Once upon a time there was a cross stitcher from Maine who lived in Holland and felt pretty lonely (though she had some excellent friends there) who started a blog so she could connect with other stitchy friends. It was also a good way to stay in touch with her family in the US, sharing pictures of her ever-growing family and little stories about every day life. After several years went by, she finally made the move back to Maine and the blog kept all her round-the-world friends caught up on the adventure of moving a large European family to a small, rural community.
And somewhere around that point, chaos hit. Animals began popping up everywhere. Jobs were explored that morphed into a career and graduate school. Gardens were grown, bread was baked, and mayhem was embraced. A house was bought, more animals showed up, and boxes became a normal item of furniture. Stitching was set aside, and so was the blog … though friends and family were never forgotten, there were other ways of staying in touch. But you know what? Blogging is more fun. It’s like the difference between getting a text message or having a friend show up on your doorstep.
Job craziness continues, but on a lower pitch. Baking resumed about a week ago, much to everyone’s relief.
Animals continued to move in and join the farm family, but the ranks are closed now (other than our AGH boar, Fish. who will join us this winter).
Hands-down, the most exciting addition to the farm family has been Paddy O’Malley, our new Nigerian Dwarf buckling. Everyone falls in love with this little darling!
Stitching has resumed, too! It’s a challenge having almost everything still packed, so I had to buy a couple of new patterns. I stitched the Iris Sampler, with a good deal of alteration/personalization, for our niece Anna (better late than never, I hope!). This design is from the Sept/Oct 1990 issue of Cross Stitch & Country Crafts.
I also stitched this cool Celtic knotwork piece for a friend’s birthday but I thought the backstitching looked stupid and ripped it out; Niek thought it looked like a mess without the backstitching … so here it sits.
And right now I’m pleasurably (if slowly) picking my way along A Weaver’s Shuttle by Heartstring Samplery – I’m stitching it more like a coverlet piece, which seem to always have two colors. I’m using Thread Gatherer silks Cypress Umber and Sun King on a 36 ct piece of Toasted Almond (I think) Lakeside Linen.
This is slated for the kitchen – have I mentioned how much I love our bright, sunny kitchen in this house?
The house has lots of great nooks, including a stitching corner:
And some quiet spots that help us slow down and remember the important things:
And of course a few corners seem to have clutter magnets. I’m hoping the local alien life forms will help me clear those out!
In closing, life has been pretty grand and after a good deal of upheaval, it feels like we’re finally sorting out what’s important to us and what’s not. Spending quality time with friends falls into that first category, so I hope to see a whole lot more of you here in the weeks and months to come!