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.