Inspiration

I’ve been expanding my blog circle beyond cross stitch, to knitting, sewing crafts, and faith based blogs. With all of these, I am in awe of the marvelous talent these blog authors have in expressing their thoughts, and engaging their readers. Add to this the amazing art that is created, I find my mind spinning with many wonderful new ideas to put into being. I’ve been able to organize my blogroll to add many of these – I still have more to include!

My next adventure – knitting. I took my first and only knitting class 15 years ago, and have only dabbled in it in the years since. I have developed the most inconvenient method of knitting, which has discouraged me for quite a while. Since my interest has grown over the last 6 months, and I’ve seen so many amazing things made with needles and yarn (socks have definitely piqued my interest), I’m making a concerted effort to correct my errant ways and improve my skills. I would love to be able to consider myself an accomplished knitter – to be brave enough to tackle whatever project catches my eye. I know I have a few years and many things to knit before this comes to bear. I’m up for the challenge! Although my stitches seem to be quite tight as I’m making this adjustment.

The music in my life

As I sit here, knowing I need to get some sleep before early morning softball games take over our day, I came across this meme on another blog. I just couldn’t resist compiling my own list to see what I would include in my favorite 7 songs. As I can imagine it is for many others, this is a very difficult thing to do – the first couple of songs popped into my head without much thought at all, as they have been a part of my soul for so many years, I then started wondering how I could leave out this song or that one when I love them all. But this is what came to me first, and as I know from experience, it’s always good to go with the first answer (at least that is what I’ve always told myself when taking a test):

Stairway to Heaven Led Zepplin – ah, the memory of high school dances ending with this song – a long slow dance!

Fluff Black Sabbath – in the midst of some very heavy metal, this beautiful, delicate instrumental that begs for headphones and darkness to let it surround me.

Blowin’ In The Wind Peter, Paul and Mary – a song whose message carries over the years.

Japan Kenny G – we played this song at our wedding, it’s what I walked with my dad down the aisle to meet the love of my life. It brings to mind the beach at sunset, times spent talking for many long hours, so many of the good things our life together has been.

Call to Worship – Mercy Me – this song has me ready to lift my hands to heaven in praise.

You Are So Good to Me – Third Day – a song of pure love and ultimate sacrifice.

Rocky Mountain High – John Denver – yes, I do want to move to Colorado, and this song has a lot to do with that desire!

So many others that would make it on this list – my IPod is a testimony to that fact. Memories are conjured, feelings and dreams come to mind as these songs play. The radio constantly plays when I’m driving, and my IPod when I’m walking, between Christian, classic rock and country most days. A little jazz, Celtic and New Age find their way in, too. I would love to know your favorites.

Exchange in the mail

I took part in a needlecase exchange through the Prairie Schooler Fans Yahoo group, and I was partnered with Georgie P in Australia. I received the most wonderful package from her today – a beautiful needlecase, along with a skein of Dinky Dyes silk in Mango Tango, and a bag of assorted Cadbury eggs (Australian candy), and a postcard of the Victorian Goldfields. Australia is one of my dream country’s to visit. I’m going to try posting a picture – I’m spotty at best with my success doing this!

Georgie’s PS needlecase exchange for me

Well, I can get a title, but not the picture. I should find a class somewhere to make this clear to me LOL! I even tried to upload a picture as an avatar, and it seemed to work, but I have NO idea where it would show. There is probably a picture of my cat Earl floating around somewhere in cyberspace. I need a program ‘WordPress/Blogging for Dummies’, although knowing how popular those books are there is probably one already on the market.

He is Risen, He is Risen indeed!

It’s Easter morning – very early.  The rest of my house is asleep, even the cats.  I sit here typing, thinking I should make it to bed soon, as 7 am comes quite early, and I’m going to be blessed with watching babies in the nursery for first service at our church.  I’m looking forward to the teaching our pastor will give, loving the feel of my Bible open on my lap as he applies those sacred words to our daily lives.  I wish my childhood held these memories, but know I can keep on learning from God’s word all the rest of my days.

Easter has been such an evolving holiday for me.  My memories of my own Easter baskets waiting with candy mingle with filling baskets for my kids with many of the same candies, along with so many new kinds now available.  As my kids have gotten older and their beliefs have changed, their focus has shifted to providing Easter egg hunts for the neighborhood children who have gifted my kids with their adoration (it is mutual, my three love spending time with them too).  Baskets have been replaced with bags, and we no longer color hardboiled eggs.  I grew up watching “The Ten Commandments” and it occurred to me that my three have not ever seen the movie in it’s entirety, if even at all.  I feel I’ve cheated them of something special, a glimpse of the awe I felt watching it, although death and ressurection are not a part of that traditional Easter tale.  I’m developing a more spiritual feeling for this day, as I came upon my firm belief in Jesus in my life much later in life than my children did.  I plan to bring down the ressurection eggs I have had for so many years, and going over them again with them when we all gather after church.  I hope we can make new ones for those neighborhood boys and girls who have a special place in our family’s hearts.

Stitching has been a part of each of my days lately – RR’s and exchanges to stitch and finish, and dreams of projects for myself, hopes of decorating my walls with many samplers, plans to frame and otherwise finish the multitude of projects that sit under my couch waiting their turn to be seen and admired, if only by me!  Just today, I’ve finished stitching on an ornament for the Ornament RR I’m a part of.  I was able to mail it off to it’s next stitcher, and I have started stitching a duplicate of the ornament I chose, to gift to a wonderful friend who was not able to join us this round.  I have begun on a Drawn Thread RR from a new group of friends I’ve been so happy to be a part of.

Here are just a couple of things I’ve finished lately and have received in exchanges: Okay, technical difficulties seem to exist between me and my images, and I’m a bit too tired to figure it out now.  I’ll try with a fresh mind tomorrow.  My picture came through HUGE!

Prairie Schooler Fans Needlecase Exchange

 Okay, I think this worked, but it requires a second step.  At least you don’t have to move across the room to view it!

I wish for you all a peaceful, joyful Easter.