Don't let the difficulties of the present moments overshadow the reality of God's promises. God's promises still stand. And God's promises are stronger than our failures.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Finished But Not Finished

I haven't had much time for needlework this week but I was able to get a couple of things stitched...but not finished.  I think both of these will be small pillows/pinkeeps but until I get home from this mission trip I won't know for sure.  I should probably plan ahead for that - the finishing - but I just get excited about the stitching and don't think about the end product.  :)  First I finished one of the Sheep Virtues....

Aren't those petunias beautiful!  I bought those the first week we were here, in early April, and I'll be taking them home with me when I go because they'll last longer in Arkansas than they will in south Louisiana.

The pattern shows the year in the space under the basket but I left that off.  I have a button I'll use there when I finish this piece.

I started this piece before Easter but put it aside for a little while....

Linen might not have been the best choice for this pattern but I love the way it looks.  I find my eyes have a hard time with linen sometimes but I have a new magnifier lamp thanks to a friend who found it online for me, and that makes all the difference in the world!

The temperature has gone up and so has the humidity here in south Louisiana - it will likely hit 90 sometime this week.  We'll only be here two more weeks and then I'll be home.  Our daughter and her family are house sitting for us and I'm looking forward to having them there a few weeks before they move into their new house.  Our other daughter will be moving about the same time so we've got lots of cleaning, painting, remodeling, etc. in our future.  And we have a fun trip planned with our son and one of the girls to see my sister and then on to a St. Louis Cardinals game.  After that we'll be in the mid-summer time on the lake with friends and family - can't wait to get back to this view out my bedroom window!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Lilies, Crawfish and Other Stuff

I've done a little stitching since my last post....

You've seen this piece before but I decided to put it on the lid of a basket.  It's not finished because I think it needs some trim on the top and bottom but so far I like it.

And I've begun one of the Sheep Virtues - Friendship.  I'm almost through with the lettering and then have only the border to go.

Yesterday we went to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, which is about an hour away from the mission where we're volunteering right now.  It's not a big town but it hosts the biggest Crawfish Festival in the south, or so they claim.  Well, really, who else would claim that?  :)

Ugly critters, don't you think?

  There were literally thousands of people there listening to the local Zydeco music, dancing, wandering through the craft booths, drinking a glass of lemonade or a beer and sampling the crawfish.  

Crawfish.... etoufee, jambalaya, fettucini, egg rolls, fried, boiled, made with spinach and a cream sauce and put into a bread bowl, even hot dogs made of crawfish.  The traditional way to cook them here is to boil them with lots of spices, new potatoes and corn on the cob.

Meanwhile, here at the mission the lilies have begun to open their buds.

What a joy they are to see!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

After The Rain

It rained all afternoon here in south Louisiana where I'm doing some volunteer work at the UMCOR Sager Brown mission.  There was lightening and thunder and lots of wind.  But when it passed I took a little walk before I was ready to settle into an evening of stitching.  There are lots of flowers here and they always make me smile.....

I don't know what this purple flower is but mixed in with a few daisies it really shows off its' color.

And the color of this mum - it's as bright as the sun!

I think the daisies are my favorite....but then I spy a gardenia hiding down in the rain-soaked leaves.

Last night was the first night I've ever spent in this building alone I think, and probably it won't ever happen again.  My husband had gone home to deal with the hail damage I showed you in my last post.  Our little apartment is in an old dormitory that has 17 bedrooms besides our apartment.  There was an orphanage and school on this campus from 1867 until 1972 so thousands and thousands of children have lived here, played here, worked here and gone to school here.  In the quiet of the evening when I had no television on and I was stitching away on a small pattern I had just begun, I thought I heard the laughter of children.......and it was a comfort to me thinking of all those little ones who were safe and happy here during those years.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Who Can Stitch With This Going On?

Have you ever been in one of those moods where you just want to sit in your chair and stitch?  And then life interferes?  That's exactly where I am right now!

It hailed at my house Sunday evening.  I don't mean just regular hail...I mean giant sized hail.

It looked like this on my deck.

All those planter boxes were beautiful tomatoes with blooms, some gorgeous herbs that were ready to trim....they are gone.  See that chair?  Now it looks like this:

My deck box that holds the cushions for my outdoor furniture has big holes in it.

I am just so thankful that our daughter and grandchildren, who are living in our house while we're on a mission trip, were not at home and no one was hurt.

The insurance folks are coming, the roofers are giving estimates, my husband is cleaning up the devastation in the yard and is checking the camper & storage building & boat/dock to see what we have to do with those.  It's going to be a busy week at my house!

My prayers of thankfulness are going up for all that we have and all that was spared and for all those who had more damage than we did.  Mother Nature is definitely a force to be reckoned with!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Latte Anyone?

I confess that I'm not a coffee drinker...or a latte drinker....I don't even like coffee flavored desserts.  However, I do love chai tea and I do love this fabric so I couldn't let this hop pass me by!  :)  Besides, coffee is definitely a staple at my house since my husband doesn't speak in the mornings before he's had at least two cups!

In addition to my husband one of our daughters is a coffee lover.  And the colors in these fabrics - they are perfect for her house.  So with her in mind I found a little cross stitch piece (printed, not counted) to center the other fabrics around.

Isn't this just the most perfect sentiment?

Since I've known about this hop for quite a while now, I made and photographed this table runner several weeks ago on a beautiful still-winter day

....back when the only green thing in my yard was this:

But I found that the winter browns were a perfect setting for this gorgeous fabric line!

Lying among the brown leaves provided the perfect way to showcase this table runner!

After adding the brown border to my center cross stitch piece I fussy cut strips to frame it.  I then did some "whimsical" free motion quilting.

Coffee anyone?

Many thanks to Joan at Moostash Quilting for her guidance through this hop and to Madame Samm for her constant stream of creativity!

Please be sure and visit others on this hop - you won't be disappointed!

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