Thursday, February 16, 2012

Phase One Is Complete

A long, long time ago...
{why do so many of my project posts start off that way????}
I had an idea that didn't start off too well.
Most of it got chucked to the roadside.
I talked a little bit about it here.


The idea finally felt right after the purchase of a sampler pattern by Pam Garrison.
Earlier I had purchased an embroidery stitch book and I talked about that here.
I loved trying out all of the new {to me} stitches on this sampler.
That book is so great!


I got started on it, picking it up whenever I had idle time.
When my Mother-In-Law became bedridden, I would sit at her bedside with her for hours at a time.
It kept my hands busy.


After she passed, I set it aside.
It was months and months before I really picked it up again.
Well, I finally finished it last night while I got all caught up with Downton Abbey.


However, when I say "finished" what I actually mean is
I'm finished with phase one of this project.
Now to find just the right substrate so I can begin
phase two.

20 comments:

Lorrie said...

Love that sampler. Congrats on finishing phase one!

Elly-My Everyday Things said...

Sigh... this is GORGEOUS!!!
Hugs, Elly

Dorthe said...

How very sweet and beautiful, dear Alisa- what many hours lay in that lovely piece. Wish you a happy time finishing it .
Hugs,Dorthe

Liesl said...

That is so pretty! Love it!

Julia said...

What a beautiful piece! And the story behind it is equally precious. I can understand why you set it aside for so long. "Happy Day" is an appropriate sentiment now.

Wanda said...

Just exquisite...just like evrything you do. You make me sick. :) Don't you just love Downton Abbey? I just finished Series Two....so good. Now onto the ballet book perhaps?? I am awful. :)

Susan Elliott said...

YOur sampler is beautiful. And I can appreciate how it takes time to finish something. I still have a wrap I was knitting at my Mom's bedside. I just picked up the needles again to finish it this year...it's been almost four years since she died. Somehow I feel her energy in that piece that helped us bridge life and death.

Your needlework, your photos, your thoughts...and your life...are beautiful indeed.

Beth Leintz said...

Downton Abby and stitching is how I spent my Sunday evening, too. It doesn't get much better than that! (Beautiful sampler, too)

Tiedupmemories said...

Oh I love Love love It! So sweet!

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

It´s beautiful Alisa - I bought one of her samples too. Haven´t had any time to start yet - maybe this year....

Margaret said...

So beautiful, I'm really pleased you went back to your sampler, well worth picking it up again! Mx

Dawn said...

That is SO pretty! I love doing this kind of work... and this must have taken you forever!!!

Jillayne said...

Long ago, and far away... all good stories start out that way...
It's looking luverly!

Nook and Cranny said...

The sampler is so lovely.
Congrats on finishing this phase.
Thanks for sharing.
Michele

susanm said...

That is so lovely and also has a story to tell. Thanks for sharing.

Robin Thomas said...

Sweet stitches.

They get you through...

Pinned this.

Sandy Michelle said...

I bought the same thing and have yet to even start on mine. I love the colors you chose! Wasn't Downton A. sooo good?!

Sandy xox

Shelley in SC said...

absolutely gorgeous! just love all the details and the decidedly happy colors!

Nova Melina said...

Wow! I love it! So happy and full of joy. Just gorgeous. ♥♥

Nicole Comer said...

Any chance you have a color list? I have this too and am overwhelmed with color selection, but I love what you did.