Happy and Safe Forth of July

14-07-04 flag

Hope Everyone celebrates a Happy and Safe Forth of July.

This is  a flag I stitched a couple years ago. I intended to hang it vertically until my husband told me that it was stitched wrong to hang vertically. I thought I was a pretty patriotic person but I did not know the flag hanging vertically should have the “union” (blue part) hanging to the observer’s left. Guess I never thought about it since hanging horizontally the “Union” is to the  observer’s left also…I just figured you turn the flag clockwise, otherwise, it is seems to me you are looking at the flag from the wrong side.   Anyway, now we display my flag horizontally and one of these days I’ll stitch it again so I can hang it vertically…maybe I’ll chart it then too.

If you’re interested here are links to flge display: http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/more/displayonly.htm

and flag etiquette: http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html

Be safe today I hope you have time to stitch today!

Happy Birthday America!



Happy Birthday USA and Edward too

Today is my youngest son’s birthday, I am trying to refrain from calling him “my baby” since he is 38 years old and has four babies of his own. He thinks the Fourth of July is held in his honor and has had those thoughts since birth. His brothers call him the “Chosen One” and I am sure will be relentless today on Facebook.

I finally finished finished 4th of July canvases that have been in my workroom for ages. Like I have said before and will say again I can do finishing, it is not my favorite thing to do. I just still have not looked for a finisher since my friend and finisher Patty passed away; I still miss her infectious smile and sunny attitude. I know I could take the finishing into my local shop and have them do it, but I just loved being able to communicate my finished conception to Patty or to have her tell me her ideas. I know I don’t do the excellent job that Patty or another professional finisher would do but let’s face it most of my needlepoint is not going to the Smithsonian. (I do have a White House Christmas stocking there…probably the only piece I will have in their inventory)

The two small canvases are freebies of mine from Rainbow Gallery. They are about 15-20 pieces down on the Rainbow freebie page (http://www.rainbowgallery.com/freechartdownloads.cfm?ID=12 ) . The large star is a Fancy Carole needlepoint piece and Carole Lake (http://www.carolelake.com/index.html ) did a stitch guide. I’m not sure the large star is still produced.

Like I said these are finally finished…they are completed projects from a bygone time. But they are 4 of July and this is the birthday of our Country, so …

Happy Birthday USA!! May you have many more “Home of the Free”, “Land of the Brave” years; may your flag wave proudly over all those who defend you, love you and care about your freedoms. When you look at the flag this week-end remember that the red represents all the blood that has been shed since 1776 to defend and protect our freedoms; the white is the purity of freedom we so cherish and the stars are but a sampling of the stars twinkling on us from above of those brave people who have died protecting our freedoms.

Happy Birthday



(And Edward too)

Hope everyone has time to stitch today too!  ttfn…sue