~ Greetings and Warm Welcome Friends ~
Here we are on the cusp of a New Year and I can say that myself and my family have been sincerely blessed. There has been "issues" along the road of life, but that is just the seasoning that is added along the path that makes us who and what we are. Forged in fire and strong as steal!
I've gotten very lovely, most sincere letters, cards and e-mails over the past year from many of you and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart! You do not know how much joy each word, each kindness that has been shown to me and mine brings to me. Thank you!
In 2014 I have...
stitched and finished or framed - 58 items...down from 65 items in 2013.
Highlights in 2014 include:
began stitching and finishing for a new series ~ Classic Collection Ornament by Country Cottage Needleworks
stitched and finished the 2014 Just Cross Stitch Special Ornament Issue ornaments submitted by Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage Needleworks
I am honored that Diane and Nikki entrust me with their beautiful designs and allow me to bring them to life. Thank you to you both!
Last year I wrote...
in my 2013 year end review, that I really only had one cross-stitching goal and that was to work toward a Prairie Schooler tree. Well, I met that goal! Of course it is a work in process as is everything in life.
For me in 2015 I want to....
in my personal life:
Continue to work on my health, by daily exercise and dieting.
That is forever going to be on my list each year
I have started a prayer journal, as I spoke about in my previous post. I want to work on a closer relationship with my God. I want to work on me spiritually. And as I asked before, if you have a special prayer request, please e-mail me privately (my e-mail address is under the picture of a mailbox in the sidebar) and I will write the name(s) and intentions in my journal and pray every day for the answer that God will provide. Miracles are worked every day through prayers.
Ask and you shall receive, knock and it shall be opened.
I want to become a better "pray-er" in 2014.
Nothing is impossible with God.
I've had a tremendous response from my previous posting, but I know there are still souls out there that need prayer, that are thirsting for answers. E-mail me and get those intentions in my journal and help me in my spiritual journey by helping you.
It is in giving that we receive.
in my cross stitching life:
I want to stitch for my very own "Sampler Tree" which I discussed at length HERE, on Day 19
I want to continue stitching for my Prairie Schooler Tree
I want to continue to stitch ornaments for our main tree
I want to stitch at least one large project
I want to compete in the 2015 Monroe County Fair
I want to have fun stitching :)
I have one more thing to share with you. I've been asked on multiple occasions how do I cross stitch, so I made a quick video on my technique that I have developed over the years. I stitch using the Needlework System 4. I have the floor stand, the lap stand and two Q-snap heads. I have stitched using these products for many years (since 2007). So I stitched two handed and I never turn my needle, therefore the floss does not twist. If I am stitching something for judging, I will use a laying tool, but most of the time I stitch just as I show on this video.
this is my first "Vlog" :)
That does it for 2014!!
May 2015 bring us all what we dream and aspire to!
In the meantime...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, just like always!
Love in stitches,