Friday. A week in review. Another fast week. Another week of life lessons.
December. The beginning of another season. A season of hope.
Sometimes all we need is hope. I'm looking forward to a new season on many levels and hope that you too will find hope in whatever you are going through whether good or bad, ups or downs.
In the middle of a turbulent season of my life this past 6 months especially, I have been reminded that there is hope. I want to thank each of you again as I did before for your prayers, your strength, your kindness, and just hanging in here with me as I wrote several months ago. I'm very hopeful that this season of struggle, to put it lightly, is closing and a new brighter chapter is in the near future.
At Christmas, I've always loved to give whether it be my time, my talents, or gifts.
A couple of months ago, I ordered from Pineberry Lane and also ordered a Blackbird Design book that would be the perfect Christmas giveaway this year for anyone who loves samplers, vintage scissors and 32 ct Belgian linen to make your samplers. It's been moved from one place to another through the chaotic past few months but now time has settled things and finally getting to posting it.
I've ordered from Pineberry Lane in the past and this is where I knew the quality of products and linen is awesome!
A book by Blackbird Designs, A Schoolgirl's Work is a beautiful 110 page book of old samplers, the history of the making of them, and several patterns from those samplers. I do not have one myself but hope one day to order one as I was so impressed with the quality and beautiful pictures and patterns in this book.
Of course with Blackbird Designs, you know that spells quality by itself.
The scissors are wrapped with sprigs of lavender, as well as the linen.
I am going to leave those unopened but here are a few pics:
32 ct fat quarter of linen from Pineberry Lane
and the vintage scissors from Pineberry Lane
The season started here in April with a prayer alone
and all since then was in God's hands. I had tried to fix things myself but as you most know there is a time to let go and that time had come. I had no idea how or what events would take place but
just as I said in the post in the Springtime when I gave this pair of scissors, sampler and linen,
I will say again.
One thing is the same throughout all seasons in life:
Remember well and bear in mind,
A Faithful friend is hard to find
Surround yourselves with loving friends and those that choose not to be, pray for.
That's the best gift you can give!
I have to say this even again and I'm so glad there is at least that one constant in life we can count on through all seasons.
The Christmas Season shared with you.
Basic things as usual:
1) be or become a follower of this blog and post here
2) international accepted
3) all 3 in one gift to the winner
4) if anonymous, please also put a way to reach you if your name is drawn from the random selector
5) for 2 chances, post twice, once as a follower, and second as your favorite pair of scissors.
6) for a third chance, post a third time that you posted on your blog, if you have one.
Starting today and ending on December 24th at midnight.
Abbie and I appreciate your patience with hanging in with us through some horrific events. I cannot and won't share this on a public domain. Just know that it's in God's hands and for all that we did survive and go through, we will be ok. We thank those that chose to stand by us and not leave.
I have but one Christmas wish this year and I've learned to keep it inside between myself and God for He already knows what that wish is.
I'm glad I was able to keep the strength to keep blogging although my stitching came to a hault for awhile.
I hope this changes soon and I finish at least A Christmas Heart sampler which is really just a simple verse from a movie that means alot to me and even though simple it represents my Christmas this year.
I will say that it's time for rest now. It's time to sleep, to rest, and to eat and never give up on our Christmas wish.