Warm wishes…

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Wherever the road leads you…I wish you a warm and Merry Christmas or Merry

whatever! A cozy hearth, good food and drink and those you love near.

: )

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bitter…

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The word “bitter” is embroidered on a piece of linen…

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a heart that is sad…

(note: the flecks of white are from netting I cut up. I will show the reason I used that later.

The flecks of netting just did not get brushed away.)

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The road we travel in life can bring bitterness and we must take

the bitter with the sweet.

I suppose if we don’t experience the coldness or bitterness we would

not know the warmth or sweetness of life.

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a butterfly…

Winter begins

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December 21 is the Winter Solstice

or first day of winter.

The moon is called “Long Night Moon”.

It is the shortest day of the year and the nights are long and

very dark.

This quilt piece is about

a time when you bundle in and stay near the hearth.

Even though there may be precious things and ones you would

like to have or see; it is not a time to venture far.

Long night moon….

quiet and stillness.

Hope…

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Over time a heart can grow weary….when life brings so many challenges.

A heart can grow “cold”….

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but….

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Hope is a thing with feathers….

by Emily Dickinson

Hope is a thing with feathers

that perches in the soul

and sings a tune without words

and never stops at all.

And sweetest, in the gate, is heard

and sore must be the storm

that could abash the little bird

that keeps so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chilliest land

and on the strangest sea.

Yet, never, in extremity

it ask a crumb of me.

Always near

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There is “time no more”….those we hold dear to our heart are always near us.

No matter how seemingly far away they are.

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This is a last minute Christmas post card I am working on for someone.

The window in space represents a lot of things…

but the main message is that there is no such thing as time or space that

separates us.

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words…

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more stitching…

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beads and embroidery…

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the finished postcard.

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And a surprise too! The Christmas cactus flowers bloomed!

A little present…

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Sometimes gifts come in a way you never expect.

This is a plant that was left behind by someone who lived here before me.

I did not know this was a Christmas Cactus  and look what appeared within the last 2 weeks…

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I think it is happy!

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Speaking of presents…

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I finished some fabric Christmas postcards and they are off in the mail.

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a close up view…

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tiny silver beads added to the trees.

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a little stitching…

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more beading…

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magical.

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I am stitching and beading this fabric for a purse for one of my daughters.

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Another piece of fabric for the purse.

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This is a coffee cup or tea cup cozy that went in the mail to an artist friend.

This side has a door to the universe with a butterfly.

The tiny door handle is metal and says imagine.

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This is the other side of the coffee/tea cup cozy.

It is a snake in the desert.

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Finally, I finished the cozy by adding an I Ching coin with beads  for the handle.

little presents….

: )