It's been a slow process but over time my collection of lace has been growing.
Some are antique and more than 100 years old. Others are vintage, closer to 50 or 60 years in age, and a few are just entering their third decade.
I also have a small selection of newbies that were just too pretty to pass by when I saw them.
Whatever their age, the pretties mingled in my lace box are a delight to the eyes.
Occasionally I gift a yard or two in presents to friends and I also like to add bits and pieces to special projects like Bible or journal covers, bookmarks and cushions.
A small length of exquisite lace can add elegance and a delicate finish like nothing else.
This particular 100 year old lace is one I have kept for years, waiting for the perfect display...
...and here it is.
When I was sketching "Simple Things" the design began with a jam jar shaped vase wrapped in a pretty scarf, a spray of wildflowers spilling out.
The vision in my mind of this very scene was from Nana's kitchen's table when I was a child, and it was by allowing my memories to travel back to those 1960's summer days that the idea of laying a piece of my precious lace along the bottom of the jar came to be.
It represented her 'best' tablecloth, cream crocheted lace, a tablecloth which Pop and I only saw displayed over the old formica kitchen table when Nana served a Sunday roast...
I'm going to carefully hand stitch the lace onto the stitchery before placing the completed design in a wooden picture frame.
Unlike Nana's cream lace tablecloth I shall keep this on display every day...a tribute to my childhood with her and Pop, and the simple things she did that made our little three-room flat a happy and loving home.
"Simple Things" is one of the new patterns inside the February 17th issue of The Stitchery Club.
Memberships for this month close at midnight on the 16th.
Go HERE to find out more.
Have you thought about adding lace to your stitcheries?
At the weekend I finished the "Beloved" stitchery pattern by Allie-Oops Designs as my Valentine's project for the home.
It turned out even lovelier than I'd hoped...
There's two other stitcheries waiting to be completed as new cushion covers but I must be patient and put my attention to pattern writing for the next couple of days.
Normally when I write the monthly Club patterns a good supply of chocolate is on hand to ease me through the hours of deciphering pages of notes, typing, photo formatting, redrawing pattern sheets and cross-checking threads, fabrics and sizes...but I'm being good and taking the super healthy path as my body needs me to stay on track nutrition wise after two months of galloping migraines.
So it's lots and lots of salads, raw foods, berry smoothies, water, and minimal sugar.
And to be honest, though my migraines have not changed (even the newest wonder drug isn't helping) I feel much better within myself, and I always do when I eat this way so why do I stray??? Oh yes, that's right, the sugar temptations.
So as much as I am able I shall stay the course and enjoy the benefits within my body, and at least for the time being avoid sugar in it's refined chocolate-y form.
NOTE: We think the brain trauma injury is why the migraines have increased in number and severity. It's just part of life as I know it now, but after 46 years of migraine I can take it.
May your day be joyful!