As we bid adieu to the old year and look forward to the new, I thought I would share these wise words from John Ruskin ~ English writer, poet, artist, and philanthropist (1819-1900):
“Make yourselves nests of pleasant thoughts… Bright fancies, satisfied memories, noble histories, faithful sayings, treasure-houses of precious and restful thoughts, which care cannot disturb, nor pain make gloomy, nor poverty take away from us, ~ houses built without hands, for our souls to live in.”
My wish for you in the coming year is for good health, peace, prosperity, and a deep and happy heart! I sincerely appreciate your patronage and your friendship and eagerly look forward to the coming year.
Early Work Mercantile
Visit my Early Work Mercantile page where you will find a New Year themed pinkeep, an early make-do pincushion, and an antique sampler with a red house, little dog, brown bunny, birds, and trees, and florals – oh my!
Quaint Country Ladies Stitching Club
Don’t forget to sign up for the Quaint Country Ladies Stitching Club! Ann at Dyeing to Stitch tells me the first club kit will ship in early January. I am so excited to be designing 4 projects for this club ~ each featuring a quaint country lady from one of the antique samplers in my collection. Kits include pattern, threads and finishing supplies ~ fabric, ribbon, etc. Spaces are limited! Visit Dyeing to Stitch's web site for more information and to download your registration form: http://dyeing2stitch.com/
A toast as we stand on the cusp of the New Year:
“Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I'll toast your bright eyes, my sweetheart fair.”
~Minna Thomas Antrim (1902, A Book of Toasts)~
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