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November 26, 2020
Giving Thanks from Where Art & Life Meet

Jack Kornfield, American author and teacher, who trained in Thailand as a Buddhist monk, did an exercise where he asked everyone to imagine they were close to death. And then he asked – in those final moments what held the most importance for them. Most people did not list all the things they’d accomplished, prizes… Continue reading Giving Thanks

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A Day of Gratitude from From My Carolina Home

This year, more than ever before, we need to concentrate on our blessings and what we have. My Sweet Babboo and I are both healthy, and able to snuggle down in our cozy mountain nest as long as we need to. We have food on our table, and although our friends may not be at our door this year, we know they are still there. I plan to make a lot of calls today, to check in with those we miss, and hopefully bring some cheer to those home alone this year. This morning, I’ll be reading friend’s ...

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November 21, 2020
Give Thanks–Day 1 from Wedding Dress Blue

There is so much to be grateful for…

Express Love and Gratitude

My husband is so loyal and loving, supporting my transition from up-and-coming business executive, to stay-at-home mom, to a junior high English teacher and member of “Quiltaholics Anonymous.” Thank you, Bill

PowerOfGratitude.org

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August 13, 2020
Stumbling Along & Other Musings… from Where Art & Life Meet

Every morning my husband and I read something aloud, and then we take turns talking about what we’ve just read. Today’s reading began with this: “There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.” Nathaniel Branden I love our morning readings… Continue reading Stumbling Along & Other Musings…

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April 9, 2020
Courage is not the Absence of Fear… from Where Art & Life Meet

I’m not sleeping much these days. The up-side is I’m getting a ton of stuff done. Also, photographs of empty New York City streets, though eerie, have a certain grace to them. I only venture out every few days, but when I do, I’m struck by the same things: the exquisite beauty of New York… Continue reading Courage is not the Absence of Fear…

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April 6, 2020
Friends and Family from From the Strawberry Patch...

So, the face mask making efforts have switched from donating to unknown facilities to shipping them off to friends and family, now that the CDC has suggested that everyone wear them in public settings. I've also switched patterns, added ties when elastic became impossible to find, and shifted the fabric choice for these to all batiks (at the suggestion of medical personnel) for the tighter

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Friends and Family from From the Strawberry Patch...

So, the face mask making efforts have switched from donating to unknown facilities to shipping them off to friends and family, now that the CDC has suggested that everyone wear them in public settings. I've also switched patterns, added ties when elastic became impossible to find, and shifted the fabric choice for these to all batiks (at the suggestion of medical personnel) for the tighter

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April 4, 2020
RAK from From the Strawberry Patch...

R.A.K.= Random Acts of Kindness-- they're alive and well, and they're happening all around us. It's especially heartwarming to reflect on these today. Specifically, this one pictured. A few months ago I received an email from an unknown (to me!) lady in Texas, she had seen my blog post from almost a year ago showing some thread-catchers that I made with a link in the post to the source.

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RAK from From the Strawberry Patch...

R.A.K.= Random Acts of Kindness-- they're alive and well, and they're happening all around us. It's especially heartwarming to reflect on these today. Specifically, this one pictured. A few months ago I received an email from an unknown (to me!) lady in Texas, she had seen my blog post from almost a year ago showing some thread-catchers that I made with a link in the post to the source.

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March 9, 2020
International Women's Day – 4 Women I Admire from Where Art & Life Meet

In honor of International Women’s Day I am featuring four women in my life, who have influenced me the most. All four of these women are exceptional and I am deeply grateful to each of them. The first – my grandmother, who, though I did not always have an easy relationship with, I greatly admired… Continue reading International Women's Day – 4 Women I Admire

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January 4, 2020
Looking back, preparing to look forward from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

To See Such Fun

We're in a new year it seems, so it's time to look back. I'll look forward in a day or so, but I need time to process last year. So much has happened, two new babies in the family, the loss of Richard's dad, my hospital stay and surgery. 


Another Red Feather from Red Is a Neutral challenge

Still, as it turns out, I've been quite busy in my little world. 


Dora and Diego 

Busy with what, you might be asking yourself (because I did set myself up for that question ...

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December 17, 2019
Warm Wishes: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Christmas Star colour board at Clever Chameleon

The Christmas Season is Heating Up!

The tree is up, presents are bought, plans are mostly laid. The weather outside is variable; this week it is stinking hot, until it’s not. It’s going to be 44C by Friday. For those of you not familiar with Celcius to Farenheit, 44C is about 111F. Then Saturday will have a maximum of 25C….. that will be one heck of a cool change when it blows through. It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas!

weather forecast

Although 44C is not the hottest we’ve ever had (46.6C in Jan 2019), it ...

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November 27, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving!! from From My Carolina Home

The best day of the year is tomorrow, so today I’ll be doing some prep cooking and baking some Rustic Egg Bread.  I get really excited about Thanksgiving, planning a great meal and having fun making dishes from scratch, setting a pretty table and enjoying the day.  See my post from 2014 for lots of pictures and a bit of history on the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and a story about the making of the movie Miracle on 34th Street.

TomTurkey
————- © Macys, Inc. —–

A couple of years ago I started a Pinterest board to save pictures of the ...

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October 28, 2019
Happy 9th Blog Anniversary and Timeline of Events from Busy Hands Quilts

Today is Busy Hands Quilts' 9th Blogiversary!  It's wonderful to look back and see how far my quilting has come in nine years.

I began the blog on October 28th, 2010.  My husband had been out of work since February of that year, and my medical transcription job ended at the end of October.  Voice recognition software was changing the field of medical transcription and eliminating transcription jobs in spades.  I worked at home and made great money because of my fast fingers.  While I was ready to be done transcribing, it was a huge deal to lose such ...

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August 25, 2017
On Change from The Stitching Pixie: Quilt Love

Change. It's always difficult. 


A few people I know seem to be having unexpected things happening in their lives right now, forcing change upon them whether they like it or not. 

Storm Clouds


Let me tell you a little story about change as I see it:

We had a car, which we loved- quite irrationally as it was an inanimate object, but it was reliable, comfortable, it drove smoothly, it was classy. We thought it was very 'us'. We felt loyal to it. It served us really well, especially when we stuffed it as full as we could and ...

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May 25, 2016
Another Quilt Has Been finally Quilted. from My Love of Quilting and Sewing

Took a deep breath and just jumped in and quilted it. 

Nothing fancy bu still very nice. 


YES Completed!!!! I AM HAPPY!

Now to get going and complete the Binding. 



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