Wishing joy and happiness in this new year bloom in your life like flowers in a garden.
We are currently traveling through Texas with our RV spending time in some warmer weather. I turn to hand work when we are living out of our camper and this past month I have spent a lot of time working on this sampler I actually started last year. It has been very nice sitting in lawn chairs outside each morning on bright sunny days and stitching. I often wondered how young girls stitched their samplers in the 17th and 18th centuries without the use of our modern day magnifiers and Ott lights but I am convinced they stitched during the day in the sunlight.
Speaking of Ott lights my Black Friday shopping excursion this year was just a quick trip to the local fabric store where the Ott lights were a great bargain and I got a smaller one that attaches right on my sampler frame and will be kept in the camper for those night time stitching opportunities.
This thistle was a fun section to stitch and then the peacock sitting on top.
Joshua and Caleb ( the spies of Canaan) are just coming into view. With the completion of this section I will be about 2/3s finished with this sampler.
While it is nice to spend some winter months in warmer areas our biggest reason for being in Texas is to spend the holidays with our son and his family. We had family pictures taken and the photographer took a bucket of leaves for our 2 and 7 year old grandsons to play with hoping for some candid shots.
It is always those non posed shots that end up being my favorites.