Jul 21, 2014

Heart and template

 
Chart and template are available in the FREE tab under the header photo.
Just right click and print.  The template will probably print a little smaller so you can save and open in Photo Gallery, print full page.  Problems?  Please let me know.

To hang --- or not.



I took two threads out of my linen to check for the crinkled warp, and they looked the same to me.  Maybe a different piece would be more noticeable.  It's not that I plan on doing it properly, I just wanted to see if I could tell.
And now for a story.  For some reason, I have a momma crow and 2 young hanging around my patio.  They haven't shut up in weeks.  All day.  Caw caw caw!  Right by the open windows and although I love crows with their goofy walk and even their call, it's getting on my nerves.  I don't know if I ever told this story so forgive me if I'm repeating.  Many years ago, I pulled into the drive thru at my bank.  The back of the building is where the cars get in line along with the parking lot.  Adjacent property is a vacant grassy area and a house farther down.  When I pulled in, I saw several crows milling around one that was flat to the ground, his right wing completely extended.  They were making a lot of noise and circling him.  I assumed he was hurt and the wing was broken.  No one else got out of their car, probably because they had better sense than I did.  I hunched over, slowly and quietly approached the bird from the back, feeling like I was in a covert operation but without a ghillie suit.  I got within two feet of him.  As I extended my arm to grab him, his head turned, he let out a blood curdling screech while pulling in his wing and took flight just missing my face.  Scared the crap out of me.  That's a big bird!!  I think my move was similar to one seen in Psy's Gangnam video. The damn bird was just airing his armpit.  I guess the others were squawking that break time was over and trying to get him to move.  The people at the drive thru tried not to laugh as I walked back to my car, but I knew.  I knew.  This is one of the bad things about having a bright color car that you keep for 10 years. 
People remember.
 
Have a great day.
Hope you like the heart.
 
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29 comments:

CJ said...

The heart is great, the story even better. As for me I don't care for crows, songbirds make me happy.

CJ

Colleen said...

Love the heart, and can't wait to get started! Crows are so intelligent, I'm surprised they aren't running the world. Maybe they're just biding their time. Here's another crow story. Last winter we came home and turned in the driveway. As always there is a huge snow bank at the end of the driveway. On the edge of the road was an injured crow. My husband went out to check it. It was seriously injured, with a broken back. He brought it in the house while we decided what to do. The look In it's eyes was eerie; as if it knew what had to be done. It was so injured, we decided it was the most humane thing to dispatch it quickly. My husband did it, and took the body up the hill behind the house to bury it. As soon as he was finished, a large flock of crows, who must have been keeping watch, flew into the tops of the trees and all began cawing. It went on for about 15 minutes, and the they all left at once. It was a funeral for the crow. One of the strangest things I have ever experienced. Now off to gather linen and threads for that sweet little heart.
Colleen

Vickie said...

Fantastic job on the heart Marly.
Oh was I laughing at your crow story. I can see you hopping out of the yellow Escape and be all stealth like. ;)

Shirlee said...

I'll have to make time to stitch this one : )

Robin said...

Thank you for the heart chart! I am adding it to my pile for August. Loved your crow story! Thank you for sharing it!

Robin in Virginia

Ali said...

Roflol!!! Oh my goodness!! I've got a stitch from soo much laughing. Oh I do love reading your posts Marly they do make me smile....and occasionally leave me in pain!
Thank you for your sweet heart chart the simple stem of flowers is lovely. I do hope you sort out your crow problem I have a similar problem with a blackbird and his girlfriend who feel my garden is their sole territory and woe betide any other bird who dares to descend ...the racket!

C. M. Designs said...

Thank you for your heart chart and template.. It will be another fun piece for me to work on.
I love your story about the crow.. I hope for your sake and mine that neither you nor my daughter ever sees a hippopotamus in trouble.. Just saying ! ;o)
Have a beautiful day.
Charlotte in Virginia

Margaret said...

lol! That crow story is hilarious! You just have too generous a heart, and that crow was being a tricksy one! :D Beautiful heart. I think it should hang. Crows cawing right outside constantly would drive me crazy too. Ugh.

