I had a recent discussion with Margaret about how often we are disappointed when reality doesn't match our expectations. You know, like when you order hand-dyed fibers or fabric and the colors just don't turn out to be as nice as they looked on your monitor or in your mind's eye. But the concept applies to many other areas of life as well. It reminded me of the Keats poem, "Ode on a Grecian Urn", that at least in the way I was taught to interpret it, was somewhat about the same subject. I mentioned a line from the poem, "Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter". This prompted the Sampler Queen (wasn't that an old ABBA song?) to challenge me to design a sampler with that quote. I'm no designer and I just laughed at the thought. But then for fun I tried to think of what a sampler on that subject might look like. Google was no help really.
I thought of an old freebie bookmark pattern by Prairie Schooler. I think it was re-released for sale in a collection of their former freebies a few years back. I then got to work in that advanced cross-stitch design program, MS Paint. I just positioned the bookmark on one side and then charted the words in a Bent Creek or Trilogy kind of font. I added a few musical notes and voilà.. a sampler was born.
I don't think I really intended to stitch it, but Margaret encouraged me. So I created a pinkeep by stitching over-one on Dove Gray Monaco and adding a few doo-dads for interest. I think it really needed a border, but I don't like stitching borders. So not really my own design, but a fun project all the same.
Getting to be dental maintenance time again. Here's my latest reminder notice postcard flashing that famous Mona Teetha smile.
Wishing everyone a pleasant Memorial Day and a happy National Tap Dance Day. May 25 is Bojangles' birthday.