Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Stitching deja vu

Ahhh..there's nothing like getting nostalgic for your youth. I've been thinking recently about my younger years and while I ponder how fast the decades have flown by I also marvel at how much I've learned. I was so utterly clueless back "in the day".  I'm not so sure I want to return to my teenage or young adult years and all the angst they brought. I feel content now and while my face is lightly lined with wrinkles and there is an occasional ache in these weathered joints I wouldn't  trade my maturity for anything. Well..maturity may be stretching a borrowed virtue too far, especially since I have many child-like and playful moments.

At any rate, I recently came across a picture of my first stitching project. In fact, I still have it--and forgot about it. I now have it displayed prominently in my craft room. It's a very diminutive and simple design, but I love it so. You see it was not only the first cross stitch I ever attempted, but also my dear Great Aunt Kay helped me with it. She had sewn beautiful large cross stitch projects for years: mostly of fruits, flowers and owls. I had admired them from afar. Once my Mother had purchased a small kit at a gift shop, I finally felt brave enough to ask Kay for help.

I made some mistakes, and had to frog a few stitches. Backstitching gave me fits and its quite possible that sometime in the future it may come apart. Confession time again: in a fit of frustration I just snipped an offending stitch and just continued on without re-anchoring it! GASP!! Oh the horror! is a picture of my first ever stitching project:
Pretty cute, aye?

Hmmm..sort of looks familiar. Kinda close to my new finish: lil' Miss Dewdrop!

Apparently my choice in project themes hasn't changed much in 26 years. Dewdrop was another wonderful stitch. The flower bead and "dewdrop" beads add so much character!

So, now I am left without a project. I've done so many smalls that I'm "itching" to dive into a larger project. Perhaps one of my WIP's. Although, there are still a number of smalls that are calling me, and I need to complete a pillow for an exchange. It's time for bed so I'll figure it all out tomorrow.

Good night all. Pleasant!


Beth B.


  1. Congrats on the finish! I think it's adorable!

    I still have my first piece too. It's a bookmark. :)


  2. Thanks McKenna!

    I remember doing bookmarks! Wow...I haven't done one in such a long time! I feel another project coming on! LOL!

    Thanks for reading my blog and your lovely comment!

    Brightest Blessings!

    Beth B.