Simply Victoria said...

Thank you kindly for sharing!

margie said...

Your sampler heart is just so wonderfully primitive --- the shape is perfect as well as your design!

Wish I could help you on the "crow-motion" you are having outside your home! Hope they fly away soon...

Anonymous said...

Heartfelt thanks for sharing the ever so special heart, I will stitch it happily. Also BIG thanks for sharing YOUR ever so special heart with the furred and feathered, it is a joy to see what you have to say, always. Enjoy your day, Debbie in IL

Carol said...

Wonderful design, Marly--I ♥♥♥ it! Thanks so very much for sharing it with your readers...

Your crow story is so funny--good thing you weren't hurt. Some of those crows seem to be as large as hawks!

Anonymous said...

Marly, Thanks for the great story! I love our crows! I'm wondering why your crow is continuing to constantly call. Our crows let us know if they run out of dry dog food which we place out each day. Also, they have a very urgent call to let us know if a dreadful fox is passing through their yard. But, usually they happily talk to one another and don't constantly nag. Have you tried asking the crow what his problem is? Sometimes I'll talk to them and can figure it out. You're such a kind lady. If I'd witnessed your actions at the bank, I would remember you as the kind lady in the bright yellow SUV that checked on the distressed crow. Have a great day and good luck with that crow!

Barbara said...

Thank you so much for your heart pattern. I love it and can't wait to start stitching...Barbara

Kathy L. said...

Lol. Love this story. Too funny. I will keep my distance from any crows I see.

Thank you for the lovely heart. Can't wait to stitch.
Kathy

krayolakris said...

Thanks for the heart. I like the safety pins attaching the hanger. I might rust some up and put on the front. A flock of crows has been hanging out in my area for about 6 mos. I don't mind too much until they hobble the homemade suet cakes I put out for the downy woodpeckers!

Faye said...

Thanks for the precious heart!!! And, the crow story...

Merilde said...

Hi Marley, Thank you for such a sweet pattern - love it. And for the story...aren't animals/birds funny?
Lori

Barb said...

Thanks so much for the pattern. Crows are such interesting birds. I heard a professor from U of W talking about them one day, fascinating!! They do have group memory according to this man.

bluetit said...

thank you for the lovely heart
and for the story
crows are very clever,
kiss and take care of you

Plume de Chat said...

Thanks Marly for this sweet heart! You are so nice....
Have a nice day!
Hugs from France

Truus said...

Thanks for sharing the chart Marly.
Think positive about the crows and they won't give you no trouble any more.
have a great day
greetings,Truus from the Netherlands

Mary said...

Thanks for such a fun little piece Marly! Your crow story cracked me up.

Annmarie said...

Another generous gift to all of us...thanks or the design - will be fun to stitch and special to hang, especially at Valentines (might make a few for a bowl. Thank you

Karen said...

I enjoyed your delightful story and sentiment. It is appreciated as is the pattern. I do believe animals have a sense of humor and has to be caught at the right moment by the most observant. You young lady are an observer, and not just a doer. God bless you with food to feed the wild and sometimes helpless!

Maggee said...

I have a crow story from my childhood that still haunts me! Funny it happened right after I saw The Birds for the first (only) time! Not my faves... I have never thought of a temporary hanger on the back of stitching--what a fabulous idea! I will stitch your pattern and hopefully make it into a heart right after... Hugs!

Brenda said...

I LOVE THE HEART!!! I know what I'm stitching for my girlfriend's birthday next year!!! WOOHOO Thank you sooo much!!

Mary A said...

Another great story! You have a soft heart, Marly. There's nothing wrong with that! How's all the kitties doin'? Thanks for the heart pattern too.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Oh Marly, I can see it all! I love crows, they are such intelligent and entertaining birds but boy they can be noisy! Thank you so much for your lovely heart pattern and hope that the crow family moves house soon!

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