Friday, January 6, 2012

A { Thank You } GIVEAWAY : :

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How about a Giveaway today!!!

Giveaway Bundle

Fresh Squeezed Sew Alongs (2)Randi at Fresh Squeezed Fabrics puts together such beautiful custom fabric bundles. She offered this tangerine and steel bundle as a fat 1/8 set giveaway on the FSF facebook page a few weeks back and it really caught my eye! You can check out more of her bundles right here.
 
This month begins the Fresh Squeezed Sew Alongs for 2012 that Randi is hosting on her blog, i have to say... The sew-alongs will take place on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and will feature a fun project -- some will be simple and perfect for beginners, and some will be more advanced, designed to up your skill levels.To get all the details, you can visit Randi here! I think it sounds super fun! And, I got to help create the button! :)
 
Today's giveaway Prize!

A gorgeous fabric bundle from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics featuring fat quarters from a few of our favorite designers. You will receive one fat quarter of each of the following prints:

PR206, Bryant Park Collection
Lina in Rugged Suede, Echo
Scissors in Tangerine, Half Moon Modern
Paisley in Steel, Half Moon Modern
Foliage in Outsmarted, Outfoxed
Foxglove in Outsmarted, Outfoxed
Chevron in Steel, Half Moon Modern
Leaf in Tangerine, Half Moon Modern

I have this bundle myself, and it's perfect!

A GIveaway!!

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Enter to Win!

Here's how,

Simply add a comment below. In light of my sharing post from earlier this week, I'd love it if you'd be willing to share a quote, scripture, prayer, book, song, movie, hobby, or activity... that helps you stay positive or gets you through your own struggle.

I heard from so many people who were touched by the comments and stories that were shared here this week and I thought it might be nice to share something uplifting, without asking you to get too personal.

Please, enter now through 10 o'clock pm (EST) Sunday, January 8th. Mr. Random will pick the winner and I will announce their name this Monday morning in a new post here on the blog.

* Note * This giveaway is open to EVERYONE! If you're a "no reply" or an anonymous commenter, remember to include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you, should you win! I learned that many of you are a "no reply" commenter when trying to reply to your comments from the other day. Please check to make sure you can be contacted!


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 Wishing a wonderful weekend to all!!!

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Shirley said...

Oohh!!! As a very, very beginning sewer, this is the perfect size for me...small! Love the colors Jer 29:11 is my go to prayer.
Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Scenic Pit Stops said...

This is a great color combo - I love it!

I've recently been going through my own thing, and I've found that creating something all the way through to the finish has really helped me in the confidence/esteem department. It's challenging and rewarding all at once - sewing! Thank you so much for sharing your own struggles, it is always very refreshing to be reminded that each and every one of us has their own battles.

Mimi said...

"Do more of what makes you happy."

gretam said...

What a wonderful giveaway. I started watching the OWN channel story about Shania Twain a few months ago and really fell in love with her son "Today is Your Day" and it makes me cry and feel stronger every time I hear it. I don't know why but it truly touched me and maybe it will you as well. Here is a link to the video from the show: http://youtu.be/OMciyWyugKY

gretaminton (at) sbcglobal (dot) com

Laura said...

Holding a baby, singing a song, dancing with children, a bear hug!

everinprogress said...

I actually started quilting to stay busy and positive while the husband was away for longish periods of time, and love it. I hope the new year brings you ever improving health, and lots of happiness!

Laurel said...

okay, i'm not allowed to enter any giveaways until i sew up my recent winnings - so if my name is drawn, please draw again - BUT - i couldn't pass up sharing this favorite quote...

"God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sometimes even as big as we can dream isn't good enough for God - He has something in store for us that is beyond imagining. Sometimes it's hard to see from within a moment that what He's giving us is the absolute best, but when you look back, it's crystal clear.

Paskiaq said...

I find sewing very therapeutic. When my mother was going through chemotherapy, I felt very helpless so being able to make things made me feel productive and useful. Great news is that she has been in remission for almost 10 years now! :)

ThatCleverClementine said...

What wonderful colors!

And the grey reminds me of one of my favorite inspirational quotes: We are not here to wait for the storm to pass, but to learn to dance in the rain.

Jo Culver said...

I try to be grateful for each day--though I am more grateful for the sunny days than the rainy ones. :) But when I do have a bad day, I remind myself that there is a good day out there waiting to happen. I just have to be patient.
jom476@aol.com

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

YUM!! Loving the fabrics and the colours are my favourites :)
Here's great one that Madame Samm shared a while ago:
I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! - Theodor Suess Geisel. And failing that Scarlett O'Hara 'I'll think about it tomorrow' :)

Pacas said...

Lovely fabric! I would love to learn to sew! But, if I don't crochet one day, I get mad!!!!!

Kristy said...

Lovely idea! :)

This one is very dear to me...
Psalm 121:2 "My help comes from the Lord; the maker of Heaven and Earth." With that perspective, I figure he's got me fully covered no matter the size of my current problem, situation or struggle! :)

Meredith Daniel said...

When I am feeling down and alone, this verse always comes to my mind and gives me such refreshment because it reminds me of God's perfect sovereignty and that He is always in control and that is love is perfect. Psalm 103:17-22 "But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children, To those who keep His covenant And remember to do them. The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His work! Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will. Bless the LORD, all you works of His, In all places His dominion; Bless the LORD, O my soul!"
I hope you find encouragement in this wonderful passage today, Maureen!
fooshe1@yahoo.com

Krista said...

Thanks for the giveaway! One prayer I use, especially at times when I feel like I don't know "what" to pray, is to simply repeat over and over, "God, you are here, I here. You are here, I am here." Sounds funny maybe, but it's simple and true I think!

Taryn said...

