Getting My Mojo Back

Purple dishcloths for Merelee
It's been a rough couple of months for me, but things are starting to look up for me.  Since last November, things at work became increasingly more stressful and I finally ended up losing my job in mid-July.  Talk about having the rug pulled out from under you feet, that will do it!  I was also the only income earner in our family, so that was added stress.  Thankfully, hubby and I have some savings set back and are doing okay.  I have recently been offered a new job as well.  It's a seasonal position, but has the potential to become permanent.  I will start my new job in a couple of weeks. 

Because I've had a lot of time on my hands lately, and because my stress level is way down, I've picked up my needle again.  While I'd been crocheting several dishcloths, I think I have enough for about a year.  I even have given away many to friends!  My friend, Merelee, requested purple dishcloths.  I delivered these to her when we had lunch last week.  We spent 3 hours gabbing at the restaurant, which was so good for my soul.  She is such a sweet person.  I originally met her through her sister when her sister and I were in college together, but we became better acquainted when Merelee and I worked for the same company several years ago.

In mid-August, I bid farewell to a precious co-worker and her family.  They are moving back to Oklahoma (where their hearts are) because her husband took a job there.  He is called to work with grieving families and is a licensed funeral director.  He absolutely LOVES his job and he is so wonderful with those who've lost loved ones.  I had the honor to take my friend and her son dinner one night as they were packing to leave.  I took along several dishcloths from my stash as a going away/housewarming gift when I delivered her meal. 

Since I've got plenty of dishcloths for now, I've picked my stitching needle up once again.  Taking a sabbatical from stitching isn't new to me.  I also took a break when I was studying for my Master's degree.  Studying and working somehow took precedence!  Last week, I finished up this cute little project, just in time for Labor Day. 

This is 4th of July Quaker Style 2011 from AuryTM.  It is available as a free download on her website.  Each year since 2009, Aury has been gracious enough to create a unique 4th of July heart.  All of them are available on her website, if you follow the link above.  I stitched this using good ol' DMC on some piece of 32 ct. hand dyed fabric.  I remember starting this in 2011 when I took my husband to the ER for the first time.  Subsequently, I ripped out all that I had stitched on it because it was one thread off and I was having such a difficult time with it.  It was the best thing I have ever done!!  I restarted and now it's finished.

After completing the patriotic piece, I moved on to another of my long time WIPs, Prairie Schooler's Sunflower Garden Sampler.  I am on the homestretch on this piece and have just a few more lines to go before it's finished.  My goal is to have it completed by the end of the week.  That will, of course, mean that I will have to limit my computer time. 

Know that I am alive and well.  I will try to be more faithful with posting, but my new job is going to keep me pretty busy, especially as we head into Christmas where I'll be working 50-60 hrs a week.  Hello overtime pay!!  Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by my little corner on the web.


Robin said…
Great update, Stef! Glad to see you are stitching again! Your patriotic heart looks super as do all the dishcloths. You are so close to being finished on your PS piece! Love it!

Chris said…
Hey Stephanie! So great to see an update. I hope that the new job is great. Your dishcloths are lovely and I love both finishes. So what are you stitching now?
Have a great week!
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