Sunday, January 05, 2020

New Year is here....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome Friends ~
and a wish for your 2020 to be filled with health, a wealth of stitching and a big ol' dollop of happiness!
May it be so for each of us!

Every year this time....
I tend to get a little blue. The holidays seem to fly by and before I know it we are back to the grind. I always snap out of it, but today as I have cleaned my cave (back to work for me tomorrow finishing) I have been a little blue. But the cave is all clean (what a job) and I'm ready to get back in the saddle (I guess).

I wanted to swing back in here and catch you up with what has been going on in my neck of the woods. I have packed Christmas away - thanks to my family for their help....
and I have set out a little wintery mix of goodies. I like warm and welcoming, soft and cozy....
so here are some shots of my home:




yesterday I went to the quilt shop (where I work) and took a class with my Babylock Unity, affectionately named Eunice. Together we made this: 


I am moderator over at Little House and Country Cottage Needleworks Stitching Group on Facebook and this year I am hosting Sampler Sundays the entire year so 52 Sundays of stitching samplers of your choice as long as it is Little House or Country Cottage Needlework designs. 
I chose to pull out my Early Americans Sampler...I started on Molly Pitcher's House last week and got a pretty nice start for one day of stitching. I haven't stitched yet today, but am hopeful I can sneak in a few stitches later tonight.


Note on my Early Americans: The border is mine and available at the tabs above (links to my Flickr album) No there is no hard copies, you must read it from a tablet or computer to stitch it. Sorry.

The middle square is mine that I also designed using elements from Diane's "America" so I cannot share it with anyone as that is a copyright infringement. Sorry.

I am on board with iStitch Designs 2020 Burgundy Sampler...I am stitching mine red, though...using Classic Colorworks Cherry Cobbler (my favorite color). I finished week 1 last night!


That pretty much catches you up on everything that went on this last weekend. I did have a large funeral luncheon to host this week and it was a lot of work, and my legs and back always aches after such a long day with a whole lot of work included but my heart always feels good about what I do.

One last thing that I always offer up each January.
I have a prayer journal. I put special intentions inside it and close it and then pray over it each day. (or at least I try to...but I am human and some days I don't pray because of laziness...just want you to know I'm human and lack good judgement and wise use of time sometimes.)
For several years I have offered to pray for those people who would like me to, with some special intention or situation that they have weighing on their hearts and souls.
If you would like me to include you in my prayers, please email me (listed on sidebar under mailbox) and I will write your intention in my book, close it, never breathe a word about it to anyone except the Lord. My prayer life is important to me and so many have helped me have an active and focused one through their intentions. Thank you.

Until next time, my dear friends...
may your heart be filled to the brim with happiness and well being...
may your fingers be nimble and your stitches plentiful!
My love, 
Vonna xxxx


  1. Your home looks very warm and cozy.

  2. Your home looks so warm a welcoming. I feel just like you about the holidays. Mt DD works for a school system and we have had so much fun during her break but she is back to school tomorrow. I will be fine and know how blessed I am to live near her.

  3. Your home is lovely, your stitching is beautiful!
    Vonna, my prayer life is very important to me, too. I like your method of keeping track of prayer requests. In October I read a devotional and one of the sentences jumped off the page at me "Hurry is the death of Prayer". It struck me so that I called my SIL to share it with her. She told me she had just heard that same sentence in a Bible Study she was listening to. OK, God, I get it! I write that little phrase on the notepad hanging on my fridge each month since that day. After reading your post today, I thought it might be a good phrase to share with you. Happy New Year!

  4. Your home is warm and cozy looking. Hope your blues pass quickly. Happy New Year

  5. I think feeling blue is perfectly human. There's so much preparation that goes into the holidays. There's a letdown after all the hustle and bustle. Take care of your health, including eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep. Love the pictures, especially of your beautiful home. Xoxo!

  6. Your home looks so warm and comfy, Vonna. It can be hard getting back to the grind after the holidays. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  7. Loved this post, Vonna! Thank you for being REAL with us because when we have similar feelings/experiences, it helps so much to know we are not alone.

    Thank you for sharing snapshots of your lovely home -- so warm, cozy, and inviting. I especially like the door/cabinet? with the evergreen wreath.

    Thank you for praying for people. We all need it, and I'm including you in mine. Have a blessed New Year and do keep up all the good work because you inspire soooo many of us!

  8. Love the warmth and coziness you have created following the holidays! I enjoyed seeing your Early Americans piece come out for some stitching. You are off to a good start on the iStitch SAL and I love your color choice. Vonna, thank you for your offers of prayers. Thinking of you!


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