The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface

So it is that we develop

But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work

For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece. Javan

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Choices ...

"You are never too old to be what you might have been." George Eliot

Heartfelt thanks Madame Samm and Jane ...
for choreographing all this inspiration and creativity.
A big thank you to the very generous Debbie, Cyndi, and Madame Samm
for these wonderful patterns -
what would we do without you - you give us sew much!!!

Pretty sure we all love Presencia and Colonial Needle
our wonderful sponsors.
I downloaded all the patterns, printed them ... and then decided.
The three I picked really told a story to me of a different time. 

Being a child of the 50's and 60's
  a clean, fun time with really good music-
 there were very few options for females after high school

Some of my friends got to go to college,  or as they referred to it,
"A place to find a husband and get away from home."

 Others were limited to finding work at the local store or telephone company,
 or to get married and start a family.

We were accepting of being stay-at-home wives and mothers,
and were content with that choice.
In my opinion, they were the greatest and hardest vocations of all.
Sad but true, my generation simply did not aspire to be a lot more independent.
Aren't we happy today that our sons, daughters and grandchildren and great grands
 have so many options open to them and have the freedom to choose..

Did you see the 2003 movie,  Mona Lisa Smile, starring Julia Roberts?
  A really great one to rent or buy.

excerpt ... 
"In 1953, a time when women's roles were rigidly defined, free-spirited, novice
art history professor Watson (Julia Roberts) begins teaching at the prestigious all-female Wellesley College - which despite its academic reputation, is an environment where success is measured by "how well" the students marry.  Encouraging these women to strive for a more enlightened future, Professor Watson challenges the administration and inspires her students to look beyond the image of what is, and consider the 
possibilities of what could be - contrary to popular belief." 
from the Yahoo Movie clip  

"Professor Watson lived by example
 and compelled us all to see the world through new eyes."

My stitchery represents so much more than what is shown -
I have stitched all the dreams, the choices, the acceptance,
 and determination of our generation into this,
while remembering a really happy other time from my youth.

I chose the comfortable old chair pattern because 
I love being a wife and mother and to me it represents my home.
The 50's gal (had to add ruffles for Samm) gave me so much comfort and the
styling lady (turned her around) gave me the joy of dreams and what could have been.

My professional career came later in life.
In truth, we really did get to choose our destiny.

I decided to do another stitchery as I have a lot of time right now -
a redwork "House in Spring" pillow to add to my collection.
I Love this pillow... and the bunny surely is quite comfortable. 

 Jane had the perfect "Spring green" Presencia Finca Perle Cotton,  
  and the red floss is new for me - DMC 115, variegated garnet. 
  Kaaren Johnson told me about this and I really like it.

 I used an off-white, tonal background, red house
and Spring green  tree

Please be sure to visit all the blogs and let them know you love their participation
in this wonderful, creative and inspiring hop.
I leave you with this thought ... because we could start a Bee!!!
"In my Father's house there are many mansions, I hope yours is next to mine." 

 Kristin @That Other Blog
Shade Tree Quilting - there you are !!

Happy Easter Everyone from Judy C  
Spring has Sprung and so should we


Sharon said...

Thank you so much for both the story and the stitching. When you mix the both you truly get a project that comes from the heart....Happy Easter to you too.

Debbie M said...

What a beautiful story to with the stitcheries! I really enjoyed reading your blog as well as see what you stitched. And oh my gosh you do wonderful work! I loved everything you did and what a cleaver quilt! The pillow is darling.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Judy, you did such beautiful work. Love your story and I did see that movie. I am so glad you shared all your projects with us, just wonderful!

Madame Samm said...

Ohhh Judy, I am thrilled to see you stitching again...YOU were another that should have been in our honourable mentions...but I could not get any of your photos off your blog...stopped me again...oh poop..

However your remarkable stitching is just breathtaking....gorgeous every inch of them

Patty said...

I love all your embroidery projects. And yes, it would be great if our mansions are close together.

lauraluvsloons said...

what a lovely tribute to all women. I loved your stitcheries too.

Frances said...

What a wonderful story teller you are. I lived your life as I examined the wonderful stitcheries. Very nice.