As I am having much trouble with my "secret project" and am positively butchering my waste canvas cross-stitching...my mind turns to the wife of my dear Uncle Hal, Deb, the most accomplished cross-stitcher I have ever known.
When I visited her last fall I tried to take pictures of just a few of the pieces she has been creating over the decades as her great life's work. The walls of her home have scores of them, all subtly different, and they lend a sense of wisdom and serenity to the atmosphere where she lives that is profound.
Here are but 9 of them; they were hard to photograph in their frames with no shadow or flash...Be sure and click on them to be able to see her magnificent stitching, and read the inspiring words, too.
...and the Masterpiece, which I believe took her two years:
The cumulative effect of being surrounded by all of this, as I have said, is calming and uplifting at the same time.
You can see a few of them on the wall behind us...
She gave me one of my very own, too, which I will always treasure:
I love you, Deb!