~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to ~
Today is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary on the Catholic calendar.
She, who we believe, was conceived in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, free from original sin so that through her merits she was worthy of "theotokos" or "Mother of God" ~ a pure vessel.
One of my favorite Holy Days of the entire year. I remember 19 years ago going to the Holy Day mass and being very pregnant. Little did I know, at that time, that just a few short hours (less than 72) my water would break and Katie would be on her way.
Let me share with you...
a little story about our Blessed Lady. When I was in college, I went to talk to an elderly priest. Struggling with a problem I can't remember much about now, I just remember that I was so upset and made an appointment with him for confession and counsel. Before leaving the meeting, the old priest took my hand and looked into my eyes and said, "When you lay your head down on your pillow each night, ask the Blessed Virgin to hold your worries in her hands and take them from you so that you may sleep soundly. You will find that through her intercession many of the problems that she held for you at night, while you slept, her Son has worked out for you by morning."
I can say with firm clarity, that when I practice this act and hand my worries to the Blessed Virgin after my bedtime prayers at night....her Son HAS worked out many of my burdens through the night, or at the very least I have an idea of what I need to do to make my burdens light upon my waking.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
I have to share with you a gadget that I purchased this summer.
It is a lap stand that is lovingly handmade by a gentleman in his workshop.
I bought the first one I owned from a nice lady that was selling hers.
This summer I began using scroll rods. Who would have thunk? (and there will be a separate post about scroll rods later on in the 25 Days). My Needlework System 4 Floor Stand and Lap Stand is only equipped with the Q-Snap head. (yes I could still wedge the scroll rod ends in the Q-snap head and it WOULD hold) but I like to work with my work close to me - my preference is wide and short so that my reach is close - the Q-snap head only opens to 17 inches wide and most of my scroll rods are 18 inches plus. Working wider and shorter is a personal preference that speaks to some musculature problems I've had with my wrists, elbows and shoulders. I don't work on huge square Q-Snaps, the largest I use is maybe 12 x 12 square, other than that, I take all my Q-Snaps apart and reassemble them into wide/short height rectangles. Anyway...I tried to make my Needlework System 4 stand work with my scroll rods (and yes I know I could buy a Scroll Rod head or a Stretcher Bar head that would possibly work with scroll rods but the cost of those head attachments were more than what I could buy this lap stand out to try). Well I just wasn't happy. So this used lap stand came up for sale in a FaceBook group I belong to, and I jumped at the chance. It came and I instantly fell in love with it. So much so that this fall I decided I wanted one for downstairs stitching. I stitch in the evening upstairs, during the day while I'm working, I stitch when I get a chance downstairs. So, I bought another.
What I love about this lap stand....
- It is light weight. As I discussed in my Needlework System 4 review last year, the Lap Stand is a bit heavy and a bit unwieldy for a body's lap. It's a great tabletop stand and I would highly recommend it for that, but a lap stand ~ not so much.
- It's pretty. The wood grain and attention to detail in the lap stand is gorgeous. It can sit out in my living room and it looks pretty.
- It is universal....I can use stretcher bars, Q-Snaps and scroll rods on this lap stand. I love that!
- I can stitch using a foot stool! I used a foot stool with the NWS 4 but I'd have to take 5 minutes adjusting the stand, adjusting the foot stool and getting down to work. With this stand, it lives on the foot stool, I sit down, pick up the stand, place it on my lap and put my feet up.
- This lap stand fits on my lap. The NWS 4 base is so large and it is metal that it never truly fit.
- The lap stand is fully adjustable from 10 inches width to 24 inches wide. I've used a 28 inch wide scroll rod on it (for my Prairie Schooler "quilt" piece) and it works like a charm.
Here are some pictures of my NEW lap stand that just came in the mail....
my used one that I bought looks exactly the same.
*please excuse the mess on my dining room table ~ we bought household items for our local pregnancy crisis center/home to donate and I haven't ran it over there yet.
8 inch width
24 inch width
Fully Adjustable to suit your stitching needs...
2 different arm lengths (it comes with two sets of arms one short and one longer) and both sets of arms have three drilled holes to adjust how much arm you want hanging down from the center screw.
If you would be interested in getting a beautiful lap stand like mine please contact:
Bonnie Hope for pricing information at:
You will be well pleased with this beautiful hand-crafted stand!