The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Transitions All Around - Cute Stitcheries

Do Away With The Inessentials - The Joy of Less
Graceful Transitions

Taking time off from blogging is hard work - DearWonderfulHusband and I are spending a lot of time making decisions - packing our treasures, selling furniture and some treasures - we are downsizing from a 2500 sq ft house and building a 1650 sq ft cottage.
Wish I had a picture to show you.
  There are so many decisions a new home needs and we are overwhelmed with looking at drawer pulls, light fixtures, stone,  tile, carpet and paint colors.
  The vendors give us catalogs - hopefully thinking we will upgrade our choices with all the "eye candy"

 and all we want to know is what are the choices that "come with the house?"
Not an unreasonable request we think.
   We already added the upgrades with carpet, granite and wood floors -
 so give me a light fixture in the kitchen that gives enough light to cook by. 

Our packing for the upcoming move has mostly been done - some boxes actually packed, unpacked and repacked and finally sorted into the garage/moving sale.
  I am positive there will have to be another sale or Craig's List posting once we move as we try to place all of our treasures in our new home.
  DWH, daughter and son-in-law did a tremendous job with our sale - since I was unable to be outside to supervise, I am sure they were wheeling and dealing to their heart's content.
  Wish I could rent them out.
 If it wasn't worth 25 cents then it went in the trash - just easier to count and make change -  putting like things together in Ziplock bags guaranteed a bag sale instead of selling little pieces - matching platters and bowls we sold as a sets, etc.
 Very successful and so far I have not missed one thing.  I might just think it is packed and be looking for it on the other end - that will drive the Mr. crazy looking for something no longer..

Shelves with Stash
Have been spending time in the sewing room sorting, re-purposing and distributing to others.
 During this "unearthing" I find that I have a lot of kits and projects in sacks with fabric that just need a pattern, so I may not have to buy anything for a long time.  Oh, me!!!
  I gave all my quilting magazines to the local fabric shop for the "sit and sew" ladies
along with all of my orphan blocks for them to make charity quilts.
  There were several projects given that I had lost interest in - oh, you know how that goes when a new project comes along - so why not let someone else enjoy.
  Everything is being packed into big tubs - where oh where will they go? -  storage is at a minimum.

  I am currently believing that "things will evolve and settle themselves." 
 Hopefully that attitude will serve me well - what do you think?

I have been dealing with health issues for the past five months and currently undergoing an intense treatment regime to correct the damage done from my auto-immune system disease
Vasculitis going berserk.
Happy to be on the down side of the infusion treatments - two more to go -
  hopefully a new normal again with the reduction of some of the drugs that have been necessary.
 Still have days when I must let my health set the agenda.

Want to share some little cross-stitch stitcheries I came across while packing..
thought you would enjoy seeing them on my little racks.
I can certainly no longer do the small cross stitch.
  Most are 7" x 9" except for the quilt on the white rack ...  enjoy

They are usually displayed one at a time on the kitchen cupboard that contains our pottery pieces.

Have not sewn anything for quite a while -  hopefully that is getting ready to change.

I am certainly not ready for Christmas!!!
I have been reading all the blogs preparing for Christmas - some wonderful things
are being made with so much inspiration and talent out there and I wanna do some too!!!.

Just thought you might want to know what has been happening. 
 Judy C
trying to be optimistic.


Barb said...

Good luck with your move...glad you had reliable help.

Would love to see pictures of your new place.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Family and health are a priority. Things packed for long times - they really aren't necesary if stored for so long - you won't miss it. In time, share some photos of the new home.

Vickie said...

I really needed to read your post today. I'm moving too and feeling your struggles and pains. Storage unit is full up and there's a few loads to go...somewhere. House isn't ready yetdue to some unforseen lein the owners have on it. Were staying with family and that's never easy. I don't have the health issues you do thank goodness but have left a job and people I love to be closer to family. Keep your chin up and look at it as an adventure, that's what I'm doing. Best of luck to you in your downsizing endeavors, mine is yet to come.

Quilt Hollow said...

I'm looking forward to seeing photos of your new home..lots of work will be so worth it once your settled in and feeling zippy again.

taylorsoutback said...

Nice to see your post - there is alot going on in your life right now - such an emotional transition. Thinking of you a from on the road in Alaska...heading back to Wisconsin soon - don't want leave

Lisa said...

Glad to see your post! I still have a garage full of boxes from our move. Take it easy and let everyone help! Don't over do it, can cause setbacks and nobody wants that. Hope your feeling better. Love your cross stitching they are beautiful!

Madame Samm said...

hello my sweet judy...well I would have to say moving is the hardest thing to do and on the top 10 of stressors for anyone. WE too went all through that just 3 years ago...we will die here, we will never move again except in the ground when we are ready to say our goodbyes...Sew to all you gave away, may they enjoy the joys it brought those cross stitches..each one could have been a pattern for a quilt..very your health improving and to you being part of our blog hop community reallll soon best x

Kate Brown said...

You really have been under alot of stress. Really, it will all sort it self out as it is meant to be. Just take care of yourself in the process. I love your cross stitches, they are all so very pretty. Hope your move goes well and you are feeling better.

Michelle May said...

It's never easy. Sending you lots of hugs. I know your new adventure will be wonderful.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I have spent the majority of this year simplifying, down-sizing my own "stuff" and minimizing; I haven't missed a thing or looked back. I applaud your effort and your courage, know that you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. I am eager for your updates from your new home. Hugs~

Kathryn D. Duke said...

gracious, your house was sooo nice. I just loved your wrap around type porch/deck...I am sure you will enjoy your new home too...we just feel so cramped sometimes with 13400 square feet here...but it is a hard balance at this point in our lives isn't it!!

when I read Debs post about her mama and your visit( missed that post)realized what a wonderful opportunity that was...hope her mom is better day by day...

Bless you and your new home too!!

Scrapatches said...

I have been reading your blog this morning and enjoying all the lovely quilts and sentiments.

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving kind comments.

May God Bless your new home ... :) Pat

Quiltsmiles said...

Love your stitched pieces.