Christmas 2020 has been safely and lovingly packed away. Stitching for Christmas 2021 has begun (the Noel sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread). Decorating after Christmas can be a challenge. Do I decorate for Winter? President's Day or Valentine's? I choose all three.
It seldom snows in Nashville. I do enjoy allowing the snowmen to stay out until Spring to remind me it is winter. We have had some cooler temps so I don't need much reminding. The snowmen are sitting on my save-the-stitches cathedral window quilt. While soiled when I purchased, a good soaking in Dawn brightened it as fresh as new.
I love adding a stitched Valentine to the dough bowl. AppleJack thought he was pretty special to have a handmade Valentine instead of a store bought Valentine.
This year's Valentine will be Let Love Rule from Modern Folk Embroidery. Jacob de Graef is a new to me designer and his designs are singing to my heart. With some backing from Lady Dot Creates and School house red from Gloriana I think this will make a nice Valentine addition.
Add some red, white and blue for President's Day. History has always been a favorite subject for me. Living history (pandemic, Christmas morning bombing, politics) has taught me about the sacrifices my family and the thousands of families have made for me to enjoy the freedoms I have. Let us look for the good, practice kindness and forgiveness.