Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Where does it go...

Days, months and years?

Just yesterday this little gal was in the arms of her parents and a new joy in all of our lives.  How did she turn 12 today?

We are all proud of our families, as we should be.  Yet, this little gal has captured much more of my attention.  As her sister is in high school, I have the pleasure of spending more alone time with her.  I'm amazed at her quick wit, creativeness and very proud of her.

With a smile in my heart and a great big giggle, I will add she is a lot like me!

Happy you to the moon! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

In Stitches...

Was said to mean laughing  so hard it's painful.  Not certain if that's still true today,  however February has been filled with stitching and finishing with a little pain thrown in.  A busy month with barely enough days to complete everything before Nashville market.

Perhaps the painful part, would be the times a needle pricked my fingers.  I so need to learn to use that thimble again!  Thimbles just seem so cumbersome and slow me down. There's no time to slow down!

 Just yesterday, my sister asked if I ever took the time to work on my own projects.  Yes, I do...doesn't a small piece count?

Finely Finished has been keeping me in stitches this month.

Hope to take more time next month to get back into blogging on a regular basis.  This silly post is not letting me go back and add design information on each picture?!  So much to relearn!   Before I hit that publish button,  I'd like to share my new favorite nail color..."In Stitches"...appropriate don't you think?

What's keeping you in stitches these days?

Be well my friends...your comments are always appreciated.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Too attached...

To my "stuff" or at least that's what the oldest grand accuses me of.  While she is a very smart young lady, she is a 16 year old and can't possibly understand the value of stuff.  And besides, I prefer the word treasures.

Many years have gone into finding, saving and using my treasures.  The real coup is in finding bargains, and yes, I have been known to dive into a dumpster!  It's amazing to me what others discard.  On occasion it hits me, I have too much stuff (I mean too many treasures) and decide to purge.  And what happens?  It had a purpose all along.

For example an old frame.  It had been in the basement forever until one day a sampler fit into it perfectly.   And yesterday, a thought hit me...maybe I could use it for another one of my favorite pieces.   Yes!  This is why I'm "attached to my stuff" fit perfectly!

How about you, are you attached to your stuff?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

"I will honor Christmas...

in my heart and try to keep it all the year."  Wonderful thought for every year.

This quote has so many possibilities and I suppose could be interpreted in many ways.  As for myself and the Jewel, we are on the lookout all year for each other's Christmas gifts.  And as the year comes to an end, usually there's a theme.

As this is the best part of Christmas for myself, I sadly forget about taking pictures.  Trust me, the tray and contents, along with the box, were brimming with wonderfulness!  And yes, I still have my flip flops on.  If you believe in Christmas,  you can believe you're on a beach.

Here's a bit of my thought process...something she taught me.  Finding mementos on outings throughout the year.  Some right under each other's noses.  Every little piece tells a story.

Books with somewhat of a theme.

More than gifts, friendships, or relationships of any kind, are to be honored and kept all year.

How about you, have you thought about this quote?

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Am I in need of therapy?  While cleaning my studio, I peeked into the basket of "starts"...little did I know there were so many!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not feeling any guilt.  After all, "keeps me out of the bars and off the streets" to quote a family member.  There really isn't a lot of money involved here...just a lot of stitching.  Stitching, gardening, reading and now finish work are passions.  Just need to nurture the passions.

The goal this year is to work on clients' finish work during the day and stitch during the evening.

First 2015 "Finely Finished" finishes shipped.

Seriously, what are your passions?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Packing it...

All away saddens me a little this year.  2014 was a true year of change and I'm certain 2015 will be also.  Perhaps, the key to any change is acceptance and finding joy in the little things.  Better yet, searching out and doing what makes you happy!

Not all Christmas will be is still winter after all.  I kind of "slide" from one holiday into another.   As this piece is usually out of doors, it was so much fun to repurpose it for indoors.

This photo will be on my computer screen, reminding me that there is always good in change!

Packing away and remembering the good in 2015.  How about you?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wishes for the New Year...

 Wasn't it just yesterday that we were ringing in 2012?

They say time flies when you're having fun.  That may be true, however, time flies no matter how you're spending your days...good or bad.

The last two years have been somewhat a blur.  No complaints, just reality.  In this household we have learned to make the most of each day.  When the days are good we enjoy them and when they are bad, we get through them.  Hopefully, learning as we go.

Once again, there will be no resolutions.  How about wishes?  Such as...stitching more, reading more, walking more and more time with loved ones.  Simple enough but don't the little wishes bring contentment?  And one large educate the public on how to connect with someone suffering from dementia.

So much more to be said...perhaps, better left for another day.  For now I will leave you with "wishes" for a Happy New Year!

What are your wishes for 2015?