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May you always be blessed with walls for the wind and a roof for the rain
and drinks beside the fire ~ Laughter to cheer you and those you love near you ~
and all that your heart may desire...

Friday, October 28, 2011

There and Back Again... A Stitcher's Tale...


Or...
The Long and Winding Road out of the Dark Forest...


It has been a long, long while my friends... Yet Again... and I do not have any grand excuses for my overlong absence other than my total and complete loss of blogging mojo... and unfortunately every other mojo I may have possessed fell into step right along behind it... and off they crept into the dark, and shadowed woodland... and me, being the curious sort I am, of course could do naught else save follow heedlessly and pell-mell into the darkness!  And oh, my but what a dark and dreary place I found myself... the shadows stretched deep and long and no sunlight graced the darkened paths and I found myself quite alone most of the time...   Thank Heavens, I did have the foresight to holdfast to my stitching bag 'ere I stepped into the unknown  ~ thus finding solace here and there with my needle and thread in the faint traces of light filtering down through the shadows... 

Thus I do not have a lot of grand stitching finishes to show for my long absence from Bloggiton... just a few wee finishes... nothing of any outstanding significance ~ no amazingly wonderful and artful finishes galore or beautiful Samplers as those glorious beauties that grace the blogs of stitchers extraordinaire such as ~ Siobhan ~ Margaret ~ Kathy Ellen ~ CatherineSally ~ BabsGlennaTanya ~ Laurie ~ Carol ~ Lois ~ LynnBarbara and Jan ~ just to mention but a wee, wee handful of all the awe-inspiring needlewomen of renowned magnificence with whom I have had the ultimate pleasure in visiting your blogs... and those of you I have come to know as friends...  sharing in your beautiful and inspiring needlework and your lives... your amazing stories... Your joys and laughter... your tears and sorrows... your perseverance in times of distress... your words of encouragement...  Thank you all...  And most of all I thank my dearest love, my Chief Inspector and my precious family...  You all have been Angels unaware...  And you remain rays of light through the shadows... Blessings in times of darkness.... if not for you all ~ and if not for the continued love and support of my Dearest and Precious Beloved, Chief Inspector and my Dear and oh, so precious family, and you, my dear friends, and of course my faithful stitching, I fear I would remain forever lost in the Dark Forest...

Well... enough of the darkness and on towards the light... Thus without further ado... a few stitchy finishes over time and a few finishes I had framed that I never got around to posting in the last long while...

Petites Lettres Rouges...
Stitched with Red Fox and Tulip Belle Soie Silks...
on Belfast R & R French Vanilla Linen...
finished in August of 2009

Loves Me... Loves Me Not
by Stone and Thread...
Stitched with GAST and WDW Threads
on Cashel R & R Dark Cappuccino Linen...
finished November 2009...

And I also had this one framed last year.  It is one of my favourite mouldings... Oh, I do Love this frame...  I have several more finishes tucked away in a drawer that I want to have framed... and hopefully not too far away in the distant future...  A stitcher can dream!  

Loves Me... Loves Me Not...
by Stone and Thread...
Stitched with GAST and WDW Threads
on Cashel R & R Dark Cappuccino Linen...
finished in November 2009...

And I also had this one framed a couple of years ago... and since my blogging has been nearly non-existent in the last two years, I have yet to post it.

Ladybugs and Bumblebees...
Stitched with GAST, Crescent Colours and DMC
32 count Country French Cafe Mocha Linen
Finished 21 June 2006

Ladybugs and Bumblebees...
Stitched with GAST, Crescent Colours and DMC
on 32 count Country French Cafe Mocha Linen
framed in 2009

Hen Party
by Little House Needleworks...
Stitched with Crescent Colours and DMC threads...
on Cashel R & R Iced Cappuccino Linen
Finished April 2009

Hen Party by Little House Needleworks...
Stitched with Crescent Colours and DMC Threads
on Cashel R & R Iced Cappuccino Linen
Finished in April 2009

Hinzeit Design ~ Fireman...
Modified to Fire Chief by Lizzy
Stitched with Thread Gather SilknColours In the Reds
on Cashel R & R FogLifter Blend Linen
Finished 11 June 2010...

Hinzeit Design ~ Fireman
Modified to Fire Chief by Lizzy
Stitched with ThreadGather SilknColours In the Reds
on Cashel R & R FogLifter Blend Linen
Finished 11 June 2010...


And yet it is another finish I have had framed ~
a Gift for my beloved Chief Inspector...
Fire Chief and Lieutenant Detective extraordinaire...

Sweet Friendship
By Silver Creek Samplers...
Stitched with Overdyed Threads
on Cashel R & R Daily Grind Linen
Finished 4 July 2010 for dear friend, Jan...

Glory Bee by Glory Bee Designs...
Stitched with overdyed Threads
on Cashel Vintage Country Mocha 
I added the wee flower ~
Finished in July 2011

I stitched two of these cute wee "My Dad" pillows by Pine Mountain Designs for my sons for Father's Day... I substituted the Aida for a Belfast Cream linen... 

