2017 Update

2017 is upon us, and we are already two months into the year. I am happy to announce that I am earnestly working away on my blog/website and writing every day. It feels good to be working away at it.

Unfortunately, life does not always happen the way we wish.  Life threw some curve balls, and it has taken this long to get back on track. I prefer not to give explanations at this time.

Consequently, I decided to move some of the content from the needlework website over to this one. I feel that it will be easier to maintain only one site as opposed to two. There will be times when I will have limited internet as well because of life’s changes. I will do the best that I can to make regular posts and grow the dictionaries and other content.

So, stay tuned, please check back regularly to see what I have to share.

The Only Constant is Change

hand sewn quilt
I have been working on this project for many months. It is entirely hand sewn!

I am back! Sorry for being gone so long.

I continued hand sewing the pieces together in the quilt above throughout the past several months. However, I have not been here.

When I first started my blog I had great ambition and great ideas about how it should be, how often I would do this and that and every other thing.

Well, sometimes we have a vision and other things happen in our lives that change how we can manage that image.

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Inspiration

Do what is good for your soul.
Do what is good for your soul!

What do You Love to Do?  Be inspired by what you love!

Anyone who is following their heart and doing what is important to them inspires me. I don’t think that it matters what it is that a person does as long as it fills them with joy.

When you have time on your hands, and you want to do something soul fulfilling what do you choose to do? Thinking about this helps you to figure out what is meaningful to you. Find the time to do more of what you love. Continue reading “Inspiration”

Benefits of the Content Igniter’s Challenge and How I Plan to Move Forward

I am writing.
Writing

I am delighted that I decided to participate in The Content Igniter’s Blogging Challenge. Everything about this challenge has helped me to move forward with posts on my blog. I’m writing, and I am posting. Hooray!

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In Memory of my Mother on Mother’s Day.

My mom
In memory of my mom who encouraged me to sew, embroider, knit and crochet.

I remember encouragement. Whatever I made was wonderful in my mother’s eyes.

This post celebrates my mom. She passed on two and one-half years ago now. I remember her every day. There is much I could write about, but I think I will focus on her encouragement with the needle arts.

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What Topics Do You Want me to Write About Concerning the Needle-arts?

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I Would like to Celebrate Needle-Art! I know what I am interested in but, I need to know what I should write. What do you want to read?

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I am a Gardener. I Love Gardening!

Tomato plants
My tomato plants are started.

Growing My Food, Herbs and Flowers is Important!

I know that every year in January, I look forward to when the seed catalogues arrive in the mail. I get excited. I can spend hours reading the seed types in the tomato section alone, making my list, choosing plant seed, going back and whittling the list down until I have a useful selection. Continue reading “I am a Gardener. I Love Gardening!”

Begin to Crochet!

crocheted afghan for a wedding
A crocheted wedding gift of wool and mohair.

I love to crochet afghans. I made quite a few since I was about 19 years old after my mother-in-law taught me. I’m not an expert, but I enjoy it occasionally and make a few items that I proudly gift.

Crochet is an old craft however not as old as knitting. Crochet derives from the French word ‘crochet’ and means “hook.” How appropriate! There are two main types of crochet. One is ordinary or regular crochet, and the other is Tunisian or Afghan crochet.

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Begin knitting!

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My next knitting challenge! Steeks and stranding. I love fair isle.

We are not sure when knitting began. Knitting has a history of articles dating A.D. 200. The date is uncertain. However, most are in agreement that the location it started is in Arabia.  As with most types of needlework it has been passed on from person to person and from country to country.

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I want to quilt! What next?

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Quilting is one of my favorite activities. Quilting is incredibly creative. The word “quilt”  derives from the Latin word “culcita” which means a sack stuffed with feathers, wool or hair used as a covering for warmth. Quilting was used as a means of survival for either blocking out the rays of the sun In Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs or for blocking out the cold and retaining body heat in China, India and Greece. Crusaders were quilting undergarments in the eleventh century. Survival quilting surfaced in the thirteenth and fourteenth century in Europe. It is well documented in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in North America, and we carry on today, both for functional and decorative purposes.

So what do I need to get started?

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