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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Just a stitchin' along

I have completed two more areas of my fall pillow cover...

The horn of plenty (or cornucopia) was cross stitched using waste canvas.  This design stretched the boundary of what is comfortably worked with this technique because it was a little too large and made removal of the canvas a trifle difficult.  Patience was definitely a virtue with this motif!  The little ear of corn is a combination of waste canvas cross stitch and beads. 

EDITED TO ADD:  Today I'm linking up with Super Mom - No Cape's Stitchery Link Party HERE.

Below you can see the wonderful little lady that crawled out of my mailbox yesterday!  

 She is the creation of my friend Connie Eyberg and hasn't she done a marvelous job of miniaturizing macrame in order to make her?  She will certainly be enjoying pride of place on my pillow cover!!  Thank you SO much Connie!  To read Connie's original post about her creation (and others besides) go HERE.

Today, instead of a quote, I will give you a poem I found, by an unknown author.  Enjoy.

“Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.”


  1. Lovely corn cob and cornucopia you have stitched and added to your CQ pillow. Connie's macramé spider is amazing. I used to macramé tiny little owls using crochet thread...those were the days (1970's). Creative Bliss Dear...

  2. Love the poem! And the horn of plenty - I remember using waste canvas once for a cross-stitch bear on my sweat shirt.

  3. Hello Mary Anne! What a wonderful spider... your friend Connie has done a marvellous job! I can't wait to see it in place on your fabulous cushion. It is really looking lovely so far. Looking forward to seeing the end result! Christine x

  4. Hi Mary Anne,

    Good to see you joining in with Super Mom - No Cape's stitchery party!

    Wow, you stitched that Horn of Plenty, fast! Good tip about the waste canvas, I tried that once many years ago and struggled removing the waste, you are making me think I should try again some time, now that I am back to cross stitch. Love the poem, so true too!

    Hope you are having a great week.

    Barbara xx

  5. Oh gosh, that spider is awesome!

  6. Great stitching, fun variety and being thankful does lighten the load doesn't it?

  7. Your little Horn of Plenty turned out great. As did your corn cob. I scrolled back through and our fall pillow cover is going to have lots of interesting areas to draw the eye.

    Thanks so much for linking up to this week's Stitchery Link Party. The link back is much appreciated. Aloha hugs!

  8. I love your new additions! Connie's work is absolutely fabulous. How fun that she made you a spider for your pillow cover! I also love the poem you shared. Life was feeling particularly challenging last week, so I made myself stop to think of all of the blessings in my life. It was the perfect thing for an attitude adjustment. :) Thank you for sharing!

  9. Your Fall pillow is looking lovely. I always look forward to seeing what stitched pretty you have added. My goodness the macrame spider is amazing. This will add another lovely touch to your Fall pillow.

  10. how are your eyes Mary Anne?? The cross stitches are so tiny....

  11. Great cornucopia and ear. I like it beaded.


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