One of my very favorite rooms at market to go into is Lone Elm Lane's, because it feels like I'm walking straight into a Country Living magazine; oh, for the love of stitching, how do they take a simple Dixie cup and sweet tea and turn them into a veritable goblet of country goodness?
Their Shaker boxes are absolutely gorgeous, and if you've ever seen them at your local needlework shop, you know that they're beautiful, high-quality boxes, made in the same traditional way that the Shakers made them.
Please pass the smelling salts.
It's so hard for me to choose one favorite, because really, I see the sampler-potential for every single color! But if I had to choose one or three, I'd say my favorites are the Wooly White, the Shepherd's Bush Plum, and the Robin's Egg Blue.
Which brings me to my next release…
As I said in my blog post yesterday, I absolutely love love love the traditional colors of autumn – the burnt orange, mahogany, chocolate, gold – they're all so cozy! But I also love the unexpected, cooler colors – which can actually mingle quite well with the deeper shades of this glorious season.
This is Autumn Posy, and I've chosen the 6" Robin's Egg Blue box to mount it onto.
Stitch Count: 97w x 95h
Linen used: 36 ct. Vintage Pecan Butter by Lakeside Linens
Threads used: Weeks Dye Works (with their DMC equivalents in parentheses):
Sea Foam (504)
Terra Cotta (3830)
Trim used: Cinnamon Rick-Rack by R&R Reproductions
Thank you so very much to Nicole Neville for her stitching talent! I'm so appreciative of her taking time to stitch this for me, considering she's got a full-time job and a housefull of very active (and handsome) boys!
By the way, I just have to share with you one of my favorite Bible verses that seems as if it was made specifically for autumn:
Psalm 65:11a – "Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness." (KJV)
How perfectly poetic and true!
(Two more days!)