Desiderata – great words everybody should read (at least)

My friend sent it to me and, although I generally don’t like these “wisdom” things it really got to me…

This  prose poem was written by by American writer Max Ehrmann and “desiderata” means “desired things” in Latin.

I really wish all of us read it and try and implement at least some of it in our lives. It would make them so much better…

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My big project completed. Three red foxes – here they come!

At last! I finished my big project of three cushions that portray different foxes but are united by an embroidered detail at the side. What do you think?

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“Coy Red Fox”

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“Happy Red Fox”

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“Pensive Red Fox”

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You can see (and purchase!) all my cushions – and other works – in my on-line shop HERE

Walking around London – Westminster Scholars Memorial

When I was in London the other week, I walked towards Westminster Abbey and stopped at a little square near it’s Western entrance. There I noticed a tall column, obviously a memorial of some kind which I never noticed before (shame on me).

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It is probably easy to look as you are standing there in front of a magnificent edifice of the Gothic Abbey, but this time it draw me nearer. Perhaps, because the D-Day celebrations were so fresh in my memory and left such a huge impact, everything connected to a war was especially interesting.

The memorial was a red granite column with a Portland stone base. There were some figures carved from grey stone and the inscriptions were carved into Portland stone. The column was surrounded by statues of kings and queens, George and the Dragon and four lions.

What was it?!

It is called Westminster Scholars Memorial, probably because it was erected close to Westminster School which is in the building behind it.

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 This memorial is dedicated to former scholars from this school that lost their lives in two 19th century conflicts – the Russian War (1854-1856) and the Indian War (1857-1858) .

On one side there were quite a lot of names, some of them almost unreadable  as the Portland stone has not weathered well over the last 150 years.

And on the other side there was this inscription which – for some reason – really touched me. It said:

 

“To the Memory of those

educated at Westminster School,

who died in the Russian and Indian Wars,

A.D. 1854-1859,

 on the Field of Battle, 

or from wounds or Sickness

 Some in early Youth,

 Some full of Years and Honours, 

but who all alike

Gave their Lives for their Country,

This Column was erected

by their old Schoolfellows,

 in token of Sorrow for their Loss,

 of Pride in their Valour,

 and in full assurance

that the Remembrance of their Heroism

 in Life and Death

will inspire their Successors at Westminster

 with the same Courage and Self-Devotion.”

 

 

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For all the cats’ lovers – my new cushion “Siamese Cat”

Remember my post about difficulties with portraying a Siamese cat?

Well, I hope I managed it. It was quite unexpectedly hard to do a Siamese cat as an applique!

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You can find all my works here, in my online shop

My latest handmade appliqued cat cushion – “The queen of Night”

I always wanted to make a “night” cushion, and I have done it at last.

And what animal is better to put on it but a white cat? Here we go!

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I made it look more festive by using silver thread for embroidering and tiny silver beads among the stars (the silver thread was very difficult to work with, by the way!)

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