Welcome dear friends,
hope you enjoyed a great week!
Last night while working late in the Studio,
I decided to hang "Jewel of Wisdom"
right below "Martha Howells 1849"...
I think they look so sweet next to each other!
Both samplers were stitched on
WDW 36ct Straw...they seem to really
compliment each other!
Stepping into the Studio this morning was a
real thrill, to see them in the morning sunlight...
Welcome to a little corner of my Studio!
I shared a newly acquired
antique sampler and had mentioned
that there was one very specific symbolic
thing that stood out in this sampler...
I had several emails, all with great guesses,
but no one had the correct answer!
The verse on the left reads:
Your time away
when youth is
In its bloom
Think upon your
Dying day and
Mind the world
The words on the right read:
Here is the answer to solve the mystery...
It's stitched in the lower half,
There are two sets of initials "JC" and "MC"
The "MC"really stands out because the initials are
STITCHED IN BLACK...THAT'S THE CORRECT ANSWER!
In studying reference books on antique
samplers, I learned that initials stitched in
black are actually deceased family members.
So, it is the symbolism of remembrance
and respect for the dearly departed!
My guess is Agnes Corville (AC) stitched this
and the JC & MC were her parents...I'll be researching
her genealogy to see if my guess is correct.
About six months ago,
I remember telling my husband about this,
and never thought in a million years
that I would actually stumble upon
such an antique sampler!
I finally took some pictures this morning
of the little farmhouse room that I
recently turned into my Samplar Library...
Looking into the room from the doorway,
this is a very bright and sunny room!
Very small but sweet...
On top of the green cabinet are my two very
favorite workbaskets, and a very special
black crow my son Samuel carved for
my 44th birthday back in 2005.
Sam was only in 5th grade...how I love that crow!
Displayed on top of the hanging bookshelf...
A collection of antique pinkeep boxes with
pull out drawers...my favorite one has the inlaid
Lion on the side!
Just enough room for a
small reading chair and table...
A wonderful room to enjoy a cup of Mocha Coffee
and refuel myself with inspiration...this window looks
out to my design Studio!
Sitting in my chair, if you look up...
There is a nice shelf way up high with a lower
storage cabinet below...this is actually an old fashioned
built in china cupboard that faces the dining room
on the other side!
The other wall has a desk and some more books...
I still can't decide if I should add curtains
or just keep the blinds?
This little room was once my office,
but decided to relocate my good computer
out to my Studio.
This side of the room looks out to the front yard...
Lots of nice work space!
The doorway looks out to the dining room,
I've already fallen in love with the convenience
of having my books at my finger tips in the
One of my Christmas presents was the
Downton Abbey series...
So far I've watched seasons 1~4,
I'm hoping to get started with the last
two seasons this weekend!
Plus, I'm really excited about the bonus DVD
The Manners of Downton Abbey!
Weekend Soul Food...
"The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge;
and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge."
Wishing you a very happy weekend,