Wednesday, December 26, 2012

French Sampler and Farewell to Sweetpea

This wonderful sampler was a UFO that's been in my sewing room closet for a few years.  I've pulled it out more than once to work on it but for some reason I always got tired of it.  I think maybe because of the intricate border, it was a bit tedious!
Then, a few weeks ago, I made up my mind to get it done, and I'm glad I did!  The chart came from this great magazine that I bought several years ago, I don't know if it can still be found, but if you can find a copy it would be so worthwhile, it's full of lovely French sampler charts.
I bought it at Nordic Needle, but I'm pretty sure it isn't available there anymore.  Here's a few more pictures of the sampler.
The sampler was done on 25 count Lugana over two threads with the recommended DMC threads.

I started a Christmas break off from work on the 20th and I have to say that the way this vacation started out, it can only get better.  The first two days we had a power outage from the winter storm Draco, and when did they start naming winter storms?  We had never had an outage that lasted that long before and since we don't have a fireplace or a wood stove it got very cold!  
Harley and Tigger keeping warm during the power outage.
Then, after enjoying about half of a day with heat, lights and water, my husband, Tom, starting feeling very badly and I had to take him to the ER.  It turned out that he had a peptic ulcer, so he had to stay in the hospital for two days.  He was able to come home on Christmas day which was the best present I could have asked for!  His ulcer will be treated with medicine and he's feeling fine now.

Now, the sad part of this post.  Our Sweetpea, who was 19 years old, had not been enjoying her life very much for a while now,  so we decided it was time to send her on.  She was actually born here on our property in a shed when a sweet gray barn kitty from one of the local farms decided to have her litter here.  The mother, who we named Alice, eventually went back to her farm and we took most of the kittens to the farm, too.  But our daughter, Jessie, decided that she wanted the little tortoiseshell kitten, so we kept her and named her Sweetpea.  
Jessie, eventually got married and moved away and by then Sweetpea was really more my cat.  I was her favorite person and the only one who could hold her without getting a dose of her tortie attitude!
But we have 7 other cats to hold and hug and that helps enormously.  She had a long life and was very loved!
This was the last picture taken of her.
April 7, 1993--November 16, 2012

Thank you for visiting once again!


Nancy said...

Belated Merry Christmas Karen! Your sampler is so pretty. I love the cheerful colors. Sweetpea was a beautiful kitty - I know you will miss her.

Solstitches said...

Hi Karen,
It sounds as though the days in the run up to Christmas were not the best with a sick husband and two days without power.
I'm so sorry to hear you have lost one of your kitties as well.
Your sampler is absolutely stunning.
I'm glad you decided to persevere with it as it was so worth it.
Happy new year!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Such a beautiful piece! These are the kinds of samplers that I always look for! So glad you decided to finish it! Sweatpea left this earth knowing she was loved. It is always so hard to lose a pet. Wishing you a blessed year!

Ariane20 said...

Le sampler est magnifique! Sweatpea était un très beau chat. Nous avons beaucoup de peine dans ces moments la. Courage.