My neck of the woods was hit by an ice/snow storm earlier in the week. I woke up Tuesday morning to this. Luckily, I was able to work from home and stay toasty in my house. Wednesday morning was a very different story. The roads were still iced over, so no going into work, but I woke up to rolling blackouts. Fun! We had power for about 10-15 minutes at a time and then it would be out for 45 minutes to an hour. Good times. And it made for an interesting work day, making project calls on my cell phone and taking notes with pen & paper.
The evening of that first snow day though, I settled in under a quilt and finished up Snow Garden. I wanted to have this one finished by the end of January too, but I missed it by a day. I guess I just needed the right weather conditions to facilitate a finish!
Throughout the time I stitched on this, I kept thinking about how I wanted to personalize it. What would represent snowy January to me? I decided to dedicate this block to new beginnings. I love January for its calmness and its quiet. The world looks fresh and new after all the excitement of Christmas. And when I think of the “anniversaries of the heart” that I want to celebrate with this piece, it all comes down to one beginning – when my life started over in 2002. So, I dedicated this block to the beginning of my new life, and put Hamlet, Romeo and Othello’s initials in there as well as my initials (my maiden name).
Back at the beginning I bought myself a charm bracelet and one charm to put on it – a compass – to celebrate the new direction my life was taking and the new adventure I was embarking upon. Look how far that charm bracelet has come now! It primarily holds charms from my travels with Eric, but there are a few others from the heart.
So, this block is for me and my January…for starting over with three boys.
I’m really pleased with how my Snow Garden turned out – just a touch of color. I did have to stitch my year over one, because try as I might I couldn’t get it to fit over two. I just added an extra snowflake though and called it good! I’m looking forward to starting Valentine Garden (I’m stitching this all on one piece of fabric). It will be fun to stitch all those reds after the pale colors of Snow Garden. I’ve enlisted the help of Eric and my dad (my genealogy experts) to help me with the February personalization. So far I have a couple of ideas.
And, I thought I’d share another lovely gift I received over the holidays. Gloria stitched BBD’s Waiting for the Harvest for me. Isn’t it gorgeous? I love that rich chocolatey thread she used.
Look at that pretty trim too.
February is going to be full of more fun WIPs I’ll be stitching on, so I’ll be sure to update you soon on those. Until then, stay warm!
I am grateful for new beginnings.