This is my first post of 2021 so Happy New Year to you! One of these days I am either going to figure out how to add more hours to my day or how to sleep less…..There are so many ideas floating around in my head just waiting for a chance to be created with fabric, needle and thread. With that in mind I chose a word for this year, well, at least for the start of this year. In three months I am going to sit down, reexamine my goals and possibly change my word. My word for the beginning of the year is Intentional. I want to be more thoughtful before I make plans, before I start a new project, before I spend money, before I jump out of bed and rush into my day and all the things I think I need to get done. There are so many things to distract me but I want to be intentional with how I spend my time each and every day. When a day is done I can never get it back. I want to put my head on my pillow every night confident I spent my time doing exactly what God wanted me to do and not what I thought He wanted me to do. I am working on picking up my Bible before I get out of bed in the morning. I have always been one to do my devotions at night but there are so many verses about seeking Him in the morning that I would be foolish to ignore the wisdom in that. Being intentional to seek Him first is asking Him to direct my path for that day.
It has been the desire of my heart for some time to embroider scripture. Spending time really thinking about a verse can write it upon my heart. There are so many times, especially in the middle of the night, where I need to remind myself of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Having those words hidden in my heart enables me to repeat them in the quiet hours when the house is asleep and reminds me again that He is in control and He loves me and the ones I love more than I can ever know.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork. This verse makes me stop and admire His glorious creation. It may be the wonder of a sunset, or the snow and ice on the trees as I take my walk or maybe just the beautiful feathers on my new flock of chickens.
If we are intentional to take the time to notice what is around us we can hear His still small voice speaking to us. He is a God of beauty and order and we are created for His good pleasure. I want to be intentional to notice His beauty around me
I chose to make a small table mat to accompany the framed piece. It finishes at 7.5″ in diameter, just right to use under a cup of tea or hot cocoa. I used tiny hexagons (1/2″) and appliquéd the finished flower to a piece of wool. I finished the outer edge with a simple buttonhole stitch.
I would like to buy a couple of pretty teacups and make a mat to match each one. I think they would be a sweet gift when someone needs a little cheering up for whatever reason. I am much more likely to gift something if I already have it in my “stash” rather than spending time wandering around a store wondering what to get them.
The pattern is available here in my shop.
I hope you have a wonderful day! Be blessed as you think on His goodness!