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Monday, August 28, 2017

Celebrate the Years

Hi friends! This is the latest piece I have completed.
I can understand if you would be thinking this is for my and Brian's 25th wedding anniversary coming up on October 3rd, but it is not. Why not?! I stitched it for my mom and her husband that is why! They were married the month after us, also in 1992. We are having a 25th wedding anniversary party together with family and friends in October to celebrate. I am gifting this to them then. I will  frame it by then.😉

This is called Celebrate the Years by Hands On Design. This pattern can be found in the June 2015 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.

This was stitched two over two on 32ct linen as suggested. I had the parchment linen suggested, but not in 32 count so I chose something similar from my stash. I used the recommended blanc and 318 DMC, but also added in 415.

The winner of the 'French Elegance' pattern giveaway is our friend RJ!
 
If you would like a chance at another pattern, I am giving away a sampler pattern right now. Take a look HERE
I finished reading the other book that I found through the Jane Austen display at our library, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James. Have any of you read this book? I know Jenny has.😉 We both liked it.This story sure did make me wonder if maybe our Jane did have a love of her life, and maybe just never wanted to broadcast this information all over the place?
Many rumors abound about a mysterious gentleman said to be the love of Jane's life—finally, the truth may have been found. . . .
What if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen's memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years? What if those pages revealed the untold story of a life-changing love affair? That's the premise behind this spellbinding novel, which delves into the secrets of Jane Austen's life, giving us untold insights into her mind and heart.
Jane Austen has given up her writing when, on a fateful trip to Lyme, she meets the well-read and charming Mr. Ashford, a man who is her equal in intellect and temperament. Inspired by the people and places around her, and encouraged by his faith in her, Jane begins revising Sense and Sensibility, a book she began years earlier, hoping to be published at last.
Deft and witty, written in a style that echoes Austen's own, this unforgettable novel offers a delightfully possible scenario for the inspiration behind this beloved author's romantic tales. It's a remarkable book, irresistible to anyone who loves Jane Austen—and to anyone who loves a great story.
I am now back to stitching on Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon exclusively.

I am so glad you stopped by today. Your comments brighten my days. Thank you.😘

Stitching and praying,
Vickie




28 comments:

Brigitte said...

Oh Vickie, this is so beautiful the colours, the design and all. You are right, I first thought it to be for you and Brian, lol. Your mom and her husband will be so pleased. So great that you will celebrate your and your mom's wedding anniversary together.

Carolien said...

Hello Vickie,

What a sweet gesture for the anniversary of your mom and her husband!
Take care, my friend and please give a hug to that lovely poodle ;)

Love, Carolien

Margaret said...

Such a beautiful piece for your mom and her husband! Happy anniversary (early) to them and to you and Brian too! Isn't it fun how there are always books about Jane Austen? Love her! (PS, there's at least one similar style of book about Charlotte Bronte!)

Joseph Shields said...

That is so nice that you will be both celebrating your 25th together! Love the stitch you completed for them. I'm so glad RJ won the sampler as is such a fan of anything French, she will be thrilled. Mary

Robin in Virginia said...

Vickie, what a lovely anniversary piece you stitched for your Mom and her husband! I look forward to seeing your progress (or finish) of Forever Be My Always. Congratulations to RJ on winning the sampler chart! I hope you have a good week.

Manuela said...

Lovely little finish.
It is a great idea to celebrate yours and your mothers anniversary together.
Hugs, Manuela

Stasi said...

Sweet piece for your Mom and her husband. Fun that you can celebrate together! Are you doing one to celebrate your 25th?

Martina M said...

Oh Vicky, What a lovely Gift, and a great idea - it is nice, so you can make a big celebration, which will be remembered for a long time.
Congratulations to RJ for this beautiful template.
Wish you all the best, Big Hugs, Martina

Vicki said...

What a beautiful 25th anniversary present for your mom/step-dad. They will love it!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Very pretty. Happy Anniversary to you all. :) ((hugs))

Jenny said...

Good Morning Vickie...What a beautiful gift you have stitched for your mom and her husband! I love the colors and the design and I am sure it will be a treasured keepsake!

Congratulations RJ on winning the chart! I know how much she loves all things French so this is just perfect for her!

Lol....yes I loved Syrie James The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen! In fact I loved it so much I have reread it a few times more...grins! When I read your blog I usually do it on my phone so I don't see the whole web version...that is why I didn't see the sidebar... I just burst out laughing when I read your email! Oh yes...great minds think alike....lol!

I hope you have a happy Monday my friend! It is a very busy week here....I am hopeful to get a little stitching time in though...but we will have to see!

Sending hugs and love my dear friend!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Lovely design for your Mum's Anniversary, I am sure she will love it too.

Julie said...

Happy anniversary to your mum and her husband, a beautiful stitched gift you have made for them.
xx

woolwoman said...

Really pretty anniversary piece. Funny thing - I started one for my folks 30th and never finished it - then I shot for 35th and missed that too. so the 40th is coming up in 2020 and I sure as heck better get it done. It's a Scarlet Letter and has a ton of solidly stitched areas which definitely bogged me down before. I can never do anything small and realistic LOL! I love hearing your input on books - as I said before since I don't have time to read - I am always interested in hearing in depth detail like you present. Take care and have a good week - Mel

Lillie said...

A sweet gift for your mum. What a fabulous idea to host a double celebration of love.

Linda said...

Congrats on the pretty finish Vickie.

Linds

Maggee said...

That's a pretty stitched present-to-be... nicely done! Made me think about my daughter's 25th coming in 2020! Wow! Henry looks quite handsome there! Our little Rusty came home from the boarder's with 'kennel cough', which Thor also got! They are definitely OFF the list!! Grrrr... Congrats to RJ! Hugs!

diamondc said...

Vickie: What a beautiful design, I am sure they will like what you are doing for them, the colors are so pretty, I like the fabric you chose.
I love seeing the photos of your babies, they are so sweet.
I am reading a couple of books simple reads one is Thread Reckoning and Tread On Arrival by Amanda Lee simple reads but fun detective series.

Blessings
Catherine

Weronika said...

Beautifull stitching Vickie. Will be great as a gift. Congrats for your Mum and her husband for those years together. Enjoy your stitching.

Barb said...

What a lovely gift for your mom and her husband.

Lili said...

It's a lovely design for a wedding anniversary. Your piece is very beautiful!!

Hugs,
Lili

butterfly said...


How lovely Vickie a double Wedding Anniversary , well done your stitching is lovely and so pretty.

RJ said...

How neat is it that your Mom and you are both celebrating 25 wonderful years of marriage. That is so neat. I love the stitch you did for her and I know she will too. Great job Vickie.

Thank you for picking me. I will love stitching a French sampler...just perfect for this French obsessed girl. RJ

Hilda said...

Oh what an elegant little anniversary design. This would give a wonderful present to your mothers and her hubbys anniversary. What a wonderful detail, that you and your mother are celebrating this anniversary together. Her in Austria we call the 25th wedding anniversary the "Silver Wedding"!

Have a wonderful day, my dear friend!

Hugs
Hilda

Carol said...

What a delightful gift on your mom's Silver Wedding Anniversary, Vickie! I'm sure she will be very touched to receive it. And your combined 25th anniversary party sounds like such fun! I look forward to hearing about it :)

Beth said...

25 Years will make a lovely gift for your Mom and her husband.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful stitching! I'm sure they're going to love it :D

Astrids dragon said...

A perfect piece! I think you should display both of your wedding pictures next to it for the party!