Monday, April 23, 2012

Hello there, stitchy buds! I know I've been AWOL for more than a month and hopefully some of you are still checking in here from time to time.  Because - drum roll, please - I'm ready to share a big finish with you!  Last weekend I finally finished my Life Tree Sampler.  (All along I've been calling it Tree of Life, but evidently that's wrong...) Yes folks, after 5 years, it's finally finished.  And that five years doesn't even take into account the time it took me to get the chart (a bit unusual at the time) and silks. 
Jan Houtman's Life Tree Sampler

And if you think the sampler is large, take a gander at the size of the chart.  Eight sheets of large pieces of paper. 
8 pages of charts...And a very tricksy 8 pages at that.
So, what a month.  Sadly, we lost my mother-in-law on Good Friday.  It was quite a shock.  She was 85 years old and in good health and very independent and sound in mind for all of her 85 years.  But then in mid-March she was feeling very breathless and was admitted to the hospital, thinking it was a touch of pneumonia.  Except it wasn't.  It was lung cancer and it took her from us shockingly quickly.  Is it naive to think that even the doctors didn't realize it would be so fast?  They sent her home, giving her 2-3 months to live, so Dave and I moved ourselves to her house to take care of her, but she was gone in ten days.  I'm still reeling. 

Ah well.  Over the years I've poked fun at her in my blog.  And now that she's in heaven, surely she knows I've written about her, but she can't be too upset with me for the things I've written about her here, here, here, and here. She was a good soul.  And look at those smiles.  That's a woman with a sense of humor.  Oh...her favorite comedic actor?  Peter Sellers.  She'd laugh like a nut at the Pink Panther movies.  Gotta love her.  And we all miss her like crazy.



45 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL. My FIL went very quickly as well once he was diagnosed with cancer. I will send prayers for your family.

    I love your finish! Beautiful!!!! That is one big chart! Wow!

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  2. What a beautiful finish! Whew! I am sorry about your MIL. Perhaps it was a blessing she did not linger and suffer? Prayers sent for you Lee and your family.

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  3. You never know if quick or lingering is better and for who. COndolences to you and your husband and especially your kids.
    We'll keepyou in our prayers.

    JHM

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  4. Your Life Tree is beautiful -- very nice!

    I'm so sorry about your mother-in-law {{hugs}}

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  5. I am so very sorry to hear about your mother in law. My thoughts are with you and your family. I do love your new finish, it is stunning!

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  6. Congrats on such a large finish! Wow, 10 days? That's not much of a chance to get things in order. I remember the picture of her with your son you just posted. At least you got a nice photo of her before she passed. Condolences to your family.

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  7. Lee - sorry for your loss. I've missed your blogging, but understand why you were away. So sorry. Your finish, however, is stunning. Take care. Glad you were able to stay with her until the end.

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  8. Oh Lee - my sympathies to you, Dave and the kids. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing.

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  9. Lee, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother in law. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Congratulations on your finish. It's gorgeous!

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  10. So sorry about your MIL, lots of thoughts and prayers!!! Gorgeous finish :-).

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  11. So sorry to hear about your MIL Lee. It is wonderful though that at this time you have finished the gorgeous tree of life . It will have special meaning for you no doubt. What a beautiful finish. Prayers and good thoughts to you and your family at this time.

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  12. Your Life Tree Sampler is gorgeous! Please accept my sympathy at the loss of your MIL. Her wedding photo is just beautiful.

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  13. Lee - It is fitting somehow that you've finished your "Life Tree" at our MIL's passing - it can now be a tribute to a funny, vivacious woman (I too love Peter Sellers & Pick Paather movies). Cancer is such a beast - striking out of nowhere and so quickly too.

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  14. She was a beautiful bride. My deepest sympathy....

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  15. Sorry to hear of your lose. Your sampler is gorgeous!

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  16. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I often make jokes about my MIL, but I do love her dearly. At heart she's a wonderful woman, and I am sure you felt the same way about your MIL.

    Your finish is absolutely stunning. Congratulations!

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  17. Der Sampler ist wunderschön. Ganz ganz toll.
    Liebe Grüße Grit

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  18. Nice to see you back and your finished piece is beautiful, I admire your patience stitching such a large design. I'm sorry to hear your sad news, these things have a way of hitting us out of nowhere.

