I just wanted to share with you about the fabulous "Rhode Island Stitchers" Spring giveaway. Please go to their website for complete details about how you can enter to win! All entries must be received by Friday, April 15th, 2011 @ 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, and the winner will be drawn randomly on April 16th, and the winner will be notified. Fun! Fun!
Yesterday was Ella's "Dedication Ceremony" in church. She looked like a little princess, in her beautiful white dress, adorned with puffy silk roses on the bodice. Here is our daughter, Carra with Ella, before the ceremony started.
We were amazed at how quiet and patient Ella was throughout the ceremony, and didn't protest at all when the Pastor took her from her Daddy's arms. She just looked inquisitively at the Pastor, and was a perfect little angel.
Our daughter and her husband had prepared a wonderful lunch at their home, and Ella's best friend, Moya, and her Mommy and Daddy joined us for the celebrations. The two little girls had a marvelous time opening the gifts and playing together. They were so cute!
To commemorate Ella's Dedication Ceremony, I was able to finish stitching "Sugar & Spice". Although the color shadings and backstitching make this piece so lovely and delicate, it was a bit overwhelming to make so many color changes and I was feeling a bit frustrated a times, but the finished product is what "counts", right?
I wrapped it up in pink "rosebuds" tissue paper and placed it in a box with white pastel "sparkled" paper, topped off with white iridescent curly ribbon, and Ella was delighted opening it. Of course, she loved the wrappings most of all, as you can see in the photos, but her Mummy loved the piece. It will go to the framer's this week.
Last night, after we got home, I collapsed in my "Stitching Nest", and after sipping a warm cup of tea, fell fast asleep. Needless to say, not much stitching progress was accomplished, but later in the evening, I pulled out the March "Drawn Thread" calendar cover, and took a few stittches, while watching Masterpiece Theatre's "Downton Abbey". No photos to show yet...
Oops! Meggie, my toy poodle just came down with that look on her face, that says, "Hey, Mum, I think I need to go out!"
Hope that your day is filled with moments of joy, amidst the busyness.
"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)
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.