Way to Happiness

I’ve just started a sampler, it’s another design by Nathalie Cichon of Jardin Prive. I stitched a bee pincushion by Nathalie a few months ago, I love her designs, I think they’re pretty without being twee. I’ve another two samplers waiting to be stitched…

broderieThis sampler is called Positive Thinking, it’s actually free on Nathalie’s blog, it was a month by month project last year. It’s got a lovely verse on it which Nathalie has translated into several languages. I must admit I was very tempted to stitch it in French, I studied French up to A level, I think it’s a beautiful language. When I looked at the French version though I wasn’t convinced I would remember what it meant, I even considered doing a mini version in English to hang next to it, however on reading her blog, I realised that the poem was originally in English and that she had had some difficulty translating some of the lines, so I decided to stitch in English!

The embroidery that inspired Nathalie

The embroidery that inspired Nathalie

The poem is as follows;

The Way to Happiness

Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry,

Live simply, expect little, give much

Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others.


I think it was the Scatter sunshine that really confused Google Translate!

It’s proving fairly quick to stitch, I’ve used 16 count even-weave linen, I prefer 18 count but my eyes don’t appreciate it any more! I’m onto the ‘second month’ already, I like having a bit of hand sewing I can just pick up for half an hour in the evenings.

Positive Thinking

Sharing this with Slow Stitching Sunday and Vintage Embroidery on Monday.


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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7 Responses to Way to Happiness

  1. This is such a great project! I love the words and phrases.
    I went on a winery tour yesterday and thought I could handle the french tour, but it was really hard to follow with all the specialty words that I didn’t know!

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  2. Gail says:

    What a nice sampler and sentiment! Happy stitching to you this week!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Christine B. says:

    What a beautiful sampler… it is really pretty and the sentiment is lovely! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Cathie J says:

    That is a very pretty sampler with a great saying. Enjoy your stitching and thanks for the link.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Karen says:

    Your cross stitching is beautiful! I love the poem. The sentiment really resonates with me.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Jenny Benton says:

    It is lovely. I don’t do cross stitch, but can appreciate your beautiful work.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Theresa says:

    Beautiful cross stitching!

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