Sunday, February 05, 2012

Bravo Queen Elizabeth - 60 years!

Monday marks 60 years on the throne for Queen Elizabeth.   You have to admire her still doing her duties at 85!  I think she's in the running for breaking Queen Victoria's record as the longest-reigning British monarch.  Considering her mother the "Queen Mum" lived to be over a 100 she's got a good chance I'd say.  I've always been a bit of a royal watcher even from 'across the pond'.  Here's one of my favorite photos of the Queen - looking every bit the 'royal'.

HRH Queen Elizabeth II
Ascended to the throne Feb 6, 1952
   
In stitching news, I finished up "Dog Lessons" last week.  I hope to get it dropped off to be framed sometime this week - it's a gift for a family member.  I modified the colors a bit to add a third color to the lettering as I thought it needed a little more 'life'. 



"Dog Lessons for People" by Lizzie Kate. 
Stitched with cotton overdyes on 32-ct Light Mocha linen.

I posted the finish below on the '2012 Year of Smalls' blog already but here it is again.  This is 'Garden of Love", our February smalls project.  It stitched up really quick with a kit I purchased from Inspired Needle in Illinois. Luckily I had the perfect fabric in my quilting stash to make it into a little flange-style pillow.    In the photo is a teacup from a little china set I had as a child. I was thrilled a few years ago when my mom unearthed them in storage.   In it is sitting a 'red hat' bear my husband got me as a joke when I turned 50 a few years ago.  (what's so funny about turning 50 I really don't know!)    Anyway,  I swore I would never be a red hat lady but my little bear is kind of cute.
   
"Garden of Love" by Citrouille Designs
Stitched with Belle Soie Silks on 36-ct LL linen

I'm working on my February ornament which is a LHN pattern this time, and I'm almost done with the stitching part.    I'm frantically trying to make some progress on American Sampler because it's almost time again for  a WIPocolypse update!  Didn't we just do that??

Wow - I have reached 200 followers - thank you so much friends!  I will have a giveaway a little later this month to celebrate, but I need a little time to get my act together.  Stay tuned.............

19 comments:

  1. Great finish on the Garden of Love and the Dog Lessons~~~~~ Love the use of your doggie treats in the photo. I am excited to see the celebrations that will happen this year to celebrate the queen's 60 year reign.

    Have a good week!!!

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  2. I'm with you - the Queen is amazing! I hope I can be half as active as her when I get into my 80's!
    Love your doggie and garden of love finishes!

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  3. Beautiful stitching :) I love the way that you finished your February small.

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  4. Love your two finishes! Both are wonderful! I think the Queen is so neat, don't you? She's amazing!

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  5. Beautiful finishes, Jeanne! I love that dog lessons, and your Garden of Love is finished so nicely.

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  6. Sweet finishes!!! I've seen the little pillow on several blogs???? Love the picture of the queen too :-).

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  7. Beautiful stitching and finishing. Love the pillow. yes I agree the Queen is amazing for her age and we are extremely proud of her here in the UK. Great celebrations for us this year!

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  8. You've had some great finishes, I particularly like the hornbook (must get mine of the shelf & stitched) and Garden of Love

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  9. Your cross stitch pieces are lovely!

    I, for one, am really looking forward to the Jubilee celebrations. It is a special year, here in the UK...and I tell you, we need it as it isn't much fun living here at present.

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  10. Beautiful finishes, Jeanne! I love dog lessons (being a dog lover) and your Garden of Love finish is wonderful, too.

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  11. Laura(see above) and I must be on the same wave length. I too loved the dog treats!!! Maybe it's because we stitch together several times a month!!! LOL! Your Garden of Love looks terrific on that fabric. It really makes the silks pop!!! Wow, congratulations on having 200 followers. It's a great blog!
    Linda

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  12. Three cheers for Her Majesty. I for one are very proud of her.

    I saw on Becky's blog that you are looking for some of the arbor gardens, I have three of them but am missing the fourth, would you be interested in a swap?

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  13. beautiful finishes Jeanne!

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  14. I think The Queen is amazing. I was watching a programme last night called The Diamond Queen and it was so wonderful to watch and here what her children and grandchildren had to say about her. I think there's 2 more so I'll be watching those too. She makes me proud to be British :)

    Beautiful finishes. I love the Garden of Love.

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  15. beautiful finishes :D

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  16. Your Garden of Love finish is gorgeous and dog lessons is cute too.
    Margaret

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  17. I'm in love with your Dog Lessons stitch! I shared this on my Facebook page today with my blog readers but made sure to include the link to your blog! LOVE it!!!

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  18. I'm in love with your Dog Lessons stitch! I shared this on my Facebook page today with my blog readers but made sure to include the link to your blog! LOVE it!!!

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  19. I'm in love with your Dog Lessons stitch! I shared this on my Facebook page today with my blog readers but made sure to include the link to your blog! LOVE it!!!

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