Stitchery series: Shakespearian flower set from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream:

“I know a bank where the wild thyme (1) blows, 
Where oxlips and the nodding violet (2) grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine (3),
With sweet musk-roses (4) and with eglantine (5):
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night."

These Shakespearian beauties were SO MUCH FUN to make!! I want to give a HUGE shout out to the etsy store Littledorritandco who designed these bad boys!

Littledorritandco specialize in embroidery patterns and accessories for book lovers. They also have other literary patterns available to stitch - Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Miss Havisham, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, etc.

I might have already bought the pattern of the swoon-worthy quote from Pride and Prejudice, “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you". #sorrynotsorry

Anyhow, I started this series in early August, before going back to work - oh, the life of a teacher - and then slowly worked my way through the five when I had a free moment to myself. Last weekend, I finally finished! 

After a trip to Michael’s and JoAnn’s fabrics to gather the necessary hoops and backing materials, I hurried into my back bedroom - arms full of supplies - to hang them on the wall above my childhood writing desk.

Or so I thought...

Now, some of you know this story. You set out to do one task. JUST ONE. But then, you notice something. Something that was… off. Maybe the writing desk was dusty. Or the drawers had filled with rubbish hidden away out of sight over the years - time to clean that out! Or the carpet in the room needed vacuuming. And how have you ever gotten anything done without a proper lamp in this room? You could swing by the store on the way home later and pick one up… and a floor lamp… and a bookshelf… and curtains! AND LORD KNOWS YOU DESERVE A PROPER CRAFT TABLE AFTER USING YOUR DINING TABLE AS A WORK SPACE FOR LORD KNOWS HOW LONG!!!!!

*sigh*

Next thing you know, you’re knee deep in dust and ragweed, wading through your mother’s barn looking for old furniture you can restore to put in your newly christened work space.

As my mother and I deconstruct my Prius like a Lego set so we can fit the Ethan Allen table into my trunk - we later discovered the legs to the table can be removed, making the process much easier - the thought occurs to me: “I just wanted to hang my embroidery…and now I’m renovating furniture and remodeling a room.”

We've all been there.

Before

Before

After

After

So 24 hours later - after dousing furniture in ungodly amounts of lysol spray and furniture polish, after putting together a bookshelf, after hanging curtains, after sore muscles and hay fever and an apprehensive husband who isn't sure where all of this energy is coming from... My back room has been transformed. 

*high-pitched squealing* ILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEIT!!!!!!!!!!!

A special thanks to my mum for lending me her table - which I later found out happened to be the very first piece of furniture she ever bought for her first home, helping me lug it through briars and bramble, and squeezing it in my car like a game of adult Tetris. 

And so, after the dust - both proverbial and literal - settled, I finally got around to hanging my new hoops. And now, while I work on new projects for Christmas, I get to enjoy looking at them from my new workspace!!!! 

Happy Friday, everyone!