I have no problem in admitting that I struggle with contentment.  NONE. I feel like, why deny the facts? Contentment is a struggle for practically every person I know, so why not just come clean about it?

This contentment struggle goes deep, into every area of my life if I don’t keep it in check. And my crafting life is no different, it’s just the most shallow area that gets flooded.  And I find that if I can work out my contentment issues through art/crafting, I can usually keep other areas in check too.  So. Enter stitching.

BFF and I have been talking about getting “deep into embroidery” for a long time now. So while she finished up her Master’s degree in Education, while working full time, and being a wife and mother, I decided to sit on my couch and and play with thread. What an similar burden we had to bear.

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For me, the problem with embroidery is this: what the heck do you do with it when it’s finished? I don’t love the typical “cross stitch” style of embroidery. And most patterns I’ve found are way too granny-old-school, or just something that I wouldn’t really want to display after I finished them.

I found an inspiring pin on Pinterest that sparked an idea… so I got out a scrap piece of paper and ran with it. Here’s the initial sketch:

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Once it was done, I thought, “Huh. I think I might be able to make this work. So I cut it out, traced it onto some muslin, and got to it.

And it only took me one million hours to actually complete the thing.

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It’s far from perfect, with quirky, handmade vibe. But those make me love it all the more.

Initially, I had wanted to include a sunflower in this portrait, to symbolize our sweet heaven babe, who’s memory is buried under our sunflowers in the backyard. But I just couldn’t quite figure out how.  And somehow, in the trying, I realized that I was ok with moving onward and leaving the sunflower out of this portrait. It made me pause, and feel so thankful for the healing that has begun in my soul. After all, sweet Judah is not behind, only ahead. Onward. Maybe I will figure out a way to capture his sunflowers in one of my next attempts.

I’m like totally in love with those roses. The simple color story, the delicate portrait stitches, I am just so humbled and amazed at how this whole idea came to be. And now, we have the sweetest stitched portrait to hang on our walls- an embroidered piece that I actually want to display.

I’m working on a few other meaningful pieces to join this one. And I’m also going to work on a few different versions of the portrait  idea to put up in my shoppe.  You know, in between being a mom, doing tons of volunteer work, pretending to be a writer, and saving the world. All that spare time I have.

Though lately, I’ve felt challenged to nurture my soul with creativity. I connect with the Lord so much through working with my hands, and that is what I need more than anything: connection with Him.

Tell me, sweet friend, what are you working on lately? What inspires your soul and draws you nearer to Him? Let’s make those things our biggest priorities this week, yes?

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