It’s rainy, wet and windy here. I’ve got the heating and my warmest socks on and a cup of tea on the go.
I have spent the morning searching for some inspiration. It hasn’t gone well…
My mind was a blank and I was feeling gloomy.
I looked through my old sketch books and then got out piles of vintage linens that I have gathered over the years…
Such lovely textures and colors ought to ignite a spark…
As I hadn’t done her any justice at all with the piano she also left me, I managed to unburden myself of a small percentage of the hefty amount of guilt I had been feeling by having a go..
The back-stitch looked the easiest by a mile so I plumped for that and drew my favorite seed head design onto a natural linen pillow and got out my biggest needle and went for it. This is how it turned out.
My mind was able to wander off into all sorts of places. I tortured myself for a while remembering why I had felt so guilty about my Great Aunt Peggy and the piano.
She was a piano teacher, she loved the piano and she loved music.
My mum asked her if she wanted to teach me and my sister – big mistake. I have no doubt whatsoever that we were her worst pupils by a country mile.
We would smear the keys with marmalade before our lessons and push the little homework book behind the back of the piano and then blunt the pencil that she would use to write the homework.
Cunning delaying tactics that didn’t hide the fact that we had no natural talent or desire to learn.
And then, just as I was about to move to this new continent as a grown woman, my Great Aunt Peggy died quite suddenly. She had just moved from the home she had spent her life into an old people’s home and three days later, just died.
And she left me her piano. Me, the most unworthy recipient of all.
I kept on stitching. This time with a different color.
I think I will be stitching for quite some time. With every stab of the needle and pull of the thread, I feel a little less guilty and a little less gloomy.
See you all soon.
p.s. And welcome to those of you who have hopped over from the very lovely Beach Cottage – I am a big fan. Hope you stop by again. Bye for now.