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  19. My condolences. Big hugs from Germany...

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  20. Wow, I didn't realize that was such a huge sampler until you show the chart. Congratulations on the stunning finish!

    I'm so sorry for your loss, Lee. Do take care.

    Hugs,
    Veronica.

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  21. Welcome back! Love the "Tree of Life". The coulours are beatiful and what har work!!!
    Sorry for your loss! I'm pretty sure that Peter Sellers is sharing a laugh with her!!!
    Hugs

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  22. Absolument merveilleux ! Very beautiful

    bisous de FRANCE

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  23. Hi Lee, I'm really sorry to hear about the sad loss of your MIL. You're right she has a lovely smile and a twinkle in her eye. I bet she is having fun reading all our comments too!

    Congratulations on finishing your tree life sampler :-) it's beautiful xx

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  24. I am so sorry for your loss. She looks like she was a lovely woman.
    Congratulations on an amazing finish! Maybe it's time to stitch a few smalls, lol.
    Hugs!

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  25. Hope you are all doing alright after the shock and sadness.

    Love the old pictures and BOY, can I see Colleen in her...or is it her in Colleen?

    Congrats on the finish. I had no idea it was so large.

    Love, Pam

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  26. So sorry for the loss of your MIL, but how fitting that you've finished the Life Tree, perhaps in dedication to her!

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  27. Sampler is lovely. Sorry for your loss. Quicker is better with that type of Cancer. My dad suffered for almost 3 years.

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  28. I am so sorry for your loss. She looks like quite a lady. Your finish is absolutely amazing and seeing the pattern really puts the size into context!

    Donna

    http://donnascrossstitch.blogspot.co.uk/

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  29. So sorry for your loss . It will take some time to sink in , just take it as it comes .
    Love your finish . WOW!

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  30. Condolences on the loss of your mother-in-law. I'm sure she's looking down on your blog now and smiling again.

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  31. Oh, Lee. So sorry to hear about your MIL. Hugs for you and your family. (How's Colleen dealing with it?) I'm glad you could be with her for her last few weeks.

    That sampler! I remember when you started it. It's beautiful. Congratulations on finishing it. You'll have to find a place of honor for it to reside.

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  32. P.S. LOVE your MIL's wedding dress.

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  33. I am so sorry for your loss! I will keep you in my prayers.
    I love your MIL's wedding dress, it is gorgeous.
    And your stitching! WOW! It's beautiful and I admire your persistence. Congratulations on a job well done.

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  34. Your sampler is beautiful!
    So sorry about your MIL.

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  35. Condolences to you and yours, what a shock for you all.
    The Tree of Life is a stunner.

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  36. Condolences to you, DH and family on your MIL's passing. What wonderful photos of her life.

    Congrats on your Tree of Life finish. It's gorgeous!

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  37. I really enjoyed re-reading your post on your mother-in-law, Lee. She was very lucky to have you as a daughter-in-law...I know that much! I'm sure you are all feeling a big void in your lives right now. Remember the good times...

    And what a wonderful (and BIG!!) finish--congratulations. I can't imagine stitching anything that huge!

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  38. Hi Lee! Judy told me about your MIL. I am sorry for you and your family's loss, but what a blessing for her. And isn't it fitting that she died on Good Friday, and you also finished Life Tree in the Easter season? It is a beautiful piece.

    Debbie in Kansas

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  39. My deepest sympathies to your family on the loss of your m-in-l. Thanks for sharing your memories in photos. Your sampler is gorgeous! Great work Lee!

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  40. So sorry to hear of your loss. I really enjoyed reading the stories about her. She sounds like a wonderful woman.
    Your finish is just beautiful!

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  41. I'm so happy to see you back here, Lee! I'm also sorry about your mom-in-law. Thank goodness you and Dave could be there for her.

    Your finish is incredible, especially seeing the chart. You did a beautiful job.

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  42. I'm so sorry for you lost... your MIL was beautiful.

    Congrats on the finish... it's spectacular. :D

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  43. So sorry to read of your familly's loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
    Congrats on your finish!

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  44. I'm sorry for your loss - but is it wrong that I'm also happy for your finish? Ah, life.

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