Hi friends! I certainly came up with stitching projects! Yes, more than one. I am overwhelmed. I decided to kit up the kids' Christmas ornaments. I thought I knew what I would stitch them this year. Well, those ornaments will be next year, BECAUSE I got a BIG idea. HA! BIG idea = more work
Last year I was gifted these lovely ornaments from our friend Nienke. Click on her name there to see my post from last year and the ornaments. I knew I wanted to stitch up some some sweet patterns to fit inside all three of those ornaments. The light bulb went off in my head last week. Wait a minute! THREE! And, and, I have three kids to make ornaments for!! Woo hoo! How exciting! How amazing! How awesome this is going to be! Yes! Then I realized something. Um... wait. Each ornament has two openings. One on each side. I need to stitch up SIX? ornaments?!? Oh man.
So I grabbed my stack of Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments magazines with all the little post-it notes sticking out of them and flipped through them. And flipped through them. And flipped through them. Decisions! Wow. Yikes. Finally I found one to begin with and away I stitched. And then guess what happened. I finished it and it fit, because it was small enough, but it does not look right inside the tree opening of the ornament. I did not think this through well enough beforehand. GRRR. The rectangle shape gets partially obstructed by the tree opening shape. RATS! This is the finished stitching.
This was going to be for Jacob. I set it aside to make up into an ornament for someone else in the future. That is great, but I want to get started on my SIX ORNAMENTS!!
Get the JCS Christmas Ornaments magazines back out. Flip. Flip. Pick. Stitch. And a finish! This is Baby Cardinal by The Victoria Sampler.
One down, five to go friends!
Our friend Jo recently sent me a pdf RAK. She gave me a Curtis Boehringer October One Two Three chart. Perfect little October stitching for the cubby. I thank you once again Jo.
I received another RAK from our friend Barbara. She has been collecting smaller pieces of linen to give to me. And a few NOT smaller pieces! ;) Thank you my friend.
I decided to finish reading a book I was 90% done with. This is one I have been working on for months. It is not your typical reading. This book is called Wounded By Love by Elder Porphyrios. This is an excellent book. It was given to us by a friend a church. This book is powerful. What an inspiring life!
Elder Porphyrios, a Greek monk and priest who died in 1991,
stands in the long tradition of charismatic spiritual guides in the
Eastern Church which continues from the apostolic age down to figures
such as Saint Seraphim of Sarov and Staretz Silouan in modern times. In
this book he tells the story of his life and, in simple, deeply
reflected and profoundly wise words, he expounds the Christian faith for
The vibrant personality of Elder Porphyrios at all times shines
through his words with great transparency and charm. In his introduction
to the Greek edition Bishop Irenaeus of Chania writes: 'The words of
blessed Elder Porphyrios are the words of a holy Father, of a man with
the gift of clear sight, who was ever retiring, humble, simple and
ardent and whose life was a true and authentic witness to Christ, to His
truth and to His joy. Through his presence, love, prayer, counsel and
guidance he supported an untold number of people in the difficult hours
of illness, mourning, pain, loss of faith and death. He is a god-bearing
Father of our days, a true priest and teacher who in his ascetic way
fell in love with Christ and faithfully served his fellow man.'
This book was compiled after Elder Porphyrios's death from an archive
of notes and recordings of his reminiscences, conversations and words
of guidance, and was first published in Greek in 2003. Since its
publication in English in 2005 it has been reprinted five times.
Quotes from the book
Man has such powers that he can transmit good or evil to his
environment. These matters are very delicate. Great care is needed. We
need to see everything in a positive frame of mind. We mustn’t think
anything evil about others. Even a simple glance or a sigh influences
those around us. And even the slightest anger or indignation does harm.
We need to have goodness and love in our soul and to transmit these
We need to be careful not to harbour any resentment against those who
harm us, but rather to pray for them with love. Whatever any of our
fellow men does, we should never think evil of him. We need always to
have thoughts of love and always to think good of others. Look at Saint
Stephen the first martyr. He prayed, Lord, do not hold this sin against them. We need to do the same.
I am working on another Christmas ornament. One for Madeleine. Also I am stitching up the October design by Palko for my cubby shelf when Madeleine is home. ;)
Thank you for stopping by the blog today my friends. I appreciate the comments you leave. Have a stitchtastic weekend!
Stitching and praying,