Trying to spend a little less time on the computer and/phone, wandering around the Internet. Although there are so many beautiful photos/ideas/patterns/recipes out there, I've found Facebook to be kind of depressing and even Pinterest is a bit mean-spirited lately. It's far nicer to lurk around my favorite blogs and leave some nice comments. It also makes me a bit jealous to see such nicely arranged and written blogs. The photos and layouts are so enjoyable and professionally done.
I have managed to figure out how to change fonts and colors, but my photo arrangements are so dull.
To break the monotony in my stitching live I have signed on to another Stitch-a Long (SAL). Yes, it does originate on Facebook of all places, but it is a very nice stitchers group page. No stalkers, gossips or haters. The design is Kathy Barrick's "And Heaven and Nature Sing". The kindness and generosity I have found there is amazing. I signed up for the SAL only to discover that finances would not allow me to buy the chart or fabric to start the project and contribute to the group. Then two lovely stitchers stepped up and gifted me the chart and fabric!! Well, there goes my Evil Facebook theory. Yes, there are some wonderful people out there. My husband says it's good Karma returning to me.
About two months ago I received a rather strange letter. I don't get much hand-written "snail mail" these days so the sight of the envelope intrigued me. So did the return address. This was not someone I knew and below the name was a long series of numbers My husband said that the letter was from a prisoner. This lady ( who I shall not name to protect her privacy) was requesting some cross-stitch patterns of certain themes...Autumn/Thanksgiving and Saint Olga of Kiev, She had enclosed $5 in cash. I let the letter sit for a few days, wondering who this person was and how she got my address. I must admit I was a bit suspicious and yes, judgmental of this mystery writer.
After a week or so of thinking and rethinking this issue, I went to Pinterest and some other websites, searched through my stash of charts and magazines and collected about 20 charts/designs. I packed them up and mailed them to this person.
Since then I have received three more letters, each with a request for cross-stitch charts of various themes and odd amounts of cash (some of it from foreign countries!) to cover the cost of postage. Each time I've done my searching and mailing, knowing someone on the other end was enjoying what I sent. So if this is some sort of "Good Karma" thing, then so be it.
The lovely Mel is enjoying the Good Karma of my lap on a cool Autumn day. She pretty much ignores me all Summer long and then seeks me out as the weather changes.
The year-round Owl Tree was spruced up with a few new finds at Hobby Lobby. I guess the whole owl thing has gone "viral" (oh yuck, hate that word) because there are quite a few new ornaments out this year.
Now I need to think about the outdoor décor. It's about time to get some pumpkins and corn stalks to put around the vintage farm machine in our yard. The weather is spectacular, even if my hands are a bit cold. Enjoy whatever you have planned for the weekend and here's wishing you some Good Karma!