My Favorite Thing I’ve Made

On any given day at any given time my favorite thing I’ve made could be anything. It’s really more a combination of my mood and the feelings the thing evokes.

The above cross stitch picture has been hanging in my living room for as long as we’ve lived here (We bought our house in 1994). Of course there is a story that goes with this project.

In 1992 The Husband’s tenure with the Air Force ended (there was a reduction in force. It was not his choice to leave.) and we found ourselves without a home and income the week before Christmas (we hung in at the base as long as we could while he applied for jobs: FYI B52 radar navigator does not translate real well to the civilian world. No one wants someone whose specialty is dropping nuclear weapons.). We moved our stuff into storage and ourselves (including H who was 4) into my parent’s house. We lived there,while The Husband started his new job and then a second job, for 2 years. During that time I spent my days entertaining H and my evenings cross stitching. The above house is one of those projects.

We spent a good 6 months looking for a house once we felt we were stable enough financially. I put all my good house hunting vibes into this project. I wanted the little house with the white picket fence. I wanted the flower beds and homey feel in a neighborhood full of families with children.

This isn’t the first favorite post I’ve done. Here are a couple more: My favorite knit of the last decade and Favorite Project You’ve Ever Made.

This post is part of a Blogville project taking place this weekend. If you’d like to join us by posting about your favorite project the instructions are here. If you don’t have a blog but would like to join in leave your favorite/favorites in the comments. Everyone is welcome!

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17 Responses to My Favorite Thing I’ve Made

  1. Wow! That is so beautiful and so many stitches and beautiful colours. I’m going to check out those other two posts you’ve mentioned, but here’s the link to my post. I really appreciate your kind comments you left on mine. x.

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  2. randomlyerin says:

    That’s a beautiful piece! I’ve been thinking about doing this “favorite thing” post but I’m not sure how I’d narrow it down. 🙂

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  3. cattknithat says:

    That is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I would like to post. I will see how my day goes.

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  4. AJ says:

    That project is lovely and exactly what I would do too. I’m glad the stress of the time didn’t negatively flavor the project for you

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  5. Stefanie says:

    What a story, Karen. How resourcefull and resilient you two were. What a wonderful husband you have and what a memory you have in that cross stitch.

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  6. That’s a beautiful project and a lovely story. It’s from a rough time in your life, but you made something beautiful from it 🙂
    My post on your topic is here:

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  7. I’m definitely in on this! I’ll get the post sorted today.

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  8. That is beautiful. I love that there is hope knit into every stitch, which makes it even better.

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  9. What a beautiful picture 🙂 That must have been a really tough time, but what a lovely piece to get out of it.
    Here’s my favourites –

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  10. I posted on my blog:
    Too many choices, too little time! Especially quarantined, without internet at home – thank you to the neighbor with a nice strong signal to share!

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  11. chrisknits says:

    I can’t even imagine picking a favorite, but since I missed the info, I missed the opportunity. But without posting I would say my Feathered Star wall hanging.

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  12. Olivia says:

    It’s lovely. The first house we were ever able to buy (my ex) was in a horrible neighborhood but very cheap. It was an old Victorian painted black and turquoise. Even the roof. The first thing we did was painted yellow with white trim and put on a new roof. Those were the days when you could buy a house for $15,000. Like I said it was in a bad neighborhood. Your picture reminds me of that house.

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  13. ReginaMary says:

    There is something about wiling away the evenings with needlework after the kids have been put down. It is a beautiful piece.

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  14. jmn says:

    Nice piece of work. I can see why it’s a “favourite”.

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