Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blessed is the life...


~Greetings Friends and a Warm Welcome~
I hope on this day, wherever you may be, has the sun smiling on you and gladness in your heart!

In early April....
I was honored to be asked to stitch and finish for Little House Needleworks a design that was going to be released in celebration of Hoffman Distributing's 30th year of business. 

Diane designed...
this sweet design that was definitely poignant and meaningful to her, considering the twist in her journey that she had just learned about.

Isn't this...
a sweet design? 

"Blessed Is the Life"
stitched on: 30 ct. R and R Century Brown Linen
Using Classic Colorworks cottons


Stitched on this linen it was about 11 inches long by 4 1/2 inches wide (if memory serves) and I finished it as a flatfold. This photo is darling, but the colors are not nearly as vibrant as what they are in real life. The checkerboard is more deeply rusty red and the sunflowers are more vibrant yellow. It's really darling and would be sweet in a kitchen hung to remind the home's inhabitants to find "Joy in their Journey" each and every day....putting the right foot forward. It's sweet as can be!

And while we are on the topic of Hoffman Distributing...
they have created a blog that I've known about for some time as it was sort of "announced" on their Facebook page.  A word about blogging...it is floundering...and it makes me sad. I understand that Facebook and Instagram are much more quick, definitely less personal and there are some definite advantages to both venues along this mien. Especially when an author of a blog receives critical words or judgement. So believe me, I understand the idea of leaving a blog behind and closing up shop. I've considered it myself. 

But in the end...
why should I let a very rare, few bad apples spoil my basket of fruit? I'm not. So I'm going to continue to be a voice for the joy of blogging. Blogging has been a wonderful part of my life for nearly 10 years. I have made many close personal friends across the globe. So for those of you blogging, keep blogging, for those of you reading keep commenting in positive ways, because blogging takes commitment and time, and is not fun nor is it fulfilling when nobody "has the time" to comment. One word... is all it takes. One word...is powerful. Be generous of words and deeds and use them wisely.

So...
please join me in welcoming Hoffman Distributing to blogging. You may access their blog: HERE  Please take a moment to hike on over there and see the newest releases. You get first view of them by following them there (and on Facebook and on Instagram). And why don't you tell them I sent you there. :)

Until next time...
Daylight is burning and I've got mountains to climb and rivers to fjord.
I'll be keeping my hands to work, my heart to God and working on being the best I can be to myself and neighbors. To thine own self be true...and loving my neighbor as myself. Mottoes for life.
Join me...

Hugs and love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

59 comments:

  1. THOSE are most excellent mottos Vonna! I couldn't agree more on the blogging. I have made such excellent friendships through blogging. I still find our community wonderful.

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  2. Please do keep blogging, I love reading your posts and seeing how your children have grown. As the mother of three Eagle Scouts, I know how much work goes into their Court of Honor and how so very proud you and your husband are of your boys. And your daughters are becoming amazing women, what a wonderful example you are for your daughters, you are all blessed. I don't comment very often, but I am sure there are many of us out there who would miss you, so I am very happy to hear you will continue to blog!! Thank you!! Cathy

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  3. Ohh I like that new LHN design.

    I agree, blogging is tough but I keep at it. I like to have a way to document things I have accomplished and stitchies I have crossed, though I did accidently delete two years worth of blogging posts and pictures one night while trying to clean up my google+ :( But hey life goes on

    Have a wonderful day!!

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  4. Good morning! Beautiful stitching! I do love Little House Needleworks.

    As a side note, I was catching up this morning and saw your last post. Then, over on Facebook, I saw a post about not complaining for 24 hours. Both are very timely reminders...thank you. :-)

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  5. I love and want that piece! It's perfect for what I've been feeling lately.
    Just catching up on my reading and commenting. Loved catching up on your life through the last few posts. Love your words about blogging. :) Glad you're not going anywhere!

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  6. This is a beautiful piece! I'm so glad you showed it. I'll head over to the Hoffman blog now...
    : )

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  7. Am so happy to hear you are going to continue to blog! Yes blogging is a time commitment and in our busy world, people who take the time to make a difference become even more special! Thank you for sharing about Hoffman--will check out their blog

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  8. I love the new piece you stitched! I hear you on blogging. I'm not going to stop, but I decided I'd try to post every other week instead of every week. I might go back to every week too. lol!

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  9. Oh yes, please everyone keep blogging. I love reading and do try to comment on the ones I follow. Vonna, you have inspired me to try new finishings. I am still learning but enjoy trying to get better on my finishings. Family is so important to all of us, so always enjoy reading about your family. Keep up the good work. I will also check Hoffman out.

