Anytime an entire week goes by without a new blog post you can assume one of two things:
- One or all of our kids has a fever, ear infection, an orthopedic injury, is throwing up, or all of the above.
- I’m fumbling through some sort of craft that requires skills that I’m teaching myself with YouTube, dragging embroidery thread and yarn through the house because I’m taking up snatches of time rather than just sitting and getting it done — one stitch while I wait for David to find his shoes, one stitch while Mary picks a stuffed animal to take to school. Three stitches because LOOK! The stars aligned! Thomas and Anna are playing together!
Thankfully, mercifully, in this case it’s the second reason. I’ve been embroidering monogrammed napkins for my sister-in-law’s birthday.
I finished them the night before her birthday, which tells a lot about my personality because I have been planning these for two years. TWO YEARS! The first year I had surgery on my thumb just days before her birthday, and the second year snuck up to me and I didn’t get to it in time.
I took these photos quickly on the morning of Mother’s Day — it was cloudy and dark and so the photos aren’t well-lit. And even as I took them I thought, “I’ll be bugged by these wrinkles when I upload the pictures.”
But, dear reader, that is the consequence of being terrible at efficiency and really, really good at finding Chrissy Teigen memes. You can’t be good at everything, that’s the lesson.
I don’t have a lot of experience embroidering, so the stitches aren’t perfect, but I enjoyed it and I learned a lot.
Tom also learned a lot. He learned that embroidering is much more dangerous than knitting. One night I dropped my needle on the carpet and didn’t realize, and the next morning Tom found it with his foot.
I still kind of shudder when I think about it.
For the girls’ napkins I used a pattern from Sublime Stitching (they have the best and most hilarious patterns), and I free-hand stitched the boys’.
Even though they aren’t perfect and I have a lot to learn, I love how they turned out, and I think it makes a sweet handmade, personalized gift.
“Mommy, I know Aunt Lindsay will love these,” Mary said when she saw them. “They’re a gift for the whole family. That’s how you know it’s a gift a mommy will like, if it’s something that will make the whole family happy.”