Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New Year, New Beginnings

"Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad,
but it's the middle that counts.
You have to remember this when you find yourself
at the beginning."
Sandra Bullock
Well we are finding us at the beginning of another new year.  I myself probably like the middle of the year. The beginning is scary with all those resolutions you know you will never keep and the end you realize you didn't keep those resolutions. In the middle you don't even think about them. When you start a new project are you scared, at the end do you miss it a bit. I enjoy stitching a project when you are in the swing of it and just relaxing in the stitching. A perfect day to me. Speaking of in the swing, I have read blogs for 4 days in a row. I am so excited to get back into reading. I have done lots and lots of reading and catching up but little in the comment form. If I left a comment on each blog I would never get caught up. Just know that I am now out there and looking into a bit of your lives and enjoying it.
I received a lovely post in the mail. It was stamped Royal Mail and I thought maybe it was my save the date card for the upcoming royal baby shower. It was not but just as exciting it was a surprise from Mouse.
It was a wonderful letter and what I called a Ort Bag. Then I read her blog and she called them "Bourse" bags. Isn't that a more exciting name than Ort Bag.  Isn't it just the cutest thing. Are you like me, first thing I did was try and figure out how it was made. She told me it was a simple 12 inch square. I can see me making a few of these. Thank you so much Mouse for the delightful surprise.
I need to know has this ever happen to any of you. I showed in my last post a biscornu I have been working on for what seems like forever. It is a Faby Reilly Design. I got the first side all done and if you look hard you will see not all sides are the same size. They all have the same number of stitches but two of the sides are almost a inch shorter. Well this just won't work as a biscornu so it looks like the future of this piece will be a small pillow. I am not even going to bother stitching the back side but will find in my stash a cute material to back it. I still like it and it will be a cute pillow or pin cushion instead. Oh well life goes on.
I started "Scissors by any other name" by The Cat's Whiskers back in October of 2011. I got just enough done to be bored. Well I pulled it out after the new year and started it back up. I have got a lot more of it done but sadly boredom is kicking back it. Lots and lots of one color. I am trying hard to finish the piece because it is lovely when it is done. I saw it finished at the retreat in New Hampshire and fell in love with it. Pam won the pattern at the retreat so I knew it was meant to be stitched. I just need to stay focused and I will be on to the next color soon.
I have to admit I caved in to a New Years sale on a online shop. This is what I purchased. Since they are all Christmas themed you won't see them in the rotation any time soon but I just had to have them. You all know how that goes.

I thank you all for following my blog and being there. I am now getting our lives in some kind of order and look forward to blogging more regular. I do so enjoy reading your blogs and being a small part of your lives.
I wish I had a box,
the biggest I could find.,
I'd fill it right up to the brim
with everything that's kind.
A box without a lock, of course,
and never any key;
for everything inside that box
would then be offered free.
Grateful words for joys received
I'd freely give away.
Oh, let us open wide a box
of praise for every day.
Author Unknown
I think all our blogs are these boxes that we so freely open up for all to read.
Always keep love in your stitches,


cucki said...

Hello deary, super sweet stitching and very lovely new stash..
Love and blessings for you x

Catherine said...

Lovely gift from Mouse, great stitching and stash too! Enjoy it all!

pam said...

Lovely bag from Mouse. Love the new stash as well!!! how cute is your snowman piece.

butterfly said...

So good to have you back Teresa,
If you sew your Snowmen in to a round shape and sewed a button Front and back in the middle and pull it tight it will work just as good.
Your sewing all looks great.
Happy New Year to you and your family .
Like I said so glad you are back I always loved reading your blog, hugs.

Denise said...

Your gift is beautiful. Glad to hear your life is getting back to normal! Like you - I find myself reading but not commenting much...shame on me.

Hope the new year keeps you smiling.

Vickie said...

Oh my! What a wonderful poem. =)

Deborah said...

Lovely post! The stitching looks wonderful and a great gift from Mouse.

Kathy A. said...

What a lovely post. I really enjoyed reading through it all.
The bourse from Mouse is beautiful.

StitchyDon said...

Beautiful bag and I love the sale stash !!!

Melissa said...

Your bourse is just beautiful!!! Congrats on the new stash. Have fun stitching them.

Mary Ann said...

A wonderful gift, lovely stitching, and oh,fun--new stash!

Jeanne said...


Tatkis said...

You've received such a lovely bag, and your snowmen are very cute!
Good luck playing with the new stash!


Tolentreasures said...

Love that little bag! Sure would like to have a few of those for packing jewelry! Did you figure it out?