Bless Your Heart snarky Southern saying geranium cross stitch xstitch pattern

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This listing is for a digital download, a cross-stitch pattern in pdf form. The pattern itself is on one page, with symbols over colored blocks, and the color list with DMC floss numbers is on the second page.

"Bless your heart" is quite a versatile phrase, as any southern American well knows; it can be sympathetic, snarky, disdainful, caring-- it's all about context and tone! In this case, there's a bit of snark going on, in which one might say "Bless your heart" to mean "I can't even begin to make it clear to you how downright stupid you are being." I myself have made use of this phrase on more than one occasion in social media, because I knew there was no way of making an individual see plain logic about a matter.

The use of geraniums in this pattern is based on The Language of Flowers page at Texas A&M's "Aggie Horticulture" page, in which geranium means "stupidity, folly." There are many floral languages in different areas and cultures and indeed this flower has other meanings elsewhere; however, I settled on this list because, well, Southern. I figured a source from Texas was perhaps fitting. :)

The pattern measures 3.56" x 3.88" (57 x 62 stitches in design area) on 16-count aida cloth. It would look quite nice framed with a simple hoop or in an actual frame, whichever you prefer! It would also make an excellent gift for either a like-minded friend or perhaps someone you might not care for as much, as a bit of a subversive gift for one of those obligatory gift-giving occasions!

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