When I start feeling down, I play my OK Go radio station on Pandora. Just a happy beat can make everything seem better. Getting back into the arts has helped a lot too.

Liz V said...

Amazing! Love the "wittle scissors"! Thanks for the opportunity! lizvickers@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Sitting down to quilt helps lift my spirits!
Also visits from grandchildren!!!

Randi Skaggs said...

There is a song that I sing to remind me of all of God's blessings called,"For Every Mountain" originally by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. It will rock your socks off!

Debbie said...

My knitting and crocheting gets me through good times and bad. A good cry does wonders too! :)

In Black and White said...

I love that bundle! It sounds a bit crazy dog lady but my American Bulldog Billy helps me get through so much. My family and oldest friends are all thousands of miles away so its comforting to always have unconditional love to come home to. And there's no option of staying in bed and hiding from the world when there's 70lb of dog dancing on your head wanting to go out in the lovely fresh air.
And if you don't have room for a giant slobbery pooch I also started a "1000 moments" notebook to help me concentrate on and appreciate the little things.
http://bwpaws.blogspot.com/2011/11/1000-moments.html

pikcha said...

For me it's spending time outdoors with my children, and recently sewing. Thank you for the opportunity

j. barrett said...

beautiful selections that go together well. thanks for the chance to win. I've tweeted and shared on fb and my blog.

Julie

lynaeve said...

this is a great giveaway. I'm actually having a pretty hard time in my life right now. creating new things out of old or thrifted things help me out. really just making stuff in general.

Wivi said...

"Never give up" and that's why I enter most of the giveaways I come across but no luck so far.

Kim C said...

Wow what a "Thank You" Giveaway! What gets me over a bad spot is being able to pick up the phone and talk to our daughter. Thank you for asking. Hugs, Kim C ^i^

Chiska said...

What a gorgeous group! I don't know that this really qualifies as uplifting--in the sense of getting through tough times,except that it helps me to kind even when I really don't feel like it: It's from Shakespeares' Twelth Night:
"In nature there's no blemish, but the mind. None can be called deformed but the unkind." (That's how I remember it anyway.:))

slfranks4 said...

When I get really bummed about all of the negative things in my life, I make a list of the blessings. (Much like the Bing Crosby "Count Your Blessings" song lol) I start with my hubby and kids, end with things as simple as the book I recently bought or the next project I hope to sew. It's a very simple little things, but sometimes I just need a concrete reminder that I shouldn't let myself get overwhelmed by things that I have little or no control over.

Abigail Leigh said...

I try to stay positive and watch or listen to The Secret every day!!

Colleen said...

I refuse to share what keeps me positive and gets me through struggles, because that would be my husband, and he's all mine. ;)

Sandy Watkins said...

Protect me from knowing what I don't need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don't know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen.

Lord, lord, lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer.

~Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

Jamie said...

What a great bundle! I always listen to music to help me forget about whatever it is that may be bothering me.

Anonymous said...

I can definitely relate to much of what you are going thru. It takes courage to open up and share all that you have. About a yr ago, I, too was diagnosed w/type 2 diabetes. I was devastated, because I was already dealing w/high blood pressure and RA. As a result of the diabetes, my eyesight has been affected and am in the early stages of cataracts; it has also affected my teeth. I have been learning to eat properly and have lost a total of 35 lbs! The diabetes brought me down but today, I am trying to live a healthier life and w/a lot of promise for my future. I refuse to let any health issues stand in the way of my goals.
As far as the giveaway, I do love this. I do a lot of crafting and it gives me an outlet to do something for others that I enjoy doing, making home made gifts for family and friends. Keep lifting up your spirits and never let anything nor anyone stand in your way! Wishing you good health, much happiness and much quilting...!
PS...if I were to win, I may just try out quilting for the New Year! (((hugs & blessings)))

B Greene said...

A quote that has helped me through a tough time lately is: "Everything will be okay in the end. If it is not okay, it is not the end."

One more - "Those that mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind!"

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway - such cheery colors could help brighten eveyone's mood.

brenna said...

Beautiful Bundle! Being a good Catholic, when I need some peace, I pray the Rosary. Very calming to me.

Carrie P. said...

What a great combination of fabrics. I would have never thought to put them together. I like them a lot.
When I am in a deep valley especially about my health I like to quote scripture aloud.Speaking God's word is so powerful.
Off to see about the sew along.

Lindsay said...

ooh what beautiful fabric!

this is one of my favorite encouraging verses.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

Anne said...

Living so far away from family I have busy making new friends in Nova Scotia. They encourage me to try new things in quilting and following a blog like yours keeps me inspired.

Marika said...

"We need to stop comparing our behind-the-scenes to everyone else's highlight reel."

Alisa said...

Such pretty fabric. I love this simple but true line from a Beatles song...."Love is the answer." Your blog is wonderful. Great way to start the day.

annette said...

We've been gluten free at our house for 3+ years. You may have seen these sites already but they've been a great help to me.
www.glutenfreefeed.com
www.glutenfreefox.com
To stay positive I like to stay creative whether it's crafting with the kiddos, sewing or turning up the music and dancing like crazy with the kids (they love it and it makes us all laugh).

Bethany said...

What a beautiful bundle! I like to watch America's Funniest Home Videos. It's not very deep and theological, but sometimes you just have to laugh :)

Nancy said...

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." Mother Teresa

RavenzTarot said...

I listen to music. Music always has had away to change my moods.

Then just to mees with my other half I watch "Snapped or Deadly Women" on TV and he gets real nervous and I get over being mad at him fast.

The BEST "Mood Fixer" or "Get a Grip to handle the Problem" is a Hug. A hug from mom, kid, other half, friend are the best. Mine is from my MIL and blue haired offspring oohh yeah its blonde this week.

Rookie said...

What a pretty collection of prints.

