Keep calm and stitch on

I have recently taken up slow stitching. Stitching by hand. Big stitches. Experimenting with different stitches. It is surprisingly cathartic and relaxing. This will be a journal cover which I hope to fill with more stitched pages. This is like collaging and painting with thread. I included the embroideries I did recently, the gnome and the butterfly. And included scraps of cloth from my kids, e.g the piece of jeans and the pretty pink fabric. Memories all stitched together. I love the messy homemade look. Thankful to have something that helps my brain to slow down. And focus on one stitch at a time. Keep calm and stitch on…

It is ok to rest

A few weeks ago, I created this page in my altered journal. I did not know where I was going with this page, so I left the other side alone. I know that one day it will come to me. And it did. I added some messy threads to the page and some words to remind that I need to give myself permission to rest. Especially in times of crisis. I tend to jump into action, keep myself very busy, as a way to deal with the stress. To avoid thinking. It is not healthy. Yes. It is ok to rest.