I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown

Sharing a common thread with those who love the art of hand embroidery

Friday, May 22, 2020

Bless My "very little" Kitchen Lord

I love making miniature things.......and I love creating miniature scenes.
Much of my miniature decor, I have made with things that I have on hand,
so of course if you look closely you will see it is not perfect and there are 
many flaws.  But I make these things for the enjoyment..........not for competition.
A poem that is often seen on kitchen keepsake plates is what inspired me to 
make this scene:
Bless my little kitchen Lord, I love its every nook.
 And bless me as I do my work, Wash pots and pans and cook.
 May the meals that I prepare Be seasoned from above
 With Thy great Blessing and Thy Grace But most of all - Thy Love. 
As we partake of earthly food The table Thou has spread,
 We'll not forget to thank Thee, Lord, For all our daily bread.
 So bless my little kitchen, Lord, And those who enter in. 
May they find naught but joy and peace And happiness therein. 

Since I am on the topic of kitchens, I want to invite you over to my " My Country Kitchen"
blog to share a wonderful cool and delicious recipe with you.

This is such a wonderful dessert/fruit salad for those hot days of summer
and for get togethers.  It would be wonderful for this Memorial Day 
weekend!   Just click onto the link below
for this wonderful recipe! 
Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Try to remember..........

Forgiving people who have hurt you 
is your gift to them.
Forgetting people who have hurt you
is your gift to you.
(author unknown)
from the inspirational words of Helen Steiner Rice.......
You cannot change reality, but you can control the manner in which you look at things. Your attitude is under your own control. Weed out the negative and focus on the positive!”

Wishing you positive, bright days ahead!

Friday, May 1, 2020

An Oriental Tea Garden...........38 years later

I hope this finds all of you well and that you have not suffered from this dreadful coronavirus.
I hope you all have found a way to "hang on" and to get through this difficult time. 
As many of you have seen through the news media, one positive thing this virus has brought out......
is the spark of creativity in many. I hope after this has all passed, that everyone will still hang on to 
their imagination and keep creating.  
I decided this year that I have 3.......yes 3, embroidery 
projects that I want to work on and finish  by the end of this year...........
are many of you chuckling at this thought??  It's okay.....
I completely understand that 1 is probable......but 3??
Anyhow, I purchased this lovely kit 38 years ago.....just before marriage,
3 children, and a life detour away from this kit..............now ....dear husband has slowed down.....children have grown and flown,
 I dug it out of my stash.......still pristine......unopened........
and ready. 

It is from the Sunset company and titled, Oriental Tea Garden.
I fell in love with it at the needlework store the instant I saw it so many years ago.
I have always wanted a lovely pond.......a shaded place to enjoy fish and lovely flowers.
Southwest Texas is not an ideal place for such a luxury.
This is our actual pond...........crooked mesquite trees that give an interesting look, hang over the pond,
but do not offer much shade in the 100 plus Texas heat.  However, it is a wonderful quiet place to sit in the early morning/late afternoon.  I have tried to plant various flowers along the pond edge......but
with these wild woods.....many varmints eat everything I plant.  So I try to make
wildscapes that go with the area instead.  
There are pretty gold fish that I enjoy to watch

and out here in the middle of "dry" nowhere,  bullfrogs
come to visit the pond

However, through the years of embroidery, I have discovered that I do not like to 
embroider with yarn......such as in crewel work........which this kit was meant for and 
it came with all of the yarn. But if you have hung around and have read my blog over the many  years.......you know........I always change things around and embroider the way I would like the design to be. At least with this pond scene, I can add anything I want with needle and thread.........no heat, no varmints can take it away.

I matched embroidery floss with the colors of the yarns.  The first thing I decided to embroider 
was the tree.  And I am pleased with how it has turned out.  But then........I realized.....there is so much green, brown and gray in this project.........I want more color, 
so this is where I started changing things up.........a bit.

This is how the package photo shows the finished design.  If  you look where I placed the arrows,
I did not like to have just green bushes in front of the window.  Also, I did not like the faint blue
roof top.

I decided to add french knot flowers and daisy flowers underneath the window instead.
I  chose a brighter color for the roof, and I used perle cotton floss for the rocks. 
I have not worked with perle cotton floss much.....but for large areas such as this, it worked great.

I also wanted to see Koi goldfish and lilypads on the stream. However,   I did not want the embroidered goldfish to look like they were laying on top of the water, and I felt that would happen if I satin stitched them.   With the fabric being tinted and shaded, I drew a few fish and worked a simple outline stitch on them to make them look as if they were under the water.  I then made some lilypads.

This little "change up" I am happy with.

If you look at the piece from a distance, the fish do not glare out
......which is what I was hoping that they wouldn't. 
I also worked the bridge......pretty much as the pattern shows.
This has been such an enjoyable piece to work on. 
So now..........tell me........have you been side tracked with the virus
and have found creative time on your hands?  
What are you creating?  Are you embroidering, crocheting, knitting, 
I would love to hear!
Stay safe dear friends!