Friday Finish

These items have actually been finished for a couple of weeks, but since my stitching time has been limited this month, I have nothing else to show.  The pincushion and scissors fob were made for my sampler guild's exchange from Blackbird Designs Wild Lilies pattern.  They're sitting on a square made by my grandmother who crocheted and did tatting.  I own three pieces of linen from her and they have  a  special story that I'll save for another post.

This seems to be the season of finishes or milestones in our lives.  My daughter turned 20 on Wednesday and that marked the end of having teenagers in the house.  My husband is the one with the big "finish" as he will be officially retired on December 31.  We've been thinking about this and planning for it for at least 18 months, but the transition has not been without its bittersweet moments.  My husband and I are of a generation who  spend their entire careers with one company.  He has worked in the transportation industry and has had continuous employment  for over 37 years although the particular company he worked for has been sold twice.  Leaving after that much time does give one pause and we've both questioned a few times in the last month whether this is the right decision at this time.  Ultimately, though, we have both know the time is right and we are ready to move on with this new phase of our lives. 

We'll be spending some time with our family this weekend so I'll take the opportunity now to wish you all a very special holiday and much happiness.


Comments

  1. Beautiful finish! I love your grandmother's piece as well. So nice to have heirlooms from her!

    I hope your DH enjoys his retirement. It is hard having been with one company one's whole career. My DH is the same, also having been with one company. Hopefully that will be the case throughout his career.

    Happy Christmas! And happy belated birthday to your DD!

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  2. Susan your Wild Lilies finish is beautiful - I have loved that design since I first saw it. You are lucky to have those treasured pieces from your grandmother. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and that your DH transitions easily into retirement. Enjoy! Melody

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  3. Lovely finish. Congrats to your DH on his retirement.
    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Lovely stitches!!
    Merry Christmas!

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  5. Those are beautiful, Susan, as is that gorgeous square of tatting done by your grandmother.

    Much joy and peace for your Christmas and especially for the New Year as you and your hubby transition to a new way! I know there will be many blessings in store for you both!

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  6. congrats on the retirement! I have one and one-half years left of a teenager in the house - it certainly is a bittersweet milestone!

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  7. Oh my gosh, what a beautiful finish!! I love it. Great colors! Best wishes to your husband on his retirement.

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  8. All the best to your DH during his retirement.

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