I've gotten another piece framed. I'm afraid that this stitched piece has been sitting in a drawer for over 10 years so it's about time.
The frame came from gift box of frames and is a simple 5 x 7 frame. Several of these where in the box - 2 of them unfinished wood. This one was painted unevenly - like the phone rang and interrupted the painting and it was never finished. On the bottom and left sides there is a lot of gold and almost none on the top and right sides.
If I were painting it myself I would be more even. But, I didn't paint it and I decided I'm happy with the way it looks. Finished IS better than perfect. I think there is a lesson there.
I don't have the pattern anymore and I had to do some searching to find the designer of the pattern. It is by Curtis Boehringer from the Wildflowers of America series and was published in the late 90's. His website is his name and I discovered that I still like his patterns.
When I started cross-stitching again I purchased 4 of the series. I'll talk about the other 3 later. I'm not sure why I decided upon Bleeding Hearts. The design must have appealed to me as I wasn't very familiar with the flower. In fact, I don't think I'd ever seen one growing in a garden.
That has changed in the last few years. At work, under a shady well-irrigated overhang by an entrance are several bleeding heart plants. Every spring I watch them sprout, grow and flower. They are flowering now (but these are last years flowers).
Every spring I want to get one to plant in my garden. But, I'm afraid my garden is too dry and they wouldn't be as nice as the ones at work. So, for now, I'll enjoy the ones at work and the framed piece that is now on my wall.