Happy New Year

Hello Friends!

Shortly after my son was born, the demands of motherhood quickly took priority over stitching and blogging.  My husband was in the midst of finishing a PhD and I was in the midst of acquiring my counseling license.  In 2013, we moved back to Texas and I worked more or less full time while my husband focused on writing his dissertation for a year. Our children were then 3 and 1.  (They are nearly 6 and 4 now).  I stitched a tiny little bit here and there, but both time and money were in rather short supply.  However, life is beginning to settle into some more predictable patterns, and I am finding a few hours here and there to revive my love of stitching.  I have decided to fire up the old blog here as a way to chronicle my progress and re-connect with other stitchers.  Many of my old blogging stitching buddies have become dear friends on Facebook.  I have found, by and large, that my stitching friends are uncommonly blessed with magnanimous and generous hearts, and it has been an unexpected joy to know so many of you through the interwebs.  I hope to perhaps make a few new friends in this season of life.

I do have one small finish to share for 2016. It is a pattern by The Sampler Girl from several years ago, and I changed up the color scheme and finished it as a wee flatfold.  It brought me so much pleasure to start and finish a piece like this.  I think it is a fitting thing to share as I bid my blog welcome again after five years.   If you are reading this, thank you so much for stopping by!  Please come back.  Leave me a comment so I can come and see your work, too!  Happy New Year and here's to new beginnings.


valerie said…
Welcome back to blogging! Wonderful finish to ring in the new year!
Unknown said…
I am glad to read you are able to enjoy this wonderful hobby again. Your finish is beautiful and I love the flatfoldup finish.

Looking forward to see more of your stitching and reading your blog
Hello dear Facebook friend! I am so surprised but happy to see you out here again. Lovely piece. Welcome back.
Hazel said…
Yay you're blogging again! Life does get busy and we all understand. I've not blogged as much as I used to or commented as much but it's lovely to see you're settling down and blogging again. Xx
ANGIE said…
It's so beautiful! I love it! Happy stitching!
diamondc said…
Rachel: Lovely stitching with a beautiful finish.

Heather said…
What a lovely finish! Thank you so much for joining the Smalls SAL.
Irmeli said…
Beautiful stitching and finishing for SAL.
Rachel said…
Thanks, everyone, for your comments! They encourage me to keep posting. I had intended at least a post a month but am failing with that goal so far. I have a little work to share this month, though, so thank you for coming by! ~ Rachel
Unknown said…
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You see, Wesley was in the army-and soon after leaving-he revealed hidden, "MIND CONTROL" secrets that the CIA and others used to get anything they want.

THESE are the EXACT same methods lots of celebrities (especially those who "became famous out of nothing") and elite business people used to become wealthy and successful.

You've heard that you utilize only 10% of your brain.

That's because the majority of your BRAINPOWER is UNTAPPED.

Perhaps that conversation has even taken place INSIDE OF YOUR own brain... as it did in my good friend Wesley Virgin's brain around 7 years ago, while driving an unlicensed, beat-up garbage bucket of a car without a driver's license and $3 in his pocket.

"I'm very frustrated with going through life paycheck to paycheck! When will I become successful?"

You've taken part in those conversations, isn't it right?

Your own success story is going to happen. You need to start believing in YOURSELF.

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