Seek Joy in All Things






Well, it's hot, people. Hot, hot, hot. We're setting records in Philadelphia! I think the high today was a very muggy 99. I do have a finish to share, which is Stacy Nash's "Seek Joy in All Things." I just love that verse and had to stitch it when I saw it. I've been switching this project out with 3 pay-it-forward gifts, and I have finished 2 of the 3, so I'm almost done with those, yay. I'm excited to share those soon. "Seek Joy" by the way, is stitched on 28 ct. Gray Flannel by Sassy's Fabbys with DMC threads and I plan to make it into a pillow.

I celebrated my 30th birthday and 5 year wedding anniversary at the end of May. On our anniversary, Mike and I did some of the things we most enjoy together: museum exploring, bookstore browsing, and reading outside in a park. We visited the Rodin sculpture museum and snapped some pictures of his extraordinary The Thinker. I learned that The Thinker was taken from a work called The Gates of Hell based on Dante's Inferno, so the subject is actually contemplating eternity and damnation. No wonder he seems so intent. Rodin loved hands and I was particularly taken with the beauty of some of the hands he rendered in sculpture.






So, I'll be back soon with some PIF projects to share as well as some great new stash acquisition. I'm feeling very empowered and inspired by two things: one is a new Nikon camera that Mike got me for my birthday. Hip hip hooray! No more boring scans from me. Two, Annemarie's post about not feeling guilty about her blog. I have only been able to blog about once a month and really don't get to comment on other blogs too much. I have contemplated deleting this blog so many times but when I read Annemarie's declaration of independence (of sorts) I felt much better, so thanks for that, Annemarie! I will update my blog whenever I can, but it is my blog after all and I shouldn't feel guilty or apologize every time I come on here. So, there. :) That having been said, Thank You all for reading! It really means a lot. I hope that if you are around excessive heat, you're finding ways to keep cool... see you soon!

17 comments:

Teri said...

Let me be the first to comment and wish you a happy birthday and a happy anniversary! The "seek joy" finish is perfect! And, if it makes you feel any better, it's hot, hot, hot here as well!

Tanya said...

Hey Rachel! First of all - it's so nice to put a face with a name so glad you added a picture of yourself :) That Stacy Nash design is beautiful - one of my favs by her. The Rodin pics are great - did you ever see CAMILLE CLAUDEL movie? I think I had mentioned it before but can't remember if you saw it or not. Good movie.

Tanya

A said...

Happy Birthday AND Anniversary Rachel!
(You're just a baby, lol!)
I'm glad you had a nice day, your finish is just lovely!

KarenV said...

Great finish Rachel, I love the colours!

Happy Birthday and a happy anniversary to you and your DH!

Annemarie said...

Whoo, that made me blush... Thanks, Rachel, especially because you yourself are an absolute inspiration to other people. I wouldn´t want to miss you and enjoy all of your posts.
´Seek joy´ is beautiful. I have it in my stash and was sorely tempted to drop everything and start it myself as soon as I saw yours.
Happy birthday and anniversary! It sounds like you spent the day in a perfect way :o)

Sonda in OR said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! It's always nice to "see you when we see you" once a month or otherwise! Your stitching is lovely.

mercy said...

What a great finish. Happy belated birthday and anniversary, sounds like you spent it in a lovely way :-)

Nancy said...

Hi Rachel! Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, and I love your picture! It sounds like you have been busy enjoying life which is exactly as it should be. I love your Stacy Nash stitching. Her designs are wonderful, aren't they? Looking forward to seeing your PIF photos. Take care!

Vonna said...

Rachel...don't delete your blog!!! My goodness girl, I would miss you terribly! And don't feel guilty...it's all about fun and connections made.

I love your finish and the words are so true...seek JOY! Yea!!!

Barbara said...

Your anniversary sounds so fun. We last made a trip like that shortly before the birth of our 2nd child. I do miss that kind of 'grown up' stuff. ;) Congratulations on both your birthday and your anniversary - I hope the years just keep getting better and better!!

Oh, your Stacy Nash project is FABULOUS!!!

Wendy said...

Seek Joy is a beautiful piece - congrats on a wonderful finish!

And I am so glad you did not delete your blog. No one should ever feel guilty about not blogging or commenting. And its certainly not why we started them in the first place.

Katrina said...

happy belated birthday! Love the seek joy piece too.

Sharon said...

Fabulous finish! Congrats.

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary!! Your Stacy Nash piece is gorgeous. I really like her designs, I feel drawn to them.

staci said...

Gorgeous finish...I'm so glad you decided against hitting the delete button!

Itching To Stitch said...

Congratulations on your finish. Your stitching is beautiful. I love going to museums too ;)

Michele said...

Happy Belated Birthday and Anniversary :) Sounds like a lovely day! I really liked the pictures of the hands .. and of course your picture! Nice to put a name with a face :)

I'm in love with Seek Joy! I seek Joy every chance I get and I sooo need this chart!

I'm really glad you haven't deleted your blog Rachel .. blog whenever you want to .. we'll be waiting :)