My grandmother loved to garden. She had a real "green thumb" as everything grew beautifully for her indoors and out. Inside I remember a stand with small pots filled with African Violets. Outdoors the house seemed to be swimming in huge bright yellow chrysanthemums! I decided to give her her garden of chrysanthemums on this piece.
I feel like I have been looking at it too long. That blurry eyed feeling when I am not sure I have it right. But a part of me knows it is fine. Last night and yesterday I "stitched in the ditch around every seam. This morning I finished that up, cut off the excess batting and backing from around the piece. Yes, Kelly, I was able to remove all the white lint from the black border using scotch tape wrapped around my fingers. It didnt' take long either. The pattern for the leaves I got from photos of chrysanthemum leaves on line. Very scientific I am! ;-)
The frame around the larger Ella photo in the middle is not yet sewn down. It's gold and sparkly giving it more of a collage look. Not 100 % sure about this. Will await comments. (In the end I'll do what I decide but do feel free to comment. DH thinks the stems are too thick, but I like them just the way they are. Since it's a wall hanging it needs to be seen from a distance. At least that is my reasoning.) The leaves and stems are from the green fabric I got in Tiburon at the thrift store a week or so ago.
Okay, here goes nothing. Adding photos for your viewing and comments.