Happy Ground Hog's Day. It looks like we will be having 6 more weeks of winter. It hasn't been so bad in my neighborhood but back East it seems dreadful. I am sending warm thoughts your way.
I sent off my 6" CQ'd heart for the Heart Swap on CQForNewbies a few days ago. The deadline was yesterday and I made it by the hair of my chinny chin chin. Here is a photo of it after I added two seam treatments and a motif. I am not happy with the yellow and purple seam. It just didn't seem to come together the way I would have liked. I am happy with the feather stitched vine with beads. The mother of pearl button is the size of a nickel with a 1/4 inch square glass bead that is swirled inside with purple. I really like that bead and hope whoever gets this heart in the swap will like it too. I wish I had time to complete the block - in the past I would have completed it. This time I just met the minimum requirements. Having my 3 grandchildren living here has a way of making me reassess my priorities.
"God sends children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race -- to enlarge our hearts; and to make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affections; to give our souls higher aims; to call out all our faculties to extended enterprise and exertion; and to bring round our firesides bright faces, happy smiles, and tender, loving hearts. My soul blesses the great Father every day, that He has gladdened the earth with little children."......Mary Howitt
I have begun to do my stitching only at night, late night. My grandchildren are sooooo into my stitching, literally. They like the look of it, the feel of it and as the baby says, "The preddy dings you use, Nana." When I think of all the time I used to spend stitching - before THEY moved in....I sometimes get a little resentful. That is when I try to recall what Mary Howitt wrote. Then, I remember why it is more important right now to have tea parties, work puzzles, read stories and help with homework. We have those bright happy faces around our fireside. I hope all of you have the same good fortune. A happy heart is a healthy heart.