Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, March 30, 2015

~SPRING UPDATE~

Hello, sweet friends!

I hope you are having a lovely week 

and seeing and feeling the signs of spring

where you are!!

For many of you it has been a pretty rough winter

and I'm sure you are more than ready to leave the cold and snow behind!!

If that describes you

or

you just love spring and all that goes with it,

I would love to invite you to join me 

tomorrow, March 31st, 5:00 pm, EST (2:00pm, PST) 

for a SPRING UPDATE on my Picture Trail!

Won't you hop on over??

I will have some velvet rabbits, wool bunny pinkeeps, birds, carrots, dolls, and pillows,

to help you celebrate the season!

Thank you so much for your friendship

 and interest in my work!

Hope to see you tomorrow!!

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Wishing you a day filled with Sunshine~

Julie 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

~A SPECIAL GIFT~

Recently, I was the very fortunate winner of a Giveaway 

from Marly of Samplers and Santas Blog!


This Beautiful Stitched Heart!!!

I was so excited when I read her post announcing the winner!!

Who??  ME????  REALLY???  


Isn't it just WONDERFUL???

It is much larger than I thought and it is sooo lovely!

The stitching is just perfect and I love the fabric she used on the back!!  

Of course, I just realized I did not take a picture of the back.........sorry!!

Guess I was too busy admiring the front!!!  

If you would like to see the back, you can visit her blog HERE!

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Marly is a very generous and funny lady and I truly enjoy my visits with her!

She is always sharing some great tip about a new product she has found

or about her fur babies, or about what she is stitching and how she did it!

I have learned a lot from her and if you have not met her yet

I know she would welcome your visit!!

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Thank you SO MUCH Marly,

for this AMAZING Heart!!

I just love it and will always treasure it!!


Stitched sampler by Lori on the lower left side!

This is a favorite spot in my home where I have 2 antique samplers,
 both were gifts from my sweet husband Jeff,

and some other special stitched pieces made by my dear friend Lori Rippey of Homespun Prims,

and Judy of Beehive Needleworks!


Stitched Pin pillow on the left by my dear friend Judy
and another stitchery in the black cupboard by Lori!

It seemed like the perfect spot to hang Marly's heart!  


Old samplers on either side of Marly's heart!

Now I can be reminded of special friends and realize how very Blessed I am, 

each time I look at this corner!!

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Wishing you remembrances of  SPECIAL GIFTS and SPECIAL FRIENDS~

Julie


Monday, March 9, 2015

~GRATITUDE~

That word certainly describes what is in my heart.....

A deep sense of gratefulness for so many things.....

Health, family, beloved friends.......

Enjoying each new day and just 

Living life!

It truly is a gift and blessing from God,


Special heart molds from my sweet husband Jeff!

and I am filled with GRATITUDE!!

I am so grateful for all of your well wishes, prayers, kind words, thoughts, and caring that you have shown to me over these past few weeks since my stroke!!! 

I normally try to send out individual thank you emails, but am trying to follow my Dr. and not stress about things that don't get done!! 

 Somehow I just know you all understand and will give me a bit of grace for that!!  Just know that

 Each Comment Was A Gift

 and I cherish all of them AND YOU so much!!!

Many of you have asked how I am doing and I am happy to report that

I feel really well!!! 

 It is still hard for me to believe it actually happened!!!

I had a follow up with my Dr. and she said everything looked good!  

She did put me on a cholesterol medicine even though mine is normal!

Apparently, they do that as a rule just for safety, and also baby aspirin,

 but according to all the tests everything seems to be fine!

Her main caution was to avoid STRESS and so I have been doing just that!!


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Another cause for GRATITUDE was a visit from my daughter and her husband!

They planned to come down to celebrate my Birthday, and as it happened

the timing was perfect!  We all realized how very different things COULD have been,

but were all so THANKFUL for a very different outcome!!  


Janelle, Jeff, me and Austin in Orange, CA!

The weather actually got a bit chilly and damp for So Cal,

But we just enjoyed being together and I was so happy they could be here!!

We are hoping to be able to make a trip up to see them sometime this year!

We sure do miss them and WA!!!  

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During my recuperation, I have been finishing up some things I had started some time ago,

preparing for a future Spring update!

Here is a little peek....


Little Bunnies on Tuffets!

I hope to get a bit more done....perhaps a rabbit or two as well, but  for now,

I am just enjoying the creative process....Not stressing about what will and won't get done!

Just what the Dr. ordered!!

So very healing for me!! 

I will be posting a date soon, so please check back for when that will be!!  


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Thank you again dear blogging friends, for your kindness and love to me!!

I am TRULY GRATEFUL!!

Wishing you a day filled with ALL that makes your Heart Glad~~

Julie