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

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Two Very Sweet Valentine's Day Giveaways!!

How absolutely delightful to discover that there are two perfectly delightful giveaways for Valentine's Day!

First, please visit California Stitcher to 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!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Threads That Connect Us One to Another

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!


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)