Friday, February 11, 2011

Just a Few Things...

February has always seemed like kind of a dark month to me, and this winter has certainly had its challenges! Here in New England, we're buried in snow, have leaky roofs from ice dams and are now going through some truly freezing weather! 
But there are always ways to create mid-winter cheeriness
with color and comforting things!
I received this wonderful hand cut valentine from my clever friend Elaine! She tells me that, at one time, some men's neckties had designs like this. I can't imagine what would be written on a necktie these days!
I recently purchased this book, after perusing its pages for just a few minutes! A really spontaneous purchase! Maybe it was the phrase "25 Heartfelt Projects" on the cover, or maybe it was some of the sweet projects and photos within:
I love the combination of quilting, embroidery and beading here,
and the wool applique combined with quilting here.
It's a bit late to start projects for Valentine's Day, but I think this book will provide me with plenty of gift ideas to use throughout the year.
I'm still recovering from the surgery I had at the beginning of February. Apparently it was a difficult surgery - the gland  was quite inflamed - and the area is still swollen. Today I put on makeup, felt great and went out for brunch with a friend. An hour later I was in pain again. So, this is definitely a time for patience. I'm trying to live in the moment, enjoy being indoor with the kitties, and work on a few low-key projects. I hope to share some of my landscapes soon.
Spreading out fabrics, embroidery threads, beads and fibers is always uplifting to me!

I hope that everyone who reads this has a wonderful weekend!
I certainly intend to!!


sharon said...

Healing is never on our timetable. Combine the impact old man winter is having on the outside and the gland complication on the inside, and you have a recipe for taking soft, slow care of yourself. Your blog entries show me there are many beautiful things around you for comfort and inspiration. Let them weave their magic for now.
Wising you a pleasantly calm weekend. Sending you a puffy heart shaped melody of fondness for Valentines Day.

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Heal well and enjoy small slow projects :).
Stay inspired!

Libby Fife said...

That looks like a lovely book.

You look wonderful but I bet you are tired too of not feeling well. Getting better always has little setbacks doesn't it? Take care of yourself and snuggle up with the kitties.

Simone said...

Oh Judy! I am so sad to know that you are still in pain. I truly hope that you will soon be fully recovered.x On a lighter note, I like the papercut that your friend sent you and the new book. It looks like there are some lovely things in there for you to make. Take it easy and wishing you better. x

Karen L R said...

As Pooh would say, "Oh, bother".

Feel better soon, Judy. xoxoxoxox

Lyn said...

you must take things easy, one day at a time. Hope to see some lovely things made from the book and hey-you can be really planning ahead for Christmas gifts!

Anne said...

I'm glad you're feeling better, but sad to hear that it's been slow and painful. I hope you're back to your old self soon!!

Can't wait to see what you've been working on!

Take care.

From Your Mindseye said...

Oh Judy, I hope you feel better soon. The cold makes the pain worse too I believe. Stay warm and play with the kitties. You'll be back to new soon.

Carrie P. said...

Hope you are having a speedy recovery. I have seen that book and it has some very pretty projects in it.