Marne was the mom next door at Michillinda during my childhood, so I have known her my whole life. She and her husband had 8 children, most of whom are a lot older than me, but the last two were my age and we played together all summer as kids.
Here she is with her daughter Molly (who was an absolute goddess to me when she was a teen and I was a little girl; Molly, you are still a goddess!), taken a few weeks ago on her porch. Marne is sharp as a tack, still walks every day; I want to be like her when I am 95! Of course, decades of playing killer tennis helped her stay that way, I am convinced. We'd better hit those treadmills, gals!
Marne herself has spent each and every one of her 95 summers in her cottage at Michillinda...her children are the ones who commissioned this landscape to present to her on her 95th birthday next month. Needless to say, this was an extra meaningful project for me.
Marne's cottage is the closest one shown..you can mostly just see her porch. She would be there knitting these incredible cable sweaters on size 1 needles when I was a kid; now they've got WiFi on that porch!
I added just a smidge of embroidery to the landscape...it didn't really need it, and I hope it isn't distracting.
I'll be stretching this over foam core to finish it. Will show the details of that this week.
Meanwhile, it is back to making the floral alphabet. I do plan on making the letters available for sale on an Etsy shop...later in the fall. I will definitely keep you posted!