I'm not into quotes, inspirations etc too much, but I have one that always gets me to "take the leap". It's applicable to anything that needs you to step outside your comfort zone and just go for it. I preset to you - the lovely and inspiring Anais Nin:

"...and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"

Good luck with 2012 and may this year bring forth loads of opportunities to blossom :)

Marilize
marilize(dot)paulsen(at)gmail(dot)com

Needled Mom said...

What a gorgeous collection of fabrics. I love the tangerines!

It's funny how often I refer back to the book of the Little Engine..."I think I can, I think I can...I knew I could, I knew I could."

Hilachas said...

I am so sorry about the difficulties (DIFFICULTIES) you are going through and have added you to my prayer list. I like to read Psalm 91 and have found that it helps me "settle down" when I am feeling anxious.
Psalm 91
New International Version (NIV)

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Marie said...

Change what you can change and don´t worry too much about what you can´t change. Be creative, meet people. Knit, crochet, paint,sew, make jewelery from beads, draw, dance, sing, volunteer, learn...Whatever you like but don´t let yourself get bored. That´s what helps me. And colors, tea, chocolate and whipped cream...And my earings-collection. And my chihuahua dogie:-)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What fun bright colors. I find many quotes and scriptures that give me comfort and peace but I will share this one with you.

The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you, He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deut 31:8

Reader Owl said...

I count my blessings, watch sunrises and sunsets, and play with fabric. Some wonderful familiar verses and quotes so far. Love the bundle colors and patterns.

Beth said...

Nothing profound from me - when I get down I just try to concentrate on the joy my children bring me and things always seem more bearable.
b_usselman@hotmail.com

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

My favorite prayer that has always helped is the Serenity Prayer. "Lord give me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference". When dealing with medical issues for either myself or my daughter this prayer reminds me that it isn't always within my hands to change things, but I do have the strength to deal with them. I hope this helps bring you peace in times of stress :)

tiffany said...

what a beautiful bundle! i sew while listening to really loud music when i need a break from craziness. my favorite quote is from life's little instruction book: 'remember that you can miss a lot of good things in life by having the wrong attitude'. hard to practice sometimes, but really good message... especially when dealing with moody kiddos! you're brave for letting us all in on the personal side of things... know that you have bunches of support & good vibes out here!

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Mands said...

The colors are great in this!

A scripture I quote often over myself and my loved ones is Jeremiah 29:11--
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."

mandy dot ueda at gmail dot com

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going". Comes with bonus melody you can't get out of your head all day! Thanks for the giveaway!

Diane said...

WOW...great giveaway!! I did read your sharing post from earlier this week and I was touched by your courage. David was a man after God's own heart yet he faced many trials and tribulations and when I am troubled or scared the Lord always brings to mind Psalm 27:5...For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

Crafty Newbie said...

I have an author who I enjoy very much that always seems to help me put things into perspective. Richard Paul Evans. His books are definitely a no-fail when it comes to helping me get through my struggles, and help me to remember that there is always someone out there that is worse off than me.

Also, this is rather odd (I suppose), but I truly love the Titianic Soundtrack. The music is so powerful for me.

Thank you for the giveaway. I love the colors, they invite spring back into our homes.

Jayme said...

I love that scripture Melissa! I try to hum a tune that reminds me that I can be comforted no matter how I'm feeling. Mad, happy, sad, etc. It goes like this: "oh how praying rests the weary! Prayer, will change the night to day. So when life gets dark and dreary, don't forget to pray." just the chorus of course but it helps.

Teje said...

Dear Maureen, you are so kind! Thank you for sharing those beautiful fabrics! For me the most helpful hobby is sewing and especially patchworks. I used to knit all the time but then I don't have to concentrate so much. So sewing and also painting is really good because I am thinking only my work and I enjoy it very much! I love to read, too, but because I can't find here books with my own language I don't read so much anymore. I get some Finnish books and I read also in English and in Greek but it's more enjoyable with our mother-language!
Sunny wishes! x Teje
nerospostatgmaildotcom

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I can't imagine what you are going through dear....to be so young and deal with so much. I think it helps to talk about it...I am going through something of my own right now...not sure what it is yet. Doctors keep telling me it is nothing; just age and thinning of the skin...but boy; I don't know...anyway; nothing compared to you....so I will cheer up here and move on. You take care of the babies and yourself...thanks for sharing and the wonderful giveaway...

Mareenchen said...

In no particular order:

I love to sing, especially 80s songs.
Cooking a nice meal all from scratch. Especially if I can sing along to the radio.
Creating something beautiful for somebody else and seeing the joy in their eyes when they unwrap the parcel.
Pictures of kittens make my heart melt. I discovered I'm allergic a few years ago so stick to the pictures now but they still make me happy.
Sometimes watching a sad movie or reading a sad book and letting out all your pent-up emotion and tears can be really catarthic.
A girl's night out with my sister involving as much stupid chatter as desired, a few drinks and lots and lots of dancing.
British comedies, especially the slightly dark, slightly twisted ones; Blackadder, Black Books, Monty Python...
Cuddling up to my beloved and looking into his eyes always does the trick. And the things he does. And the things he says.
Having someone to listen who not only waits for you to talk but sometimes prods you to do so, who keeps you from keeping it all to yourself.

Crystal said...

What a gorgeous bundle! Beautiful fabrics!

I love the work of Maya Angelou. Her poetry, and her advice is so wise and beautiful.

A few of my favorites:

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

And because I have lupus and go through a lot of pain and fatique:
“I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.”

yorkie mom said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Fabric is lovely. I have MS and the following quote helps me." Every day is a new chance to get it right." The scent of lavender helps me relax. And when I'm feeling sorry for my self I think: "Time to put my big girl panties on and deal with it." Prayers for peace to you.

Katie said...

