A Cemetery, Bones & Raising the Dead

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I’ve managed to get a good amount done on Jenny Bean in the past few days. Of course, you can see the house is finished, as is the cemetery and I’ve moved onto the tree. The tree is finished minus its leaves. And the colors for this sampler, especially since mine were a guess, are kinda crazy – at least with respect to the tree. I think it will be kind of fun though to eventually see a bunch of these finished, because they will all probably look totally different. But, I’m going with it. Who knows what this week will bring with regard to stitching time, but last week was kind of a fluke. But, all in all, this sampler is so much fun to stitch and it seems to be moving along pretty quickly for me. I have a feeling that border may be a different story though.

I’ve also finished another book from my book challenge. That makes two out of twelve done.

the lovely bones@2x

The Lovely Bones was a gift from my friend, Sherri. This was definitely a book I would have never chosen for myself, but it was sooooo good. I could not put this book down. And I definitely feel like this is a story that will stay with me. One of the things I’ve been thinking about too is the amount of books I have in my possession. I’d really like to whittle that down, and one of the things I’ve thought about is that I’d like to have a personal library of sorts that contains books that I love, books that touched me, books that stayed with me, books that I would read again over and over. So, I’ve gone through my books and starting weeding through the books that should stay and the books that can go. This book is definitely one for my library.

And because this book was so good, I’ve had a problem starting a new book. I’ve been carrying a new book around with me for a week almost now, and haven’t cracked it open. Sometimes, when I read a book that is so good, I have a hard time coming back out of that story, or that world. And until I can kind of let it go, starting a new book is almost impossible. I wish all books were like that. Anyway, my next choice, also off my challenge list, is The Host. If I can ever start it, I think it will be good.

And over the weekend, I spent some quality time with the pile of stuff that was slowly overtaking my desk. I found a pattern that I had pulled out with the thought of starting it soon, and also found my notes on threads and fabric I had wanted to use for it, based on this gorgeous piece (also pictured below).

Where My Heart Blooms Valley House Primitives

I’d left this on my desk because I needed fabric and threads. But, when I picked up the note and saw the fabric I’d wanted to use was Vintage Meadow Rue…the lightbulb went off and I realized I had some Meadow Rue in my possession. In fact, I have a stitcher’s half of it, that was for my first Neighborhood RR. And after all the heartache with this piece, it’s just been shoved in the back of my closet still in the FedEx package, because I didn’t know what to do with it.

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Well, now I know. I’m going to rip out the stitching that was done and re-use this piece for Where My Heart Blooms. I think it’s an excellent way of making lemonade out of lemons. And I am sure that the rest of the fabric that I end up with as leftover will be put to good use too. But, first for the ripping out. I think it will be good for me…a way to let go of it.

Hope this week brings lots of stitching and some good news.

I am grateful for Eric – always, every day.

40 thoughts on “A Cemetery, Bones & Raising the Dead”

  1. I loved that book! I agree…so good! I just finished a book called The Help. If you haven’t read it yet, I do recommend it.

  2. I loved that book! I agree…so good! I just finished a book called The Help. If you haven’t read it yet, I do recommend it.

  3. I know exactly what you’re talking about. Books so good I didn’t want them to end. And then not being able to start another book because I was savoring the memory of The Great Book.

    I’ve also been know to put off for months the reading of a book that is the last in a favorite series, because if I haven’t read it – it’s not really over.

  4. I know exactly what you’re talking about. Books so good I didn’t want them to end. And then not being able to start another book because I was savoring the memory of The Great Book.

    I’ve also been know to put off for months the reading of a book that is the last in a favorite series, because if I haven’t read it – it’s not really over.

  5. You are making great progress on JB’s Halloween Michelle! I love it! 🙂 I think I’m going to have to read or listen to the book – it sounds so good.

  6. You are making great progress on JB’s Halloween Michelle! I love it! 🙂 I think I’m going to have to read or listen to the book – it sounds so good.

  7. Jenny Bean is coming along nicely.
    I may have to go hunt for that book. It sounds special.
    Glad you were able to pick up that RR and decide what to do with it.

  8. Jenny Bean is coming along nicely.
    I may have to go hunt for that book. It sounds special.
    Glad you were able to pick up that RR and decide what to do with it.

  9. Nice progress on Jenny Bean! Lovely Bones is our oldest daughter’s favorite book. I think this is the one she said they are making into a movie.

