Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, faithful reader. Do you have your black eye peas ready? We do. And ham. I have to admit, this once a year ham thing can go. Ham is not my favorite, but my family likes it and tradition says I have to cook it. Now black eye peas, I am all over that one! We put a dime in ours. Legend has it, that whoever gets the dime will have good luck in the coming year. When the kids were small I had to put 4 dimes in them and fish around until everyone had a dime. They are grown now, I am sure they can live with the disappointment of not being the one to get the dime.

To start the year off right, here is a stitch to share. My friend, Rachel, smocked this for the baby. It is a a Children's Corner Bishop with long sleeves. Made from Imperial batiste and smocked with "White Sands" from Wonderfully Made.

The length is shortened to wear with leggings. This is a size 6 months and fits her perfect. She weighs 18 pounds and is between 25 and 26" long now.

I have lots of things on my cutting table in my "wish pile". I am hoping more get sewn than not. I hope there are lots of stitches in your near future as well.

I offer you this prayer to start the new year. What better goal could any of us have to start fresh and new again

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

--St. Francis of Assisi


  1. I love that Prayer. Happy and Merry New Year to you!

  2. Happy New Year to You! Thank you for the lovely thoughts and for sharing lovely bits with us throughout the year.

  3. I have only missed having black-eyed peas one New Year's Day in my life!!! I love them and I wouldn't consider missing them again!
    Love the prayer!
    Happy New Year to you and yours.


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