Crucial Quotes #37

“I restore myself when I am alone.”

– Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) 

American Actress

Stitched and Ditched

Circle of Friends – Mirabilia 28ct Ametrine Opalescent Lugana by Silkweaver. Started May 2010.

Japanese Maiden – The Gold Collection by Dimensions. Started January 2005.

Enchanting Geisha – The Gold Collection by Dimensions – She is currently out for the UFO RR on Yuku. You can see her progress here. These two will be truly stunning in matching frames on my wall. I really can’t wait! I didn’t post a picture because my wonderful RR stitchers have been doing all the work so they should be recognized! Started September 2010.

Mother Moon – Joan Elliott 32 ct. Opalescent Ocean Belfast Linen – This baby needs over a dozen spools of Kreinik. I may not be able to afford to finish her this year! lol Started August 2010.

Marilyn Monroe – Vervaco My birthday start for March 2008

Live, Learn, Love – Lizzie Kate 28ct. Lavendar Sparkle Opalescent Cashel linen. Started June 2010

Something Wicked La D Da 32 ct. French White linen – Started September 2010

Roberta’s Cats biscornu – 14ct cream Aida using Threadworx colors. Started May 2010.

Teresa Wentzler’s Needle Guardian on 28ct opalescent light blue Cashel. This was the first project where I made no substitutions for specialty threads. I was so lucky that my LNS had the Dinky Dyes silk in stock! This was my birthday start for March 2010.

Blessed Be – Enchanting Lair 16ct. Green Apple opalescent Aida by Silkweaver using my own colorways in DMC, Kreinik and Blending Filament (argh!).

She’s been tossed aside due to Filament Frustration. I started it about a year and a half ago so that isn’t so bad. I’ll get her finished by this Halloween. *fingers crossed* Started June 2009.

Each Dawn a New Day from The Gold Collection by Dimensions – So close! Needs a lot of confetti and back stitching! This was one of the kits I started somewhere around 2002 or 2003. Your guess is as good as mine.

Live, Learn, Love kit – I have no idea when I started this one!

Girl on Swing from Britain’s No.1 Cross Stitcher on 28ct. Jamaica Sunset opalescent Lugana by Silkweaver using my own colorway in DMC, Glisten Gloss, Kreinik, Mill Hill beads, DMC Metallics. Started April 2009.

Dragon’s Lullaby by Dragon Dreams on 32ct. Castle Sky Opalescent Belfast linen by Silkweaver using some Kreinik and Mill Hill bead substitutions from my stash. I started this one in April 2010.


I am not sure where my fascination with Marilyn Monroe came from. Too many musicals on the UHF channels on Saturdays as a child? Hearing Candle in the Wind by Elton John too many times on the radio in middle school? The 30th anniversary of her death when I was 19? Who really knows?

The tragedy of her life enraptured me enough that I wrote my developmental psych case study using her as my subject. The thing was such a joy to research and write that it was over 40 pages when it was finished.

The charm of Miss M still holds my attention today. My favorite movie of hers “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” has been in rotation on the cable movie channels and I watch it every time I see it is on. I adore it.

I recently found pictures of Marilyn putting on makeup or doing her hair and framed them for inclusion in my bathroom remodel. I have always loved the pictures of her caught unaware or doing everyday things instead of the high velocity sex pot shots.

While searching for my “bathroom” pics (which I’ll get around to showcasing here eventually!) I found some beautiful shots to share.

They struck me with their simplicity, honesty and heart.