Tuesday, April 03, 2012

It all started in a Garden....

A hearty "hello" to all my blogging friends and stitching buddies. I want to first thank many of you for e-mailing me personally to see if I still walked upon the soil of mother earth - I do. I took the entire season of Lent "off-line" because I wanted to use that time as a spring-board to a focus on interior improvement of myself in mind, body and spirit. Which brings me to the garden, where of course it all started...

Once my eyes lit upon the beauty of Little House Needleworks' "Adam and Eve" pattern (which Diane reproduced from an antique sampler she purchased) I immediately (and I mean immediately) ran to gather the needed supplies. I stitched it up in short order and just ordered the Valley House Primitives frame, that Diane framed it in, today at my Local Needlework Shop.

Without further ado...

LHN Adam and Eve 1

LHN Adam and Eve 2

LHN Adam and Eve 3

LHN Adam and Eve 4
"Adam and Eve"
Designed by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
Copyright: 2012
Stitched on 32 ct. Light Mocha Belfast
Stitched with Overdyes as charted: Gentle Arts and Crescent Colours


You know...
this design is somewhat poignant for me at this time in my life. Prior to Lent I was walking in a virtual desert, both mentally and spiritually. A lot of things had come together to form a "perfect storm" and I was literally scraping the bottom of the barrel. With a lot of prayer and a lot of "casting off" of things that were bogging me down during Lent, I've started my ascent to the top of the barrel mentally, but most importantly spiritually. Diane's design, as I stitched it, became sort of like an exclamation point to my Lenten season. The sun began shining again for me and by the time my last stitch was placed, I was walking in a garden, just as my friends Adam and Eve. I know (from experience) that clouds and rain will come to my garden again (probably some thunder and lightening too), but I am thankful that I have my God to lean on during these times. In the meantime, I'm going to continue to be true to myself, if something or someone doesn't "fit", it will be cast from my garden like a weed yanked from the plot. The older I get, the more wise I become....I can't be all things to all people and I deserve to be treated as I wish to be treated. I try to always treat others as I wish to be treated (try being the operative word). I must remember, I'm not a dog begging for leftovers from the table. I deserve to eat from the banquet too.

But on to stitching...
I also stitched up two more ornaments for my 2012 Christmas tree. This time I chose Little House Needleworks monthly ornament entitled "Blessed", except I deleted "Blessed" and on one I stitched "Ellie" and the other I stitched "Katie"....look how cute they turned out:

LHN Blessed Ornament
"Blessed"
Designed by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
Copyright 2012

The ornaments are trimmed in Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe hand-dyed Cluny Lace in the color "Pale Champagne" which was gifted to me as a random act of kindness by Nancy who owns Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. It was the perfect accoutrement to this darling design, don't you agree?

During my children's Spring Break...
my darling husband decided that our house needed a "reinvention" so we painted (for 8 looooong days) our inside and redid some furniture layouts, purged, re-purposed and donated lots 'o items to come together to form a glorious "new" home! I'm so tickled with how it came together that I'm sharing some photos of my favorite "spots":

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Pictures don't do our home justice, but the living room and office is painted in "Fairmont Suite Gold", the kitchen and dining room is painted in "Royal Garnet" - these aren't all the rooms that we painted but it gives an idea of all the hard work that went on around here recently!

Finally...
I have a photo to share of my darling daughter, Katie (and her friend Matt) who both won 2nd Place on their National History Day entries at the District Finals last weekend. Katie did a website on "The Reaction to Reforming the American Kitchen by the Revolution of Frozen Foods" and Matt wrote an essay on "The Siege of the Alamo". They were tickled with their wins! Can you tell? They both will travel to State Finals with their entries on April 21st.

Katie and Matt NHD

So my dear friends...
this is the end of my Lenten review for you, but not the end of my journey. I am looking forward to joyous celebrations on Easter morning and I am facing the road ahead as a better person than when I started almost 40 days ago. May it be so for you too!

Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and my heart to God, just like always. Join me.
Love in stitches,
Vonna xxx