Saturday, November 11, 2023

Lie Light

I've always had an affinity for tombstone angels (truthfully? ...tombstones of any sort) and the moment I saw this design I knew I had to stitch it.

It is called "Lie Light" from CozyEgg Designs, The Nocturne Collection.
What drew me to it was the fact that the verse is an adaptation of a poem that Mark Twain had engraved on his (favorite) daughter's (Susy Clemens') tombstone when she died in 1896. 
The original poem, by Robert Richardson, is entitled "Annette" and appeared in a book called Willow and Wattle published in 1893.

I stitched it on the called-for linen (40ct "Eastwick" by Needle & Flax which was gifted to me by a kind blogger friend...thank you Edgar!) with the called-for floss (Fisherman's Wharf by Gentle Arts.)

This is a photograph of Susy's gravestone:

In other news, a few of you have asked for updates on little Mia.  
I've forgotten to whom I've responded so will just update here.
She is doing well and seems to be thriving.
She was not feeling well on Halloween so her first Halloween outing to Gigi's house was canceled, but she made the cutest little bat despite not feeling well.

And because her hair cracks me up, here's another photo:

That's it folks... There's other news, but nothing fun so not talking about it...hoping that by not giving it breath it will go away.

Oh...and Cathy (Acorn Hollow Blogspot), this one's for you:
I see you your moose and raise you a lamb??  😂


marly said...

Very nicely finished, design is new to me. I like it!

That girl has the pout perfected already, With that look and that hair, you gotta give in!

Julia said...

I love your tomb cross stitch. It's lovely with the angel on top. I had never known about Mark Twain's poem on his daughter's grave. I learned something new today.

Oh mama Mia, that little bat is just adorable. I can't believe how much she has grown already. Thanks for the update.

I love your take on Cathy's mug of hot beverage, and your is not to be undone either.

Wishing you all the Best, Hugs.


WoolenSails said...

That is a beautiful piece and I do love tombstone art, as well. I have been taking photos when I visit graveyards and hopefully I can get a book of designs made up, this year. Mia is so cute in that bat outfit, really creative.


Hill Top Post said...

Who would have thought a bat could be so sweet. Your little Mia is precious, hair and all! I love your header picture and the new stitchery. The poem is new to me too.

jabblog said...

Beautiful verse and lovely stitching. The little bat is delightful. She has a determined look about her - a strong personality emerging there, I think.

Shrimpton and Perfect said...

Those baby chops and hair are so heart warming.

Saundra said...

We readers of your blog always learn something new about the written word and history. Your stitchery is wonderful and probably has a prominent place in your home and am sure Edgar is pleased you used his gift.

Baby Mia has grown physically and into her personality.

DUTA said...

Mia is adorable, bothas a baby and as a toddler!

Nancy said...

Apparently there are a number of us drawn to tombstone art and the somber beauty of cemeteries...a lovely stitching!
Your precious granddaughter has the cheeks (and cheek!) of an angel...
I must say, too, I love your header of a Snow Goose!! Beautiful.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Another wonderful finish!!! Simply perfect.
Thanks for the Mia update. She is just the cutest little bat I have ever seen. How did they get that perfect pose? Love those chubby cheeks ;-)

NMK said...

Love your Tombstone project , it is just beautiful !

Mia is absolutely adorable ! Love her hair and those cheeks just need lots of kisses !!! Sweet Bat costume too !!!

acorn hollow said...

I love your stitching. Very interesting about Mark trains daughter.
You are right to not give breath to anything you don't want. It only gives it more energy (good or bad)
Ohhhhh I love your lamb.
And speaking of my moose I saw a dead moose on the highway a bit of a shock.
Sweet Mia what a darling bat. I do hope she is feeling better.

Heritage Hall said...

Little Miss Mia is blessed with attitude and au courant hair styling.
You must delight in her....

Primitive Stars said...

Afternoon Sweet Crow, hope this day finds you well… I love the tombstone stitch, it’s beautiful as well, as the angel on top….. How darling is Mia, cutest bat ever! Sure hope she is feeling better now…. That lamb is so sweet, never nothing in my cup, lol…. No news here, fumbling bumbling along these days…. Take care, Bllessings Francine.

Prims By The Water said...

You crack me up with your sheep ante. Mia is the cutest bat ever! I so love that tombstone stitched piece and also like how you mounted it. Interesting to read about Mark Twain's daughter and thanks for sharing that tidbit with us. Janice

yaya said...

Little Mia is adorable! I just want to gently pinch those cheeks! Love her costume too. As you know I love cemeteries and looking at unusual tombstones. This poem is lovely and I can see why he'd want it on his daughter's stone. I think I see an animal in my mug competition coming up in blog land! Nice little lamb Robin!

Everum said...

Your post radiates brilliance—insightful, well-articulated, and truly captivating. Thanks for sharing your valuable perspective!

Tammy said...

I love your blog Robin! Beautiful stitching and finishing work-I always seem to frame everything or do nothing with it! I need to get more confident about trying something new. I really love the tombstone finish you've done!

Edgar said...

What a super piece and a great poem! Mia is so cute!!!!

Farm Girl said...

I am so glad you posted a picture of Mia. Such a cutie and such a cute bat.
I really love your tombstone too.
I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving.

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