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Happy Monday! I’ve been busily planning the extra-special fun activities for our first-ever Jingle in July (scheduled for July 24 & 25), so that means I’ve had a Christmas mind-set for the past couple of weeks. All the planning reminded me how much I truly enjoyed my needlepoint ornaments this past Christmas. You see, my personal ornaments have been living at the shop for the past several years and I just never made the effort to take them home and hang them on my family’s tree in our den. Something – perhaps the Spirit of Christmas – prompted me to pack them up last year, though, and home they went. There are no words to express how much they added to the tree.

The memories came flooding back as Rick and I hung each treasure. There was the “September” mini stocking I stitched the fall that Rebekah went off to college at Auburn, and the Holy Spirit graduation angel from her senior year in high school. The “Bama” ornament I stitched in hospital rooms/waiting rooms the summer my Daddy was diagnosed with angiosarcoma hung beside the Auburn Santa that signifies Rick’s love of his Auburn Tigers – and our “house divided”. Then, there was the birthday cake ornament I stitched for Rebekah’s birthday (which happens to fall on Christmas Eve), and the very first needlepoint ornament I ever stitched – a snowman I purchased on a trip to North Carolina before Serendipity Needleworks was even a twinkle in my eye.  Yes, there are many others, too, but I won’t bore you with the details. I’m sure you have your own special hand made treasures that you hang on your family’s tree each year.

Where am I going with all of this, you ask. Well, I find myself becoming more nostalgic with the passing of years – (they do fly by so quickly these days, don’t they?) – and I’ve come to the realization that my needlework is not just a hobby. It’s a reflection of me and my family. Each tiny hand made keepsake treasure embodies those things that make each of us who we are. My stitching is also a legacy – a lovingly hand made collection of treasures that will be passed on to future generations of my family. Continuing the tradition of creating an ornament for my family (and friends) has taken on new meaning for me this year, with all the reminiscing I’ve been doing. In fact, I’ve already chosen several pieces that I am committed to finishing for the 2015 holiday: an adorable little church, an elegant old fashioned glass ornament, a pine cone – and I’m sure there will be a few others.

What heirloom treasure will you add to your box of memories this year?

PS:  That pesky old needlepoint finishing deadline keeps moving up. This year, it’s August 4th! (YIKES!) We have a new Stitching Circle that will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30, beginning May 19. Bring your holiday projects (ornaments, stockings, etc.) and I’ll help you choose threads and stitches to enhance your canvases. I’ll be on hand to teach you how to execute all kinds of decorative stitches, add beads, and use ribbons and specialty threads, too. I’ll also be sharing tips and tricks that will make your stitching go more smoothly – and all for only $10 per session.

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