Monday, February 24, 2014


"Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern;
it will come out a rose by and by.
Life is like that ~
one stitch at a time taken patiently
and the pattern will come out alright like the embroidery."
Oliver Wendell Holmes

After a long week, where a bad stomach bug left me with more cabin fever than all these weeks of winter combined, I was able to enjoy a very relaxing weekend. Saturday's sunshine and fresh air lured me to the pond, and Sunday was all about rest. Chosen rest, which is so much more pleasant than the forced-on-you kind of rest. Or rest of the I'm-just-being-lazy variety. I did some light housekeeping, lingered with the second season of  Call the Midwife....and picked up my needlepoint.

I finished all the light green stitching that fills in the outer border, and decided I'd choose the brightest color in the palate for my next stitches. Orange!  So cheerful and warm!

I think it's going to take a good long while to finish this piece ~ it's over a foot squared! But there is a soothing rhythm to the deadlines, no goals. Just one pretty little stitch at a time ~ at my leisure.

At my leisure.

Awash in a sea of brilliant color
Floating along with the ups and downs of a lovely, televised tale, told so beautifully.
Finding my own rhythm.

I know there are many who don't have the luxury of a day like I had yesterday.
And I learned {a bit later than some} how to allow myself such a day. But I've learned.
All of which leaves me very grateful.
I don't suppose that true Sabbath keepers would consider my day of rest to have been restful enough.
But I'm growing. And choosing for myself.
And resting.

And thrilled to be enjoying tiny stitch at a time.

Linking up with
The Good. The Random. The Fun.
Macro Monday


  1. So glad you could take some time to rest. We do need it. Good for the soul, good for the mind, good for the body. Can't wait to see the finished piece!

  2. Whoa! GORGEOUS CLOSE UPS! Your posts are always so fun when I visit. Thank you!!!

  3. I love the colors you are using. It will be lovely when you are all finished.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful day: just what you needed!

  5. so happy you are feeling better!! i LOVE needle work, cross stitching...i have many, many completed projects!! i stopped when my hands went numb but would love to try again!!

    i can't wait to see this done, the colors are extraordinary!!

  6. Sounds wonderful! I love when it is time to change colors! Something so rejuvenating about it. Glad you could just enjoy the rest. Those moments are rare, but should be sought after.

  7. Looks lovely and glad you are feeling better!

  8. I think a day of rest is so important and your needlework is so neat! I love the colors and your close up. Thank you for linking and have a great week!

  9. Oh my goodness your needle work is brilliant!! LOVE all your images. I've learned myself how to rest on the Sabbath and it feels great! So sorry you've been sick, no fun AT ALL!!
    linking up from Macro Monday -