Tuesday, December 22, 2009

~*Peaceful Evening*~

Hello Dear Friends! I am home enjoying a peaceful evening tonight. All the gifts are wrapped and under the tree... patiently waiting to have the pretty papers ripped open with excitement and scattered throughout the room. The recipes have been arranged and groceries stocked. There will be lots of baking and cooking to warm the kitchen the next few days. But tonight... the big boys (Tony and Jamie) have made the hour long trek to Topeka for some rc car racing, Trinity is playing hockey on the old Play Station (not knowing that a Wii hiding under the tree), and I am stitching in comfort on the sofa... relaxing before all the hustle and bustle the next few days will bring.

I thought you might be interested to see how I often stitch. Maybe this is crazy... but it works for me. I find a piece of fabric ~ in this case it is a 30 ct linen that I aged severely with walnut stain ~ and pull together an assortment of threads that I think look nice together. There is an idea in my mind of what I want the finished piece to look like, but I just start stitching. This isn't charted yet, and may not be if I choose... but this is how I work...

I start with a border and fill in from there ~ gathering letters and motifs that I feel belong... until it reaches a finish of my approval. It is relaxing for me... and somewhat comforting.


My Friends... I want to wish you all heartfelt joy and blessings this Christmas and always! May you enjoy the holiday with faith, family, and friends!

Warm smiles to you...



  1. Hi Betty,
    I'm sure your finished piece will be wonderful, as always. Enjoy your peaceful evening and the excitement of the next few days. Thank you so much for sharing your patterns with us. Have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed new year!

  2. Betty ~
    May you and your loved ones have a Christmas to remember and may 2010 bring you all health and happiness.
    Merry Christmas!
    Pug hugs :)

  3. Sounds like a truly peaceful evening! I can't wait to see how your design fills in!

  4. can't wait to see what you create! Have a wonderful Holiday!

    Bridget Brewer

  5. Oh, I wish I could stitch like that. I have to have a pattern in front of me. Maybe someday I will experiment more. Have a very Merry Christmas!!!

  6. Ah, thanks for giving me permission to stitch without all the paralytic planning. I need something in my hands in the evening or I may lose all my marbles from boredom. Oh wait, isn't their a saying about "idle hands"? Karmen

  7. Merry Christmas to you & your family! Look forward to seeing the outcome of your piece. Your whole family will enjoy the Nitendo Wii.


  8. Betty,
    I'm looking forward to the finished piece. It sounds like you had a wonderful evening. Thank you so much for the freebie patterns over the year ~ you are so generous.
    May you and your family have the Merriest Christmas ever.

  9. Looking forward to seeing your finished piece Betty and can I say I'm so happy to see you use a hoop. Sometimes I feel like the lone hooper. I love my hoop!

  10. Love your aged piece of linen. You always produce beautiful pieces. Thanks for sharing how you do it. You are very Blessed with your talents, and thank you for sharing so many of your freebies.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  11. Wow, no pattern, I'd be too afraid of what that would look like when I was done. Well Betty, may this be a wonderful and beautiful Christmas for you and your family.
    Happy Stitching.

  12. Betty~ Just wanted to wish you and your family the Merriest of Christmas' and it has been such a delight getting to know you and your family. I'm sure Trinity will be overjoyed with what it under the tree! :)Ginger

  13. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas Betty!

  14. Love those peaceful evenings Betty. I must say, I cannot remember when I last had one. LOL.

    I'll have to try your method of stitching "one day".

  15. Betty: Thanks so much for sharing how you design your patterns - very interesting. Do you use a computer software program to chart them after you stitch them up????



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