Monday, May 17, 2010

Finally Finished and A New Start!

Good day my dear stitching friends!

It is a rainy, dreary day here in the Shenandoah but that is fine with me!  We need the rain and I am just enjoying being inside...cozy with the kitties and my stitching! 

I am proud to announce that I am finally finished with the classes for my teaching licensure.  I applied for my license on Saturday and I could not be happier!  Hubby and I celebrated by going out to dinner not once but TWICE!  Hey, the greatest gift is no dishes to wash, right?

I spent most of Saturday night and Sunday night stitching on my newest project, the Maria Monroe sampler. For the next three weeks, I will be proctoring the State Standardized Tests at one of the middle schools where I have been substituting.  So, I needed to have something small that I could throw into my bag and pull out when there is a little free time.  I decided on a cute sampler adaptation.  Maria Monroe was the oldest daughter of our fifth president, James Monroe.  Hubby and I visited their home, Ashlawn, just east of Charlottesville, VA about a year ago.  Maria stitched a sampler in 1814 and the original is on display at Ashlawn.  I was dying to find the reproduction chart and found a kit in the Ashlawn gift shop.  However, it was not an exact reproduction of the sampler but an adaptation.  Still, I had to have it.  Here is a very bad picture of the finished sampler:


I discarded the aida that came with the kit and supplied my own ivory linen.  I decided to use the cotton floss that was contained in the kit since it was already there.  Here is my progress so far:

Sadly, I do not have any progress to report on Richmond Sampler.  She is on the back burner for another week or two.  I will have two projects on my list for the next couple of weeks, Maria Monroe and the 23rd Psalm samplers.  I had promised the 23rd Psalm sampler chart to someone several months ago and need to get that one done ASAP!!  Here is my progress on 23rd Psalm...


I hope that everyone has a great start to the week!  I plan to get caught up on my blog reading and email responses.  If you have emailed me, I promise to respond soon!  I apologize for getting behind, but life has a way of forcing you to focus on other things!  I look forward to seeing all of the wonderful progress being made here in blogland!

Happy Stitching!