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A Stroll in the Garden

“But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.”
― Anne Bronte

Rose

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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

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“Some of the most beautiful things worth having in your life come wrapped in a crown of thorns.”
― Shannon L. Alder

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“If you don’t feel the pointed things in life, you’ll soon take the soft ones for granted.”
― John Everson, Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions

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“Dear Superwoman,
Remember that a rose does not stop looking beautiful, because of the thorns around it. So, never allow weaknesses to stop you from admiring your own strengths.”
― Gift Gugu Mona, Woman of Virtue: Power-Filled Quotes for a Powerful Woman

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“Love sees the thorns but cherishes the rose anyway.”
― Jeffrey Fry

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“Tears are not thorns.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

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“Holding grudges is like growing a garden of thorns in your heart .”
― Thandazo Perfect Khumalo

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Stay safe. Stay healthy.

See the world around you!

Brainstorms Blogger Award

I owe my new young friend an apology. She paid honor to me, by nominating me for the BrainStorms Award. I am honored, and I wrote myself a note to respond. And then I forgot about it. Am I allowed to excuse myself by saying life stuff distracts me? Can I say that I am developing ‘senioritis’ in my slide down the other side? No excuses. I truly am sorry, Simone, for taking so long to respond. Simone is a courageous and talented young lady and has won my respect. I encourage you to check out her blog, The Wheelchair Teen.

So here are the BrainStorms Award Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
  2. Tag your post with #BrainStormsAward and follow BrainStorms if you are willing!
  3. List the rules and display the BrainStorms Award logo.
  4. Talk a bit about your blog, why you started it, what you write about, and your goal for your blog.
  5. Answer the five questions you have been asked.
  6. Nominate five other amazing bloggers.
  7. Ask them five new questions.

Why did I start my blog, and what do I write about?  Well…once upon a time and long ago, I had a small online fabric shop. I thought it would be fun, and good for business, if I had a blog to share how I was using fabric and supplies in my projects.  After a time, the shop was closed, but I kept the blog.  It had become a journal for me.  It is where my projects are still recorded, and new interests are shared.  The blog became my interaction with other folks.  I’ve made friends.  I love seeing what my blogger friends are up to!  They are all inspiring to me!

Simone’s questions and my answers:

1. Who is the first person that I turn to for comfort and advice?  I am introverted by nature, and I tend to keep personal issues private. 

2. What is a film that I recently saw that I was disappointed by?  There hasn’t been one.  I don’t often go to the movies, but Hubby and I had a date recently, and he took me to see Cruella.  I loved it!

3.  What is my favorite weekend treat?  Except for this year, gardening is a favorite treat.  This year there has been a hot drought, so the spring has dried up, and the garden has burned.  Some years are like that, are they not?  There are seasons of joy and seasons of sorrow.  Another favorite weekend treat…not dependent upon the weather…sewing in the decompression chamber!

4.  Do I have a good memory or a bad one?  Both.  One cannot live long without having both.  Hopefully, the good memories are more than the bad ones.  Let’s not dwell on bad memories…they will only shrivel up the soul somewhat like a drought-stricken landscape.  Here is a good memory…my daughter-in-law recently visited for a few days.  She could have stayed elsewhere, but she chose to stay at my home.  Warms my heart to think of that!

  • Or does Simone mean to ask if I retain information in my brain? Ha, ha! The older I get, the more that I need to write myself a note!

5. One way blogging has made me a better person…blogging has enlarged my viewpoint.  There is a whole world out there, and there are wonderful people everywhere.  Good to know.

My five nominees for the Brainstorms Award:

  1. Cathy at Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting who is a prolific scrap quilter and never runs out of ideas.

2. Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing where you can find loads of tips, tutorials and much more.

3. Judy at Virtual Quilter who shares a design a day using Electric Quilt.

4. myquiltprojects where, among her other projects, I am really loving her 365 project.

