The tree is up! And decorated! With snow and ice and cold having held on outside our door for almost a week, there really were no excuses for not having this job done. So, here it is! Now, if I could just get finished with this year's Father Christmas doll. Could it be that on these cold days I enjoy, a little too much, sitting by the fire reading from some of my old books, such as these old Victoria magazines?
Recently, I have been rereading the 1990 issues, and oh my, they are wonderful! Who wouldn't be amazed at the beautiful gardens and embroidery of the fabulous Joanna Reed, who, for fifty years "turned her artist's eye to the view outside her window, embroidering a garden equally splendid in winter, spring, summer, and fall." She first created four crewel curtain-panels for her living room, each one depicting the splendors of a different season. She said she learned to use "bigger, freer stitches, to embroider flowers directly from nature, to paint with thread." Victoria magazine published a three part series on this magnificent woman and her works in the January, May, and October 1990 issues.