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

Monday, July 18, 2011


My dear husband and I are about to depart for a few days with some dear friends, for a little getaway.  They have a family member who offered the use of their cottage, on the coast, and we are so excited!  The weather is supposed to be very hot, sunny and with clear skies.  What could be more perfect?  

As I was packing up my stitching bag, I decided to take a few pictures of my "Mystery Sampler" progress, or lack there-of, in some ways.  You see, I made a very unfortunate mistake with my stitching this past week......   Well, read on, and then you'll know the "whole story"....
Meet "Froggy".
He is a treasure, given to me
by my Grandmother.  I was intrigued by him
as a little girl, and recall playing
with him at her house.
So, what does "Froggy" have to do with
my stitching?

Froggy needed to play a little game of
"Rip-It, Rip-It" on my
"Mystery Sampler" border this week!

It seems that I had mistakenly stitched the top LEFT
floral border two threads lower than the design!
Imagine my dismay when I thought that
I was about to take my last stitches and my
border would be complete!

"Froggy" sitting proudly under
the area that he helped me to
"Rip" out, and re-stitch.

Thank you, dear Froggy!

After the repair work was complete,
I happily started working on
Part II of the lovely alphabet.
I'm not sure what is so peaceful and intriguing
about stitching alphabets, but they are
always a favorite part of most of the needlework
that I choose to stitch.

Must be part of the old fashioned, Victorian
lingering in my soul.

Blessings in Stitches!

Sunday, July 17, 2011


How incredibly captivating it is to watch the wonder of new life emerging in this beautiful world, created by an amazing and marvelous God!  

We have had an exciting week, as we have witnessed the birth of three little baby robins to Mr. and Mrs. Robin, who built their nest, under the branches of a tree, on the corner of our deck!  This has been a very blessed event, and we have been thrilled to watch life unfolding day by day.
Day One
Two little baby birds broke forth from their shells!
One little baby robin yet to be born!

Day Three
Three little baby Robins in the nest!

Day Four
Three little hungry mouths!

Day Four
Two little birds wait patiently,
But one little bird says, "Mother, I'm still hungry"!

Day Five
Mother Robin Chides Us Loudly,
As we try to peak at her growing family!

Day Six
"Mother, we're hungry!  Where are you?"

Day Six
"We want our Mother! Feed us, please!"

These sweet little creatures have given us such joy,
watching them, in amazement, as they have grown
and changed before our very eyes, day by day.

The words of a beautiful hymn came to mind today,
as I thought about how wonderful are all of God's 

"All Things Bright and Beautiful"

"All things bright and Beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens, 
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings."

(An Anglican hymn, written in 1848,
by Mrs. Cecil F. Alexander, 

Dublin, Ireland.)

May you find joy in the simple and lovely things
that are all part of our beautiful world.
They are not man made, and cannot
be bought with wealth.
They are the greatest of God's treasures,
and He has blessed us with eyes
to see them, ears to hear their amazing sounds,
the sense of touch to feel them,  and
the sense of smell to take in the richness
of so many lovely fragrances.

He has indeed blessed us beyond great measure!

Blessings to you, dear friends!

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)