"She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands." ((Proverbs 31:13)
Consider the Lilies of the Field
"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the Lilies of the Field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, that even Solomon in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these." Matt: 6: 28-29)
Sunday, April 20, 2014
May you be enfolded with the Love of Our Precious Savior this Eastertide.
It has been said that, "Happiness adds and multiplies as we divide it with others." (Author Unknown) What a lovely thought, and so cleverly put, don't you think? For after all, it is in the sharing of our love and our lives, with one another that relationships are made and strengthened over time, built one after another. I have missed you, once again, dear friends, and am finally here once again to share with you the happenings in my life. Although I have long been one that preferred to stitch on one design at a time, I have several of them going and am rather enjoying them all.
Tempting Tangles Designs
It is difficult to appreciate all of the intricate lacey bits from afar, so hope that you won't mind a few close-ups, to see the full effect. These are quite challenging to stitch!
This satin stitched flower and leaves was a really big challenge, as this designer doesn't provide any stitch diagrams. I had to look at the graph of the total design and graph each stitch to create it. A major pain in the neck! I think that it looks alright though..... it will have to do.
"Snow Angel" by Lone Elm Designs I can't believe that I am still stitching a wintry design, now that it is already April, but it is almost finished. Thank goodness......
Do any of you remember "Strawberry Shortcake" and all of her little friends, when some of our now grown up daughters, were little girls? Well, she is once again, most popular with our little granddaughter, and all of her friends! Miss Ella turned 4 years old, and we had a Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party for Ella and her little girlfriends and Mommies and Grandmama and Nana.
Our daughter, who is an expert baker and cake decorator, made these adorable cupcakes, and purchased vintage Strawberry Shortcake paper plates, napkins and utensils. She even found a beautiful china teaset for Grandmama to give Ella for her birthday!
It was a perfectly lovely time, but poor little Miss Meggie was totally worn out when we came home.
Well dear friends, I will make an effort to try and keep in touch with you on your wonderful blogs too. I think of you so much, and am so thankful for the beautiful threads that bind us to one another.......... one thread, added and multiplied, and divided with one another...... EQUALS HAPPINESS!! Blessings!
How absolutely delightful to discover that there are two perfectly delightful giveaways for Valentine's Day! First, please visit California Stitcherto see the wonderful handmade gifts that Annette is so generously offering for her giveaway drawing on February 14th! Now, for another very special Valentine Giveaway from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe, Nancy has lots of her fabulous creations, all in RED, for her giveaway drawing on February 14th! Love in Stitches and Friendship!
Hello Dear Friends, It has been much too long since we have connected with one another, and I have missed all of you so much. So, I am determined to enjoy sharing with you once again and to be a little more faithful to my blogging once again. Today is a beautiful sunny day here in the cold Northeast, and the temperatures are warming up enough to melt some of the icicles hanging from our rooftops. We just missed a snowstorm hitting here on Sunday night, which nicely dusted the ground with only 1-2 inches, very pretty to see in the morning. This Thursday night, we are supposed to get a really big storm, but I love the snow, so I am thrilled with the possibility. Just more time to stay cozy and sip tea and stitch! I have been working on two fairly large stitching projects for the past few months and thought that you would like to see my progress. As you can see, I didn't finish 'Quaker Christmas' in time for Christmas 2013, but I have only 3 more pages to go!
For the past few months, my friend, Donna and I have been doing a long distance SAL on Sunday nights, stitching "Giovanni's Alphabet' by Tempting Tangles Designs.
As you can see, each letter has all of these intricate little bits of stitching, which are pretty tedious and require a lot of attention so as not to make a lot of boo-boo's. We try to watch Downton Abbey on Sunday evenings while stitching, so you can imagine that it is a bit difficult trying to concentrate on both at the same time, and not a whole lot of stitching is often accomplished!
"Snow Angel", a wonderful design by Lone Elm Designs, was given to me by my dear husband, along with a beautiful round wooden sewing box, for Christmas.
As you can see, not a lot of progress has been made so far. I really should be stitching this wonderful piece with all of the snow that we been having this winter! I used to love making "snow angels" in the snow with our children when they were little ones.
Last month, my dear husband and I celebrated a big milestone anniversary, and traveled to a very special historic inn in Camden, Maine, called the Norumbega Inn, which was like staying in a small vintage castle type of residence. Each room had an ambience of it's own, tastefully decorated with antiques, and the beds were just wonderfully comfortable.
The view from our room was spectacular! This was one of the few clear parts of the day at sunset. Most of the time, there was a heavy fog over the bay.
The Library Room was very special, a guest room that was very spacious with it's own upstairs library. The gorgeous stained glass round window over one of the bookcases was more beautiful than my photo can depict.
This cozy little nook is right on the first floor just inside the main entrance of the house. I could just imagine Jane Austen sitting cozily on one of these benches, writing or reading a book, can't you?
Each morning, my husband and I would come down for a sumptuous breakfast, cooked by our host, Phil, a gourmet cook, who is also a chef, and served by his lovely wife, Sue. The fire was always crackling warmly, and our breakfast was enhanced with beautiful melodies of of soft music. We also enjoyed a 5 course "Mini-Tasting Dinner" on the second evening of our stay.
A very memorable anniversary, indeed!
Until next time, dear friends, I think that Miss Meggie has the right idea.......Just stay as cozy and warm, wrapped up in your blanky as possible! Blessings In Stitches & Friendship!
My beloved Mother went peacefully to heaven the week before Thanksgiving, surrounded by family members. We pray that the love which radiated from within her, will continue to shine within each one of those whose lives were touched by hers. She will live within my heart forever, until we are joined together once again in eternity in heaven.
