That's me! Discomfited, chagrined, discombobulated! (*grin* Yep, I've been playing with Thesaurus.com). But really, I'm "fit to be tied"...a Southern expression that covers all of the above fancy words!
I'm not old enough for my handiwork to have developed AGE SPOTS!
Then, to "add insult to injury", I looked at the date on the pillowcases, and I made them 32 years ago!!! 1974!!!
I vividly remember being in Mrs. Kennard's Home-Economics class at Starkville Academy in Starkville, Mississippi. That embroidery was so much fun that I finished the second pillowcase in no time at all. That was when Mama taught me about threadcount and percale vs. muslin, and she made sure we had some good percale pillowcases on which to iron the embroidery transfer. I had visions of embroidering the design on a flat sheet for my bed, and then moving onto the violet design in that Butterick or Simplicity or McCall's pattern.
It is just the realization that it was 32 years ago that hurts my feelings! After all, I am only 44 years old. That is still YOUNG! *grin*
The project I am working on is our hand-stitched Christmas ornament for this year. It has roses which made me think of those old pillowcases.
Growing up, we collected one or more Christmas ornaments each year. Usually the ornaments were from some trip we had taken that year.
OK, so I never had time to make an ornament for the first and second year, but I have some ideas rattling around in my head, and I plan to make them just as soon as I finish the 2006 ornament.
The Happy Yellow striped fabric was a great bargain found on Ebay. I've made three travel dirty clothes bags and will be making shoe bags as well.
I've added some thorns to these roses because even happily-married couples run into a few thorns in life. The shape of the piece is the state of Mississippi, where we live on the family farm.
I'll photograph it again when it is finished. I'm simply embroidering over the design, turning blue roses into rosy red flowers. Yep, that is one of my treasured Yellow Tupperware pieces that I am using as a project box for these ornaments.
Now I will go rub age-spot-removing-cream on my hands and face and neck where I am trying to fade my OTHER age spots! *grumph*
Talk to you again next year! Let me hear about your hand-made Christmas ornaments!