Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving and Needlework: The Year of the Stitch

It is Thanksgiving Eve and my Website is decorated for the holiday now with a little riddle: do you know what a PPP is?
Silly game of mine. If you want to take part in guessing:

It is Thanksgiving now and time to be thankful for the blessings of our lives.
First and foremost I am thankful that DH and I are both healthy and well, busy and well occupied with our passions.

I heard the saddest story the other day about a group of women so bored they really had nothing to look forward to. A non-stitching friend was relating this to me and it made me so sad. Sad, but thankful that it's not me, nor any of the members of our stitching community. Isn't it wonderful: we always look forward to stealing time from our busy lives and chilling out with our needles. To a one we are always looking forward to our next stitch. Good for us that we have a passion we all enjoy.

I am thankful for my material possessions, the ones that matter to me: I think I have at least 100 needles in various sizes and endless baggies of threads in colors I love, drawers full of inspiration and more drawers full of drawings I look forward to stitching. Yes, I am thankful for my wonderful stash, for in it are the seeds that feed my imagination.

I am also very thankful that I have reached the end of my E-Week sale and all its shipping. Mail Jail.DH will go to the post office this afternoon, and when he does, he will deliver my last packages and I will officially be out of Mail Jail. The end of Mail Jail, now that is indeed something to be thankful for.

And along with the official close of Mail Jail comes the opening of my year ahead:  The Year of the Stitch. I will officially open The Year of the Stitch at 4:30 p.m. California time today. This is about the time that I predict DH will hand the last of Mail Jail to the postman.

Yes, I plan to take off large chunks of the next year and stitch. Stitch and stitch and stitch. I have new threads, new projects, new pieces of canvas, and new hopes for some challenging time with my needle. I greatly look forward to the year ahead and hope that my website's followers will join me.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and I hope you will find time to join me this weekend and celebrate the opening of The Year of the Stitch this afternoon and throughout Thanksgiving weekend.
Gay Ann

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