Hello and Sending Love

Rudbeckia

As much as this space and the friends I have made here continually fill me with joy, I am not ready yet to return 100%. But I do want to dip my toe in, say hello and thank each and every one of you who have reached out to me and to Diane in so many lovely and heartfelt ways during these past two months. I have been completely overwhelmed by the out-pouring of love, prayers, warm hugs and reminders of friendship that have been sent our way - that are still being sent our way.

Sadness and Love, and a Hiatus

(Hello - this is Pam's daughter Diane posting. I'm posting this to both her blog and mine.)

Life is woven from both beauty and tragedy. Two weeks back, tragedy struck my family when Mom's husband of 25 years passed away suddenly from a heart attack. We both loved him dearly, as did so many people. He had one of those twinkling spirits that always made people brighten around him.

A Sneak Peak at My 12 EPP Hexie Blog Hop Project

Black work in Christmassy Green

A little sneak peak at the project I am working on for the 12 Hexies EPP Blog Hop being hosted by Craftypod.

Christmas in July: More Shaved Wood and BARC Ornaments!

Shaved Wood Curls and BARC Wood Veneer Paper make lovely Classic and Contemporary Old World Themed Ornaments

If hearts are not your thing - here are a few more ideas for lovely holiday tree ornaments made using Olsen's Shaved Wood Ornament Kits and Arc Craft BARC Wood Veneer Paper. Hopefully these very simple designs will appeal to both classic and contemporary tastes!

Christmas in July: Old World Shaved Wood Ornaments Made Easy!

Festive Heart ornaments

Combining the little ready made shaved wood curls from Olsen's Shaved Wood Ornament Kits and shaved wood strips called "Spon or Bastelspan" sent to me by a friend in Norway has allowed me to make ornaments I was not able to make using only one or the other alone. And these hearts are some of my favorites!

Christmas in July is Almost Here!!! Hoping You will Join Me!

Christmas in July Lighted Shaved Wood Tree

Christmas in July is almost here! And this year - I will be celebrating the whole month! Lots of tutorials for sweet ornaments and pretty trees. A most excellent hexie blog hop sponsored by Craftypod. And time to return to cookies! We will start the six month Winter Holiday Cookie series off this year with beautiful waffle cookies from Norway, Italy, the Netherlands and more!

Embroidered Norwegian Primstav: First Quarter Completed

Primstav first quarter 3

As promised - an update on my embroidered Norwegian Primstav.

The story behind my Primstav - what it is, why I am making one, how I was inspired - can be found here in the introductory post.

As you may remember, I left you…

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