Sunday, October 14, 2012

Queen Mother Sampler and A Mixed Post

 A lovely sampler I hadn't seen before arrived from eBay this week. The words are taken from the Queen Mother's  funeral service. Click on the pic to enlarge to read the words a bit better. The friendly seller Anna Pearson also designs and writes books about cross stitch.
Not a Royal sampler but one I had to have anyway. This one commemorates the Festival of Britain in 1951 and is hand embroidered. I also have a scarf from the festival but couldn't find it this morning. Lost somewhere in Royal Stuff.
John Clayton Queen finished at last?? Well no, I have all the background still to stitch so it will be a few weeks yet before it is finished and on the wall. I admit to a couple of mistakes in this one but I dare you to find them. Also a bit annoyed I ran out of one colour. I am very careful with my threads when sitching a kit and feel I might complain as there should have been enough. Not a big drama as I had that colour in my thread stash. Anyone stitching this the colour was DMC 3840. Let me know if you run out too.
 Another John Clayton kit waiting to be stitched is this British soldier Thomas. One of my ancestors was a British Soldier who came to Australia with the 48th regiment in 1817. Thanks to a distant cousin and a book about his regiment I know all about him. He met and married an Irish girl while the regiment was stationed in Cork. She missed out on the ballot to sail with the army and arrived 2 years later with their only child a daughter. Thomas was a Peninsular War veteran. He retired from the army on a pension, took over the Sydney flour mill and became a wealthy landowner. None of his wealth and land is in the family now. He died age 90 of Decay of Nature. His Irish wife died in her 80's after falling in the fire. My ancestor also called Thomas (Steel) was a Private in the army and this will be a tribute to him. My Grandson is also named Thomas. I found the poster about his regiment on a market stall.
 These socks were a very nice surprise gift from Gina. She knows how much I love Laurel Burch designs, Aren't I lucky. Now I have socks to match my bag and scarf. Thanks for thinking of me Gina.
I know Charlotte likes to be in every post but really Charlotte this time you have gone too far. I got the bed all ready for me, book open at the right page, went to the bathroom and Charlotte thinks all this was done for her. Just don't tell me the end of the story please Charlotte and would you like me to sleep on the floor if you can spare a pillow please?


  1. Kitties like to hog the bed don't they? Haha! But we never mind too much do we. :)
    xo Catherine

  2. "Decay of Nature" as a cause of death, I bet they don't use that anymore!

  3. Charlotte is SOOO cute! Tiger did that this morning; Ken was getting dressed and he turned around to see Tiger kneading in the warm spot where Ken had been lying! Isn't it fascinating to find out about your ancestors. A distant cousin of mine on my mother's side has been working on the family history for 15 years. I have been able to supply some stuff that belonged to my maternal grandfather (who was a cousin to her grandfather) and she was tickled pink to get it. She's sendng me a copy of what she has compiled, which will be great, as my father's side of the family history is well documented, but we had nothing at all about Mum.

  4. What a giant work to stitch the Queen ! I love the socks, they are so cute ! and Charlotte is right to think that the bed is done for her.
    I just finished a book about Diana "The last word" from Simone Simmons her friend and "healer". Very interesting and probably also very true. Have you read this, if not you should ! I found this in a second hand shop.

  5. Wowww!!!!
    Those are major big talent work!!