Spring and Samplers

what an incredible weekend first we headed to Philomath, Oregon on Thursday to see a Sampler Exhibit at
Benton County Historical Museum. A great old building originally built as a college in 1867.

it was used as a college till 1929 and then slowly but surely it deteriorated and in 1980 local citizens rehabilitated the structure and it now houses the Historical Society of Benton County well worth a visit even if the samplers are not there.

this was one of my favorites, the stitching was exquisite, the letters and the crowns were stitched with such perfect little stitches

of course i found another favorite this was stitched in 1862.

the dog and butterfly were amazing. i only wish the pictures turned out better.

this cat reminds me of one i saw on a sampler
at Fort Worden,Washington in there museum housed in an Officer Home. once again a great butterfly.

this is part of Dotty Parker sampler stitched in 1824 i think you can get a chart of this from Benton Historical Society online if you wish to stitch it. They also have printed a nice book with the samplers so do visit the web site www.bentoncountymuseum.org
i have more to share but i also want to share what a great Easter i had at my daughter's friends house.

besides all these homemade goodies we had a great meal of ham.
it was one of the best Easters i have had since the kids were little.

Beth's cupcakes were beautiful!

two beautiful young woman my daughter Emily on the left and Beth a wonderful friend and hostess.
how happy can one mother be. a perfect weekend. friends,samplers and my sweet lovely daughter!

Beth had such cute little items placed throughout her new apartment reminding everyone of spring.

i love this felt watering can and needless to say right after i took this picture i dumped the bowl of jelly beans! so much for graceful. till next time enjoy your spring!

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