Sunday, February 05, 2012

Eat, Pray, Love

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Eric and I have been married almost six years. Our wedding ceremony and reception were greatly influenced by his Italian heritage on his mom's side. For our honeymoon, we went to Rome. When we were planning our wedding, Eric ran across a phrase in Italian that he really loved. It translates to "my heart is yours forever". We wanted it engraved inside our wedding bands, but there was no way all that was going to fit. So instead, we went for a shortened version in Italian. I know you can't see the engraving inside the rings in the photo (my photography skills aren't that good), but trust me...it's there.

So, when I saw Siobhan's bonus block for her Anniversaries of the Heart piece, I fell in love with how she'd used something more meaningful than just the charted alphabet. So, the gears in my head started turning and I decided that I really wanted to use our phrase in my bonus block. So I charted and re-charted until I thought I finally had it. And last weekend I finished the stitching on this block. I'm really please with how it came out.
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I'm counting each of these blocks as a tiny finish, so I was happy to celebrate another finish for the year! And no sooner had I finished this block did I start gathering my stuff to start the March block. That is until I got some news on Wednesday that considerably moved up my time table to get my Anniversaries of the Heart finished. So, instead of starting on the March block, I started on the June block that will honor my dad and his mother - both June birthdays. I'd like him to see at least this block finished.
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So, that's what I've been working on for the most part. This week I did receive my supplies for an online class I'm taking from Amy Mitten. My guild is doing this as a SAL. Once I had the fabric and fibers in my hot little hands, I couldn't help but put in a few stitches.
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I'm looking forward to seeing this one come to life.

I am grateful for every day we have.

27 comments:

Giovanna said...

Firstly, your bonus block with the infinitely romantic Italian phrase makes this Italian's pulse positively race :-)
Secondly... well, I don;t know what to say, just lots of hugs being sent your way.

Margaret said...

I love how your AotH block came out. Such a special phrase for the block is wonderful. Your start on the Vierlande Winders Keepers looks great too. I'm enjoying stitching on my Quaker one. Lots of hugs and prayers for you and your dad, Michelle. Hang in there.

Anonymous said...

I love your blogging and love seeing your finishes up close & personal too! :) MaryD

MoonBeam said...

Wonderful idea for your Anniversaries block. Best wishes for family and the block in progress.

Have fun with Amy Mitten.

Bobbi

Stitching Cat said...

Your AoTH is coming along beautifully and I love your personalization. Best wishes to your dad. I am in Amy's class as well, but have chose the Friesland version. A couple of my friends are doing the Quaker version. I had my instructions printed 2-sided at Staples and put into a spiral bound booklet, which I love.

Natasha said...

what a sweet design for your block...:)

Laurie in Iowa said...

I love the way you chose to personalize the block in AotH. Beautiful! I'm looking forward to watching your progress on Amy Mitten's on-line class project.
Sending you and your dad positive thoughts and hugs.

Catherine said...

Wonderful personalization of your block!! Hugs and prayers to you..

Melissa said...

Oh, what a lovely lovely idea! I don't know what it says but given what Giovanna said ...hmmm, it's gotta be good!

Harmien said...

What a beautiful way to remember your wedding and the love for your family in your stitching. Take care!!

valerie said...

What a wonderful personalization for the bonus block! It makes it so much more special. Best wishes to you and your dad. *hugs*

Sylvia said...

I love your personalization on the bonus block, Michelle - how romantic! I know your dad will love his block when he sees it.

Your Amy Mitten class looks absolutely scrumptious.

Nicola said...

Sending you hugs and prayers for your Dad.

I love how you have personalised the block, I always like to change a design here and there to make it mine.

My Mum is Italian and it is the language of romance.

Siobhán said...

Michelle, I think of you and pray for your dad and for your family (and you) all the time.

Your bonus block--Oh. My. Gosh. It turned out SOOOOOOOOOOOOO great! I'm sure you & Eric both are thrilled with how it looks. Love your new start, too!

Mouse said...

ohhh that's beautiful , you have done a lovely job on it ... I hope that you manage to get it done in time the june block (HUGS) love mouse xxxx

Katrina said...

You know you are in my heart and prayers!!!! Love, love, love what you did with the bonus block and the Amy Mitten piece is gorgeous.

Nancy said...

Your finished block looks so pretty and very sentimental!

Dee L said...

Your beautiful stitching and your loving heart are showcased in your photos. Caring thoughts for you and your dad and family.

Valentina said...

Your bonus block is really lovely, you did a great job! Best wishes for your dad.

Ziggyeor said...

I love the personal quote. Good luck finishing the June block and best thoughts for your dad.

Karoline said...

AoH is looking gorgeous, I love your bonus block.

{{{{hugs}}}} I shall keep you and your Dad in my thoughts & prayers

robindefender said...

Love what you did with your bonus block.

Best wishes for you and your father.

Anne said...

Beautiful stitching on your AotH. Your rings are lovely too! You're one of the lucky ones who got the Vierlande Winders!! They are sold out! I love that big skein of grey/black from Amy!!! It will be exciting to watch your progress :D

Anne said...

I meant to add more to the last comment. Sending you prayers for your Dad.

Natalia said...

You made it so very special, Michelle. I love it!!

P.J. said...

What a lovely way to personalize this block. Very special!!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

To me it means even more when the stitching is personalized to represent the stitcher and her loves! BEautiful! Which piece of Amys are you stitching?