Sunday, December 25, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

'Tis the Season

Frost and hail, rain and ice, gloomy clouds and blinding sun.

Finally admitting that the weather is too cold for Converse.

Christmas cards and Christmas lights and Christmas pageants and Christmas movies and Christmas stories read by fireside.

Stitching, always stitching.

A brand new baby, born too early, but oh so sweet; nephew #8. And holding him in my arms didn't give me the aching wish for another baby. Whew... still good with the decision to stop at 2.

A neighbor knocking on my door asking if he could take prego pictures of his girlfriend on our snowy property. Oh yes! And may I please take some pictures of the two of you together? Now fully addicted to snowy photo shoots.

No-school days equal lots of messing up of rooms and video games and "I don't know what to do with myself".

Many decisions were made that turned this holiday season into a much simpler time, much to my delight and also confusion. What? Nothing else to wrap? No more gifts to hurry up and purchase? No more parties to attend? I'm liking the peacefulness, and would like it even more if two of our family members would quit coughing already.

Life is full and sweet and if I'm being completely honest with you all, I can hardly wait until Christmas is over and the clear, clean slate of 2017 is here at last. Perhaps my most favorite time of the year.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Eleven Years Going on Forty

This is the year you started outgrowing adults. Your face still sometimes looks like my sweet little boy, but more days than not, I'm seeing glimpses of the adult you will become. Your kind heart and gentle spirit have not changed one bit though. I see the way you look after others, mindful of how they might feel. You check in with those you love sometimes more often than they want, asking them how they are, and how did they sleep, and how has their day been? You ask a lot more clarifying questions than you ever did as a little one; you were always content to take things as they came, but not so much anymore. You want to know the whys and what fors and hows before making a judgement. You're growing up much too quickly for this old Mama's heart to take. I want to keep you little and cuddly for ever and ever. So it did my soul so much good when, just on the eve of 11, you told me, "Mama, you know, some people crave candy or coffee, but I crave hugs". More than happy to comply, my Darling Boy.
Your birthday was a little bit piece-meal and I failed miserably in the camera department, but you still thought that it was one of the best ever and told me "Thank you for such a great day!" several times.

You opted once again, for a big laser tag party instead of receiving a physical gift. All but one of your friends were unable to come because of weather conditions or basketball tournaments, but every single one of your local (old enough to play) cousins were there, and that made for a big enough gang of kids to keep the adults on their toes.
Afterward, there was lunch at Olive Garden with family.
And a much anticipated viewing of Rogue One (lucky kid, they keep releasing Star Wars movies right at your birthday time!). We gave it eight solid thumbs up.
And you, my dearest boy, there aren't enough thumbs in the world to demonstrate just how much you are loved and adored. Happiest of birthdays to you.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

*NEW* The Bird Collection, Part III

This booklet is the third installment in a collection highlighting my favorite Pacific Northwest birds. I hope you enjoy continuing on this feathered journey along with me.

All models stitched on Picture This Plus 32ct. Wren with one thread over two.

Western Scrub Jay: Stitch Count: 69 x 69
Threads: The Gentle Art: *Green with Envy, Brethren Blue, *Woodrose, *Shaker White, *Raven, *Old Hickory, *Pecan Pie, *Country Redwood
Weeks Dye Works: *Flatfish, *Seagull

Black Capped Chickadee: Stitch Count: 71 x 69
Threads: The Gentle Art: *Woodrose, *Raven, Caramel Corn, *Shaker White, *Old Hickory
Weeks Dye Works: *Flatfish, *Seagull

American Rosefinch: Stitch Count: 113 x 62
Threads: The Gentle Art: *Green with Envy, *Woodrose, *Shaker White, *Old Hickory, *Pecan Pie, *Country Redwood, Harvest Basket
Weeks Dye Works: *Flatfish


*Flosses with an asterisk are used in more than one of the designs, but you will only need one skein total for entire booklet.

DMC conversion provided inside chart cover.

The frames were thrifted and then refinished by me. Tutorial available on request.

This design is now available in my etsy shop, and will soon be in the hands of my distributors and the shops on my auto ship list. If you prefer to bypass etsy and order directly through me, you can send me an email: beth@heartstringsamplery.com

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Snow on Snow on Snow

Starting on the 5th of the month, we had a dreamy few weeks of more white than green. I was really hoping it would last the entire month, but as I type this, it's a typically green Oregon Christmas Eve Eve (or Christmas Adam as we like to call it... you know... because Adam came first, before Eve).

Snow on snow, then a little ice, then a partial thaw, then more snow, then frost, then a final dusting of snow before the rains washed it all away.

By the time it all melted, the kids were relieved. They went from uber excited to "meh" after the first few days of snow play. Which is great; the last few winters have included zero playable snow. Cross that one off of the Winter wish list.
 
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