Ever since I was a little girl I have loved embroidery. Both my mom and my grandma did needlework. I loved watching them make neat little stitches along the lines they had sketched on the fabric. I would sit and arrange the thread; red, orange, yellow, green, blue…
When I was young; Mom let me trace my own pictures and taught me a basic back stitch. I would sit and stitch to my heart’s content. Over the years my skills have not advanced much. I’ve learned a handful of other basic stitches and they have served me well. Lately, I’ve been exploring some of the embroidery blogs on Blogspot and wishing I was more adept, but a hobby that involves sitting down for long lengths of time with needles and scissors, is not compatible with small children in the house. Someday…
However, for the last few months I have been working on these~
Jude loves drawing and I am smitten with his pictures. I have saved a lot of them in a folder but I wanted to take a few of my favorites and embroider them onto cloth. I chose a selection of drawings that wouldn’t tax my embroidery skills to much
This one is particularly special to me. It was the first picture Jude drew by himself. Not just random scribbling with one color, but he took his time and drew little men in all different colors all over the page. I had the picture hanging up on his bedroom wall but it was already getting a bit tattered and faded. That’s when I came up with a more permanent solution for the picture. As you can see I’m only half finished with this one.
This is the latest one I am working on. It was Tuesday after breakfast when Jude pulled out his paper and pencils and wrote out his entire alphabet. I fell in love with all the loopy letters. Some capitalized, some lower case. I wanted to capture that perfectly imperfect alphabet forever. I can’t wait to see it all done!
The storm clouds have been rolling over the valley all week long. I am trying to take advantage of being indoors by cleaning out, and organizing closets. It is such a slow, tedious process but I am determined to rid our house of clutter!
One of those rainy mornings Grandpa came over to play. Work has been slow for my Dad for the better part of a year now. Unemployment has it’s drawbacks… specifically the “not getting a paycheck” part, but it also has it’s advantages too. Like the undying adoration of a little girl who lights up every time she sees her Grandpa’s car coming down the lane! He has been able to spend so much time with the children this past year and I am so thankful that.
They read all the of the library books. “Weed one more Gampa!”, she would say.
They put every puzzle in the house together.
I would walk by the door and see my Dad sprawled out on the floor playing with cars and Little People. He stayed all the way through lunch and shared sandwiches, yogurt and pretzels with them. These are the memories that are building strong foundations.
Have a happy weekend! Our weekend is extra long, so hopefully we can find something fun to do before it is over.