I recently discovered hand sewing is a great way to de-stress. It is very relaxing. It forces me to slow down and enjoy the process. Life can move so fast, it goes back to smelling the roses.

Lisa Blyth said...

There's a sentence from the Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis) that I cling to when my days are dark, when I am afraid, or when I need some perspective: "...Aslan will be our good lord, whether he means us to live or die." That sentence gives me hope in times of need and I cling to it because I know that no matter what, Jesus will always be my good lord.

Thanks for the give away. It's a lovely fabric bundle. :)

Mami Made It said...

When I am restless or worried or just feeling funny, I love to call a friend or my mother or I make a walk in my garden and look if there is anything to do (there is always some work to do).

mamimadeit at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

My favorite movie for getting in a better frame of mind is The Sound of Music. It never fails to cheer me up and inspire me to sew! Honestly, if Maria can make clothes out of curtains, then surely I can do wonders with what I have on hand!
"Climb every mountain, ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow, 'til you find your dream!"

vindaviper@yahoo.com

sweetrose74 said...

Love these fabrics. Would love to win. Good luck to everyone.
Now for a inspirational quote, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." Thinking about this quote helps me realize sometimes we can't change the situation or what is happening to us at the time we just have to learn how to turn it into a more positive experience. Making life as fun as we can as we enjoy the journey. Sometimes things are only just bearable but a smile and laughter sure can help. Have a blessed day.

Jennifer Gail said...

I love Dreamer with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning. Puts me in a good mood every time:) If I like a movie I can watch it over and over.

Lisa Cox said...

"Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is." ~Anne Frank~

That is my inspirational/encouraging quote.

Kristen (by the book paper) said...

I find cross stitch very therapeutic, as well as a nice cup of tea and a hot bath. Some quiet alone time is sometimes all you need.

Beautiful fabric bundle!

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

I sew when I am feel anxiety. or sketch. I also say every morning and every evening "thank you Lord that by your stripes I am healed" It helps put my day in a positive light.

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sandyb said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway!!!

When is need peace, I talk to God, have conversations. I discuss my worries with Him and then I give Him all of my worries. I always feel more at peace. Plus I make something, sew, crochet, knit, etc. or maybe cookies:). I think being creative and making things is therapeutic.

Thank you and you are in our prayers!

Deanna said...

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.
Ephesians 5:8-10.
This was our wedding text.
We also had on our invitations a quote from C.S Lewis, "Love is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit, reinforced by grace which both partners ask and receive from God."
Our favourites.

Diane H said...

I have this lovely Scottish blessing on my blog to bless all those who visit....
May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine upon your window pane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near to you and
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Thank you for a chance in your giveaway.

Stephany said...

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength."
-Corrie Ten Boom

NurseBrandy said...

Spending time in a NICU with the precious sweet babies always warms my heart... They are the sweetest & most precious babies ever! Being able to work with them warms MY heart! :)

Jen the CraftinCowgirl said...

Odd as is sounds, cleaning is therapy for me! It gives me time to think about things, pray, ponder, and sometimes stew :) When I'm done, my world feels more in order.

Aideen said...

fab fabric!

a quote i saw recently which struck home with me was:
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
i think it is true, be nice to people as you never know what may be going on in their lives, especially if someone is difficult to deal with, there's always a reason i think!

Heidi Staples said...

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." -- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Be encouraged!
heidster7 (at) hotmail (dot) com

The Art of Homemaking said...

Dreamy!!!!

Holly Barry said...

My mantra is anything but profound. When my illness saps me of the energy to delve into my sewing room projects, I do what I can while repeating to myself, "Something is better than nothing." Rather than feeling immobilized by the pain and fatigue, it's better to sew one seam and enjoy the feeling of the fabric in my hands, the colors and design that I am creating.

Glenys said...

Well I'm leaving a link to K-Love radio. You can hear all those Christian songs every time you go online. :)
http://www.klove.com/listen/player.aspx

Linda V said...

Laurel, I LOVE your quote so much, I posted in on my facebook!

"God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sometimes even as big as we can dream isn't good enough for God - He has something in store for us that is beyond imagining. Sometimes it's hard to see from within a moment that what He's giving us is the absolute best, but when you look back, it's crystal clear."

LOVE this!
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My quote to share,
“There is no pit so deep, that God's love is not deeper still.”
― Corrie ten Boom

Thanks for the giveaway chance

melissamo1 said...

God is my strength! He is all we need!

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Nicole said...

What a great giveaway! And a wonderful way to spread some inspiration through blogland.

I'm thinking on Proverbs 13:4 -
"A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied."

littlepinkcupcakes said...

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. jEREMIAH 29:11 I am a mom of four little girls and over the last 18 months I have been diagnosed with cancer and treated, delivered a my 4th baby and almost lost her due to an unexpected heart condition, and watched my mother battle breast cancer, have a mastectomy, be diagnosed with a rare blood cancer and undergo a bone marrow transplant. Through this whole time this verse is what has kept me anchored. It is what allows me to remain positive.
deanaspice@yahoo.ca

Angela said...

Love the combination of modern and traditional patterns!

Kira said...

"Dreams don't work, unless you do!"

Katharine said...

Oh man I love all those fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway!

"I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it." - Mae West

Deb said...

My go-to is a trip (alone!) to my favorite beach hangout, preferable in the late afternoon when the wind's kicked up a bit or some mindless sewing. Music or not, book or not, just the act of driving west knowing that beach is waiting helps...

java diva said...

Psalm 30:10-2 is an encouragement to me, that He will turn my mourning into dancing. :)

My Sister Made Me Do It said...

