Needles

Years ago I met an amazing woman who was to become a close friend and confidant. She was a regional director for an international IT consulting firm. Her career accomplishments were impressive (the drop jaw type of thing), so you might be able to imagine my astonishment when I first saw this laptop toting, international project manager extraordinaire, during a weekend visit, whip out her cross stitch needlework and cozy up by the fire. I guess I thought that was a “country” thing. I came to discover it is actually a family thing. Laptops, smartphones and leather briefcases can’t stop that.

Her mother’s vintage needlework…

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Her own cross stitch pieces tend to be large and detailed…

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And her daughter has also picked up the love.

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I enjoy seeing women pass down their joy of needlework from generation to generation. Some of my own nieces are showing an interest, and I find that exciting.

The Gifts I Love to Give

Our boss bought an old restaurant across the pond from our rented office this year. He then renovated it into a state-of-the-art IT facility with all sorts of amenities, not the least of which is a huge back deck that will be in much use next summer, I am sure.

We moved in Thanksgiving week. This view is looking from the old office across the pond to the back (and deck) of the new place.

I love giving these types of gifts (that capture an important moment in someone’s life) more than any other. It is probably why I have continued doing this for over 30 years.

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For the Love of Ornament Collecting

I paint ornaments that capture memories. So what sort of ornaments would someone like me collect? Perhaps surprisingly, not always handmade (often coming from Hallmark). If it captures something important in my life, that is what makes it matter.

This year it was capturing my lifelong love of letter writing (as well as my dislike of our dog popping his cold nose on me):

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Our whole tree is about memories. The fun is finding the meaningful each year.

When I was going thru college a couple of years ago, this one was perfect for my nostalgic heart – I love the old clock I played with as a child, but this captures my constant chasing the clock.

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Retro Pooh is a favorite and this grouping reminds me of all the times I would read to my siblings on cold winter nights, as well as now to my nieces and nephews.

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A shout out to my Mom who gave me the CB handle of Foghorn Leghorn.

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But of course… (Peanuts is a favorite of mine anyway!)

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But with all the fun we have, there is nothing that can touch the old Shiney Brites from my childhood for evoking deep yet soft emotions.

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From Grandma’s tree —

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So – what sort of tree do you have? Artsy, hodgepodge, memory collecting?