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

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Good Morning, Dear Friends!  What a beautiful spring day it is today, with the sun shining so brightly and the sky a clear blue.  Yesterday the temperatures here reached 75, which was very welcome after a few very very cold and rainy days.

As many of you know, Google Reader is going away, so I wanted to tell all of you, who would like to continue to follow my blog, that I am now signed up with Bloglovin, so that I won't lose touch with all of you, my very dear friends.  I hope that we can continue to share our love of stitching and friendship there.

Blessings & Hugs!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sharing Thoughts & Stitching With You

Friendships bloom amidst the threads of time, connecting all of us into a lovely tapestry for all time.  I am so thankful for each one of you, dear friends!

Though I have been terribly out of touch with all of you, I have thought of you every day, and treasure all of the wonderful things that you have written to me here.
Stitched last spring, I love this cheery little April Wordplay by Brenda Gervais, of 'With Thy Needle'.

The past few weeks have been filled with with it's bits of busyness. But, thankfully, in between those busy hours, I have also enjoyed stitching with my Wednesday morning stitching friends at our LNS.  We have such a wonderful time, stitching, chatting away and laughing until our sides hurt.  It is such wonderful medicine for the soul!

Although I can't claim any incredible progress on any one project, I have found many peaceful hours with a few things.

'Quaker Christmas II' is coming along.  I am almost finished stitching the top 3 sections, and will soon begin on the 4th page!

Last week, I received this wonderfully unique design from Anne, who had stitched this biscornu and then offered the design as part of a giveaway.  I love it!
I was so thrilled and started stitching it this week at my Stitching Group.  Thank you so much, Anne!

Typical of a stitcher, we always have another wonderful design, calling our name to start something new, right?   Because I adore Samplers, and would love to create a collection of some very special ones, I decided to start a new one.  
             'Spring Morning Sampler'
                      by Karen Kluba
                 Rosewood Manor
As you can see, I haven't made a lot of progress yet, but it is a beautiful design, and I am really looking forward to stitching it so much.  It calls for all DMC threads, but could be stitched in silks too.  

On a more somber note, this past week, our country has suffered  terrible terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon.  Our hearts go out with prayers for comfort and solace to all of the innocent victims and their families, especially to those who lost loved ones in this senseless and evil attack.  Last evening, we watched, on TV, as the second terrorist, was captured alive in Watertown, MA.  It was a tremendous relief for our country, and epecially for the residents in the towns around Boston, who were on 'Lock Down' for the past 24 hours.  

It made me think about so many people in other countries, around the world, like Israel, who live in terror every day, because they are threatened on every side by evil that threatens to take away their very lives and savage their countries.  We are so blessed in America, that we do not live under that fear every day of our lives.  But we must hold fast
to our faith in God and live according to His  principles, the same principles, upon which our Founding Fathers created our great nation. 

This morning, this scripture was with one of my devotionals, and seemed so appropriate for those who have lived with fear, and those who are now living with fear.

'Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you.  I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'  (Isaiah 41:10  NKJV)

'For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning.' (Psalm 30:5)

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)