Happy New Year to all my friends and readers from a very frigid Indiana! 2011 was ushered into existence and the race has been on for the Pfeiffer clan ever since....there is no rest for the wicked and I must be really and truly wicked because I've been going like the energizer bunny ever since the fireworks on January 31st :)
New Year's Eve...
found me busily stitching, not what I had planned and kitted up to stitch, rather an emergency request went out for quilt squares for a very sick little boy at Love Quilts . So I volunteered to be a stitcher of one square for his quilt and was granted the request. Although I didn't start the New Year off stitching something I had wanted to stitch, somehow I feel that I was blessed to stitch and send a square to someone in need especially an innocent little boy struggling in illness. Here's my contribution to Kirin's Quilt:
"The Dog House Sampler"
Designed by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
Stitched with DMC on 14 ct. white Aida
Stitched with love for Kirin at Love Quilts
I also threw my hat in the ring for a Inspirational Verse quilt square and stitched this:
"Tree of Life"
Design taken from the Scripture Thread Pack Collaboration Series
by Crescent Colours and Little House Needleworks
Stitched with love using DMC on 14 ct. white Aida
As you can see...
I always turn to my very extensive stash from Little House Needleworks to find the perfect design for the squares I stitch and have never been disappointed. Diane's designs hold the simple perfection to compliment many themes at Love Quilts and I don't have to go buy a pattern, because I own all of them already :)
You'll be seeing...
more quilt squares stitched by me in the very near future, I've got three more going. It seems that when I read the stories of these sweet, very ill children, I cannot think of not stitching something for them. Maybe its just a little way of giving back for all the many blessings and health given to me in my four children. I'm so thankful and very, very blessed...so I'll stitch some more squares for kids, hoping to bring a smile to their face in some small way.
won't be back for awhile, as I'm not knocking out my stitching as fast as I would like....ain't that the way? But when I do come back, I'll be a chatty Cathy keeping you up to date on the stitching and happenings around here :)
go out to the residents of Tucson, Arizona. The horrendous happenings there over the weekend and the senseless loss of life and violence used against innocent people....well, words cannot explain my feelings. My family and I are praying. Praying for the people in Arizona and praying for all people across the United States of America. It's time to take a good, long, hard look at ourselves. Anger has polarized our nation and it has imprisoned us all. Its everywhere...it is amazing to me, just driving my kids to their extracurricular activities, or driving around doing errands - just the simple act of driving - brings out this ugliness and anger in some people. Driving is one thing, but it certainly isn't the only thing that brings this ugliness out...it's everywhere it seems: on-line, in check out lanes at the grocery store, at libraries, on the phone, in the school....everyone has a smart mouth, a quick retort and is always right. Yes, it seems to me that we all need to take a long, hard look at ourselves - me and mine included. Nothing can be corrected until we learn simple, basic manners and correct ourselves. It seems to me that a lot folks have either forgotten or refuse to use the good manners that our parents instilled in us. It's gotta start somewhere and I think that its a time for a "back to basics" approach. Showing respect to ourselves and taking that respect and kindness to others in public, is a start that I think would be a huge change. Baby steps put forth by all, can amount to a big leap. I am and have challenged myself and my children to think of others, to think before we speak (or type) and to think before we act. I can only hope that perhaps my children's generation will do a better job than my generation. May it be so.
Until next time...
I thank YOU for your visits and your lovely well wishes and comments to me and my dear family, they are so much fun and bring so much joy to my life. Thank YOU for being you and visiting with me! And until we visit again, I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God!
hugs and much love,