Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Words for Thought

I received a splendid gift from a kindred spirit this holiday season;
this beautiful crazy quilted needle book, and what a treasure it is 

beautifully monogrammed on the front with my initial; meticulous stitching with charming bits and pieces of old linens and lace

the back cover as lovely as the front

inside, pretty pink wool felt for the needles and a beautiful pin for decoration

I am going to enjoy using this every single day!
as we opened our gifts, sipping tea and exclaiming over every little thing, we got to chatting about my recent post on words for the New Year... trying to articulate what I am hoping to gain from my desire to focus on one word each month and really explore the layers of meaning to be found within it through art and writings

and she shared with me her word for the New Year, to be focused on for the entire twelve months, again through art and writing, but with a wonderful twist...

her word is "Gratitude" and each month she will place a different adjective with it, for example "Joyful Gratitude" and so on... I think it's brilliant...

I am so excited for the New Year!


Createology said...

Your gifted needle case is truly a treasure. It is beautiful and shows the labor of love put into it. I like both ideas of annual words...one per month and one word with monthly adjectives. I continue to contemplate my word for 2012. Gentle week to you dear...

Suztats said...

That's a beautiful needle case. I'm sure you'll think of the giftor each time you use it.
I've chosen my word for 2012 on StitchMap as Industrious, as that is what I've chosen to be with TAST 2012, CQJP 2012, and other courses.
I like the idea of a different gratitude each month: it focuses the mind to find positives in one's daily life rather than seeing the negatives.
Wishing you a Wonderful New Year!

MosaicMagpie said...

The needlecase is beautiful and is truly a gift from the heart. How special it will be to use this on a daily basis and remember the giver. Focusing on positive words can only be beneficial to you. Where the mind goes...there goes the spirit. Adding adjectives is a good way to throughly explore your "special" word. I need to think of a good word for me. As Suzi said industrious would be good as I am planning on completeing the TAST and CQJP. Somehow industrious does not suit me. Inventive yes, but not industrious. I am much too lazy to have that be my word. You have given me food for thought here.

Marj Talbot said...

Gratitude is definitely my all time word. I agree with Suztats in that it focuses the mind on positive things. There are so many words to add to it and concentrate on - life, health, family, friends, .........

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne, this is a most
beautiful, and loving gift. SOOO gorgeously made, and so lovely. A wonderful piece of art to hold every day.
Hugs and a happy, and healthy new year to you dear friend.

Robin said...

What a beautiful gift Jillayne! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.


Anonymous said...

Jillayne, your gift is so lovely. It's the kind of gift that keeps on giving.

I like your idea of a word a month. Mine the remainder of December is "reflection".


Maggie said...

What an absolutely beautiful needle case.......such workmanship.....everytime you use it....it will be a reminder of the many hours of work put into this lovely gift.
Happy New Year Jill see you soon.

suziqu's thread works said...

What a dear little patchwork needlebook and designed especially with you in mind - such a thoughtful friend - these friends are so special.
Thank you for your Christmas blessings and I wish for you a most creative New Year ahead full of all kinds of gratitude!!!
Hugs xx

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Beautiful needlecase Jillayne! You have a gifted and generous friend. Love the word idea. I think my word will be 'Explore'. Yes, I like that. Lots of exploring will be coming up for 2012. Have a very happy New Year!

Alisa Noble said...

I'm really looking forward to reading about your monthly words this year, Jillayne.
Happy New Year!

PS. I still owe you a journaling email- haven't forgotten!

Draffin Bears said...

Happy New Year, dear Jillayne and best wishes for a wonderful 2012.
I love the sweet needlebook and such a special gift to have and use.
Gratitude is such a lovely word and like what you have planned for every month.


CosmoGirl Carla said...

Just beautiful, Jillayne. What a beautiful work of art. Sounds like you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. I look forward to your words of the month all throughout next year. Happy Wishes for a fun New Year's Eve. See you next year ;o)

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

What a little treasure your gift is,Jillayne.Just beautiful and made with love.
Have the most wonderful 2012.