Thursday, January 1, 2009

A special project finished




I have been working hard on a very special project. I know I have posted a recent finish but this one is the one that has been on my mind since my Mom passed. I loved stitching it and have been working on it since the day after Christmas. Now that this one is finished I feel like I can move on. Does that sounds strange?

The special project? A box with a very special stitched piece.

The box is to hold the letters we found that my Mom had written to each of us. She wrote three addressed to all of us as well as ones to each of us. The first was written in 1990 and the most recent wasn't dated but from the content it had to be around 2001/2002.
One of my Mom's favorite singers was Michael Crawford and she had all his cd's. One cd that she played over and over is titled On Eagle's Wings. This is also a song that is often sung at funerals. And was one of the songs we had sung at hers. Before she passed away I had seen a pattern of the lyrics of On Eagle's Wings. The Designer: The Sampler Girl. I emailed Tanya at The Sampler Girl for some info on this pattern and another one of hers. That was a Friday, December 5th. The next day was when my Mom passed. I remembered the pattern and knew that I HAD to stitch it. When I next contacted Tanya she sent out the pattern right away.

I also wanted something special to keep the letters in so I won't loose them. On Eagle's Wings would be perfect for the top of a box! Well, when the pattern arrived I saw that the finished dimensions were rather large for a box unless I stitched it on a small count. My trip to the LNS had a second purpose besides just some Christmas S.E.X. It was to find some small count fabrics for the pattern. A 25 count evenweave was perfect. And easy to stitch on too. I will be getting more of that soon.

At 10:30 PM last evening I finished the stitching.
Today I spent 4 hours putting the box together. I had stained the box Tuesday and Wednesday and this morning it was dry. It took me a while to get eveything measured and the box lined but I am pleased with the way it turned out.













Thank goodness I have tomorrow off so I can do the rest of the things I had planned on doing today but didn't.
Like deciding what to stitch next.

Until next time..........
Love and stitches
Kathy

29 comments:

Meari said...

Nice job, Kathy. What a special keepsake :)

Gillie said...

Just beautiful,one of my favourite verses. Hugs.

sales said...

What a wonderful box.
Heidi-ILCS

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful tribute to you mom and a special keepsake for your letters from her.

Rene la Frog said...

What a wonderful keepsake and great tribute to your Mom. It is beautiful.

Ellen said...

Beautiful verses! This will be a special keepsake for the letters from your mum.

Hugs

Vonna said...

It's a beautiful finish, with a lovely memory and sentiment for your Mom and her life and all she meant to you. Congrats Kathy...you're doing just what your Mom told you to do in her letter. It's hard though isn't it to go on when a piece of your heart is gone. HUGS to you and may 2009 be filled with blessings and peace.

Debra said...

Oh, how sweet! I love the story behind the box and the box is beautiful.
Debra in Indiana

Terry said...

Beautiful finish to keep your letters and things from your Mom.

Janice said...

How lovely! What a wonderful way to keep your letters safe! You did a beautiful job!

Chiloe said...

Happy new year full of wonderful stitching !!! :)

kaghos said...

very nicely done and it is very well said, it looks like you have a very caring mom, and to this day even though she has past on to eternal life, she still look's out for you, that is a very special bond

Donna said...

This is just so precious. You did a great job and it will be so special to you for the rest of your life.
And just like your Mom wrote: "Don't be sad for too long. Get on with your life". Your mom wanted it that way for you. You were a blessing to her and are a blessing to all of us!

Daffycat said...

Kathy, this is so beautiful and special. ***hugs***

Mylene said...

A beautiful finish!! Well done!!

Carolyn NC said...

It is just beautiful - you did a wonderful job. Such a nice keepsake to remember your mother with. Truly touching.

Nancy said...

I can see why this was a *must do* project for you. You will treasure it always and know that your mom is close to you. Very touching indeed! And a wonderful new finish I would like to do one day too!

Barbara said...

The box is beautiful, Kathy and such a lovely way to keep your mom's letters. May 2009 be a good year for you and that you'll find your grief begin to be replaced by warm & happy memories of your mom.
Many Hugs,
Barb in TX

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Just beautiful Kathy - the children sing this one at school, and it is one of my favourites too.

Wanda said...

I love the words on yur new stitched piece. You deserve a happy 2009, too, Kathy. If my prayers and wishes can make it happen, then yu will definitely have a good year! Wanda

Cindy F. said...

Such a beautiful piece to store your mother's words in. Dear friend, I hope this year your heart will hurt less. Sending you Texas size hugs:)

Katrien said...

Very beautiful, and a lovely keepsake

Dawn B. said...

Your box in fabulous and if mom was still with you a know she would like it very much. Hope this gives you the comfort you need.

Vickie said...

What a beautiful project!!!

Shari said...

what a wonderful way to remember your mom & to keep her precious letters. That song is perfect! I have never seen that pattern! May have to contact Tanya myself.
Thanks for sharing & also for visiting my blog!!! I had to figure out which Kathy you were!!

Lisa said...

That's such a great way to remember your mom.....I just love the way you finished it.

At the Honeysuckle Tree said...

Kathy,
The box is so beautiful and what a dear keepsake it already is to you, I'm certain.

Tanya

Mare said...

Just beautiful! A lovely finish and a touching story. Tears welled up in my eyes as I read and felt the joy, sadness, and need for your special project come to come together. Well done my friend!

Enjoy your LNS stitching & the book events!

Deborah said...

Beautiful, elegant box!!
Very special to be cherished!!
Love and Hugs!!
Deborah
and
Miprezious, too!!