‘Tis the Gift

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free

‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,

And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained,

To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,

To turn, turn will be our delight,

Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

Joseph Brackett, 1848

‘Tis the Gift happens to be one of my granddaughter’s favorite songs – I have no complaints on that! It also is a favorite of mine and such a great reminder for this season. Simplicity is my mantra this time of year. No major art projects; no major plans. I try to take care of all holiday shopping before December so I can enjoy the season. I love Christmas Carols and getting together with friends.  I especially want the time to savor that I am alive, healthy, and blessed with a wonderful family and friends.

In keeping with the theme of simple, my focus these December days is on hand stitching. I have learned that it does not take much to turn a piece of cloth into a celebration of stitchery: a few French Knots, maybe a bouillon knot or two, and some buttonhole lace.

Here are some of the pieces I have been working on:



May you have a joyful and peaceful December!

Linking to NinaMarie’s Off the Wall Blog.

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  1. Lovely post about thankfulness and simplicity in a season when one can get so lost in stress and commercialism.

  2. A simple elegance to that piece, too, Judy. Blessings!

  3. I love your delicate work! I agree with simplicity for the season… may you enjoy your Holidays, Judy!

  4. Wow, the lessons learned over the past year of hand stitching really stand out with these pieces. I love both the shading and contrast you captured with the yellow floral piece. Oh, and the variety in scale.

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