My favorite scripture that has brought me through many difficulties, I carry it in my heart;
Phil 4:6-9 "Rejoice! Again I say 'Rejoice', let your gentleness be evident, the Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing but in everything through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make your requests be known to the Lord and the peace which surpasses all understanding will be with you, in Christ Jesus. Finally, Bretheren, whatsoever is True, whatever is Honorable, whatever is Right, whatever is p\Pure, whatever is Lovely, if anything is Excellent or Praiseworthy, dwell on those things; those things which you have learned and received and heard from me....do those things you have seen me do and the peace of the Lord will be with you.....

Happy in red said...

I'm not a religious person, but I definately have thoughts on many things. My 2 cents: if everyone would be perfect, the world would be a very boring place. Embrase your imprefections, they make you perfect.
Thank you for a chance to win.
Stay strong,
Esther.

CRQ said...

LOVE the fabrics!!
Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Gets me through....

Shebandowan said...

"Friends are flowers that never fade."

Thanks for the chance to win your wonderful giveaway.

Janet

Jan said...

I love this one, it's actually from a novel. "It's better to be kind than right". It's a great way to live.

Lyanna L. said...

What a gorgeous fabric bundle! Thanks for the chance to win

"Endings are just beginnings...we just dont know it at the time"

Heather D. said...

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

Thanks for the lovely email yesterday. Take care.

Jacilynn said...

I too enjoyed your sharing post. Thank you. I love Mother Teresa's quote...“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
― Mother Teresa

gill said...

I love the tangerine scissors print
I have no specific quotes but memories of wonderful times with my eldest son who died in 2008 help me when I'm down

mflowers said...

Thanks for another giveaway opportunity!

To help me in times of stress if find knitting to be a great activity. As I work I can think, think, think, but the stresses that would ordinarily just wind me up in knots seem to get dissipated as energy going into my fingers manipulating the needles and the fibers... Some people find that the repetitive nature of knitting drives them nuts. I find that it soothes.

My thoughts are with you, Maureen.

James-Linda said...

SWEET GIVEAWAY!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

"Carry each others burdens, in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" -Gal6:2 ♥

Christine B. said...

When I do something that unintentionally turns out fantastic, I call that an "I meant to do that!" moment!

Mom2RyandSis said...

Great giveaway :) Be so happy that when others look at you they become happy too. :)

thecrafterscafe said...

Would love to win this - thanks! My favorite two quotes:
Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans (John Lennon)
Luck is that which happens when preparedness meets opportunity (my father's favorite quote, source unknown)
Blessings and best wishes for your continued growth! :)

Ana said...

My mom recently passed away at age 63. This is the best thing someone said to me:
"It's not the length of the life, it's the quality."
I remind myself of that every day.

MollyP said...

I just hearted this bundle on Etsy last night. Great minds think alike! So, my mantra is Matthew 5:16; "Let your light shine before men, that they see your good deeds and glorfy your Father in heaven." My interpretation?-- No matter what, shine. Your blog, your family, your life is shining. Your presentation of yourself through this struggle shows your desire to be a light during darkness. Others see how you handle this and know they are not alone and they can be positive and achieve happiness in hard times. None of us are flawless. We have to choose to shine; not only for our families and those we may never meet, but to be whole within ourselves. Your strength glows, lady.

robin said...

His Unfailing Presence
---Unknown Author

Another year I enter
Its history unknown;
Oh, how my feet would tremble
To tread its paths alone!
But I have heard a whisper,
I know I shall be blest;
"My presence shall go with thee,
And I will give thee rest."

What will the New Year bring me?
I may not, must not know;
Will it be love and rapture,
Or loneliness and woe?
Hush! Hush! I hear His whisper;
I surely shall be blest;
"My presence shall go with thee,
And I will give thee rest."

Blessings!

heartsease54 said...

I recently found a quote that resounded with me, via Gillian of Craftzilla via Pinterest.
courage does not always roar. sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tommorow." It just struck a chord with me-and maybe it will with you too.

Cliodana said...

Ooo great fabrics'! Thank's. MY QUOTE is from a ''business psychologist''. " les gens ne font pas les choses contre vous, mais pour eux d'abord" Well when something borneront me i try to remenber this so i'm less angry with others!

Have a Nice day and thank's again

Lee Ann said...

My favorite quote is:

"“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see" ~Mark Twain

Thank you for a chance to win!

Aleisha said...

A friend of mine shared this with me this week:
"The Blessing of Rejection"....Rejection is just an exit from a place that God did not want you to be in.

It's hard to see it when you're in the middle of something, but looking back over my life, this is true.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

My favorite quote:

"One today is worth two tomorrows."
- Benjamin Franklin

Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

Jenny said...

i love just listening to my kids talking...i love to eavesdrop on them. is that bad? and if they start laughing? im in heaven. have a great weekend.

Mary@QuiltGenius said...

I have had a lot of 'personal' life issues lately and I find that watching Hope Floats always makes me feel better. :)

Mary
iammaryburke @ gmail.com

Julie said...

Great giveaway! No quotes to share but I think of my 95 yo grandma who has lived through so much change and what an amazing person she is.

Laura K said...

So sorry to hear of your health struggles. When I find myself feeling sad, I always love to look through old photos of my kids. It's so amazing to see how they've grown and changed into the wonderful people they are. And in quiet moments when I'm feeling overwhelmed, my favorite prayer helps me: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Best wishes to you, and thanks for the wonderful giveaway! Laura (mrskeane04@gmail.com)

Raddness said...

I always think of the "Footprints in the Sand". And "this too shall pass".

Thank you both for the beautiful giveaway! Pretty fabric always makes me feel better too!

lroghair/lparks said...

Love the giveaway! I think one of the favorite things to cheer me up is to hear my 4 yr old laugh from the bottom of his tummy. No matter how bad of a mood I'm in, it cracks me up every time.
Lroghair (at) aol (dot) com

Love to Learn said...