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  10. I just love Diane's latest creation. It is incredibly beautiful and you stitched and finished it wonderfully Vonna.

    I am sad that blogging seems to be declining. I, too, find Facebook and Instagram are less personal. I do use both but don't like them as much as I do blogging. I am glad you're not going to give up yours and I'm not giving mine up either. Sometimes it's hard to find the enthusiasm to do a post but I always get there in the end! :)

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  11. Thank you so much for continuing to blog. I love blogs. Sometimes I just don't have anything to say, but when you share your gifts and your spirituality, it truly blesses me so much. Thank you Vonna! (from the bottom of my heart). God bless you and yours. Cathryn

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  12. I don't have a blog but I truly enjoy reading blogs written by others. I've discovered so many amazing, creative and truly joyful bloggers out there. I really appreciate all the time and effort it must take to keep up your blog and that you share so many wonderful things with us - we are so honored that you take the time to do this.

    This LHN design is just gorgeous and your stitching and finishing are always so perfect! This design is a wonderful reminder to all of us. And thank you, too, for letting us know about Hoffman Distributing's blog - I'm headed over there now to take a look at it.

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  13. What a wonderful piece you stitched and finished for LHN! Love the verse! Also, thank you for the info about the Hoffman blog. And one last thank you...thank you for continuing to blog.

    Robin in Virginia

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  14. I know the feeling of who cares about my blog...I do and I know that others do. You are right to say it only takes a word or two to brighten someone's day. So let's continue the blogging thoughts and I know that I will try harder to be a better commenter around blog land. I always enjoy stopping by to see what is happening at your place...

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  15. Jean in PA10:14 AM

    Thank you for hanging in there with blogging, Vonna. I think I came across your blog because of Little House Needleworks and I enjoy the needlework sharing. Your stitching and finishing are so excellent. But I also enjoy your sharing about your family. Your heart for the Lord is evident and encouraging to me. It reminds me to hang in there and keep trusting Him in the more trying times.

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  16. So glad you are going to continue to blog. I came across blogs rather late in their history and found it so sad when I go to a blog and find that it was no longer active. I'm not one to reply often as I tend to always have a lot to say! Isnt interesting with those who post unpleasant replies how they keep coming back? I'd think they'd just move on. You have every right to be so proud of your family, you are truly blessed, and a positive influence, not only in your families lives, but in ours to. There aren't a lot of stitchers around where I live so reaching out to blog universe is wonderful and I've learnt so much from your blog and some of those are life lessons, thank you so much. When I hit a creative slump I head to the blogs!

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  17. Love your blog! You always have such inspiring and encouraging words. The cross stitch and finishes are amazing. Keep up the great work!!!

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  18. Thanks for all you share; you're truly an inspiration to many, myself included!

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  19. Glad you are staying in the blogging world. I enjoy reading many blogs even though I don't have one myself. I have often thought I would like to have one, but am not very good at the technical part of it, so I'll just keep on reading! Have a great day!

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  20. Beautiful stitching, Vonna! Love the new design :D

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  21. Anonymous11:04 AM

    Love the Hoffman design! When are where will it be available? I so enjoy reading your blog, please continue to inspire everyone with your work! :)

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  22. The medium of communications changes over time. There was a time when Bulletin Boards were all the rage and I was sad when many of my stitching friends left the BBs for Blogging. With BBs all the conversation was in one place and now to see what everyone is doing I have to visit many Blogs. We all only have so much time and that is why perhaps some choose Facebook. All the conversations are in one place. I am glad however that you and many of us will continue to blog because it allows for a different form of expression and depth to our communications.

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    1. You are so right Sylvia, we all do only have so much time and FB and Instagram while not as personal is contained all within one vein and are quick and easy. Blogging is a whole different mien, but one I think would be sadly missed. Thank you for your visit!

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  23. Well said Vonna! I love blogging too and it makes me sad when I follow a blog and go to see what's new and they have said they are no longer going to be on. How many social media do we need? I like the ecouragement I receive form blogging and being able to give it in return and I don't think you really get that personal side of people from other venues.
    Keep blogging Vonna! You're awesome!!
    Maureen

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  24. Love that piece Vonna! I I so look forward to new blog posts from my favorite stitchy bloggers !

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  25. Blogging is much more personal. It is sad that technology has taken away the more heartfelt methods of communication. So happy those of you continue to spend time and energy to share. Sometimes faster is Not better.

