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!


  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.

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

  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!

  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!

  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!

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

  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


  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.

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

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

  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.

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

  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!!!!

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

  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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