Did you spot it when I showed you the bedroom switcheroo? The embroidery that almost killed me and took a thousand years to complete has morphed from a scrap of fabric to a cute throw pillow no one is allowed to ever touch. Marvel from a safe distance. Over there.
If you remember, I finished this at midnight, with only one day to spare in my four month stay in Hungary. Like the knitting clock I was smitten with, I love how this is a tangible account of just how much time I spent abroad. It also makes me feel more connected to my family and heritage, because embroidery is a traditional craft in Hungary, and my grandmother’s cousin (who made us this amazing piece I had framed) even did this professionally at one time. My talented Mom is who whipped this into pillow-shape. Now that I’m moving closer to her, expect more sewing tutorials.
I haven’t really talked about this before, but for months after I returned from Budapest I was really sad about being back home. Deeply disappointed. I would have dreams all night of ordinary days there. I had certainly missed home (and Hubby!), but it took me a strangely long time to readjust. Of course Hungary is beautiful and special, and surely anyone would miss it even after a short stay, but I really missed it. I longed to be back. I was angry I wasn’t. I don’t know why, but I think it had something to do with having fewer responsibilities and interruptions there (it was blissful), feeling disconnected from my life in Canada after four months away, but also because I was made to feel special each day. Speaking Hungarian, I could navigate like locals but my accent gave me away. Not a day went by, though, that a Hungarian didn’t tell me how amazing it is that I speak Hungarian and what a treasure I am. I was embraced as a lost Hungarian, because my grandparents had emigrated. I was welcomed “home”. It’s so embarrassing . . . but a daily dose of being told how special I am felt so good (coupled with the sugar high we got from eating pastry literally every day). I’m mostly over it now, which is good, because I can look at this and be happy!!
I need to start another project so I can post an embroidery tutorial.