Stitched with DMC Threads
On Belfast Cream Linen
for my son, Elisha
Father's Day June 2011

Stitched with DMC Threads
on Belfast Cream Linen
for my son, Jamie
Father's Day June 2011

And a few wee Christmas ornaments I stitched in the Winter of 2010 and early 2011 ~ Silly me did not write them down in my stitching journal, thus I have not a clue as to exactly when I stitched them...

You Are My Gift
Stitched with DMC and Kreinik Threads
on Cashel Vintage Country Mocha...
Finished in February 2011


Christmas Eve
Stitched with DMC threads
on Cashel Vintage Country Mocha Linen
Stitched in Winter 2010 ~ 2011

Glory to God
Stitched with Belle Soie Silks
on Belfast Autumn Fields
I changed the colour palette
Stitched in Winter 2010 ~ 2011

Fa La La ...
Stitched with DMC threads
on Cashel Vintage Country Mocha
Stitched in Winter 2010 ~ 2011

Fa La La ... 
Stitched with DMC Threads
on Cashel Vintage Country Mocha
Stitched in Winter 2010 ~ 2011

And as always Mr Darcy is ever my faithful assistant with the photos... he so loves attention...  And Roses...


Hmmm.... if I bide my time and stretch out here ever so nonchalantly... she will remember that she forgot something... she's always forgetting something... and she will leave the room and then they are mine... all mine...   


Ah ha.... just a wee bit longer...
Ah, yes!  She's remembering...   
she's turning to walk away.... 
Ah, my precious, you are almost mine ~
transforming into stealth mode now...


Ah, my precious... Almost mine at last...
Almost... not quite!  

My Everything
Stitched with Tulip Belle Soie Silks
on Cashel Vintage Country Mocha
Finished in February 2011
Stitched for my beloved Chief Inspector...


And just because I love this one so much... another photo of this lovely design by the wonderfully, talented ladies, Barb and Alma... I dearly love, love, love everything by Blackbird Designs...

Heart in Bloom...
From A Stitcher's Journey
Stitched on Cashel R & R Espresso Linen
I changed the colour palette...
Finished May 2011

Heart in Bloom
By Blackbird Designs...
with Mr Darcy
Stitched for my beloved Chief Inspector...

Plumpkin...
Stitched with Overdyed, Kreinik and DMC Threads
On Cashel Vintage Country Mocha
Finished October 2011



I think I may have a couple of other finishes tucked away in a drawer... but they will keep until another time... And shhh... I dare not even mention the WIPs and UFOs...  I do declare, there are far, far too many and I really must get busy with my needle... and since I got my new Spectacles a few weeks ago ~ many thanks to my darling, Chief Inspector ~ I can finally see what I am stitching, I seem to get a lot more accomplished!  I can not believe Christmas is nigh upon us and I have so many ornaments I need to stitch... 

And I just have to show a photo of my most current WIP and it is what I am stitching now ~ I first saw this darling design over on  Siobhan's  blog and you know I just had to start stitching it... It is so me, and reminds me of my sojourn in the Dark Forest... And yes, I do dance with squirrels whene're it strikes my Fancey...  I was hoping to finish by Halloween... alas, me thinks not... Oh, well... Not to worry, for I am sure this one will hang in my home all the year 'round...  It makes me smile...  

Fancey Blackett ~ The Harvest Dance
Stitched with DMC and Hickory Sticks CC Threads
on Cashel R & R Dark Cappuccino

And I could not blog without posting a photo of my sweet precious Angels... this was taken in August and is one of the most recent I have of them all together... Catalina, poor wee sweetpea had been crying and sweet pumpkin' Caleb was busy eating and sweet "Wee Willie" Benjamin just thought it was all so funny...

Jamie with Sweet "Wee Willie" Benjamin,
 Sweetpea Catalina and Pumpkin Caleb with Brandy...


And later, if I don't disappear into the Dark Forest yet again, I hope to share with you some adventures of late... all the grandchildren's birthdays... my wee Jamie's romantic wedding by the seashore... a trip back into the days of yore at the Renaissance Faire... a Safari at the Zoo... just to mention a few... and then, whatever dreams may come along the way...

Hopefully, I will continue along this long and winding road out of the shadows and back into the light... as long as there is love... and family... and friends...  wee shafts of sunlight filtering through the Dark Forest... precious rays of golden inspiration leading me ever towards the light and the road back home...

I finally had this one framed a while back...
And indeed, stitching is a sweet comfort to the soul... 


I am sorry I have rambled on and on for such a long, long time... Thank you for visiting my dear readers and friends... may your days be Blessed and filled with love, joy and peace...

My soul is fed with needle and thread... 

Blessings always in stitches...

Lizzy
xox

I am thankful for precious moments... precious grandchildren and children... dear sweet friendships... sunshine through the shadows... and my precious and everlasting true love, my Chief Inspector...
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