Sunday, November 14, 2021

A reveal

I am tempting the fates a little bit here by revealing one of my secret projects today. I was invited to the bridal shower of one of my daughter's childhood friends. I have known Annmarie since she and my daughter were in elementary school. They met on one their early soccer teams. Here they are at age 7. My daughter was missing a front tooth.

 Annmarie was one of my daughter's bridesmaids and now my daughter is going to be one of hers in January. Here is a pic of the two of them at my daughter's bridal shower.

Well I decided that I needed to make a simple wedding sampler for Annmarie and her fiance. Since I have another more extensive secret project that is time sensitive, I couldn't start something big, so I found this pattern in an old Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine from May 2011.

It was only three colors and very symmetric so quite easy to stitch. I didn't have the recommended floss, but I had some similar colors in the floss that I had inherited from my aunt several years ago that were very close. I also had just enough Aida cloth. I kitted it up and brought it to work. Thankfully I had one week where I had a whole lot of free periods on and off during the week. Once it was finished, I washed and ironed it and I even framed it myself.


I hope she and her fiance like it.

I have also been adding a few rows to the Elephant baby blanket. I have finally gotten to the hooves (I think that is what you call elephant feet). I have finished 42 out of 105 rows. 


Before the rain came in an washed out the afternoon, Hubby, myself and our daughter went for a walk in the local preserve.

There were a whole lot of geese.

There were a few ducks.
It was nice to just spend some time looking out over the lake.

We got a selfie on our walk back to the car.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!


18 comments:

  1. Sure they will love your cross stitchaed gift. It is a beautiful picture frame.
    Love the pictures and the self of yourselves. Beautiful family.
    Have a great week Cathy.

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  2. that is a nice stitchery - love the selfie of you all

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  3. What a pretty and thoughtful gift for your daughter's friend! That will be a keepsake for her. I love that you used vintage thread in it.
    You live in a beautiful area for walks!

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  4. Hi Cathie, I actually got a tear seeing those lovely girls young and grown up now (I am quite sentimental0. That is a sweet gift hand stitched by you. Very special. It is nice to see you too!

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  5. That's such a pretty gift for the special couple! I like the colors you used for your version. Looks like a lovely walk, too!

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  6. Beautiful stitching, and nice progress on the elephant blanket. Happy stitching!

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  7. Cathie: This is such a beautiful Wedding Sampler, your daughter and her friend are so pretty.
    The baby blanket is coming along.
    Nice photos of you and family.
    Have a lovely day

    Catherine

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  8. What a wonderful gift for your daughters friend, and wonderful indeed that you stitched it up so quickly. I'm looking forward to seeing the elephant baby blanket evole.

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  9. Annmarie and her fiance will love your pretty cross stitch gift. It looks lovely in the frame. A fabulous selfie of you all.

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  10. That's a lovely gift for your daughters childhood friend. Very special. It looked like a beautiful day for a family walk.

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  11. Your cross stitch is so beautiful and what a treasure it will be for Annmarie and her fiance. Have a wonderful week and happy stitching.

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  12. Great family photos ,
    love the cross stitch gift .

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  13. Cathie.... I love the wedding sampler you are making for the lucky bride and groom... how sweet of her to invite you too! Enjoy the party ... I am sure the couple will enjoy the cross stitch forever!
    And how nice to have your daughter visiting!!!!
    Kathi

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  14. beautiful gift!! What a treasure and I love the nature photos :) Memories made!!

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  15. The wedding cross stitch is lovely. The colors are so peaceful. Is there space for a picture on the left side? The crocheted elephant ghan is looking so cute. Looks like you had a nice walk. Enjoy.
    Do come by for a visit

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