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!

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