You Can Quote Me & a Smalls check-in

As always, YCQM reflects some portion of my One Little Word for 2015, Serenity. This week’s it’s a new-to-me scripture. It’s helping. I hate that for Farrah, life has to go on in its little routines but life is going to be so different.

tears are prayers

For the Smalls check-in, I decided again to use my round robin piece (she was only 12-13hours all up, but an hour of that would have been the lettering).  This is Mediterranean Mermaid (my friend Lynne calls her “Jug”, as she is normally carrying an amphore). I chose this piece as I have the whole thing kitted up and stitch it at hospital each time Mase is admitted. I haven’t stitched on the big piece all year! Winning!


It’s nearly time to send out the first set of our NZXS Facebook groups RR’s. Pretty excited to see what I will stitch, as the three others in my group have some very different tastes J It will be nice to do something completely out of the norm (Angela is as big a Halloween freak as I am Christmas) but surprise! I am still on a Nora kick so my piece is the four faces, in a 50*50 square. From left to right they are intended to be:

  • Spring Queen



  • Garden Verses

    garden verses

    garden verses

  • Damask Roses

    damask roses

    damask roses

  • Peony Garden md111lg

Verses looks wrong – so far the suggestions from the FB Mira, Mira page range from Sabrina, Elizabeth, Persephone (my big WIP, I’ve already ruled her out), Roses of Provence (love her but don’t own her yet), Florentina (I don’t like her face, she looks sneaky & sly! But I love the cat. I posted to Nora that I’d stitch a whole series based on that cat), Lady of the Mist (love her too! But still to own & I think only with Stargazer, Rose of Sharon and maybe Mother’s Bliss in a series) or Villa Mirabilia.  I’m going to ask Zeb if she has Provence, and if I can “borrow” that portion.




Roses of Provence




Lady Hera




Lady of the Mist

The centre plant is the rose bush from Damask Roses, but I converted the leaves to make a bit brighter. The charted colours just washed out on the confederate grey fabric.


the semicolon project

Eloquent and graceful; this is a must-read


FullSizeRender-1FullSizeRender Today I went to a tattoo artist, and for $60 I let a man with a giant Jesus-tattoo on his head ink a semi-colon onto my wrist where it will stay until the day I die. By now, enough people have started asking questions that it made sense for me to start talking, and talking about things that aren’t particularly easy.

We’ll start here: a semi-colon is a place in a sentence where the author has the decision to stop with a period, but chooses not to. A semi-colon is a reminder to pause and then keep going. 

In April I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. By the beginning of May I was popping anti-depressents every morning with a breakfast I could barely stomach. In June, I had to leave a job I’d wanted since I first set foot on this campus as an incoming freshmen because of my mental…

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Sampler a right old age

Isn’t this gorgeous?! Amazing to think that maybe a piece of my needlework will live on too.


Sampler a right old age

I did not know that a beginner’s exercise in embroidery is called a sampler. So when Kathy Greensides says she’s got a 1787 sampler for her turn in our From the Vault series, I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about.  The only samplers I knew were manufactured by Griffins and came in a large box or tin.

I guessed that wasn’t what Kathy meant, unless the museum kept 223-year-old mouldy biscuits in the basement.  My enlightenment was audible – like a clunky old bakelite switch – when I saw this embroidered treasure. Of course, it’s not strictly a sampler because whoever made it is hardly a beginner.

The sad thing is we know almost nothing about the needle wielder, the person who sewed the design into the fabric and created what is now a relic of history. Her name was A Rouse and Kathy is fairly sure…

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High 5 for Friday!

High Five

This week I’m:

LOVING the visuals on this blog (I’m follower 1000)

STITCHING received the latest RR on Tuesday, already selected my portion and am working away like a mad thing. At this rate I’ll have a finish next week, wow.

LISTENING and loving the latest Avalanche City song, “Inside Out” – this is a live version Maia, this might be one you would like

READING old favourites

ANTICIPATING some time to myself this weekend – I need a beach break. Bethells, here I come!

“Do Not Judge.” What Jesus Really Meant

Key learning for me: What this verse really prohibits is self-righteousness where we see ourselves as sinless and others as sinful and therefore set ourselves as arbiters of justice and condemnation.

I’m really posting this because as a Christian I don’t feel my views are valued. I’m totally over this Bruce/Caitlyn thing, feeling very sorry for anyone who is not comfortable in their own skin (there is a difference between being comfortable as yourself but still growing and someone who is too comfortable too) BUT I want to be heard. I want my view to be respected, regardless of the readers’ religion/atheism/viewpoint.

Respect for each other is IMHO a key fundamental Christian theme. So is the message in this image.

love others'

Treetop Sampler

typical! just when I’ve managed to get a copy of the original in the magazine 🙂 next vote? Tradewinds for sure.

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Another older design has been re-charted and is now available at

Treetop Sampler (a.k.a. Birdhouses)

These are the remaining designs that Leisure Arts has given me permission to release via POL: Brilliant Plumage, Diamonds in Squares, Fantasy Triptych, Fruit and Floral Wreaths, Mermaid, Peaceable Kingdom, Tapestry Cat, and Tradewinds.

Please let me know in the comments which one you’d like to see released next.  The one getting the most votes will be first, and so on.  I’ll close the comments in a week or so.

Thanks in advance for your feedback, everyone!

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What’s Wrong With the Media and Bruce Jenner

I don’t personally follow Jenner or the other “reality” stars. You won’t catch me buying or reading a gossip mag or watching a tv show that’s based on the same premise. But there’s one paragraph here in Kate’s blog post that rings so, so true regardless of who the media (or you!) are thinking about, putting down, raising up (think the Bali 9 here if you’re local to Australia/Indonesia) – and that’s this:

I’m a Christian and I believe in the word of the Bible. I know what scripture says about homosexuals, transgenders, men who dress as women and vice versa. Make no mistake, this isn’t a religious argument. This isn’t about being condemned to an eternity in flame – my sins are just as real as anyone else’s. There is no hierarchy, a sin is a sin. Just because you believe something doesn’t mean you have to condemn or shame another human being. What about “love thy neighbor” and the story of the Good Samaritan? We are supposed to identify the needs of the people around us and reach out in love.

Grateful day four

There’s a few things today. I had brunch with two (old, ha ha ha) girlfriends, came home to the third fence painted. Washing got dry, despite the forecast, and the old fence panels we were holding onto for  X are gone! They were heavy to move when I mowed so I’m really happy.

But this is today’s. Caffeine free tea. Who’d thought of that?!