“We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.” Dag Hammarskjold

This quote reminds me of that old photography instruction, “Fill the frame!” Hubby and I love frames, especially old and antique wooden frames.  When we see a frame that we like or, as in this case, something that would make a fabulous frame, we snap it up immediately!  About a month ago, hubby was in a local secondhand store, saw a lovely old wooden tray with brass handles, and snatched it up for $5.00.  Under the clear glass center of the tray was a handmade, filet crochet, dove-drawn chariot complete with cherub or, perhaps, it’s Cupid (who, by the way, was not always portrayed as chubby and naked).  While I love filet crochet, I’m not a huge fan of cherubs (or Cupid) unless, of course, it’s Valentine’s Day.  😊 This particular scene included a couple of holes and other needed repair work, and was slowly slipping downward.

So, there was a need to decide what should go under the glass in our newly acquired tray.  Sadly, although we have many things — art, stitchery, etc. – in need of framing, we had nothing that would really be a perfect fit for the tray.  I pondered, we talked, I pondered, and we talked some more.  Eureka!  What are trays used for?  Other than decoration, they are used to carry and serve, yes?  In short, entertainment/hospitality. 

I had recently been hanging ten on the web, not really looking for anything specific; it was a rare opportunity to simply kill a little time.  As I did so, I found a truly beautiful bench.  Now the price of the bench was far beyond my means, BUT if I turned it into counted cross-stitch, I could own the bench, et voila, an idea was born.  A well-cushioned bench for two; company and me.  There’s that hospitality thing again, and then the perfect Bible verse hit me. I’ll be stitching this on 36-count linen, over two, and it will undoubtedly take quite a while. I promise, however, to post a picture of it in its lovely tray frame once completed.  

Every day is an opportunity to be a blessing to someone. How can you be a blessing today? Make it a magnificent Monday! 😊

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”  Hebrews 13:2

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