I don't have to struggle too much to recognize how lucky I am. I'm extremely thankful for my family and friends, good jobs, good health, decent jobs, nice house. Knowing that I play a part in helping people make beautiful things is such a rewarding pleasure. I realize that cross-stitching is definitely something that falls in the luxury category, rather than one of life's basic necessities, but it's the type of thing that makes life so much more enjoyable.
I'm thankful that I've been a part of your lives and lift my cup up to you today. I hope the holiday weekend (for those in the US, anyway) brings you a little stitching time.
Tara, my friend in Portland, sent me this pictures of her Bramble and the Rose. She used three colors of Gloriana silk on 40 count Navy Bean linen by Lakeside Linens. This pattern is technically a monochromatic design but it lends itself well to adding additional colors for the flowery and leafy bits. Tara maintains that she just likes "Green and Yellow" and that the Oregon Ducks had nothing to do with color choices.