  10. Nice progress on Jenny Bean! Lovely Bones is our oldest daughter’s favorite book. I think this is the one she said they are making into a movie.

  11. Having walked through the round robin experience with you, I am so glad you’ve decided what you are going to do with the piece. What a great idea.

    I can so relate to how you feel about books you love and not being able to let go for a while after you read them. I am the same way.

    Love Jenny Bean, I can’t wait to get my chart and to see the Christmas piece :-).

  12. Having walked through the round robin experience with you, I am so glad you’ve decided what you are going to do with the piece. What a great idea.

    I can so relate to how you feel about books you love and not being able to let go for a while after you read them. I am the same way.

    Love Jenny Bean, I can’t wait to get my chart and to see the Christmas piece :-).

  13. Wow, Michelle you really made some progress on Jenny. She is looking great! Yes, Lovely Bones is a good book, one I actually finished…..

  14. Wow, Michelle you really made some progress on Jenny. She is looking great! Yes, Lovely Bones is a good book, one I actually finished…..

  15. Lovely progress, Michelle! I am anxious to get to my Jenny Bean but don’t think it’ll happen for awhile, so I am enjoying watching your progress.

    I am interested to see what you think of The Host. Mairead has it but hasn’t started reading it yet. I know exactly what you mean about a book that stays with you. The story is a part of you, the characters are friends that stay with you… it’s hard to come out of that world that has touched you so much. Good luck on the weeding out process. It’s hard to do but fun to see what remains, when just looking at the cover of the books is like glimpsing an old friend.

  16. Lovely progress, Michelle! I am anxious to get to my Jenny Bean but don’t think it’ll happen for awhile, so I am enjoying watching your progress.

    I am interested to see what you think of The Host. Mairead has it but hasn’t started reading it yet. I know exactly what you mean about a book that stays with you. The story is a part of you, the characters are friends that stay with you… it’s hard to come out of that world that has touched you so much. Good luck on the weeding out process. It’s hard to do but fun to see what remains, when just looking at the cover of the books is like glimpsing an old friend.

  17. Jennie Bean is looking great!

    I can so relate to how you feel about books. I’ve read a few that were so good I couldn’t even think about picking up another book because there’s no way it could be anywhere near as good as the book I just finished.

    Great idea for the RR fabric. Turn it into something positive.

  18. Jennie Bean is looking great!

    I can so relate to how you feel about books. I’ve read a few that were so good I couldn’t even think about picking up another book because there’s no way it could be anywhere near as good as the book I just finished.

    Great idea for the RR fabric. Turn it into something positive.

  19. Good progress on Jenny Bean, Michelle! I do like that piece and have the chart, but not the threads yet. I like the shpae of the tree.

    I really like the charm on the front of the book.

    Have a good weekend!

  20. Good progress on Jenny Bean, Michelle! I do like that piece and have the chart, but not the threads yet. I like the shpae of the tree.

    I really like the charm on the front of the book.

    Have a good weekend!

  21. Great post–I loved that book too and need to re-read it soon. I love books too and would go crazy if I had a house big enough to hold all the ones I wanted, lol. I DID pick up Jenny Bean when I was in PA and yours is great. Makes me want to get cracking on mine!

  22. Great post–I loved that book too and need to re-read it soon. I love books too and would go crazy if I had a house big enough to hold all the ones I wanted, lol. I DID pick up Jenny Bean when I was in PA and yours is great. Makes me want to get cracking on mine!

  23. That book is currently sitting on my counter for a read. I just finished a book called ‘Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet’ by Jamie Ford. It was a great book. His first…check it out…Stitchy looks great by the way!

  24. That book is currently sitting on my counter for a read. I just finished a book called ‘Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet’ by Jamie Ford. It was a great book. His first…check it out…Stitchy looks great by the way!

  25. Books have the same effect on me. When I finish one thta was good I can’t start the next one immediately after. I juts have to have a day between. Lovely Bones was a great read for me, too.
    And yes, Where My Heart Blooms is such a wonderful piece. I think using that fabric for it is a great idea and will make you forget what you went through with your Neighbourhood RR.

  26. Books have the same effect on me. When I finish one thta was good I can’t start the next one immediately after. I juts have to have a day between. Lovely Bones was a great read for me, too.
    And yes, Where My Heart Blooms is such a wonderful piece. I think using that fabric for it is a great idea and will make you forget what you went through with your Neighbourhood RR.

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