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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cruelty and Beauty

Sometimes nature can be so cruel, on Easter Sunday a dove took up residence in my balcony flower box and laid two tiny eggs. She and her mate took turns sitting on them, I wasn't sure if there were actually two until I saw them change shifts one day. They took turns sitting on those eggs for two week, through this crazy northern Virginia weather. We went from 80 degree days to 30s at night.  I didn't think the poor things would hatch, but they did. On Friday it was warm in the 70s with lots of sunshine I got to see both babies, then when the parents usually change shifts the one sitting with them just flew away leaving the babies all alone. My husband and I both kept checking to see if one of the adult would come back but they never did. It was only in the 40s last night and the babies didn't survive, then this morning both birds showed up. One bird (I'm guessing the mom) sat on them most of the day before flying away. We cleaned out the flower box and will put in some flowers tomorrow.
Now that I've shared the cruelty part it's time for some beauty. Well at least they are beauties to me.
I was sitting looking through the some cross stitch magazines one day and saw a couple of smalls that would be perfect little cards for a couple of friends. The first one is from a larger piece but my friends loves snails so that's the part I stitched.
My card finishing had a small mishap but she liked it anyway and that's all that counts. The next beauty was for another friend who loves turtles, now she can sit this one on her desk at work.
He's a little sea turtle with beads for bubbles.
I did a little more stitching and have a couple more finishes to share, the first one is from The Primitive Hare.

The next finish is one from my wips bag, it's "Let's Love Our Family" by Ursula Michael
The fabric is 28ct Jobelan called Autumn from Under the Sea Fabrics.  I also finished
"M" is for Minnie (Mother) from The Victorian Sampler. 
Sorry I just had to share my little nature tragedy but I hope I have help to brighten your day with a few finishes. Now it's time to get back to what I love the most, making those little xxs.

16 comments:

Aubs Ogrady said...

Gorgeous finishes :)

gracie said...

We just had some drama with a nest in our yard. (Posted on my blog) I know how you are feeling, but for us things turned out well. Nature can be difficult to understand at times.

Lesley said...

Love your finishes Minnie.I love your Turtle blowing bubbles and lets Love Our Family looks great.

Vickie said...

Great work Minnie. My favorite is M is for Minnie. :D

ML Brinkley said...

Oh, Minnie, that is so sad! I am so sorry for those little birds. But I do love your snail and turtle! Beautiful work as usual.

Anna van Schurman said...

Fabulous finishes! I especially like the Stitcherhood. When March of the Penguins came out, I took my nieces (at the time they were about five and six). When the females returned to the ocean to feed after sitting on their eggs for ages, the seals (sea lions?) were waiting for them--to feast on them. My older niece turned to me, "I thought penguins and seals were FRIENDS!" And I have hated nature ever since! LOL

Heather said...

Poor babies :(. Nature is quite cruel. I love your finished though! You have so many!

CalamityJr said...

Those poor babies. I can't help but wonder why the parent missed his/her turn.
On the other hand, your stitching is all lovely and makes me smile again!

Karen said...

Poor birdies...

Love your little snail! What chart/magazine is it from?

MarchAnn said...

Everything is looking great Minnie. You have come a long way from doing one project at a time.

Brigitte said...

I also love stitching small designs for cards. Yours look very nice. Great finishes. M for Minnie is so cool.

Melinda said...

You just wonder why did those parents mess up their shift... That's so sad.
Your stitching is beautiful - I love The Stitcherhood, Primitive Hare is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

Katie said...

Aw that's so sad about the baby birds. Love all your stitching! The sea turtle is my favorite!!

Julie said...

Nature can be so cruel sometimes, poor babies.
Beautiful stitching, you've been working on such a variety of things

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I wonder if the adult bird was scared off the nest by a predator? We will never know.
Living in a semi-rural location my son is quite matter-of-fact about the "circle of life", he's seen plenty of dead things!
Beautiful stitching anyway.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Poor wee birds. Oh that snail is just so cute!