This will be a quick post as I am feeling very melancholy today and the only thing that seems to be helping is embroidering. At the moment I am embroidering ornaments. Each little stitch brings me that much closer to peace. I am trying to find as much joy out of each and every ornament as I can, painstakingly adding stitches and details until the ornament is finished. I went out and bought muslin today as this foray into knitting and crocheting has brought more purses and scarves then I could imagine. I will continue to make purses and scarves as I need them and start watercoloring and embroidering again. I miss it, I miss the creativity, I miss the way that it makes me feel, the peace, the love, my center. I have finally gotten the message that embroidery is a gift I give myself, it makes me complete.
I volunteered yesterday at the Albany Shaker Museum and happened to sell one of my new cat ornaments to a lady that bought it for her daughter as I was unloading my inventory. She asked how long it took to make one of these and I honestly told her it takes a couple of hours(or maybe longer) but I enjoy making them more the more time they take me to make. It seems everytime I go to the Albany Shaker Museum I see people lovingly looking at the stitches. Between that and my conversation with Emily about joy I realized it's time to get back to work as a hand embroidery "artist". More stitchin, less *itchin.
I'll share pictures when I have them. Just a shout out to Lynda Lehman who has a lovely video tribute to the troops on her blog. So I'm off for a bit of peace and tranquility and I'll see you soon. Keep stitchin.