Love the fabric: Gratitude prayer
Blessed are You, loving Father; For all your gifts to us. Blessed are You for giving us family and friends to be with us in times of joy and sorrow, to help us in days of need, and to rejoice with us in moments of celebration.

mblittle5 said...

Thanks for the giveaway. When I'm feeling down, I just look at pics of my grandbabies or give my mom a call. She's 97 and I'm so lucky to still have her around!

Kelsey said...

For me being a part of a small group/bible study through my church is pretty crucial to getting through hard times. I always feel better than when we are between groups.

quilterbell said...

There is more happiness in giving than in receiving Thank you for the chance

The Twisted Sister said...

Fear not for Iam with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you I will uphold you with my righteous hand. Isaiah 41:10

holly in massachusetts said...

Thank you for sharing your creativity as well as your challenges. When faced with challenges I try and look at the positives in my life, sometimes you even need to make a list. I also try to give back with volunteering and sewing for various charities.

H2Ogirl said...

What gets me through . . Finding Nemo. Yep a cartoon. Specifically Dory 'Just keep Swimming' that one line totally just helps me throughout many a situations. Sometimes I hope I'm Dory but most of the time I feel that I'm Marlin

Jill D said...

When times are tough I think of all the things I am blessed with, my family & friends....of course there is also sewing, it's a great outlet for me.

AubreyLaine said...

This Bible verse has been encouraging me recently. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
-Matthew 6:19-21
About 3 months ago, my home was broken into and they stole $3500 worth of my family's belongings. Then last week, I woke to find my car had been keyed the entire length. This verse reminds me that I should not be so sucked into worldly possessions and I should look forward to heaven and what is eternal.
Thanks for the chance to win!
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

Liz said...

I try to get out for a run or remind myself to appreciate something in the moment, which I don't always do.

Thank you for the great giveaway. I LOVE the combination.

Lisa Marie said...

You likely know the Serenity Prayer, and I think it is really helpful:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Also, "Footprints in the Sand" by Mary Stevenson reminds us that we are not alone in our burdens.

Caren said...

I will rejoice in the Lord. Now I say it like this: I WILL rejoice in the Lord. Not that it's always a spontaneous emotional thing, but that sometimes it is an act of our WILL - a choice. :)

JuneBug said...

I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to comment on your earlier sharing post - but I'm so glad that you let that out onto your blog! It is wonderful to get to know the people who we follow in blogland, even if sometimes that has to show our struggles in life. I hope that you are able to keep "chipping away" at it, and think I might be able to relate just a little.

Anyway, when I run I love to listen to Glee songs. I find them to be very uplifting, and think a few in particular would be great for you: Just the Way you Are, Perfect, and I feel pretty/unpretty.

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

What works for me - sewing like crazy, playing the classic games like Snakes and Ladders with my kids just to have fun, listening to some songs - Florence and the Machine is my current fave.
Thanks for a lovely giveaway and looking forward to reading your blog :-)

Betty said...

"When it is dark enough,
you can see the stars."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hang in there, Maureen.

piece peace said...

In the movie, Dracula, Anthony Hopkins' character says, "a moment's courage, and it is done." This quote works for me when I am sometimes hesitant to act. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity. I hope all is going well with you.

SewLindaAnn said...

(First, thank you for your email. It was so sweet I saved it) I'm looking forward to reading everyone's, here's my favorite quote. Don't know the author.
"There comes a time in your life when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living."

Sunnybec said...

Well at the moment it is my dog that gets me through, she is 18 years and 9 months old, nearly blind and very deaf, but boy is she a stubborn so and so, which is one of the reasons I think she is still here!! When I get fed up I think of how she copes, give myself a slap around the head and get on with it. Hugs Linda

Kathrynn said...

My favorite Bible verse (or rather part of one) is Luke 2:1 "And it came to pass..." It reminds me that nothing is here to stay, it will pass.
I really like the fabric selection

Laurel09 said...

There are several things that make me happy and keep me going when I'm feeling less engaged in my life: good music, playing with my daughter, sewing or finding another creative outlet (lately it's been all quilting all the time, though), and working out. Any of those things can reinspire me when I'm feeling down or upset about the difficulties in life.

Thank you for the chance at the beautiful fabric.

Alicia said...

Hi, sewing is the best medicine for me. When im sewing i forgot all my problems, and i stop eating to much, cause when i got stresed i overeat and i think that i can sew all day without eating
Thanks for the giveaway

beaquilter said...

what a nice bundle!1 I'd love to win it.
I will say the people around me inspire me. I have a friend in Denmark who's a year younger than me, we grew up together, she had a baby this summer- after multiple times of trying to get pregnant and ending badly etc. she finally went full term, ended up having a c section, that TORE ouch! then a month later got diagnosed with breast cancer! and she's in good spirits, even while going thru all this! We pray for her and her family, makes me really appreciate what I have. A great husband, two great and healthy kids, a nice house, I'm able to stay at home.... it made me think, of how easily I got pregnant with both of my kids and I had great pregnancies ( not so much the deliveries, one C section and one VBAC but sunny side up) it made me/ us think why we don't have more kids!?? we have the means to do it and well...... to be continued :-) wink wink

Christine said...

Halloo!

I have MS, so what keeps me calm is knitting..lace knitting, specifically. I'm a math-educated person so figuring the numbers, etc. is fun for me (cuz of course, I'm also always changing the pattern). BUT when I want to get geeked up, I like to watch female-inspired films..like "Working Girl"..my NY hometown and all the quelling of the typical female stereotype.

Jo said...

It's amazing how many of us find sewing to be "therapeutic". I pray as I sew, and I dream a little too.
My hubby's quote gets through a lot " what other people think of you is none of your business". Helps when I am feeling insecure!
Blessings on you and thanks for another great giveaway. I'm amazed at the fabric you find and have access to! jolenethiessen at gmail dot com

Margaret said...

