Each year I stitch a small Valentine for my daughter, (who is probably too old for this sort of thing now, but I don't care because I like doing it!) This year, the emphasis was on small. And when I say Valentine, I actually mean post-Valentine, because even after stitching for 30 years, you would think that I would realize that small doesn't always mean fast. So it's still not finished, but I may have to give it to her before I'm able to take another photo, and well...you'll get the idea from this picture.
I put this together by mashing up a few designs, starting with L'Atelier Perdu, where I found the phrase and the lettering for this little piece. Natalie has some really adorable designs over there, and this one had been on my mind for a while. But I didn't want to stitch the little girl on the left from the original design. I wanted something more heart-y, so I switched her out and added a bit of a freebie heart tree from a Hungarian blog, called Sub Rosa. And finally, I took out the original flower on the right of the design and added a thistle from a Blackbird Designs chart, the Thistle House Sewing Box.
You can see that I still have some stitching to do, like finishing the top border and I need some kind of something towards the bottom to balance the lettering...(Clear as mud, huh?)
Anyways, Colleen will probably like it, but she'll probably like the cash I tuck into the back of it more. Oh..thanks everyone for your good thoughts for her as she interviews for jobs. She hasn't heard anything one way or the other yet.
My friends in Ohio and West Virginia might be interested in reading the outdoor magazine she just published for her Senior Independent Study. It's the kind of writing she really wants to pursue, and now that the magazine is hot off the press, she's hoping it'll be a nice addition to her resume.
It's a tough job market out there, but I'm sure something good will happen for her. Still...I wouldn't be normal if I wasn't worrying.