Monday, September 17, 2012

Photo-a-Day - Sept 2012 - Day 17: Mythical

Photo-a-Day - Sept 2012 - Day 17: Mythical
One month before my 50th birthday, I commented to a friend that in spite of having given a lot of stitched or crocheted pieces to others, no one had ever made anything for me.  [Note:  I am always a bit of a whiner leading up to major birthdays].  My friend, bless her heart, took my comment and ran with it.

At the time, there were five of us who spent a good deal of time together.  She gathered together the other three, each of whom I'd taught to needlepoint, and told them they should make something for me. 

Priscilla found a chart with three fairies, isolated one and painted the canvas onto Penelope canvas (14/7 count).  They split up the work according to who had the time.  It was passed back and forth, occasionally with a 3 a.m. drop off or a FedEx overnight shipment.  In the middle of it, Jody had laser-eye surgery which was remarkable as she did all the 7 ct. petite point for the face, hands and feet. 

One day, post Jody's eye surgery, she was at my place when Georgianne called.  "What are you doing?"  "Jody's here and we're stitching."  "Jody's stitching?  She can see?"  said Georgianne with a slightly odd tone.  At one point I asked Georgianne if I had done something to offend everyone as no one would play with me.  She called the others and told them one of them "Do something with her."  Remember that I had no idea this was going on. 

They had scheduled my celebration for High Tea at the Ritz.  They also literally finished the piece, took the photo which became the cover of the card, Priscilla calligraphed the quote:

        "Nothing can
             be truer
         Than fairy
             wisdom.
         It is as
             true as
          Sunbeams  
                - Douglas Terrold

signed the card, wrapped it and picked me up.  To say I was surprised and that many tears were shed would be an understatement.
My love and thanks to Deborah, Georgianne, Jody and Priscilla.  My appreciation to Kathy who was then the framer for Creative Framing and Gallery who cut all the filets and did such a wonderful job with archival framing for this forever piece.

2 comments:

  1. oh, L.J., I love everything about this post.

    The story made me cry.

    The piece is a masterpiece.

    The quote is magical.

    And this picture of you is priceless.

    You have the most marvelous, loving friends and you all deserve the friendship you share.

    HUGS my friend!
    Kaye

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  2. Thank you, Kaye. Stunned was putting it mildly. They had such fun telling me all the stories about making it, I didn't even have a chance to cry. But we did toast with a bottle of Crystal champagne Georgianne brought.

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