Fully Finished in March 2019

I have to say, this SAL run by Rachel at Ten Hour Stitcher is GREAT for me to give me that kick in the pants I need in order to FFO some projects! Thank you, Rachel, for the wonderful idea of starting this SAL!

This month I framed 2 projects which I stitched last year. I am glad to get them out of the drawer and onto the wall!

First is Lazy Alphabet from La D Da. I just love it. It was hard to get the border squared up with the frame, but after a lot of fiddling, I think it is ok now.

Next is the Charmed Sampler from Raise the Roof. Yes, the design is cute but for me what is so special about this is how nostalgic is it for me. All these charms are so meaningful to me and I love to “see them all year” instead of having them on a bracelet I never wear in my jewelry box.

If you want to know about the charms, and learn a lot about ME quickly read on and I will list them here, otherwise, skip the next bit, and see you next month!

From top left:

Heidelberg: The city of my birth! My dad was in the army and stationed there the year I was born.

Shell: From our honeymoon in the Cayman Islands.

Beer stein: From Germany where my family lived again when I was in grade school.

Trumpet: I played the trumpet through high school and college

Crown: From a trip to London during my college study abroad

Piano: I took piano lessons from age 6 to 18. I should have kept it up better. It is an enjoyable skill as an adult those times I sit down to play.

Cat: I have had pet cats all my life. I guess my family has gone through 7 cats (only 1 or 2 at a time). I have 2 now.

Sombrero: From a trip to Mexico as a teen. My science club went to participate in a competition in Tucson, Arizona. It was on this trip that I fell in love with Arizona and why we live here now.

Turtle: From a trip to Hawaii last summer. We snorkeled and saw sea turtles!

Gondola: My family went to Venice, Italy, when I was about 11 (thanks to our time overseas with the army I was able to see a lot in Europe as a child)

Kangeroo: My husband worked in Sydney when our 1st child was a baby. I went over to visit. We also went to the South Island of New Zealand but I did not get a charm there.

Cactus: We have lived in Arizona for 15 years!

Mont St. Michel, France: I visited during my study abroad in college, then again with my parents and husband before children.

2018: The stitching was completed in 2018!

Plumaria Flower: From Hawaii where we traveled when I was pregnant with Baby #2.

Sunbonnet Girl: My Grandma who taught me to stitch made me a Sunbonnet Girl quilt which was on my bed my whole childhood. Of course I had to buy the Sunbonnet Girl charm!

Eiffel Tower: I studied abroad in Paris as a college student. Paris is my favorite city in the world. I have been back there more times than any other place in my life, except places I called home.

Violin: From Mittenwald, Germany, where violins and other wood goods are made, a trip with my family while we lived in Germany.

Cuckoo Clock: Also from that trip. Plus it is a cool charm with moving parts!

Windmill: My husband and I lived in the Netherlands for his work when we were first married.

Tower of Pisa: The family trip to Italy, and a later trip with my husband.

Statue of Liberty: Even though I was blessed to travel a lot internationally as a kid, I didn’t go to New York until I was an adult!

Bear: Symbol of Berlin. My family went the year after the wall fell. It was a very interesting time to visit that city. By that time the wall was completely gone except for a part left up as a memorial.

Lighthouse: My parents were both raised in Michigan and we spent many vacations there, including at least one trip to Mackinac Island.

Chimney Sweep: Another German charm. I always liked that this one has a cat on his ladder!

And that is a brief glossary of my charms! Thanks for reading about them!

17 thoughts on “Fully Finished in March 2019

  1. Love your two framed pieces. Just LOVE the idea of the charms piece and the beautiful stories behind the charms. How fun! Thanks for sharing their meaning to you. Both frames look perfect. Rachel gave us a great reason to finish things up.

  2. Both are lovely, but I am really taken with your charm bracelet stitch. And I enjoyed reading the stories behind your charms. What a treasure you have created!

  3. It is always so satisfying to get a finish! Your charm pic is amazing, I haven’t seen anything like it previously, such a wonderful way to share memories. x

  4. Thanks for joining in the SAL again, and with two really lovely pieces. The black frame for the sampler is perfect, and as for the charm piece… not only was it very interesting learning why each charm is special to you but it’s such a clever way of displaying them. I’m glad I was able to encourage you to finish them both off. Raise the Roof are right, your memories deserve to be seen all year. 🙂

  5. Your sampler is so pretty. Your charmed sampler is such an amazing piece Mary. Love learning about you! How special it is!

  6. 2 beautiful finishes! The colors in the La-D-Da piece are so happy, and the charms are just wonderful. I was wondering, have you typed up that “key” and attached it, maybe to the back of the framed piece? For posterity, you know…. 🙂

  7. Two beautifully stitched pieces Mary- The La D Da pattern is just perfect in the frame you chose and I do so like the embroidery with charms. When young and travelling a lot I used to buy charms and badges from the places I visited and stitched them onto a bag I always carried about – you make me wonder where they are now-

  8. That ABC Sampler is stunning but your Charmed Sampler is a beauty as so full of meaning! I love it. Congrats on the fantastic finish and thank you for letting us peek in to your life and learning more about you.

  9. Love your finishes especially the Charmed Sampler. Found it online and ordered it. My parents are originally from around Heidelberg and the first time we went over as a family I collected a number of the charms similar to your Heidelberg one.

    1. Thanks so much for taking a minute to comment! That Heidelberg connection is neat, especially because I just gave a presentation on Heidelberg to my American Heritage Girls troops this week so Germany is really in my mind! I’m glad you were able to find the chart-I think it is a really original and useful idea for a pattern! I hope I will have a chance to see yours!

  10. These are beautiful samplers! I love the colors of the Lazy Alphabet but all the little charms in the second one are fantastic. How great that you have a little thought behind each one. The windmill one is especially pretty.

  11. Two great finishes. The alphabet is beautiful but the charmed piece is just inspired! I agree with Erin about adding the list to the back of the frame.

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