I was emailing back and forth with my friend Janice about a month or so ago, and she shared with me this William Drummond quote, "What sweet delight a quiet life affords."
It resonated deep within me so I spent an afternoon sketching a design to frame those precious words.
Hand embroidery is always enjoyable but stitching this pattern brought hours of gentle peace and time to reflect on my own desire for a quiet life.
So that got me thinking.
Do you have a particular quote which inspires you to ponder the blessings of a gentle life, a quiet life, a joyful domestic life? I'd love to create one design each month for the Stitchery Club to lift the weary heart and paint wonderful thoughts across our minds, and wondered if you could help me with insightful words to stitch?
"A Quiet Life" is the first of this series and will be inside the July Club issue (see more here)...
If you come across something lovely, specifically a quote that delights in a quiet home life or the gentle domestic arts, write it in the comments below so I have a future reference point.
This would be truly appreciated.
Blossom came by on Wednesday with Cully May and we had such a precious visit!
Coffee and cake, a cat and lots of cuddles, it was definitely a "C" day.
Cully May is walking now, and talks endlessly! At 10 1/2 months she can say so many words that her conversations with me are quite intense as she engages with such expression, demanding Nana reply and agree. Cuddling Sophie, our cat, she was insistent that Sophie's name was 'dog'.
Cully May fills our happy tanks over and over, and over again.
This week I've been rearranging things in the sewing room, cleaning out the pantry, baking breads, and choosing fabrics for a table runner and cover for the breadmaker.
The breadmaker is hardly used because this house has a small kitchen with minimal storage so I keep it tucked away where it's not easily accessible. However, I used to make bread all the time and the family are missing the fruits of my labour so I decided to create a space for it out in the open where I can get at it easily every second day to knead my dough.
I don't bake my breads in the breadmaker but use it for the kneading and first rise.
From there I hand shape or if it's a sandwich loaf I bake in proper bread tins.
Yesterday's bounty was a Jam Roll and six jam scrolls.
We shared these with Blossom, Ross and Cully May and they definitely encouraged my return to regular bread baking!
The breadmaker is now atop a small bookcase which holds more kitchen appliances.
It needs a pretty cover and I thought this beautiful fabric (a soft Japanese lawn) would be nice...
I'd like to add one of my stitcheries to the cover and will have a sort through later today to see what I can find that will blend with the floral colours in this print.
Some more fabric on my cutting table at the moment...
Spotlight are having a massive end of financial year sale and after stocking up on a few metres of Pellon a set of 4 place-mats caught my eye just as I was leaving the store.
I thought they'd be lovely on our dining table and was pretty sure I had fabrics in similar colours to sew a matching table runner.
So I guess you know what I'll be sewing over the weekend?
My beloved Mr E will be busy working on our old Jeep again so apart from baking some goodies for his morning and afternoon tea breaks I'll stay out of his way and let the man do what the man's got to do.
I hope your weekend will be lovely,