Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lots of Catching Up To Do

I love this quote, I read on
“Normal day, let me be
 aware of the treasure you are.
Let me learn from you,
love you, bless you
 before you depart.
Let me not pass you
 by in quest of some
 rare and perfect tomorrow.
Let me hold you
while I may,
 for it may not always be so.
One day I shall
 dig my nails into the earth,
 or bury my face in the pillow,
 or stretch myself taut,
or raise my hands to the sky
 and want, more than all the world,
 your return.”
~Mary Jean Iron 

As a matter of fact I loved that
quote so much I started following
Mo's Blog that day.

I mentioned the quote to a couple of
people and commented on how
we should be grateful for the
simplest of days.
Those days are our
greatest treasures.

During February quite a bit
went on in my life and on
my blog.
I hosted a heart swap.
I have posted most everyone's
heart except for
mine and 2 others.
Lynn sent this lovely heart,

I had to encourage Lynn to participate
in this swap.  Truth be told
Susan and I had to gang up
on her and send her fabric.
Lynn took our encouragement
(badgering) well and made this
wonderful heart.
Jillayne's heart is next,
Jillayne makes the lovliest things
 and her needlework is exquisite.
She truly creates from the heart.
I am always inspired when
I read her blog.
Don't you love the delicate
look of this heart and
all the stitching,
so understated
and beautiful.
Jillayne will be doing
 a tutorial
on a new flower
technique soon,
 so watch her blog.

This is the heart I
created for the swap.
I love the colors in it and had
the most fun stitching it.
I hope my swap partner
liked it as much as
I did hers.
Shirley C was my
swap partner.
How could I not choose
this heart, from the heart.
The yo-yo strip and
tatting were from both
her Grandmothers.
The scraf was her Mother's.
All these family treasures
she used to create this
I love it and hung it
in my sunroom.
The back of the heart is
beautiful too!
Shirley created this FSL
with her embroidery machine.
Still on the subject
of hearts, Connie sent me
this heart.
She sent it to me while my DH was
critically ill in the hospital.
He spent the better part of
the month of February
in ICU, on life support.
I kept the heart in my pocket
and thought of
my many blog friends
that were praying for us.
It was during this
frightening time
 that the quote I started
this post with,
rang so true to me.
DH is home and
regaining his strength.

Donna hosted a
Mug Mat Swap
during February.
If you read Donna's
blog you know she
is an A+ quilter, so
I knew I wanted to
be part of anything
she had going on.
Nancy was my partner
and this is the mug mat
she sent me.
Along with some
wonder why there are no
pictures of the chocolates?
Stressful times call
for chocolates!
Stressed spelled
backwards is
Notice the bird fabric she used!
Update on Sophie,
a picture speaks
a thousand words...
Needless to say,
 she is doing well.
Still eating everything in sight.
Tried to eat my stitching
last night.  We were watching
American Idol and a bad note
(or sharp, as Randy would say)
stirred Sophie up, she chomped
my stitching with 2 needles hanging
from it! I quickly grabbed it
back and all is well....for now!

Next my butterfly for the

The Holocaust Museum Houston
 is dedicated to
 educating people
 about the Holocaust,
 remembering the
 6 million Jews
 and other innocent victims
 and honoring
 the survivors' legacy.
 Using the lessons
 of the Holocaust
 and other genocides,
 we teach the dangers
 of hatred, prejudice and apathy. 

The butterflies are being created for an exhibit.
The Butterfly Project mandate
 is to remember the 1,500,000
 innocent children
 who perished
 as a result of the Holocaust
 by collecting 1.5 million
 handmade butterflies.

In Spring 2013,
 these butterflies
 will then become
 a break-taking
 exhibition to serve
 as a memory of this event.
And now for some 
welcome sights.
Spring is on it's way. 

Thank you dear friends,
for all the support and love
you have shown me this past month.
Your emails and cards have
meant so much to me
 and my family.

To repeat the thought that started
this post.
In my words,
Be thankful for an ordianary day
for there will be days you will
wish were ordinary.

Love to all,
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