There once was a man and a woman who had been married for more than 60 years. They talked about everything. They kept no secrets from each other… except that the old woman had a shoebox in the top of her closet that she cautioned her husband never to open it or ask her about it.
For all these years he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would never recover. In trying to sort out their affairs the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed it was the time that he should know what was in the box.
When he opened it, he found 2 beautifully crocheted doilies and a stack of money totaling over $25,000. He asked her about the unusual contents.
“When we were married,” she said, ” my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doily.”
The little old man was so moved, he had to fight back tears. Only two precious doilies were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with joy and happiness.
“Sweetheart,” he said… “that explains the doilies, but what about all this money? Where did it all come from?”
Oh,” she said, ” that’s the money I made from selling the doilies.”
Blessings to you and yours!
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything about cross stitching or crafting. I really have been busy stitching and knitting and crocheting. I’ve finished two crocheted dishcloths, a shrug that I’ve been knitting on for more than a year and was actually able to wear it for Christmas and the stitching I’ll be showing below.
This piece is my own chart from a picture that Lori Brechlin at the Not Forgotten Farm drew and gave to her followers to use as they wanted. I decided to create a counted cross stitch piece from it. You can find it at Threads on facebook. I’ve included the chart at the bottom of this post so if you’d like to stitch it go for it. You’ll notice I made a slight change in the finished project. It will work better for the small pillow I’m making from it. (It has not been cleaned or pressed yet but I’ll be sure to put the finish here.)
As you know I am part of a 10-month round robin group. I’ve had the pleasure of stitching on some really beautiful samplers. This one is Simply Jane Austin by the Sampler Girl. My part of this one is the bottom right corner, ‘marry for love not money’ with the basket of flowers.
My niece is getting married soon so I am stitching this sweet little marriage record. It’s by Demensions/Gold Collection. I love the way they organize their floss. It really makes it easier to separate strands.
My youngest sister asked me to stitch a cover for her new Bible. It has soft leather binding and she wants it to be a bit stiffer. I’m using plastic canvas for this project and my own design.
Last, but certainly not least, I’ve been working on my Smokey Mountain Cats. I love stitching on this and can hardly wait to finish it so I can hang it in the blue bathroom. (I know, I have a ways to go.)
I do most of my stitching while watching television. Which gives me 2 to 3 hours a day of serious work. During baseball season it’s usually more. Can hardly wait to see my Tigers on the field again. They’re Grrrrrrrr8!
Keep on stitching!