I like to start Mondays with something exceptionally cheery, because Monday’s always get a bad rap!
How many times in your life have you heard, “I hate Mondays,” or “Ugh. It’s Monday again,” or something to that effect?
I have to admit, I’m the opposite. I’m slightly mad for Mondays. I look forward to Monday the way most people look forward to Friday. I love Monday!
To me, Mondays always feels like a gift – a fresh start, the beginning of a new week, the perfect time to map out plans, set short-term goals, and make mini-resolutions.
Not that I always accomplish what I hope to accomplish during my sometimes overly-optimistic Monday Musings. Not that I always stick to every plan, every resolution. Not that the week never falls apart due to unexpected circumstances. But on the bright side – another Monday morning is just around the corner!
Yep. That’s how I see Mondays.
But just in case your approach to Monday might be a little different, here’s a bit of embroidery to cheer you up and start your week out right!
“Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?” (Name that movie!)
And not only are they daisies, but they are exquisitely embroidered, little daisies. This is a project from Trish Burr’s book, Miniature Needle Painting, which I reviewed here.
These particular daisies were mighty skillfully stitched by my friend Cindy Russell, whom you might remember compiled my Marian Medallion series into a gorgeous e-book.
I’m absolutely in love with the shading on these flowers – from the centers with the French knots (which add great texture), to each little petal, to the tiny shadow here and there around the petal.
To give you a sense of the size of the project, I took a photo with my hand in it. Cindy finished the daisies into a lovely card.
To finish the card, she used a piece of interfacing behind the embroidery, cut to fit the window of the card, which gives a little lift to the embroidery so that it protrudes just slightly from the cut window. This technique makes the card look perfectly professionally finished.
I hope you’re having a terrific Monday so far! If not, don’t worry. As Pollyanna would say, there are seven whole days before you have to face it again!
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