I’m Happy! 🙂 And it’s not just because I have a large stitchy finish to share with you.  2011 has started out as a sort of watershed in my life for a number of reasons:

1) I was finally appointed permanently to the public sector in the job I’ve been doing for the last 18 months and which I applied for way back sometime in June 2010, I think.  That ‘s taken a whole lot of pressure off the job hunting process, which is an emotional roller coaster if you’ve ever experienced it.  I’m grateful for the financial and emotional security that gives me, especially at this time when the global situation is difficult for many.

2) My eye surgery was a great success and healing well –  the fish oil capsules helped the healing a whole lot – and I hope to get the other eye done in six months or so. I’m grateful for being able to afford the surgery to restore my eyesight.

3) My DS, the younger of my two children, turned 21 today.  He chose a close family get together to celebrate. It feels so good for me, this celebration. The memories of all the hard work and personal struggle to raise a family and maintain a profession have fallen away.  I feel fulfilled and contented. I am grateful for the privilege.

4) Sara Hathorne is all done!  She lay dormant and abandoned during Dec/Jan when I had difficulty stitching.  I got serious again in February and finished her last weekend.  Happy Dance, Happy Dance, Happy Dance! I’ll let the pictures speak…

Sara Hathorne - full length

Sara Hathorne, detail 1

Sara Hathorne, detail 2

Sara Hathorne, detail 3

Sara Hathorne, detail4

Yours in happy gratitude 😉



Certified X-stitch addict and lover of tea, fabrics and beads. I work in the vocational education and training sector and in my spare time potter around in the garden growing roses. I'm mum to two adult children of whom I'm very proud.

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3 comments on “Gratitude
  1. Valerie says:

    Congrats on your new job! That must be a relief. And happy birthday to your DS. Your finish is stunning. Great job!

  2. Myra says:

    Sara is gorgeous! Congratulations on your job. We really do have so much to be thankful for if we just take a moment to think about it. Thank you for making me take a moment to be grateful. :o)

  3. Barbara says:

    What a great, uplifting post! Congratulations on your son’s birthday, and on all those great feelings that went with it. Sara is indeed gorgeous!!

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2012 Stitching Plans

1. WIPs - finish 4:
- DT Sampler Game Board
- Workbasket's Trellis (done)
- DT Morning Glory
- LK ABC Lessons

2. New Stitching Projects
Plymouth Sampler - TSC (started)
Wonderful Village 1 - MaggiCo (done)
Wonderful Village 2 - MaggiCo (done)
Pear Orchard Farm - CHS (done)
Mermaid's Song - CHS
Dutch Strawberries - TGH
Birds in the Bower - TGH
Persian Proverb - MB
Peaceful Garden - MB
Sampler 1663 - PoC

Finished Fair Squares
2011 Stitching
2010 Stitching
2009 Stitching
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