I have received so many beautiful Christmas cards from around the world. I thank each and every one of you. I'm afraid this is it for me......the feeble "generic cyber greeting". I have wasted too much time and postage went up AGAIN so here I am. The feeling is there though, my friends. Some of you who drop by my oh-so-neglected blog, on-line friends via Facebook, re-connections from days gone by, cross-stitch buddies, fellow gymnastics geeks. I treasure all of you and the many new and interesting things you bring to my life.
It's been dull and rainy here for nearly a week. Not a single flake of snow. Somehow the dreariness seems to reflect the overall mood of the world these days. So much violence, sadness and grief. It does put my own whining and complaining into the proper perspective though.
As usual, I sepnd my days stitching, crafting and knitting; and my evenings with the gymnasts. This odd mix suits me well. I still love to feed the birds and my passion for gardening has moved indoors in the form of terrariums. My latest on-line obsession has become Pinterest. Who'd have thought that my compulsive cutting and pasting and saving things in three-ring binders would suddenly become the latest Internet craze. I missed the boat again!!
My little Etsy shop filled with dolly leotards and gymnastics cross-stitch chugs along in it's own little niche of "fans". Actually I've done surprisingly well. My profits are almost instantly reinvested into another Etsy seller's shop.......usually felt, cross-stitch patterns or sock yarn.
So you see, as the world spins blindingly fast and we all hover at the edge of the "fiscal cliff" I remain very much the same. I think I should feel badly about this, but I don't. I've always had this "escape mechanism" that kicks in when things get stressful and confusing. I know I can create things with needle and thread, with soil and seed but I can also create my own happiness. I feel so blessed with all I have and the wonderful people in my life.
Evening dress ca. 1930From Whitaker Auctions
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