I know it has been a while since I have visited with you, so I would like you to come for a visit today. The fire is warm, and even though Spring is around the corner, 'tis still cold enough for a fire. And I have a pot of soup on for us, along with a fresh loaf of bread, so please plan on staying for lunch. Bring your stitching or a project you would like to work on for the afternoon, and we will catch up.
I actually finished my punchneedle and aged it last weekend. It is a design from 'With Thy Needle and Thread', and it is called 'Have Ye Any Wool.' I love it for the rich colors and texture that it possesses. Also, my colonial brown sugar cones came out fine, first time I have ever made those.
This evening I will also be working on projects. I host a craft/sewing/project night once a month at my home called 'Finish It Friday' and it is just that - you finish or work on a project. There are about 3 ladies besides myself who come and we 'visit' from 6 'til midnight. We all bring food dishes to share, and we accomplish so much!!!! I started it last October, as a way for some ladies to get out of their homes and work on Christmas gifts without other eyes being around, and it became so popular, they all wanted to continue this tradition into the next year. I like hosting it, and it reminds me of an olde-fashioned sewing circle, although we have everything from sewing aprons/bags/pajamas, quilting, painting, scrapbooking, needlepunch, and cross-stitching going on. You can come and join us for that time also, if you'd like.
I was recently visiting with a neighbor and she was of course commenting on this economy. It was again important for me to remember and know that as times get harder, we all tend to turn inward and truly reflect on what is important. Practicing economy in our homes and lives is not a bad thing, in fact, it can be quite the opposite. It can be refreshing, humbling, and reflective. I have a sign hanging in my dining area that says:
This was a quote from Jane Austen in one of her books. I found this sign in Illinois two years ago, and immediately fell in love with it. I am never bored at home.
Also, it is my dear kindred spirit girlfriend's birthday today, Happy Birthday, Anne Girl!!!!!! She lives clear in California, and I miss having visits with her. I consider it a HUGE treat to be able to sit with her and stitch for even a few small moments. I taught her to cross-stitch many years ago, and I enjoy her so much! Even though we don't get together very often, memories are enough at times to carry me through.
Enjoy your weekend and be content. I will be putting the finishing touches on our spare bedroom after painting last weekend and will also be doing a bit of cleaning. Spring is right around the corner. Will I see you later on then?
I am a displaced early American born about 200 years too late! Actually, I do like my indoor bathroom facilities, but envy the simplicity and commonness that filled the days of the colonial women. Hard work, but they would and did find joy in their day!