Monday, January 05, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday

This is another unusual Bloomin' Tuesday post, but it's perfect for the month of January when our gardens in Colorado are bloomless and the earth is nothing but a frozen tundra. For Christmas my mother made me a beautiful needlepoint sampler. For as long as I can remember she has had an interest in needlepoint and our family has occasionally been the lucky recipient of her stunning pieces. She's made some gorgeous creations over the years, some abstract in design, but many with a garden theme of one kind or another. This particular beauty comes from Ehrman Tapestry, is called "Garden Sampler," and was designed by Magie Hollingworth. Just beautiful. A family heirloom to be sure.

The sampler depicts all the scenes found in a garden. The closer you inspect it, the more you discover. It's filled with gardening tools, flowers, topiaries, gardening gloves, a watering can, a wheelbarrow, paths and little critters of all kinds ... doves, dogs, ducks, geese, flies, bees and butterflies. In the middle -- a home.

She tacked a letter on the back of the frame and wrote:

...Each stitch taken with appreciation for the beauty you have brought into my life. I have loved being in your garden for all the pleasure it has given me over the years. Nature's beauty has a spiritual quality about it. I have a real appreciation for all your hard work to make your "little bit of Eden" the beautiful and serene place it is...

Pretty special, wouldn't you say? And just so you know... my love of gardening was nurtured by my parent's example.

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10 comments:

Julie said...

What an incredible gift! WOW! It blows me away and brought a tear to my eye! What a great Mom you have!

Aiyana said...

It's a beautiful gift, and worth seeing on Bloomin' Tuesday.
Aiyana

Rosie's Whimsy said...

That's amazing! What a wonderful treasure :-)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Just the amount of work, and love, she would have put into each stitch is overwhelming. And then to write such a lovely letter.

A family heirloom, a treasure.

Jen

MiaKatia said...

That really is beautiful and the letter is so touching. I love it.

Jean said...

What a wonderful keepsake! I have always loved this type of needlework! Absolutely spectacular! Perfect Bloomin' Tuesday post! Jean

devri said...

What a wonderful bloomin Tuesday post. thanks.

Jenni said...

Loved the post! Aunt Mary - so sweet! And you are truly a gem, just as she said.

Judy said...

What treasures--your mother, and the gift she so lovingly created for you. Sweet, sweet Aunt Mary. A little bit of "Eden" herself.

Kristine said...

Wow that is a lot of work! Very beautiful!