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  26. Very pretty LHN finish! I am glad you are going to continue blogging. I find your blog inspiring! I enjoy reading about your stitching, family, seasonal decor,and everything else you choose to write about. As you mentioned, don't let a few bad apples spoil the whole bunch!
    Carolyn

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  27. beautiful finish, love it. I stopped blogging for a while days, but missed it and started again ☺

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  28. Very well said. Glad you are going to continue blogging.

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  29. Anonymous2:27 PM

    I watch for your blogging updates. You never fail to inspire me! Thank you and keep up blogging!

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  30. Your blog and you are always such a complete inspiration to me. How you conduct yourself is what I emulate to be. I always feel awkward in social situations. Finding the joy in the journey, no matter what journey that may be, is a motto I am going to embrace. I do not know how you do everything you do.

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  31. As a blogger, you really go out on a limb to share a bit of your life. It is sad that one thoughtless remark can spoil the generosity of your share. I loved the photo of your daughter and her prom date and went to show it to my husband and knew right away something nasty had happened. Love your work so much and would never have finished as many ornaments without your careful instructions to take the stitching to another level. So happy your decision is to carry on.

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  32. I've been reading of this on different blogs as well, but hope that you all will continue. I do not have a Facebook account, nor Instagram. I have been inspired to get out of my comfort zone with so many ideas. I enjoy sitting down with a cup of coffee and reading through the blogs. Diane's LHN piece is adorable and I love the finish you chose. Thanks for the info on Hoffman's blog; I'll hop over and check it out. See, I learned that here too. :-)

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  33. Anonymous5:03 PM

    This is such a great piece...sometimes the journey is tough and we need a reminder. I'm adding this to my wish list. I just wanted you to know that you are so encouraging and creative. I can always find inspiration here. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I'm getting an early start - I'm off Friday as well as the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. I'm hoping to stitch up a storm! God bless you and your family.

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  34. I miss the camaraderie of blogging but just can't seem to get back to it. Your blog is special and I can't imagine anyone leaving you a nasty comment. Shame on her (assuming it was a gal). Keep on living life in the light and showing us all how to do it with class and amazing style! XOXO

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  35. I'm so excited that you will continue to blog Vonna. I don't have a blog but I know that it takes alot of time and commitment to prepare a post. I am sorry that people feel they have to be nasty but leave that issue at their door. Thanks as always for the inspiration - love this new stitch by LHN! Thanks also for the link to the Hoffman blog.

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  36. So glad you will continue to blog Vonna. Thank you for all your tutorials and sharing your beautiful stitching. God bless you and your beautiful family.

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  37. I'm not the best at commenting, but I still enjoy reading blogs and try to keep up on a daily basis. I've also been making the effort to keep my blog going. It is work, you are right about that, but i prefer it over Facebook. In July, it will be ten years since I started my blog. Like you, I have made some really wonderful friends all around the globe!

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  38. Vonna, dear,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing to blog about your stitching and your family. I am retired and have all the time in the world, but you have a husband and four children, you work, and you do SO much for your family, your church, and your community, and now you've added extraordinary cookie decorator to your list of talents! Yet you find the time to teach us so much about finishing with your generous tutorials. I still continue to look for interesting bottles to make the Christmas trees you taught us two years ago. I just LOVED how my house looked the past two Christmases with little bottle trees tucked on windowsills, nightstands, and cupboard shelves. All thanks to YOU! It doesn't matter at all to me if we don't hear from you for a couple of weeks. You are a busy bee! But whenever you write a new blog entry, I get as excited as a little girl on Christmas morning running downstairs to find what Santa has put in her stocking ! Thank you for sharing all your gifts and talent with us.

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  39. Well! What'd I tell ya? A million positives, but only one self-righteous negative. You know you rock, Girlfriend! Luv Ya'

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  40. What great sentiments on the LHN project that you did. Lovely stitching. I totally agree with you about blogging. I feel like I get to really know some wonderful people by blogging. I'm so glad you are staying with it.

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  41. Jackie D2:29 AM

    Thank you for your blog, I enjoy reading about your family and seeing your stitching and finishing. So glad you have decided to continue to blog.

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  42. I agree with what you say about blogging. And about commenting. I dearly love my blog and I also love visiting the blogs of other stitchers and crafters. And as I know that putting a blog post together always takes some time I always try to comment on other bloggers' post, just to say hello and in some way honour the time they took for posting their stitching reports, their family events or whatever happened in their lives.

