Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Short post today -- my husband is getting a spinal injection to relieve the pain from two herniated discs, so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed and saying my prayers. Can I ask my friends in blogland to do the same? Thank you so much!

I found this beautifully worked piece of cross-stitch at the thrift store recently. I'm trying to decide whether to have it framed or made into a pillow. The linen is marked Columbia Minerva Co. 1972. Whenever I come across something like this, I always wonder about the woman who made it. Where did she live? What was her life like? The piece is so colorful and beautifully made; she must have been quite an artist. Might still be. I wonder where she is now, and why her work was in the thrift store. I guess I'll never know, but I am thankful to have her handiwork.


  1. beautiful piece of cross-stitch...I always wonder about the original owner, too...sending positive thoughts your way...'friend'...Lacy

  2. Best of luck to Atty Little Red House. I'll keep the two o you in my thoughts today.

    Yes, I wonder when I find something like that. I saw a crewel mirror just like one I had made, probably in 1972 or'73 (and gotten rid of at some point) at the thrift shop for $5. Gotta say it made me kind of sad!


  3. Mary,I will say a prayer right now for your husband, that this treatment will work. Beautiful piece of needlework and such a wonderful sentiment. All those hours spent by someone on something beautiful, but the good news is that it still ended up with someone who will appreciate it, so maybe it isnt such a sad thing after all:>)

  4. Beautiful handwork....either framed or made into a pillow would be perfect.
    Prayers for your hubby and all your family.
    hugs, bj

  5. i vote for 'made into a pillow'... maybe she made it for you!

    will pray for ATTY.

  6. that is a beautiful piece!
    what ever you deciede im sure it will be beautiful!

  7. I vote for a pillow. Glad all that work is going to be treasured by you.

    Special thoughts are being sent out to you and your husband today, that all will be fine.

    have a good day, janie

  8. wow !!!Mary I'love cross-stitch!!!!!! mary

  9. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your Hubby.

    I vote for a pillow, Mary. It's a marvelous piece :-)

    Blessings to you.......Rosie

  10. Hope and pray for you and hubby. I say frame it!Great piece.

  11. I love the colors and the saying is so true!

    A pillow would be gorgeous, but having it framed would allow you to use it all over your house....hard decision, but you will know what is right for you! I help from me!

    I hope your husband gets the relief he is seeking.


  12. I offer my prayers for your husband's recovery as well.

    That is a very nice piece of needle work. I am sure it will have a wonderful "home" with you now. Yes, it is sad to think of the hours spent working on such a piece, I do needle work myself so I do know the hours spent in such a piece, but often times the piece is left unfinished...then it finds it way into the 'clutter' pile on someone's table and it goes to a thrift store...if you enjoy it then the hours spent making it were not a waste of anyone's time. Roxie (from Texas)

  13. Absolutely I'll pray for your husband's quick recovery and relief from the pain! Yikes!

    Love that cross-stitch!


  14. I love your pillow too...and prayers for your Hubby.

  15. Great pillow..hope your hubbie is OK! Will be thinking of you!! :0) Tara

  16. Hi Mary,

    Such a lovely piece! My prayers are with you and your husband today.

    Huge hugs,

  17. I am so sorry to hear about your DHs back condition. I have a chronic back condition and can really sympathize. Saying prayers and sending all good thoughts your way Mary!

    I too wonder about the former life of my antiques and books. I found this was very much so when I bought a tea caddy dating to 1800. Can you imagine the cups of tea made and the gossip told while drinking the tea? It is fun and a priviledge to own these old items.

    Hugs ~

  18. It's especially beautiful to me because I always found stamped cross stitch to be incredibly difficult. Not so for the counted variety but I don't know why that should be.

    I'm sending up prayers and sunflowers for your husband.

  19. Mary,

    Sending prayers and positive thoughts to your husband. Hope everything is OK...


  20. I'm sending positive thoughts your way. Love the sweet pillow.

  21. I'll be praying for you and your man. Back pain is no fun at all.

  22. I vote to make it into a pillow too .... keeping your husband in my prayers today. ~ hugs, Lynda xo

  23. Very pleasing piece of cross-stitch. I've always liked that expression, too.

    Thinking of your dh today and praying that he'll get the pain relief that he needs.

  24. Mary,
    I hope your husband finds relief from his pain and discomfort soon.

    I went back an read your previous posting and it confirmed I have found, and others may agree, that what first attracted me to your blog was the beautiful photographs of your home and decorating. Now what keeps me tuning in is the way that you articulate your thoughts and feelings, that I also feel and think but lack finding the words for.

    I do know that their are no mistakes in life and by the comments that you receive on a daily basis, you must be a good friend. The linen was waiting for you to find it, rescue it and give it a new home.

  25. Hi Mary,
    I will also say a prayer for your husband. I often go to church on my lunch hour and pray for many things~he will be added to my list~oh, and I vote for pillow too!~Hugs, Rosemary

  26. What pretty needlework.
    Hope you hubby is doing ok after his injections.

  27. My prayers are with your husband for God to relieve his pain. I love Vintage and antiques because I wonder too about the story of the treasure. I think it's a beautiful work and wonderful that you cherish the handiwork of the woman who created it.

  28. I hope your husband is doing well from his injection! I'll say a prayer that he is up on his feet soon.

    That stitched piece is so beautiful. I see it completed as a pillow..just my opinion.


  29. Hi Mary.
    I hope everything went well with your husband. The crossstitch is very lovely. I always enjoy a visit with you. Rhondi

  30. I hope your husband is doing well and the injection worked.

    I feel the same way about hand stitched items when I see them in the thrift stores. I used to cross-stitch so I KNOW how much work it can be. I always wonder what happened to the person that their hard work ended up for sale to strangers. Then I feel compelled to give it a home. lol

    Beautiful piece you got there. Wish the maker could know it was safe and in good hands....


  31. My son hurt his back when he was 16 on his first job. He is now 32 and has been bothered by back pain all these years. He recently went through treatment with spinal decompression and it has helped. Just a thought as it is non-invasive and not painful.

  32. Hello Mary
    I hopes that your husband got over the interference well, and is pain free.
    The cross pass attaching is... I a cushion would very beautifully suggest.
    Take care Barbara

  33. I work for a pain mgmt dr. that does those injections! I hope his is successful!
    It breaks my heart to see such pretty pieces that someone has labored over thrown into a pile in the thrift store. At least you get to love it now. I think these things have such a past...and they are timeless!

  34. Prayers to hubby.

    I love the cross-stitch, I'd probably have it framed...but the pillow is adorable too...oh I'm sure you'll make the right decision.


  35. Mary, I will be keeping your DH in my thoughts and prayers sweetie. Love that gorgeous cross stitch. I think I would frame it, it's so beautiful. You sure are lucky with your thrift store finds!
    Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

  36. What a lovely pillow. Hope your husband is better soon.


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