2 Years, 25 Years

Friends, today I mark my 2nd full year of blogging! Knowing myself, when I started this blog at that time I was not sure how long I would do it! And I must say I am so proud of myself for posting at least monthly in those 2 years!

I don’t have any *new* stitching to share with you but while sorting out my closet I found some of my oldest bits and thought, if you don’t mind, I’d take a trip down memory lane. If you’re up for that, read on!

Here is my very first cross stitch I ever made. I was about 7 or 8.

I still remember my Grandma and I picking the pattern out of a magazine and then going shopping and buying the threads and a magnetic board to hold the pattern and mark my place.

I got a horrible knot and never finished the back stitch outlines. I’m not sure I will- as is it’s the best memento of my first foray into stitching and such a sweet memory of my Grandma.

Several years after I was working on the bear, my other Grandma (Sweet By and By) gave me an unfinished project she had been working on. It was printed cross stitch so very easy. And I liked how old-timey it was.

The date shows I finished it as a teen. It deserves a frame, done you think? I’ll get on that!

I have another finish from that same year:

I’m sure I started it for a Girl Scout badge when I was about 10 but I was a very slow stitcher and apt to get mentally wound up thinking projects were “so big” though that’s laughable when I look at these things now! It was supposed to be finished as a little banner but the hanger is long lost. How would you finish it? It’s about 3×5″.

So these are the projects from that early era that I still have. Many more from my teens and 20s were finished and given away, without even a photo being taken first! And I think that’s why I really value this blog, for the ability to look back on my stitching and see the work and how much is accomplished! And while I try not to stitch *for* the blog, I also have found it a good motivator to stitch more consistently than I used to do. Anyway those are my ruminations on this 2nd anniversary of Mary’s Thread. Thanks for reading, commenting, and offering your encouragement and support across the miles! You make my heart happy!

5 thoughts on “2 Years, 25 Years

  1. Oh that brings back sweet memories for you Mary. I love the lemonade stitch. It is so nice that both of your Grandmas were part of the reason you love cross stitch. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

  2. What precious stitcheries! I love that you still have them. 🙂 Yes, frame the lemonade one. Maybe make the Bethlehem one an ornament?

  3. Happy BlogAnniversary, Mary! Very pretty pieces! The little bear is lovely! Yes, frame the lemonade piece! Like Vickie, I think you can do a ornament.

  4. Congratulations on your Blogaversary and thanks for sharing your earliest stitching! I also started stitching in 1993 but I was a bit older than you. I used to do it on my train commute into work.

  5. Congratulations on your Blogaversary and thanks for sharing your earliest stitching. I also started stitching in 1993 but I was a bit older than you! I used to stitch on my train commute to work.

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