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Friday, October 25, 2013

Papa Francisco

Hi friends! Hope all is well with you. Welcome to new friends! =) Glad you stopped by!

I designed, stitched and finished a little pinkeep back in spring. I call it 'Papa Francisco'.
I kept it neutral in color. I used a platinum linen. I researched his attire. Made sure to give him his iron cross, silver ring and his black shoes.

Am I Catholic? Nope. I was raised Catholic and was for the first 30 years of my life. Became Lutheran like my husband and kids. Anyhow, it's kinda still a large part of me. My whole family is Catholic. I really, really admire Pope Francis. I thought it would be super to make a pinkeep of him and leave a space for him to sign. I looked up how to properly write a letter to the Pope and the address and I sent it off in June. Well, I guess I am real naive.

Guess what came in the mail for me yesterday?! Yup! It's back from Vatican City. BUT... no signature. :( I suppose it was too much to expect honestly. But I did get this.
Well, it is a copy of his signature. ;)

I walked over to the park and got myself some Willow tree branches. Those are a lot straighter than our Silver Maple tree branches. And.... I framed my 'Autumn Delights' with twigs, right on the top of the flatfold. It turned out just like I envisioned. Not the best picture, but here ya go.

I made a loaf of Challah bread yesterday. One of my favorite breads I bake. It is a Jewish recipe.
This one does not have the egg wash I usually put on it.

That's all I got for today friends. You have yourself a stitchtastic day now. =)

Stitching and praying,

32 comments: said...

Your "Papa Franscisco " is
adorable !!! Congratulations !!!
I love your twig-framed "Autumn Delights"
Have a great weekend !!!!

Анна Гончарова said...

Очень красивая вышивка!

Mii Stitch said...

It's lovely to have had some feedback on your Papal creation! I come from a Catholic family (being French, it kind of come with the territory, isn't it?) but am not interested in religion anymore. So I think however this is really touching gesture to have received the Pope's picture, after all, he is a huge man. I adore your finishing touch on your beautiful cross stitch! I could admire it for hours :)

Margaret said...

I'd say it is still an honor to have received what you did from the Vatican. Pretty cool! I too admire Pope Francis -- he's so cool! Nope, not Catholic. :D Love your Papa Francisco. Love the way you framed the Barbara Ana piece too -- very pretty! Hope you are doing ok pain-wise.

Justine said...

I am so impressed by your Papa Francisco! I would love to stitch something like this. I converted to Catholicism last year at the grand old age of 40 and I love Pope Francis. I wonder if he saw your stitchy tribute? Autumn Delights looks gorgeous too.

gracie said...

great stitching and a great frame.

Vicki said...

The card you received from the Pope will make your pinkeep into a nice little collection, so cool that you received it! I LOVE the branch frame - it's exactly how I pictured it, too. Turned out terrific!

Linda K's Stitching Corner said...

Congratulations on your finish....

I like the way you took some twigs and put it around the flatfold...that is so neat. You did a terrific job on this.

butterfly said...

Well done Vickie what a lovely thing to do .
How lovely you got a reply, big hugs.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

I love your Papa Francisco! He is awesome. You did such a wonderful job at designing and stitching him, too. You are so very talented my dear friend. :)

Oh I love how you framed the Barbara Ana piece. It's beautiful. Goes so perfect with the design.

Wishing you a day filled with many blessings sweet friend.

Melissa said...

Such a sweet pin keep :)

I wish I could just reach out and grab that bread. I love that kind of loaf and used to make it fairly frequently back a couple of years ago! Perhaps I'll make a batch this weekend :)

Happy Stitching Vicki :)

♥ Nia said...

What a lovely idea you had :) and it's nice to know you had some feedback too =)
Autumn Delights looks great! Very nice detail :)
hugs to you!!

Emma/Itzy said...

We are heading to Rome next year, when I visit I will ask him if he liked your stitching...hehe :D

Your twig frame is perfect, great idea! x

cucki said...

Aww so's so beautiful ❤️
Your frame is so sweet..such a sweet finish.
Big hugs x

Simply Victoria said...

I'm impressed you got a reply and got your piece sent back to you.
Love the twigs added on. They really make it come together.

Unknown said...

Lovely stitching! The finish is fantastic and the last pic of your fur baby is just adorable!

moreofhim said...

How neat!! I love your pin keep and what a special keepsake to have! I'm sorry he didn't sign it, but how nice that you got the things you did.

Your frame with the twigs is perfect. You're so creative!

Praying for you, my friend - Julie

Mouse said...

nibble nibble ... oooo that bread was scrummy :)
way to go on getting the card ... nice bit of history to go with your wee design :) he does seem a lovely Pope doesn't he :)
and love that frame .... take care and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxx

Michelle said...

Lovely stitching and the bread looks wonderful x

Chris said...

Very cool that you got something back from the Vatican.
The twigs look fabulous!!!
That is a very silly poodle pic.
What an amazing loaf of Challah.
Talented girl!!

Myra said...

Oh that is adorable Vickie. I am really amazed that he sent it back. A treasure for sure. Love your twig frame - that turned out nice!

Mary said...

Your pinkeep is adorable, Vickie.
It's nice that your gift was acknowledged with some Vatican remembrances.
My son is a Jesuit priest (like Pope Francis) and hopes to have an opportunity to meet him someday. Me, too!

The twig frame for Autumn Delights is a perfect finish.
Your challah looks yummy.

What are Henry and Mabel up to these days?

I hope you are feeling better.

DebbieSFL said...

Love your framing!!!

ricketyjo said...

What wonderful stitching, and I love how you've used the twigs on Autumn Delights, it looks so lovely! :)

Annette-California said...

You did a great job on stitching Papa Francisco. How cool that you got a reply. Love that card with the coat of arms and they sent you a photo. Very COOL! I absolutely LOVE the twigs framing your Autumn Delights Vickie. You made the best finish for it! Your bread is making me hungry. love Annette

Carol said...

Lovely stitching of the Pope, Vickie. I am not Catholic either, but I really love the direction this new Pope is going.

Your stitching looks fantastic in the twig frame--great idea :) Lovely looking bread--I could eat the whole loaf myself :)

Unknown said...

Hey Vicki!

I just stumbled upon your blog and I wanted to tell you how great your Pope design is! I love it! Two of my best ever friends live (or lived) in Wisconsin. I hope to visit your beautiful state soon.


Lillie said...

What a talent, it's beautiful and a great memento. Your twig frame is so unique, very creative of you.
Yummy bread! Wish I could make such beautiful bread, I have failed everytime.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Catholic stitching and Jewish bread, covering both bases there!
It was good that the Vatican took the time to return your stitching and send a card too.

Love the twig frame, you did well to find the perfect twigs for this one.

Varla Lee said...

Woooow! Very beautiful this Pope Fran design, i'm speeckless! Complimenti!!

Catherine said...

How great that you received something back from the Vatican. Love the twigs in your finish ~ perfect!!
And your bread looks so yummy!!

Maggee said...

You ARE covering a few bases in this post! Ha! Loving the twig frame--great finish! Hugs and prayers for you!