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 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).
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.
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.