5. Linda Jo at Upheld who shares Christian encouragement.

My five questions for the nominees:

1.  What does your blog mean to you?

2. What is your favorite color and why?

3. Who is your favorite superhero and why?

4. Are you a dog person or a cat person?  Why?

5. What is your favorite meal, and do you cook it yourself?

  • To those nominated, there is no obligation to take up the challenge of answering and asking the questions. questions.

Thread Storage

While internet surfing, I came across Jennifer’s blog, Bee Sew Inspired. I am glad that I did…Jennifer has the cutest doll patterns (and much more)! What really caught my attention was her Organize Along event…I can always use ideas that make my life easier. The first week is on getting your thread untangled.

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In my upstairs sewing studio, the ceilings are slanted, so wall storage is not an option.

I have a considerable amount of thread, most of which is stored somewhat neatly. The Aurifil 12 weight thread (I like to use for embroidery) is stored by color in plastic storage boxes. My DMC floss is wound on cardstock, and also stored by number in plastic storage boxes (no photo).

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I have an array of rayon and metallic threads as well. They are stored in plastic storage boxes…contained but not tidy.

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And then there are the spools that I use for general sewing and piecing. I keep them willy nilly in metal drawers right next to my sewing machine. I like to just toss them in there…suits me fine. But the quilting assistant could reach her little claws in there. She couldn’t pull the spools out, but she did manage to have a grand time anyway.

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Jennifer shared a tip to use thread netting to contain threads. I know that this isn’t new for some of you, but it is to me. I ordered my package of netting from King Amazon. I got a package of 100 and I can easily cut it for the different size spools.

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I love this tip! I can still toss the spools in the drawer, but I no longer have those pesky tangling loose ends!

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I am curious…how do you store your thead?

Quilt On!

A Stroll in the Garden

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do. -Kobe Bryant

Marguerite Daisy

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Marguerite Daisy

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes. -John Wooden

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It’s a wonderful thing to be optimistic. It keeps you healthy and it keeps you resilient. -Daniel Kahneman

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You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. -Joyce Meyer

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In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. -Dalai Lama

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Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. -Helen Keller

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Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn’t take any brains to complain. -Robert A. Cook

Batchelor Button/Cornflower

It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver. -Betty White

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Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance – the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it; better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen. -Thomas Carlyle

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Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life. -Joel Osteen

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Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out. -Jenn Proske

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In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. -Lee Iacocca

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I was blessed with certain gifts and talents and God gave them to me to be the best person I can be and to have a positive impact on other people. -Bryan Clay

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So long as you’ve got your friends about you, and a good positive attitude, you don’t really have to care what everyone else thinks. -Gail Porter

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A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. -Wade Boggs

Columbine

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

See the world around you!

A Stroll in the Garden

We must never confuse elegance with snobbery. -Yves Saint Laurent

Iris

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True elegance for me is the manifestation of an independent mind. -Isabella Rossellini

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Elegance is elimination. -Cristobal Balenciaga

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The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it. -Diana Vreeland

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Now, St. John could have been born into his elegance. It’s a dangerous kind of elegance—he doesn’t raise his voice, he lowers it. ― Helen Oyeyemi, Mr. Fox

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The elegance of honesty needs no adornment. -Mary Browne

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If you are a kind and a peaceful person, you will see yourself when you look at an elegant flower! ― Mehmet Murat ildan

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In character, in manner, in style, in all the things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. -― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Favorite Poems

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Etiquette teaches the distinct elegance of demeanor. ― P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

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I have a different idea of elegance. I don’t dress like a fop, it’s true, but my moral grooming is impeccable. I never appear in public with a soiled conscience, a tarnished honor, threadbare scruples, or an insult that I haven’t washed away. I’m always immaculately clean, adorned with independence and frankness. I may not cut a stylish figure, but I hold my soul erect. I wear my deeds as ribbons, my wit is sharper then the finest mustache, and when I walk among men I make truths ring like spurs. ― Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

See the world around you!