I received an e-mail from a reader a few months ago about my Wednesday's Wanderings. I don't want to share her name, but I hope she is reading this, because she really touched me. She is a faithful follower of my WWs and she made me stop and think about the simple things in life that we often take for granted, by sharing some of her thoughts.
She wrote about how she was housebound taking care of her ill husband. She was not complaining but she wanted to let me know that she did not get out much and hasn't done any traveling for a while. Although she enjoys reading about all the wonderful places that I have recreated with these small blocks that are sometimes vignettes, her travels are limited. So she decided to think about the places she can go and loves. One of her favorite places to visit is her comfy chair. She will head their with a good book for a bit of escape. Another is a view of her majestic oak tree in her yard. This made me think about stopping along the way in my hurried life to breathe in the small pleasures.
We are spending the week at our lake house in the mountains. It is a wonderful place to slow down and take pleasure from the simple things. I wish we got here more often but it always seems like such a chore to pack everything up, including sewing projects and leave regular life behind.
We have a dock that sits right on the water at the edge of our yard. In the morning, I love to go down to the lake and be with the quietude. I have to take a towel with me to wipe the dew off of the chair that has condensed overnight but that is part of the ritual. I sit down with my early morning beverage and my buddy, Bailey, and survey our small piece of happiness. The lake is like a sheet of glass in the early morning and there is no sound except for the occasional splash of a jumping fish. I can't help but think about the majesty of nature and how lucky I am to have this special place in my life.
|I love the blanket stitch.|
|Check out Bailey's 3-D ear and the curly fabric for her fur.|
|There are no rules that say you can't use the wrong side of a fabric. |
The reverse side has a more weathered look which I thought was better for the dock.
So, sometimes I think about why I blog. Initially I think it is because I want to share my creations and techniques, but perhaps the interaction with others is really what is more important - how I touch them and they in turn touch me.