    Good to know that you won't stop blogging as I have always loved visiting your blog. And admiring all your wonderful stitching and finishing. Like this new LHN design. Very beautiful.

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  43. Vonna I've always enjoyed your blog so much and am grateful for the wonderful stitching you have shared over the years as well as just about the best finishing tutorials on the planet! After being a stitching vlogger for a while, I started up my own blog a few months ago after following others' stitching blogs for years. I like the permanent record it creates of my stitching journey as well as being more connected with bloggers I've followed for years! I love Instagram (though I've never been a fan of FB) and have met a great many stitchers that way - but when I need inspiration it's always blogs I turn to :). Thank you for the work you put into your blog and for continuing to inspire stitchers everywhere to "finish finish" their stitching!

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  44. Beautiful stitching, Vonna! I agree with your comments on blogs. I've enjoyed them for some time. I appreciate it so much when people take time to comment. I don't always comment, but try to do it when I have a little more time. I've met many nice stitchers through my blog and theirs. I am glad you are going to hang in there and continue your blog.

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  45. A lovely post, I do so agree with what you say about blogging. I think other media platforms are quite impersonal and reflect the way life is these days. I love the stitchers I've met through blogging and hope it keeps going in it's present form for many years to come. In fact I just mentioned the same thing in a blog post I did this week.

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  46. I love your blog Vonna. You are an inspiration to me. It's such joy to see your stitching and all the family updates. Your are very special and touch our hearts with all your posts.

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  47. I had not seen this yet, but I love it! I have a piece with this same verse that I completed last year, and I know I will do this one too, thanks for sharing! I do not blog as much as I used to, due to time constraints, but I love to read other bloggers' posts, and your blog has always been an inspiration. Thank you for making the time to share.

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  48. Words of Wisdom! blessings, marlene

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  49. Ha! I did a different, earlier version of that verse that Diane created as herself and not LHN! It is one of my MOST FAVORITES!! I have been through some tough times in the past year or so, that have slowed my blogging down. But I do read all the ones I follow (albeit weeks later sometimes), and try to comment as I have time. I love blogging, and since I have comment moderation enabled, I cannot say I have ever had any negative experiences. I am going to do a flat fold finish today, using your tutorial... Your blog is always an inspiration, and I am glad you are sticking with it! Hugs!

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  50. I decided to follow the Hoffman blog. I didn't know about it before now and one thing that struck me is that I could use it as a centralized place to find out about new releases and new things. Nice!

    I've thought about not blogging either but I need an outlet to convey more detail than IG offers. FB isn't it for me as it's full of so much that I don't want to read that I miss things that I DO want to read! Plus, I do this for me, it's my own journal of my creative journal. Glad you're sticking around too!

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  51. Technology changes daily - I know blogging is now considered Old Fashioned - but hey, I still have a flip phone! So I'll just keep blogging along and enjoying the company of those who also continue to do so.

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  52. Thank you for the information about the Hoffman blog - I will have to look at that! I just started a new blog - I had one that I was pretty good at updating and it has many good memories for me, but it was from when I was married and I have started on a new adventure. So, out goes the old blog and now I have the new one! I think I only have one follower and that might be my daughter, but I don't care. It's a place for me to be creative in a different way than stitching. And, I really enjoy it! So, I will keep on. I have followed yours for awhile now and yours (and others) are my inspiration. So, thank you for what you do.
    My Best,
    Lisa
    www.sleepingdoubleinasinglewide.blogspot.com

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  53. I keep hearing hat blogging is not so popular but my viewing figures are going up as are comments. I do think it's a matter of nurturing your followers, reply to their comments whenever possible, make the effort to return the following and discover and encourage new bloggers too. I have noticed that people drop out over the years but new ones come in a take their place. FB and Instagram will never be able to replicate the feeling that you are having a conversation with your friends, you just happen to be online doing it.
    I am pleased that you will continue to blog too.

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  54. My dear Vonna, I hope you'll continue your blog. It's one of my favorites. You are so creative and loving! Your caring heart comes through in your posts. I cant imagine why anyone would say something negative to such a wonderful person. Thanks for you support over the past year.

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  55. A beautiful finish and I so agree with the saying.
    Like everyone else here, I enjoy reading your blog. I find your outlook and how you embrace life uplifting.

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  56. Beautiful finishing and stitching! I don't know what reason people would have to leave you a nasty comment, that is terrible! But I am happy you are not letting them ruin your parade :)

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