"She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands." ((Proverbs 31:13)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Serenity & Signs of Spring

After a long New England winter, we are all longing for the warmer soft winds and sunshine that have been blessing us here this week. 

My "Stitching Nest", has been my favorite resting and recovery "nest" , post surgery last Friday.  It is so amazing to me, how my "stitching addiction" overtakes the spirit, even when the body has little strength for much of anything else but rest.  Most days, I have had little strength for much of anything but rest, but my needlework rested on  my lap!  My husband  chuckled, seeing me fast asleep with my needle in my hand!  The "needle magic" is slowing returning to my eager fingers!  Funny, but there is this overwhelming desire to hold my needle and feel some of those creative juices flowing again.  It is very soothing and healing.

Here is some of my recent progress on "Sugar & Spice" (Sue Hillis Design).  The color changes to create just the right shading, is a bit maddening, to say the least.  I find it a bit frustrating when there are so many shades of pink or creams that it is difficult to tell them apart sometimes, but it is the overall effect that is most important after all.

Wish that I had more progress to show you, but hopefully this next week will bring some more "magic" back to my needles again!

While looking through one of my favorite devotional books this week, I found this lovely piece about Serenity, which spoke to me, and perhaps it will to you as well.

SERVICE:  Go outside of yourself to derive the satisfaction of helping others.
ETHICS:  Be truthful in all of your doings.
RECONCILIATION:  Ask for forgiveness & make peace with those you've hurt.
ENTHUSIASM:  In all things, large or small, find the pure joy!
NO:  Did you know that "NO" is a complete sentence?  Don't feel guility about using it to allow time for your own needs.
IMAGINATION:  Have vision.  Find a "pasion project", and get to work on it!
TOGETHERNESS:  Don't try to do "everything" yourself!  Accept help & lend a hand to others.
YOU:  Take care of yourself.  Remember that you are very precious in the eyes of God.

Bless you in the days ahead!  Crossing in Stitches & Friendship With You!


  1. Lovely post
    I hope you enjoy a quick & speedy recovery from your surgery-
    Your progress looks wonderful - the little bear is too cute :)

  2. I wish you a speedy recovery! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your stitching -- that Drawn Thread piece is wonderful! And your granddaughter! Adorable! Meggie is pretty cute too. :D

  3. Feel better soon. Your WIP is really cute.

  4. Hope you're feeling better soon and that your needles start flying. Cute WIP.

    Have a good weekend and hopefully it will be nice and sunny:)))

  5. Keep resting and feel better soon! I am so happy that Spring is finally arriving!

  6. I wish you a speedy recovery. Your progress is great and I want you to know I had the same frustration with the color changes but loved the finish. It is very delicate and subtle.

  7. Oh my another surgery. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make you all better! Sugar and Spice will be so sweet. I love the bit you showed, especially the teapot. I sometimes wonder if I can't tell the colors apart, will it make a difference on my stitching. I try to stick with the chart but if there is an oops, I don't sweat it too much. Take care of yourself and allow yourself to heal!

  8. Wishing you a very speedy recovery! Your Sugar & Spice is lovely--very sweet. I know how soothing needlework can be--I hope it aids in your recovery. :)

  9. I hope you feel better soon. Your stitching is beautiful and Ella is gorgeous. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.


  10. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Lovely progress on your wip.


Consider the Lilies of the Field

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)