"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Good morning, good morning.....

...you've slept the whole night through...
...good morning, good morning to you!...

That song is going through my head now after my latest finish. That means this finish will bring my father to mind each time I see it. More about that later.

I finished the stitching of this design last night except the words. The design, which can be found here, had 'Bienvenue' (which means welcome in French) was just not right for this pillow which is going to join my collection on our bed. When I think of birds, I think of morning so I used another chart from this same site for the alphabet to stitch 'Good Morning'.

This pillow was stitched on 36count Irish Cream linen. It was stitched 2 over 2 in 'Bullfrog' from Carrie's Threads (thread is a grayish green). I bought the tassels while on vacation in a village along the Mosel in Germany which is also where I originally started stitching it.

Another finish means another surprise giveaway! I went back to my previous post and had my mother call a number while we were talking on Skype. The winner is:
Elizabethb at FrenchVillageLife

I know you are away right now Barbara but I am sure you will see this when you return. I have your address saved in my emails but I will let you know if I cannot find it. I made a fob using glass green beads accented with some small green and blue beads. I thought this reminded me of the pillow.

Now back to that song...

When I was a little girl, my father would come into my bedroom on Saturday mornings singing very cheerfully...

Good morning, good morning
you've slept the whole night through
Good morning, good morning to you!

I always thought my father made up that song especially to wake me up. Imagine my complete surprise when I bought the soundtrack to Singing in the Rain once with my allowance. I had not yet seen this film all the way through but loved Gene Kelly. Oh my! That is on the soundtrack. Okay, not with those exact words but still..... Think my father wrote it for them too? *wink*

It is a very wet and dreary day today in Holland. Feels like autumn and is just a perfect stitching day. I am off to work on my next UFO!


34 comments:

Nancy said...

Boy, this came out really nice. I was talking to you when you were looking for the right alphabet to use. I told you you would find it. I rest my case.
Yes, that was one of the only songs your Dad knew the words to. He just sang, da de da de dum, normally. LOL
Nope, he did not write the song, but sure had you fooled.
Have a good dinner soon.
Love you, Mom

staci said...

I LOVE your pillow! It's beautifully stitched and finished and I love that you put Good Morning on it.

Sharon Kay said...

It turned out so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your heart about the cute song your father would sing to you!

Jackie said...

Another beautiful finish! I love the birds - especially the 2 center ones that look like they're kissing. The story of your father singing to you each morning makes this finish even more special and personal.

Linda said...

Heidi,

This is perfection! What a cheerful thing to see when you start out your days!

Loved the story about your Dad singing to you too!

Linda in VA

Deborah said...

Beautiful pillow, Heidi! Your personalization is wonderful.

Cath said...

A beautiful finish , all the better a it brings back happy memories .

Saskia said...

This is so you and absolutely perfect! I have to find out what a bullfrog stitch is?..? though.
What a great day to catch up with all the ufo's and turn them into affo's right?
Knuffels
Saskia

Storybook Woods said...

Good day Heidi,
it is gray and dark here in WA state too. What beautiful work you do!!! Thank you for stopping by my mothers blog and mine on TT day. It is always fun to meet another blogger. Clarice

Christine said...

Your pillow is gorgeous Heidi. I like the way you changed it to Good Morning

Blu said...

Gorgeous pillow. Bullfrog is a lovely colour.

Quilt Hollow said...

Heidi...Good Morning! I'm guessing with the time difference you will open this in the morning! Hee!! Your pillow is a beauty and I swear you are going to make me start cross stitching again!!

Karen said...

Beautiful finish!

Hazel said...

Gorgeous finish! x

anneke said...

It turned out great! Love the changes you made in the words used on it.

Kaaren said...

An absolutely beautiful finish, Heidi. It deserves to have be given a new life from your UFO basket as I'm certain all your other projects do as well.

What a roll you are on. You are certainly an inspiration to us all.

Catherine said...

Love everything about this finish - especiall the color!

I sing the same thing to my boys on occassion when I have to wake them up!

Irene said...

Beautiful finish !

Pondside said...

Another beautiful finish, Heidi!...and thank you for putting that little song into my head!

Jenny said...

Heidi, I absolutely love this pillow. It is just beautiful. The story you shared about your Dad singing you this song on Saturday mornings made me smile. What a wonderful memory. One of my fondest memories is when I was little my Dad worked the four to midnight shift with his company. When he would come home late, he would always have a little ice cream... I would wake up and meet him in the living room and we would share his ice cream and then he would carry me back to bed... You are doing a great job on your UFO's, I really need to take a lesson from you...way to go my friend. Have a great week. Hugs from CA.

Ginny said...

Oh, wow. I love that pillow! What a perfect addition to your bed. The birds with the ribbon remind me of a rubber stamp I have; I should pull it out and use it soon!

DonnaTN said...

The pillow is lovely and I can see the color in these photos. The fobs you are making are great. Love Singing in the Rain!

Brigitte said...

This is so beautiful, Heidi. I love birds a lot and I think your replacement words are perfect for the bird picture. I often stand on the terrace early in the morning with my first cup of tea and listen to the birds singing their songs. One of the most peaceful moments of the day.

Tracy said...

The pillow is so beautiful Heidi... it has such a wonderful sense of nostalgia. :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

Elizabethd said...

Thank you so much Heidi, it is so exciting to win one of your lovely fobs, and just my colour too!

Linda said...

Heidi...your "Good Morning" pillow is darling and what a nice remberance of your father it calls to mind. I like the tassels too...what a cute touch...hugs, Linda

Daniƫlle said...

Going strong!! Love the pillow with the tassels!! My father used to wake us with: wakey, wakey, rise and shine!! Years later I heard myself say the exact same words to my son hihi!! Have fun with your next UFO!! Hugs, Daniƫlle

AnitaA said...

Wat een mooi kussen, leuke kleurtjes heb je ervoor gebruikt en het is al weer klaar ook !
Bedankt voor het linkje van het borduurtje.
Groetjes Anita.

Elaine said...

Congratulations on your beautiful finish!

Elaine said...

Congratulations on your beautiful finish!

angelasweby said...

Heidi, What a beautiful pillow. I love the way it has turned out especially since it has such lovely memories of your dad.
It brings back some wonderful memories for me too. I wonder if you remember me walking into your computer room one evening when you were talking on Skype and you were stitching this at the same time...haha! You manage to fit more into a day than anyone else I know :>)
Angel;a xx

mainely stitching said...

I think I'll wake the kids up singing that tomorrow. :D

WONDERFUL finish - your work is always so perfect! - and I love that fob! I use the one you gave me at our High Tea on my favorite pair of scissors. :D

Teri said...

Another beautiful finish!

Carolien said...

What a lovely way to wake up in the morning! And your finishes are very charming, as always!

Have a nice sunny day & enjoy the birds!

Hugs, Carolien