

The picture above is so dark! I did this in 2006, and I am finally getting it framed! I wanted it framed for Memorial Day! I wish it wasn't so dark; I love the colors in this piece!

This one above is very dark, but I wanted to post it, because I finished the stitching in 1996! It has taken me 11 years to finally make myself frame it! I had the frame, too. I stopped stitching around 1997 or 98, because I was so overwhelmed with teaching and taking care of my children. I have suffered from depression since I was in my early 20s, and it was really bad during those years that I couldn't stitch. I was finally beginning to feel normal again, when my son died! I am hanging this piece in my kitchen.

The "flattened" pillow above is a piece I recently stitched. It is very small. I like the way it turned out.

The picture above is not very good either! This is a piece I finished stitching recently. The only thing about this pillow that I am not very happy about is the material I chose for the border and back of the pillow. I love the ladybug hearts, but the material is very thin! And the seams show through. But I still like it anyway! It is the medium-sized pillow I did today. I did one more pillow that is 14" x14". I told DD that these are my "3 Bears " pillows. There is a little baby pillow, a medium-sized mama pillow, and a big papa pillow. I haven't stuffed the large pillow yet. It's the flowers and bugs piece I did recently. I'll have to take a camera picture of it to show on my blog. It's too big for the scanner!

We decided to have a cookout today to celebrate Memorial Day! DD's Dad grilled hamburgers and I fixed fries and sliced the onions, tomatoes, etc. It was on our diet, so we really enjoyed it. We were going to cut up a watermelon and have some of it, too; but we were just too tired and decided to save that for tomorrow. We did have dessert! I made up this recipe when I did Weight Watchers years ago before I had even met DD's Dad. I toasted 2 halves of an English muffin with a little diet margarine spread on them. Then I put a little strawberry Simply Fruit spread on them, and topped them off with a scoop of light vanilla ice cream! It tastes like strawberry shortcake and is on our diet! DD wasn't here to get hers. I'll fix her one tomorrow.

So I am extremely tired, but I have almost finished finishing the stitched pieces that had accumulated over the last few years! I still have about 3 more pieces to do tomorrow, but I am putting them on padded cardboard to hang in different places. I was determined to finish the sewing projects so that I could put up the sewing machine!

So I have really accomplished a lot the last 2 days. It feels very good to get these things done! And we had a very good Memorial Day. I hope all of you had a good day, too! May God bless you!


The needle & I said...

Hi! All your pieces are adorable. I love the ladybug pillow. It feels good to finish pieces that have been put away, I know I am one to do that, lol. Your cookout sounds delicious.

Carla said...

Great finishes!!!Congrats!!
My favorite one is the patriotic angel...I'm a big Alma Lynne fan :)

Jenna said...

Great work, Vicki. You have been really busy! :D

Selina said...

love your finishes. They're all so pretty!! *hugs*