March Greetings!

"May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now,
And bless you evermore."

~~Irish Blessing~~

This morning, for the first time in a long time, I heard a mourning dove cooing outside my window.  I always associate this sound with summertime, and, perhaps oddly enough, the fragrance of pine trees.  My maternal grandmother had a lovely, old-fashioned yard with a white picket fence all around and hollyhocks nodding alongside the garage.  A flagstone path meandered under the apple trees toward the back gate and a row of long-needled pines where the mourning doves would roost.  The soft cooing of the doves mingled with the smell of the pines in this shady bower, stitching an indelible memory in my mind.  I couldn’t think of a lovelier way to begin the day than with these pleasant thoughts!

 “We live…but for the simple end of being happy; nothing for the present hour is worthy of man’s infinite capacity save to imbibe the warm smile of heaven and sympathize with the reviving earth.”

 ~~Nathaniel Hawthorne~~


2021 Nashville Market

Normally, at this time of year, I am writing about the upcoming Nashville Needlework Market.  But, alas, this much anticipated event, like so many others, has fallen victim to the pandemic.  Originally rescheduled from March to May, it has now been altogether cancelled.  Let’s pray things return to normal in 2022. I haven’t decided whether to hold my new designs until next year and be ahead of the game (which is a rarity for me) or release them over the course of the current one, but I will keep you posted.

Quaint Country Ladies Club 

Don’t forget to sign up for the Quaint Country Ladies Club with Dyeing to Stitch!  I am thrilled to be designing for this club again in 2021.  Our theme this year is samplers!  Kits include pattern, threads and any needed finishing supplies. Visit Dyeing to Stitch's web site for more information and to download your registration form:


 Until next month, my friends, I wish you many pleasant hours!




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