I like to read any of Barbara Johnson's books but especially her first one, Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy. Good luck.

Kelley said...

This is one of my favorite motivational quotes: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." -Aristotle

JanuaryT said...

Your courage and positive attitude is amazing! I know it must be hard, but knowing your not alone on this difficult journey brings light to the darkness.
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deutaranemy 31:8
Remembering hard times that I have gotten through before always helps :) I'm very excited about this quilt along. I think it will be great fun. This bundle is so cheerful, I absolutly love it!! I hope your having a bright and blessed day!
January T

Pat V. said...

I agree with those who say quilting/sewing is theraputic. I find focusing on my project and working at my machine helps me set aside other thoughts. In fact, I experience timelessness, as my Buddhist husband says.

Anonymous said...

I've been going through a whole heap of stuff.. and what I always find comforting is the ending of the Footprints in The Sand Poem; "The times when you have only seen one set of footprints is when I carried you." :)

Anonymous said...

I've been going through a whole heap of stuff.. and what I always find comforting is the ending of the Footprints in The Sand Poem; "The times when you have only seen one set of footprints is when I carried you." :)
Sorry, i forgot to add my email:
josanne.mitchell@gmail.com

Strawberry Patch said...

What beautiful fabrics. I have a picture of Jesus and a child that hangs by my door with the quote 'Those that seek me early shall find me'. I have had it since I was a child and it always makes me feel warm inside.

Amanda said...

I just found your blog and I love your creative spirit. My therapy is sewing and just being able to create something, it helps to clear my mind even if I make a mistake or sew a wrong seam! I also love to just sit and watch my two boys and the wonderful gifts they are. That always brings a smile to my face even if I don't think I had one in me that day.

Sallie said...

I just heard this song this morning -
GOD IS STILL GOD
Artist: HEATHER WILLIAMS.
Album: This Time Around
Wish I knew what I’m supposed to say to you
What you’re going through
But I don’t know what you’re feeling
Does anyone know what you’re feeling right now

You’re afraid
The future's like an enemy, and you just wish you could see
‘Cause you don’t know where you’re going
Don’t let it keep you from hoping right now

Yeah we’ve all been lost and we’ve all been hurt
Where our hope is spent and our faith don’t work
But nothing lasts forever
The only thing that matters
Is God is still God and He holds it together

So hang on now

He’s been there, walking in the wilderness
When it’s hard to see the end
But He had the strength to do it, so He can help you through it
So hang on now

So even when you lie awake
And bend until you almost break
The darkest time is right before the dawn

Maria said...

It's great that you have a 'cyber crafting community' who are able to support and share their ups n downs with you :) A friend once said that 'we are given things in life that we can deal with and learn from'.... Keep on crafting and sharing

Catherine said...

I like the motto belonging to the port of Leith in Scotland - it is simply "Persevere". I think it's determined and optimistic - keep going and you will prevail (in sewing and in all other areas of life!)

(I guess it's really another version of H2Ogirl's "Just keep swimming"!)

Ella said...

I find a CD that fits my mood, blast it, and sing along...

Katie said...

When I am going through a tough situation, I take a long walk with my dogs. It helps me forget about it for awhile and sometimes I even come up with a solution (if applicable). My dogs are great for bringing a smile to my face when they explore and get excited.

Melinda said...

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9

Tracy Johnson said...

Beautiful fabric.

My favorite verse that gets me through:
1 Corinthians 10:13 - No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

With this verse I know that God will give me nothing that He and I cannot conquer. Lets me put the energy I would normally use by fretting into finding the joy in life.

Danny said...

I get cozy with a movie and cup of tea. I try to relax and snuggle with my hubby. :)

JustPam said...

Beautiful fabric. I hurt my neck a few years ago and couldn't do my exercises. I recently started doing them again. How good I feel when I am finished. It is a great stress reliever.

Candice said...

It will be ok in the end; if its not ok, its not the end :) I love this one :)!!

Robin said...

Sewing really helps me when I'm worried about something. Especially cutting becaue you have to pay such attention that it takes my mind off worrying. Thanks for the chance to win these wonderful fabrics!

Anonymous said...

Love these fabrics. Favorite quote is, "There are more things in Heaven & in Earth, Horatio..."

Tammi
songsiren1@yahoo.com

Jenelle said...

In addition to praying, I have found the writings and recordings of Pema Chodron to be very enlightening and comforting; just full of good advice and perspective. Petting a kitty or doggy helps too!

Swedish Scrapper said...

What an absolutely lovely combination of fabrics/colors! A comment that I find running through my head in times of trouble: "Patience! Pulling on the flowers will not help them grow." Author, self

Rebecca said...

"Too blessed to be stressed"
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anna C said...

a slightly mysterious saying of my mothers often helps me tackle overwhelming situations. she often asked me "how do you eat an elephant?" to which the answer is "one bite at a time." silly, but helps!

thanks for the beautiful giveaway!

katie said...

Favorite inspiration story is found in 2 Kings chapter 6, verse 16 "They that be with us are more than that be with them." (katieboyer.jm@gmail.com)

Barb said...

"You are my God and my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." Psalm 25:5
Having gone through similar health issues I would highly recommend the GAPS diet, found at gaps.me. There are practitioners who can help you with this. I would also recommend reading the book "Earthing" by Clint Ober. Best to you.

luvdafroggy said...

I have two that I try to keep in mind. First is 1 Corinthians 10:13. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Also, I try to always remember to: Bloom Where You Are Planted.

Becky Olson said...

