Sunday, May 15, 2016

May Gifted Gorgeousness

Happy May!  I know I'm late, but I hope you that are Mothers here in the US and Canada have had a wonderful Mother's Day!  I was truly spoiled by my guys by being taken out to dinner after church, and then taken to see the new Captain America: Civil War movie.  They also made me a cake.  Am I spoiled or what?

First off, I have a few items to show you for the gifted gorgeousness challenge that is going on over at Serendipitous Stitching.  If you are interested in signing up, I think you can join up at any time but you can find the rules here.  And if you want to see what everyone is posting, you can visit the homepage of her blog here.  Thank you, Jo, for all your hard work in keeping track of us!  This challenge has kept me on the straight and narrow, I'm thankful for the gentle push for keeping up with my goals.

First up is the Snowflower Diaries SAL piece for May.  This is a free SAL being offered on Facebook and also on her blog which you can find here.  I have been stitching these on DMC antique mocha 32 ct. over one using DMC floss.

I was able to finish up another Advent number, but only one so far this month.  Here is the number 18.  You can find the free patterns for these here.  They are designed by Ellen Maurer-Stroh.  I've stitched this on 32 ct. natural linen over one.  Yes, I know I'm crazy!  LOL

I worked on another Round Robin through the Friendly Stitchers Round Robin group.  This one belongs to Christine, so here is the entire piece, and the square I stitched.

I am headed to a retreat this weekend, and I have a few gifts I'm giving while I'm there.  This post should show up after I arrive so by then it won't matter if these show up here.  So here is Beach Combin', for the person who organizes the retreat.

I've made these crocheted and stitched sachets for each lady who is going.  They are filled with mulberry pot puree and I just love the smell!!

I also made this little teacup pincushion for one of the's a rooster, and there is a whole inside joke that goes with this.  I can't wait to see her face when she opens this package!  This pattern came from a book called 2001 cross stitch patterns and was stitched on 40 ct. over two.

We are having a Christmas ornament exchange at this retreat, and this is the ornament I made.  It was a free pattern called Silent Night by Barbara Ana Designs that was given on the Candy Cane stitchers group on Facebook.  It was done on 28 ct. over one and finished by me.  I've been asked if I stamped the back of the ornament, the answer is no, the fabric came that way and I centered it on the back.


 I have more stitching, but I'll leave that for another time.  I still have tons of things to do before I leave for the weekend, but I'm sure I'll have more stitching to show you after I return.  

Last week I had the privilege of visiting a home for unwed mothers with some members of my church and decorating for Mother's Day.  If ever you are feeling that your life is difficult, I urge you to volunteer someplace like this and I guarantee your life will look so much better.  

I once volunteered at a clothing give away at an elementary school in a poor neighborhood outside Baltimore.  A man stood looking at a suit hanging on the wall.  I asked if he wanted to try it on, and when he did it fit him perfectly.  With tears in his eyes he told me he had a job interview the next morning and didn't have anything to wear, he had been praying for the Lord's provision, and there was that suit...  I never knew if he got the job or not, but my guess is, if the Lord provided a suit, he probably provided a job for that family.  When I feel anxious about anything, I just remember that day...

I've had quite a month since the last time I posted.  My family and I made two trips to Georgia within a week of each other to say goodbye to my husband's brother.  Another life claimed by cancer.  Cancer....oh how I hate that word. I had news recently that someone I know was pronounced 100% cancer free, someone else was placed in hospice, I've had a few friends and relatives pass away, I know some fighting stage IV right now, and someone that got good and bad results from their tests last week. I've been on that journey myself...and though I've been in remission for 5 years, there is always that threat that it could come back, but there's always the "scars" left behind in the toll it takes on your body from fighting it. Let's lift those battling cancer up right now, pray for encouragement and strength, and pray for the families who are watching their loved ones, and those families who have lost loved ones. It is such an ugly disease, it can bring out the worst in people, but it can also bring out the best, if we let it. 

I'll leave you with this picture of my azalea bush blossoming in my front yard.  I love spring, just the fact that beauty comes after the long winter months, life is cyclical and we always have hope that there will be a "spring" after the harsh winter.


Desiree Ehleiter said...

Your stitching is wonderful, but I really want to thank you for your story about the clothing give away. It brought me to tears, but made me feel happy. Thank you!

jocondine said...

So much done! The Snowflower Diaries May piece is very cute and all those gifts lovely. xxx

KimM said...

Beautiful stitching. I really, REALLY need to get started on the SAL.

Justine said...

Lovely stitching - especially the Beach Combin' one which made me smile. I hope your friend liked her rooster!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. So much Gorgeousness too!!
I love the Joyful World SAL and this month's is great fun.
The RR is wonderful too, love those little houses.
The Beach Bums are fun and I'm sure the rooster piece will raise a laugh too.

Well done for the voluntary work too. A Home for Unwed Mothers sounds like something out of the 1950s! I was a single parent when my older son was born and our system allows us to stay in our own homes by help with the mortgage or rent depending on where we live. I think more people should do voluntary work, it really is a case of "there, but for the Grace of God, go I".

Mini said...

I love everything about this post-the lovely stitching,gorgeous crochet sachets and wonderful work you do to help people.
You inspire me.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Loved your story about the suit at the clothing give-away.
Your stitching and crochet is lovely. I'm sure that your gifts were well received at the stitching retreat.