Food for the Soul

If thou of fortune be bereft,
And in thy store there be but two left
Two loaves-sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul
by James Terry White (1845-1920)

Outside, the snow is falling steadily, the wind blowing it in sweeping, blustry swirls. How nice to be inside where it is warm and cozy, enjoying the heady fragrance of pristine white hyacinths and the joyful blooms of daffodils! These beauties called to me at the grocer's yesterday and found their way home with me! How luxurious to have spring blooms in the middle of winter!

The beautiful birthday flowers from my sister lasted for two full weeks but faded away at last. What joy to find these beautiful pink tulips to take their place!

It may seem a frivolous expense to buy flowers when one is trying to save money and pay off debts. They cheer my soul and bring me hope and courage to meet the demands and challenges of each day. For me, they are more than worth their small cost for the joy they bring !

I must tell you about an exquisite blog that I recently discovered. The Bower is the blog written by Lesley who runs Small Meadow Press. She prints beautiful and delicate stationary items on 100% recycled papers and writes so beautifully about her home and life. I have savored each and every post she has written! I hope you also enjoy it!

I thought you might like to see a little of what I've been crafting in the past couple of weeks. These little fabric bowls or "thread keepers" are meant to be used to gather the snippets of thread left after doing handwork. I find they make delightful containers for buttons and beads on my work table as well as doing a fine job of keeping the small tools of handsewing and embroidery at hand where ever I may be working! So sweet!


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