Friday, October 19, 2007


I'm in a bit of a reflective mood today as I await news from my sister in regards to my Mum who has been re-admitted to hospital this morning. Mum has lung cancer and for the last week or so has been on oxygen at home. This morning she couldn't put up with the pain in her back any longer and had to be admitted for stronger pain killing help.

I thought that I would show you my collection of girls. Some of these reminds me of my sister and my self. The above one is by Carriage House Samplings and is called "Sisters".

The next three are my French Doll collection. I did these a long time ago when I was expecting one of my sons and they are very important to me. They all hang in my bedroom and I love to look at them. The first one always reminds me of my sister and I when we were little. I was a flower girl when one of my Aunts was married and my Mum has a photo of my sister and I dressed in pink and blue dresses.
These two are worked on very fine linen. Possibly 40 or higher, I can't remember. They are both done over 2 with one strand of DMc thread.
This one was done on 32ct over 2 with 2 strands of thread.
The following ones are of a piece of needlework that is also from Cross Stitch and Country Crafts Magazine. I like this because it always reminds me of a American Primitive Painting. I also have the graph for the little boy who matches her but I have never got around to doing him.

I tried to take close ups of this one as it not only contains cross over 2 but also over 1 and other specialty stitches, such as satin stitch french notes, lazy daisy, eyelet stitch etc. I always love her eyes as they and her brooch are done over one.

Suzanne at Squazi and the Chicken has nominated me for a "You make me Smile Award. I am greatly humbled by this and it made my day when she told me. When my head clears and I am able to sit down and work out who make me smile I will publish a post. (Also I have trouble linking them).

Thank you for all the lovely people who have been visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments. I love to travel around the world via my blog. I used to travel around the world with my sister before I was married and I have been to some beautiful places. Unfortunately I haven't been to America (she has) but I love England and Europe especially France and Italy.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.


Suzanne said...

Sorry to hear about your Mum. I hope that the hospital can lessen her pain and make her more comfortable.

These designs that you have shared are beautiful. You have done such a wonderful job. Where do you find all that time?

I am glad that I could make you happy with the smile award. Thanks for the link to the French designs, there are some really good ones there. I have some ideas of what I could do with them, when I can find some time. :)

Barbara said...

I hope your mom gets some pain killer for her pain.

Very nice stitching, you do really lovely work!

Vonna said...

I am so sorry for your Mum....I pray she finds some relief and that she can get some better.
What a special relationship you and your sister have...and what lovely pictures you have stitched to grace your home.
My prayers and thoughts are with you during this troubling time.

Wendy said...

I loved seeing all your beautiful 'girls'! They are all stunning!!

Sending good thoughts to your dear Mum and I hope her pain is lessened. {{{hugs}}} to you too!

Jaimie said...

I am sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she gets the medication she needs. What a wonderful relationship you have with your sister and the love shows in your work. [[Hugs]]

Crazee4books said...

Oh Sandra, I'm so very sorry to hear about your Mum's illness. Hope that she'll receive treatment that will alleviate her pain and make her comfortable.

As always I'm in awe of your incredible stitching prowess. The little girl from Cross Stitch and Country Crafts is an remarkable achievement. I've got that pattern too, and have often looked at the chart and shaken my head at the detail and the work involved.

I see that you've been nominated for a smile award...I've done the same as well, even though we've just "met". Hope you get to meet some great new bloggers. They will love your work too!!

Take care....
Keeping you and your Mom in my thoughts...

Kajsa said...

Hopefully your mom get some pain medication that can help her.

Your finishes are wonderful!

Yuko said...

This time, I talk just about stitching...
Your works are awesome!!!
I'm sooooooooooo surprised of your beautiful and wonderful works!
And I also have CHS "sisters", haven't done yet, though, and I don't have sisnter either...

Nancy in WI said...

I thought I would read your blog from the beginning. I LOVE these pictures. I always wanted to make the little girl and boy but I am SO, SO scared of specialty stitches since there is no one around to help me. Nancy Watkins

Nancy in WI said...

Sandra, I am so sorry about your mom and I don't mean to sadden your day but just know that I care.
Nancy Watkins