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Monday, September 24, 2012


before the ellipse even! a quick thank you to sara for getting me back here for real. she was right; I was only going through the motions these past few weeks with my formula posts. but I get so much out of this space. this medium. the community it inspires. this ... whatever it is. and I am glad to be back in a groove of posting more regularly. (and reading - and sometimes even commenting on! - others' blogs...somewhat more regularly). this past week, I've tried to remember the reason I'm here is to share my story. for myself. and my family. and maybe for a few others. but really, it is mostly for me and my girls. la mere et ses filles. thank you, sara (xxoo).

so with that, you'll notice a new banner. a tight crop of holly from the last photo of yesterday's walk. looking out. the best reminder I could find in my september photos-to-date to remind me (et mes filles) about what this new season holds for us. let's look out. let's challenge ourselves to look thoughtfully and carefully. and then with imagination and excitement to see the possibilities ...and like holly, to remember there is always a warm lap and a hug and a kiss...and love when we come home.


and now we're on to multi-crafting. I think it's official. I am a knitter. and I am a needlepointer. yes, I multi-craft.

I say that not only because I started - and finished! - more needlepoint projects (than knitting projects) this month, but also because I now have a supply of threads organized in ziplock bags. by color.
ha, what does it say about my first four projects that I have a bag of red, a bag of green, a bag of gold...and just a few other colors?

and I've started my 5th needlepoint project.
this is going to be a bangle bracelet; today I used black velvet to satin stitch the diamonds along the bottom border
and I wrote most of the stitch guide for this project (marci added two new stitches).
313:365 a stitch guide.
LOVE the colors and textures of all the threads!
...and I totally get how to do it!

yes it took me a year. but yes, I'm addicted. maybe because this is a craft I'm doing totally for me. and now I'm wondering about balancing the two (thank goodness there are only two...but as I type this I realize my project life "stuff" is a three...and maybe that's why I'm now four weeks behind?!) do you balance multi-crafting?



Blogger Anne said...

So glad when you post. I really enjoy reading "your story" and I know the next chapters will be wonderful. Ciao!

Monday, 24 September, 2012  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

Balance is tricky, that's for sure. I'm a knitter, photographer, spinner and blogger. I knit every day, I photograph something every day, and I blog 5 days/week. I hardly ever spin. I'm okay with that - it's a hobby not a job - but I do think about balancing things a bit more and incorporating spinning into my schedule some how.

Tuesday, 25 September, 2012  
Blogger Debbie said...

Knitting,quilting, sewing, embroidery, do I balance it? All I can say is that I am never bored!

Tuesday, 25 September, 2012  
Blogger Honoré said...

Balance? What's that! I'm continually working in that arena and haven't yet hit on a formula, but I keep trying, experimenting, etc. and you will too, of that I 'm sure!

So, carry on and congrats on the needlepoint. Shows your fine hand and I can see why you took to it .

Cheers ~

Tuesday, 25 September, 2012  
Blogger Lydia said...

sometimes i just have to make a list and say today, i'm knitting on . . . or today i'm going to sew . . . or i'm not going to start another project until i've completed "x". it's not easy, and i think sometimes you have to play catch up, and be okay with that. love the new needlepoint project.

Tuesday, 25 September, 2012  
Blogger Patty said...

Mary, it's always wonderful to stop by here! I love reading your perspective. I particularly love the part about the lap and love we're lucky enough to return home to!

Tuesday, 25 September, 2012  
Blogger Rachel said...

Knitting, photography, quilting, sewing, punch needle and random crafts I find on Pinterest. I don't try to balance them, I just work on whatever project(s) I feel like that day. What ever is going to make me happy. And I have a list of new crafts that I'd like to learn.

Wednesday, 26 September, 2012  

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