On this first Sunday in Advent, "PEACE I leave with you. My Peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful." (John 14:27) May you be blessed with PEACE in your lives,
Hello My Very Dear Friends! It has been much too long since I last posted, but a lot has been happening in our family over the past 6 weeks. My 84 year old Mother, who has Alzheimer's Disease, fell 5 weeks ago, and broke her pelvis in 4 places. She is now bedridden, and being cared for at my parents' home, by my youngest brother, his wife, and a full time Visiting Angel caregiver. Dad just couldn't bear the idea of mother being in a nursing home, and wanted for her to be in their home for as long as possible. It is a true blessing that my brother and his wife moved in with them last November. My siblings and I are so grateful to them, and we have all been taking turns visiting Mother and Dad. This is such a difficult time of our lives, but I know that many of you have gone through similar times with your own parents too. My stitching progress has been slow these many weeks, especially since I also caught a nasty gastrointestinal virus from the little grandchildren, which lasted 10 days! We love seeing them, but all three of them are in nursery school and daycare, so they pick up so many viruses and share them with us:) Last weekend, we were able to attend a Stitcher's Hideaway Retreat in Mystic, CT, with Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler, who taught us to stitch a beautiful Christmas sampler. Since Mystic is a famous old historic seaport, the sampler was very appropriately called "Mystic Christmas Sampler", and had many tall sailing ships and lovely verses and specialty stitches.
We worked in class on the Hardanger section, at the bottom of the design, and some of the specialty stitches above it. I also managed to stitch all of the over-one verses in the piece, and some of each one of the little scenes too. I'm just not ready to show you those parts yet:)
If you have never attended a Stitcher's Hideaway retreat, you don't know what you are missing, because they are all extra special, and always great fun!
Since our retreat had a Christmas theme, look who decided to show up unexpectedly!
Me (left) Santa & Jan (my new friend)
One of the really fun parts of the retreat that everyone loves, when we have a Christmas theme, is a stitched ornament exchange. This was the one that I stitched for the exchange.
Monthly Stocking Series By Blackbird Designs
I lined the inside with deep red satin. The hanger is made with cranberry seed beads.
My friend, Jan just happened to pick my ornament to open!
Just look at all of the wonderful ornaments that were made!
Before we went home on Sunday, we stopped in at a great Scandanavian shoppe, in Mystic Village. As my husband is Swedish, I just knew that he would love purusing this fabulous shoppe, which has more 'eye candy' than you could ever imagine. This big Swedish Horse greeted us as we walked in the door!
We left there with several very special items, among them some delicious Swedish Cardamon Bread, which we just couldn't leave behind! Yummy.....
Well, dear friends, it is time to end this very long post, before I bore you. Wherever you are, and whatever you might be doing, please know how much your friendships mean to me, and that you are always in my thoughts, even when I have not been in touch for a long while.
Oh What a Day It is Today! The sun is shining, with temperatures in the low 70's, and a some billowy clouds drifting by, with a soft wind blowing. Doesn't that sound just perfect for an early autumn day? On and off all week, my needles have been working diligently on the next letter of the 'Autumn' bellpull. The second letter"U", has taken shape with some of the rust coloured leaves and little acorns surrounding it.
The colour changes are so numerous, that sometimes it becomes a bit maddening, but I keep telling myself that it creates the shading effects, so I persevere.
Sometimes it is difficult to even see the difference between some of the thread colours. I think that I might recommend some overdyed threads for anyone who might like to stitch this banner in future. I will happily pass on the pattern when I am finished with it if someone would like to stitch it. Now, you may remember that I said that I prefer to only have one or two pieces at a time that I am stitching, but I broke my rule last week! My wonderful friend, Donna, (no blog), decided to embark on a SAL to stitch "Giovanni's Alphabet" by Tempting Tangles Designs.
In May, while attending Celebrations of Needlework, in Nashua, NH, a leaflet of this design was tucked into one of my packages, so I decided to look it up on Tempting Tangles website. It is a re-created design, adapted from a magnificent design by Giovanni Ostaus, published in his book in 1561. If you love samplers, this one is magnificent! Donna and I started our "long distance SAL" last Sunday night, chatting online as we stitched. We decided that we would sip on our favorite hot tea as we 'stitch in spirit',together. Donna sweetly surprised me with a package of goodies for the occasion.
The Organic Rooibos Tea that Donna sent, is really delicious.\She also stitched these wonderful "Tea" towels for me, and sent along a beautiful little notebook, in which to write notes of our evening stitches too! How very kind and thoughtful of her. I sent her big HUGS! Now I am thinking about what my surprise will be for her, for our next SAL.
My Necessaire Floor Stand arrived on Friday last week! I love using it with the Millenium Frame for stitching this wonderful sampler. It is a dream to use, and keeps my linen nice and tight, just the way I like it. I love it! My progress for the first night of our SAL.
'Dirty Linen' 36 count Weeks Dye Works Threads (One Strand Over Two Threads)
Miss Meggie cuddling under her blankie, while I was stitching. Meggie, last Sunday night, looking longingly upstairs, as the hour grew late....
"Hint, hint, Mommy..... I have my baby and I think that it really is past my bedtime! Are you ever going to turn off your light and put that stitching away?"
Needlework is my one of my greatest passions. I probably own more needlework projects than I can possibly stitch in this lifetime. Needlework helps me to connect with the more peaceful part of myself. My faith is at the center of who I am and in all that inspires me, not only to create, but in the ways in which I connect to each individual person who touches my life every day. This is an unfolding story of my faith, love and joys, as a wife, mother and grandmother, intertwined with the beauty and simplicity found in my needlework.