A New Beginning

 Hello friends!

I bought myself a fun stitch after Christmas with some of my Christmas money.  When I was decorating I saw all the stockings and smalls and gifts and ornaments that I had made and received years ago - even though "years ago" seems like yesterday in my mind - and I decided I was going to encourage myself to stitch for fun this year.  Maybe it will jumpstart my mojo! 

My current project is a stocking for someone special.  I have been having trouble for the past year or so just sitting down and stitching for long stretches, so I've been doing "just one length of thread"each time I sit down with this project.  Who was it that did that?  Butterfly??  Whoever it was, thank you for the idea!!

Harmony is my word for the year, so this little fob will be one I start soon.  The Happy Little Stitch Shop is doing a SAL on Instagram that I might join in with.  On the 1st of each month you start something new or work on a WIP, the 4th of each month is for a Patriotic stitch, the 14th for Love/Friendship, the 25th for Christmas themed, and the 30th for Fall/Halloween.  I don't know as I will start something for all of them,  although, come to think of it, I'm sure I have a pattern or WIP in my stash for each of them and I probably wouldn't have to buy anything to start with... -  I do like the idea!

There are so many stitches that I would like to work on this year!  Some that I have in my stash, and some that I've seen and wished I had, so I'm hoping that I will be able to work back into a stitching rhythm.   

In other news, towards the beginning of last year I started to make prayer / comfort shawls.  I couldn't keep my thoughts focused to cross stitch, but this simple, beautiful pattern allowed me to stitch and pray and relax.  I so enjoy making them and giving them to people who need a bit of God's love and comfort.  

Another thing keeping my attention has been watching the antics of this cheeky squirrel.  It took him a couple of months to figure it out, but finally he succeeded in jumping straight up from the deck railing to the birdfeeder (about 4 feet?).  I really miss the birds, because I had so enjoyed watching them, but Mr. Squirrel ate the whole bell in about two days, so no more birds.  It's a good thing he's cute!! :)

Until next time!



I'm crocheting today.  It intrigues me, but I am having an awful time settling down to one project.  There is so much to learn.  So many hooks to try.  So many projects out there.  Today I am working on a Daisy Granny Square pattern that I bought from BluPrint (formerly Craftsy).  I am using some yarn I have on hand, which happens to be a multi-color SugarWheel from Hobby Lobby in yellow, dark grey, sage and light grey.  Since I've never made a Granny Square before I am just trying to fumble my way through the pattern once or twice and then I would like to try making the squares with all the color changes in a thinner yarn with a smaller hook.  Unless I get distracted by something else first.

It could happen.

Yesterday I cross stitched a very little bit more on my little pillow project.  I'll work on it until I need a change and then pick out the next one to add to my list.

Soooo... so far I have - 

1. Pine Mountain May Pillow (cross-stitch)
2. Practice Daisy Square

We'll see whether or not my list expands this week!



This hasn't been a great morning.  Today was my Mom's birthday and I realized only after I had made a sympathy card for my husband to take to the funeral of his ex-boss.  Putting the two together made me sad.  And maybe a little sorry for myself.  And irritated that I was sorry for myself.  And upset that I was irritated.  But then my eyes were drawn to the jar of colored pencils on my desk and I saw the rainbow of colors that were there.  They wouldn't be nearly as pretty if they were all the same color.  It is the different colors that make them beautiful as a group.  I've had that experience when I was stitching, too.  I might be stitching along thinking "This really isn't pretty!", but then I add in another color and everything pops.  I think that my emotions are like that.  Each day brings different emotions - Some days are red angry days, some are blue and sad, others I am sunny yellow happy, or growing in a vibrant green.  I've had black days which transitioned into dark brown and then lighter brown, and I've had mixtures and shades of the colors as well.  And as a whole they make my life what it is... a beautiful unfinished tapestry being stitched by a Master Designer.  I am so blessed.

I was able to stitch for just a few minutes last night, so I started a Pine Mountain May pillow.  It has bluebirds on it which make me happy. :)

I'm not sure what I will work on today.  I guess we will see!


Time for a New Start

I'm pretty sure that there is no one still following this blog, and that's ok.  It's been 2, well, basically 3, years since I posted last and those years have been the hardest of my life as I have worked through the symptoms of acute anxiety and depression.  God has worked in my life in so many ways through this time and one of the things He has shown me is that, for those who love Him, His character doesn't include or cause fear, but love; it doesn't make you sad, but joyful; it doesn't cause anxiety, but brings peace.  His life in me because of Christ allows me to be patient and kind.  It is gentle and makes me gentle.  It is good and loves what is right and good.  It is faithful and helps me to be able to fulfill my commitments.  And it helps me to be moderate and not be overwhelmed with wants and wishes, but makes me grateful for what I have and helps me to enjoy using the gifts He has provided.

I've had a hard time cross stitching the past two years.  I think that all together I only completed 2 1/2 pages on my Heaven & Earth Designs Nativity in that time.  But it's always been there.  And lately I've enjoyed crocheting as well.  Nothing big... I have a lap throw a little over half done and I've made a few dishcloths, both knitting and crocheting.  I have a few things I would like to work on though.

So, anyway, I am going to make today a new start.  I'm working full time now, so it is going to be harder to do this, but I am going to pick 10 projects and post a picture of them - kind of like I did in 2013.  I am going to commit to working on those 10 projects for the rest of the year and see what kind of progress I can make.  I want to choose projects that make me think of all the characteristics above.  That make me happy, that encourage me toward peace, that give me a chance to practice faithfulness in working on them each day - even if it's only 15 minutes at a time, and that allow me to actually use what I have and be grateful for it.  I know that I might need to buy a few things for the projects - some floss or fabric - and I know that I have one new pattern I would like to buy - "Live your Dreams" by Silver Creek Samplers...

The rest I will work on throughout the next couple of days and I will post it here as a reminder to myself.  I am cautiously excited to begin this stage of my journey!


The Nativity Update!

Hello!!  It's been WAY too long since I've updated here.  I will try to do better!  I've been working non-stop on my Heaven and Earth Designs project and have made a LOT of progress.  Here's a picture of my last page finish, and I'll have another page finish to share soon! :)

Isn't it sooooo pretty?  I just love watching it take shape!!

See you again soon!


Nativity Update!

Hi everyone! (If anyone is still following me...)

I am so sorry that I haven't updated since June.  It's been a rough couple of months as I've dealth with the anniversaries of my mom's death and my husband's brain surgery - plus we had to put down our dog last weekend. :(  But I have something happy on the stitching front, I have 2 pages finished on The Nativity since June.  I was hoping for three pages, but this one seemed to have a LOT of confetti.  Either that or I just couldn't concentrate... not sure which!

Here's my progress...

I need to put in a few extra hours on it if I want to finish this row by the end of December!!

Thanks for stopping by!



End of Row!

HAED The Nativity, 18 Count, 2x1, June 27, 2016 - end of page 16

Well, the picture isn't the greatest, but the feeling of completing a whole row of pages since January 1st is AMAZING!! : )  On to the next goal of completing another full row by Christmas!!!