Love these fabrics! I stay calm by trusting the universe will provide what I need and by sewing cute new things for my granddaughters. I am gluten-free and dairy-free which present my biggest dietary challenges.

bolson1172@yahoo.com

Nathania Hunter said...

sewing is my therapy, as a stay at home mom of two toddlers, my day can be hectic, I love to escape into my little corner by myself.
nathania.a at gmail dot com

Karen said...

My favorite saying is "God is God and I am not" It really helps me keep things in perspective and remember that He is in control. Also I have a niece that loves orange....

pasqueflower said...

I don't know the source of this prayer, but I used to carry it around on an index card in my wallet:

A prayer to be said
When the world has gotten you down
And you feel rotten.
And you're too doggone tired to pray.
And you're in a big hurry.
And besides, you're mad at everybody....

help.

Hugs,
LeAnn

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Psalm 103
Of David.
1 Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.


My favorite. It reminds me I AM loved.

Katarina said...

I am lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who supports me a lot so the best way for me to calm down and get better is to snuggle in his arms and listen to his words. Another thing that helps me a lot is my faith. When it's getting very nasty I turn to God and just tell him that I have an absolute confidence in his will. If this is something I have to go through I accept it and know he prepared something better for me a little later.

Bee Creative said...

Most of the time I think i am pretty bad at staying positive. But sometimes when my two little girls are driving me up the wall, as 3 and 4 yr olds do lol, I do look to my mum and think about how lucky I am to still have my children after watching her lose my brother when he was ten months old and really unwell for those months and how she handled herself through it all. I am so greatfull to have my healthy and happy munchkins!! It's me that needs to stop being negitive!

Heather A said...

"An Attitude of Gratitude" is a phrase that has lifted me out of my gloom after going through cancer and the many awful and lingering side effects of it and the treatments. That phrase reminds me to be grateful to be not just alive but for the many, MANY wonderful things I have in my life.

Jess said...

Love what you do, do what you love :)

Lee said...

When I am down in the dumps I always do something for someone else. It helps! thanks!

fenna said...

I have to say--prayer and often reading the Bible is what gets me through each day without becoming a wreck!

miamihoney said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Journaling has been the best outlet for me and I always say that one moment at a time is all I can commit to :)

Susan said...

Maureen, My prayer is for your healing and for comfort for you and your family. I heard a verse this morning and thought of you.
3 John 2
"Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well."

Catherine said...

When I'm feeling down about creativity, I read "The Artist's Way".

When I feel sad about my son who has quad Cerebral Palsy, I just think back to the day I said to a friend "But why me?" and without skipping a beat, she said "Why not? Who could do it better?"

Jennifer said...

This is one of my ALL time Favorite quotes...

"Sometimes we have to live with far less than our highest wish. Yet, even then, God walks through our disappointments with us. We are not second class persons just becasue our lives have taken us to some low places - some of them our own making, some of them not. I believe that even then HE can do mighty things through us. HE can reveal a purpose for our suffering. Your story is not over. In fact, I am convinced it has hardly even begun!"
Tommy Tenny - Hadassah, One night with the King

When ever I'm upset about where my life seems to be going or struggles that I am facing I remember this quote :)

liniecat said...

This is not really relevant to all thats going on in your life, but its something I read in an old poetry book way back in the 1960s.....

Whoever was foolish,
we were wise...
we crossed the boundary line,
I saw my soul shine in your eyes
you saw your soul in mine....

it was written by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge way back when and the romantic in me responded.......I guess Im still looking into guys eyes...hoping lolol ( at 62......sad eh?)

blue.crab said...

Finishing a quilt is the best therapy ever!

blue.crab.quilting@gmail.com

bsyb said...

My words to live by:
You don't find a happy life, You make one!

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

rebekah said...

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
--Louisa May Alcott

rebekahricker (at) yahoo (dot) com

Sarah said...

I am really encourages by Proverbs 19:21: "many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand"

So, anytime my plans don't work out, I remember that my plans are not what is important, and that God is in control.

Jo said...

The closest I have to a quote or saying that helps me through things is that God will never give you more than you can handle. Years ago I really did not believe this but as time has gone by and I have been near the breaking point many times I have learned that it really is true, this saying has gotten me through more heartbreak and pain than I care to think about. Also no matter how bad you think something that has happened to you is there is always someone who is in worse shape than you are. When my so was killed at age 13 I thought that there could be nothing worse, a few weeks latter I was with a friend who recieved a call that one of her identical twin sons had been killed, to me that showed that there was worse. I was having a horrible time but could not imagine looking at the identical child every day know that one of my sons was dead. God bless you all

Ramona said...

I find that being grateful, spending some time listening to God, and sewing and creating helps me deal with many difficult things.

Anonymous said...

I have a go-to movie that makes me stay positive:
Armageddon with Bruce Willis. I know, that's just really strange!! I like doing things for others when it's least expected and find that surprising others really makes my outlook positive. Last time this happened was when I helped pay for a funeral for on of my patients who passed away. He lived with dignity and I wanted to make sure he was also remembered by the same dignity so I helped out the family...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Katina
kjkoukla(at hotmail....

CitricSugar said...

Churchill was great for inspiration. "Never, never, never give up!" and "If you're going through hell, keep going." But my favourite was anonymous: "Everything will be okay in the end; if it's not okay, it's not the end." And there's the old standby, "This too shall pass."

Caroline @ Artfully Caroline said...

You cannot take care of those you love if you do not take care of yourself : take time to pamper yourself and everything seems infinitely easier after

PS thanks for the chance to win those fabulous fabrics

mtnquiltr said...

I always try to think "it will turn out all right in the end" and that does seem to happen. Also the quote from Hans Christian Andersen "Life itself it a fairytale."

Svetlana said...

Oh, what a wonderful giveaway, thanks for a chance to win. "All good things come from the Lord", it's not precise wording and I'm not sure where it is exactly in the Bible, but it's my favorite.

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