Cross-stitching. I used to be obsessed with cross-stitching and completed a fair few in my time. I first got the habit from my sister's sister-in-law, Sherry, who lives in Arkansas. Sherry had so many wonderful cross-stitch pictures on her wall and I thought they were all amazing. Sherry kindly gave me the basic instructions in how to, my sister took me to a Michael's store, where I purchased the necessities and I was off to a very enthusiastic start. That was back in the late 80s and for several years I always had one on the go. I would frame them myself too. I also passed the bug onto a few other people. One of whom is still ploughing her way through the Flower Fairies series. Which reminds me I have one of those kits tucked away waiting to be done.
Then I lost the bug for a while. Then it made a brief come back a couple of years ago and that's how long this cross-stitching of two cheery little robins has been hanging around.
Today though, I finally got motivated and framed this little, it measures 7" x 5", project. The frame is an old one I already had so I have no excuse at all for not finishing this project a couple of years ago, just lack of inclination.
However, I am thrilled to bits with the result and think the time of year is just right to get it hung on the wall. Now, I would usually link up with Dayle over at A Collection of This and That for her weekly Simple Pleasures party but sadly Dayle has decided to shut up shop (her words) and there will be no more link ups. But because this blog is after all entitled Simple Pleasures I'm going to continue once a week listing that little something that has given me pleasure, raised my spirits or made me smile.
Actually I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and that's why the robins are perched in my nasturtiums patch. I love nasturtiums and this year they have been such a vivid shade of orange and are a source of joy every time I see them that they are also a Simple Pleasure this week.