Saturday, April 28, 2012

Lovely Gifts Near and Far and Stitchy Plans

I've been so busy, I feel like I've neglected writing!  I had 2 weeks of sheer on-the-go bliss, of which I haven't had in years and years. I received these beautiful pink roses, 18 of them with a very sweet, soft pink bear. Pink is my favorite color of course and I loved them and such a pleasant surprise this week.

In the stitching homefront, I've not picked up my needle and thread. I may get a chance to today though as I head out to a friend's house with long talks. Next weekend a special stitching friend is visiting the homestead on "Walton's mountain"  and I can't wait!

Life is good!  not perfect, but good.  Getting my feet back on the ground though has been alot but without God and you gracious friends all over the world, it wouldn't have been as easy. I do know God answers prayers in His own time. And in His ways, He shows us who really are a part of our lives and who are not. I thank Him for that.

I, again, thank all the readers and stitchers who stayed with me through the past year. I know many turned their heads who I thought were real friends but I do believe that is their issue and uncomfortableness and not mine. I would strive to hang on to friends who are going through bumpy times in life, but I gather that many I trusted preferred not. I thank God for the situation that showed me who wanted conditional friendships. I'm enjoying those who are new and old journeying with me and I with them.

With Spring, there is a promise of new beginnings and that is encouragement to me! I love home and creating a welcoming atmosphere for friends to visit. I have enjoyed that for sure.
Stitching is a big part of my life. Reading is also and I have read some great books in the past few months. It's time though to put the Kindle down or turn it to enable speech mode so I can get busy with the needle again.

I have a bag full of stash upstairs that must be organized and threads, threads, threads to organize especially since I came back from In Stitches in March! Problem with organizing my stash is seeing too many things I want to stitch at one time.

I want to finish The Coverlets sampler and put it on my guestroom sampler wall.
I then may go to finish a WIP I started way back from The Sampler Girl about There's no place like home because that is such a true statement!!!!
I'm halfway on that one.

Last week Lesley from the UK sent me a beautiful, absolutely gorgeous gift that brought me to tears. A heavy, glass plaque with an uplifting thought and such a nice compliment as I love nests!!!!

I received it very quickly checking mail before I was gone again on another trip with a friend.
I wanted to take some good pics of it.
I will treasure it forever. The words are so meaningful to me and I have an angel collection in my bedroom that will definitely house this beauty.
I'm really taken back by the love and hearts of so many people who have connected around the world.
I apologize Lesley for misspelling your name the first time but most of all want to thank you again for such a heart-filled gift which will be treasured forever.

I shared it with Mr. Darcy and he also loved it and thought it was beautiful!

Here's some pics.

I picked one of my newest angels from the US.

 She is sending peaceful thoughts back to you Lesley!

So sweet in heavy glass and will be a treasure in my home forever!

Abbie is showing her total devotion at waiting patiently with one of her favorite toys. Bear.

The area is much greener now and filling in nicely. Roses are reaching for the sun.

I must get going to finish this sampler.

Soon, I will start on this sampler. Summer will be here before you know it. I have the linen and threads for it. I remember my very first kitchen ever in an apartment was full of strawberry decor. ;)

Maybe life will settle down a bit during the Summer.

I hope you have a great Saturday and savor the love that surrounds you however far and however outside your radius of comfort.
For it's when we reach out the farthest, we do indeed test our strength and realize that the world is small afterall.
Thank you again for all your comments. They mean alot to me and I love each and every one of you.



  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog which means in a way I love After all you are your blog...right?

    I love how positive you are and that you hold your head high and just keep on moving forward. I could learn so much from you.

    The music on your blog brought an instant feeling of relaxation and good thought...thank you.

  2. Beautiful roses. I hope you are able to stitch tomorrow. I just finished a small for my mother. I need to run to JoAnn now so I can "finish"it. :)

  3. You are so precious! I am in the midst of going through something I think is probably similar right now and I am not sure what the outcome will be but you are right - I could not stand if it were not without my Lord right now. Bless you. xx

  4. Glad you are feeling better and enjoying this spring. Like you, when I go through my stash I see so many things that I NEED TO STITCH NOW!! But alas, work and life don't allow me to stitch for hours every day so sometimes I just have the pleasure of looking at the chart pictures, fabric, and threads. Hope you get to stitch this weekend and I look forward to your adventures next weekend.

  5. What a beautiful post! hugs and happy stitching to you.

  6. What absolutely lovely gifts.

    And I agree with Miss. You seem to be a very positive person, and it is a pleasure to read your blog and look at your stitching.

  7. I have been reading your blog for quite a while. I love it and i love that you are a Godly woman.

  8. From one Jennifer to another:
    Beautiful, inspiring post.

  9. I enjoy reading your blog and am glad to read that you are doing so well. You have a wonderful way with words. God bless you.

  10. Sounds like you have been really enjoying yourself Jennifer! Lovely roses and such a beautiful gift!

  11. I'm so looking forward to next weekend! I've told the boys and they know not to expect supper on the table! hahaha
    Hope you have a great week! I'll call you later this week!
    Hugs my friend!

  12. Jen, what a beautiful post! You always have such an uplifting and positive message. Even though I may lurk, I still read your blog for inspiration!

    Beautiful stitching and such a lovely gift!

  13. Beautiful roses and a pink teddy - what wonderful gifts.
    The glass plaque from Lesley is perfect for you.
    I hope you and Miss Abbie enjoy the weekend :)


  14. Beautiful post Jennifer! and great roses-you deserve a rose a day for such a lovely-inside especially-lady! Peace and happy thoughts going your way!
    ~~Fondly, Rain

  15. Pink roses are my favourite too. Your gift from Lesley is gorgeous and the inscription on it very touching. I understand where you are coming from about friends. It isn't really until something happens that you realise who your friends are. Enjoy your time with your friend and I look forward to seeing your stitching progress.

  16. Hi Jennifer,
    Your roses are just beautiful and what a sweet bear too!! The perfect gifts!!
    Also your glass plaque from a special friend is a rare treasure that I know you will cherish!!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely comment!! It really made me feel special!!
    Hugs and Blessings to you~~

  17. Wishing you Happy Spring the sign of a new and wonderful beginnings. Lovely gifts you received there, am sure its been sent with special thoughts for you.Enjoy your friends visits :)


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