Monday, January 2, 2017


 After reading on Gracie's blog Needles Pins and Dragonflies about her plans for a journal jar,  that sent me off to find out more, and opened up a big new world of ideas.  I found journal jars, memory jars,  gratitude jars, blessing jars oh! the list goes on. The nearest thing to writing up a Journal which by the way I have thought of many time, has been my blog,  Now inspired by the idea of writing a short note occasionally appeals to me.                                                                                                  


 I found many ideas for decorated jars and have started collecting items to decorate the jar  I planned to use. I have found some butterfly stickers they are blue butterflies and remind me of my first ball gown, white with tiny blue and white butterflies on the fabric. I have ribbon and a posy of blue rosebuds, these bring memories of times at the Great Escape Retreats  as one year Stephen of the "Ribbon Rose " had a roll of coloured canvas for everyone tied with a ribbon and a posy of flowers, these blue rose buds  were on my canvas roll.  I have decided on a quote for the label  tied to the jar and have hung some hearts beside it ( borrowed of my small Christmas tree)
Thank you Gracie I will enjoy filling my jar with special moments and memories.

 Do you make resolutions each year, I don’t although  I am a list maker, specially a list of what I would like to stitch      My list looks like this at the moment-  

*Earth Sea and Sky( exhibition piece for regional exhibit, includes Daisy chain project)                                                                                                                                      * Black work challenge with Caitlin we have chosen a small design which she should manage along with her studies and to be completed by the end of the year.                      *My personal Challenge this year is to complete each month one small coaster size mat  of Italian embroidery, there are so many different techniques to explore, some I will revisit and others will be new to me.                               
 * Hussif Sampler (stitching monthly with the New Plymouth Ladies on their sampler stitch day)                                                                                                                                           * Whitework  finish a piece started long long ago.( stitching on the Traditional Embroidery Stitch Day with the NP Ladies) 
I must finish Noah's Ark for Finn and the Jardin Prive piece I am currently stitching I am sure too as the year goes on I will add to my list, promise an occasional  update on progress.

 And I want to make more of these fairy slippers.... these ones went to Annette in her Christmas parcel. I loved making them

May this year for you all be blessed with many happy stitching hours.


Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Journal Jar?? New to me term

gracie said...

Love your jar....I will look forward to reading what I wrote in 2018 about this 2017 year. I may even amaze myself. Oh my goodness.,...I love those fairy slippers. You are so creative.

Lyn Mallinson said...

Goodness.......what patience you have Lee to make such teeny tiny slippers. I know Annette would have been delighted.

catherine said...

Happy new Year Lee and all the best for the new one.
So sorry last year to have been such a bad blogger but returning back to education took so much time.
Love those fairy shoes-I made a pair a few years ago and loved them. looking forward to your journal jar updates-sounds like a good project
x catherine

Merilde said...

Happy New Year, Lee! Wishing you all the best and a lot of stitching. I have been thinking about what I want to stitch this year. I think I need a year to finish up WIPs and UFOs. The Fairy slippers are so sweet - how lovely! Lori

Vickie said...

Oh Lee, what a gorgeous way to dress up your jar! And those fairy slippers are just divine!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Lee you are so creative. The pink slippers are gorgeous. Happy new year

Carol said...

Such beautiful and delicate fairy slippers, Lee! And your journal jar is lovely, too. Wishing you all the best in this new year :)

shirley flavell said...

Happy New Year Lee. Love your fairy slippers and your dressed up journal jar. It will be a lot of fun filling your jar then reading them all at the end of the year.

Annette-California said...

Absolutely beautiful decorated jar. Thank you again for the lovely fairy shoes. I love them! love and hugs Annette