Friends! Friends! It is finished!!!! WAHOO! 40,182 stitches! The Kazan Mother of God icon was completed last night. This icon took me 2 1/2 months to complete. Considering Thanksgiving, the flu, Christmas and Orthodox Christmas all happened during that time, I am happy.
In case you do not remember me telling this back in November, this is a gift for our priest and his wife. When we had gone to a graduation party for Father's oldest son, back in
June, I had admired two different cross stitched icons in their home. I
asked Father's wife if she made them. No, an old woman back in Ukraine
had made these for them. She told me she would love to have a Theotokos
also some day. AHA! And so I decided to make one for her. I did give it
weeks of thought before purchasing the kit.
A BIG THANK YOU MY DEAR FRIENDS FOR STICKING WITH ME DURING THIS ICON JOURNEY.
The last loaf of bread I baked was Kulich. It just so happens that this Russian bread recipe was in my bread machine cook book. I did a double take when I noticed it. You see, the Orthodox Church that Brian and I joined last Easter, is a Russian Orthodox Church. Many members are Russian immigrants. Kulich is baked every Pascha/Easter. Last year we were gifted a loaf from a friend at church. I knew I wanted to bake my own. Now I did! I tweaked the recipe a bit from the first time I baked it. I used golden raisins in the recipe, as that what the ladies at church seem to be adding. This is a barely sweet loaf made with milk and butter in the recipe.
Oh and I will be stitching a small shortly. I cannot wait to get back to stitching smalls.♥
I hope that your day is super my friends! I plan on having a great weekend!
Stitching and praying,