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The Writing on the Wall

This past summer, I returned to reading with a vengeance.  School was out, I had survived my first year as a Librarian, and I had a total thyroidectomy looming mid-summer.  I was ready for the healing power of spending all day every day reading!  And so I began the summer by re-reading two of my favorite childhood series: Harry Potter and Anne of Green Gables.   But this post is not about reading.  It is about cross-stitching!

Cross-stitching gets a bad rap for being old-fashioned, and samplers that extol cheesy adages do not exactly help… after Googling “cross-stitch sayings,” I found gems such as “Let Me Just Remind Myself Today: If I Try There is a Way” or “Old Golfers never die, they just lose their drive” or “Quilts are like friends: a great source of comfort.”  I’ve never made a sampler because it can be hard to find designs that don’t veer too close to country.  I just haven’t found a saying that I love so much that I feel like putting it up on my wall.

So!  Obviously, the only inspiration I could find worthy of gracing my home’s walls would have to come from one of my favorite books!   As I was reading Anne of Windy Poplars (#4 in the series), one quote stuck in my head and I kept flipping back to read it again.  It wasn’t even an original thought spoken by Anne, but just something she quoted during one of the side stories.  I still can’t find where this quote originally came from, but I’m guessing it was from a song or a poem.  I found something similar in a college commencement speech from 1902, but that’s the closest I came.

“Be the day Short or be the day Long, at last it weareth to Evening Song.”

I guess this spoke to me because in between reading and crafting and trying to feel normal, down below I was feeling pretty disheartened this summer.  I was ready for time to move swiftly past all the unpleasant things facing me… I just wanted my surgery to be over, for another school year to pass, for Sam to graduate, to start anew in a different town.  And I needed to be reminded that life does move on, that this too shall pass, yadda yadda yadda.  But I don’t need a cliché on the wall!

This quote kept bouncing around in my head as I read so I decided to put the writing on the wall, so to speak.  I used a software program called Pattern Maker to design my own sampler.

I chose a font that looked a bit Art Deco to go with the early 1900’s setting and created a sweet moon-flower border. I looked through my stash of floss and chose my favorite moon-time colors: dark purple for the text, lighter purple for the flowers, variegated green for the leafage and a pale blue for a smiling new moon.

The printout from Pattern Maker, and the floss I chose

I don’t know if there’s such thing as a Moonflower, but I imagine them to have purple petals with a pale blue button center.  Please don’t tell me I’m wrong!  It would be like Anne’s disappointment upon first seeing a colorless diamond, after imagining them to be purple like an amethyst!

my little moonflower border

A little blue moon in the corner to complete the picture.

A Blue New Moon

And of course, my signature at the bottom.

that's me 🙂

Little known fact: L.M. Montgomery was obsessed with new moons.  She cut them out of magazines to put into her diaries and thought it was hilarious when an illustrator drew the new moon faced the wrong way.  So my little moon in the corner is a tribute to my favorite author (facing the right way, of course!)

I started this project in June, and just finished up last weekend.  It wasn’t hard or complicated, but after school got started all time for crafting was put aside.  And now… all I have to do is put it in a frame and find a place on my walls 🙂

Thanks for the inspiration, L.M. Montgomery!

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