Stitch Therapy

Discovering me … one stitch at a time


Here we are at the end of July already. I’ve been struggling with anxiety these days. It’s hard to avoid the bad news around us. Between the election drama and shootings and acts of terror, I worry all the time about the state of our world. Add to that the unrelenting noise of social media and the internet and negative opinions from angry people, I just can’t take it.

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Times like this, I find myself retreating to home and simple tasks. I got so much done over the weekend. I made broth, soup, squash bread, enchiladas, and grilled chicken so we have a full fridge and easy lunches for the week. I laundered and shopped and organized cabinets and closets. There’s nothing quite like good old fashioned hard work and a sense of accomplishment. Being productive is so satisfying!

And best of all, I finally picked my long neglected stitching.

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I’m working my way in from the right hand side now. Fingers crossed that the two sides will match up. You all know that moment when you hold your breath, right?

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We got a new board game called Googly Eyes. You have to draw things while wearing vision distorting glasses while your teammate tries to guess what you’re drawing. It is pretty fun (and funny looking).

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Tom assembled Littlest’s new bike. Littlest isn’t so little anymore. Time is moving fast.

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I guess we can’t control all of the craziness that’s going on out there, but we can choose to focus on the good and reflect happiness and change into our small part of the world. It’s not much, but maybe it makes a difference. We can only hope.

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Happy Tuesday, Friends


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  1. carolinehauf

    This was a great post. I so agree – I find the news so completely overwhelming it makes me anxious. I avoid it when I can and like you, try to find pleasure and distraction in the simple thing. Your stitching looks amazing! Have you seen Modern Folk Embroidery’s new Hallowe’en inspired shop? There’s a few patterns there I have my eye on and it’s all thanks to you and that beautiful pillow that pointed me in his direction ;-O
    Happy Tuesday, my friend.

  2. I know what you mean about the news and social media. It seems to so full of negative lately. I love keeping up with friends and new products on social media, but I had to call it quits a couple or weeks ago and decided to unfollow many friends that post so much about politics and company bashing. I have to say that my newsfeed is much more pleasant now. I like to keep up with the news, but it is nice to go a few days without hearing all of the awful things going on. Taking time with family and friends without the news and computers is a nice way to re-charge. Your stitching is looking wonderful and I totally know about holding one’s breath until the right side meets the left side. Fingers crossed it happens for you 🙂

  3. I haven’t checked Facebook this week and haven’t missed it!

  4. I did see his new stuff. So nice!!! So hard to choose next projects as their are sooooo many patterns that catch my eye. Decisions Decisions.

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