Oh, my Goodness! It’s Almost Lent!

I was at Central Market yesterday and they had this parade.  I asked my husband what they were doing and he said, “oh, it’s Mardi Gras.”  Mardi Gras?  That time already?  Wow.  Lent has totally snuck up on me.

I’m hoping to design some Lenten stuff this week.  It’s my favorite season of the church year and I’m hoping that should fuel some really good designs. 


All Christian Christmas Tree

Here’s what my all-Christian Christmas tree looks like.


Guest Blogger

I’m going to be a guest blogger on “Stitching the Night Away“.  You can see my introduction here.

The Quest for a Christian Christmas Tree

As I have mentioned before, this year, my husband and I want to have a totally Christian Christmas tree.  So, I’ve been making ornaments like crazy and hope to be designing some more to go with the patterns I already have.


I thought I’d share two of my latest, out of The Big Book of Christmas Quickies by Leisure Arts

Things that I want/plan to design

I was up late last night and the idea came to me for a Reformation-themed banner.  I know the non-Lutherans won’t really care to make one so I also plan to make one for All Saints.

I’ve been thinking lately about what I hope to accomplish.  The motivation for what I design is generally my two daughters and things that I can make to make our home express our Christianity.  Here’s a list:

– Advent calender
– Advent candles
– Seasonal banners
– Scripture passage samplers

Non designing things that I am doing

First of all, Happy Fourth of July. What a great day to celebrate our country’s birth and to live in a country where we can freely practice our religion!

I have not been designing anything lately. I am also a stitcher and designing is just a hobby at this point. But what I am working on may interest you. I will tell you a story.

Once upon a time, my grandma went to a Christmas service at my church and noticed the lovely ornaments on the Christmas trees. They were called “Chrismons.” She acquired a pattern book for them and started making them for her church. Sadly after her death, the church burned down taking all them with them but a few survive that were in my possession.

Enter my husband who when I met him was studying to be a pastor, which sadly did not happen due to circumstances. After I married him, we bought a Christmas tree for our house together. As we shopped, we talked about how he’d always wanted to have a tree decorated only in Christian symbols. I remembered the Chrismons my grandma made. My mother found her materials in her basement and shipped them to me but I’m not quite ready to try my hand at wires and beads. I found some nice counted cross stitch patterns for Christian monograms, so I’m starting there, stitching lovely symbols for my Christmas tree. Someday, I hope I can cover my tree in them and put my secular ornaments on a different tree or leave them boxed up.

You can see the Chrismons I’ve done so far here: http://pinterest.com/ssneedlework/chrismons/
You can learn more about the people who invented “Chrismons’ and their ministry here: http://www.chrismon.org/site/chrismon.htm

Idea in Progress

While I try to sort out what I’m going to do with Bible translations, I’ve decided to move on to something else I wanted to do with this venture.

In my church, we do follow the traditional church year.  I know that a lot of churches have abandoned this except for major festivals like Christmas and Easter.  Anyway, I liked the idea of having different projects for different parts of the church year.  But, ultimately, there’s a problem.  What to do with it when the season changes?  I have this wonderful nativity scene that I stitched but it’s hard to figure out where to hang it because it’s so specific to Christmas.

Then, I had an idea.  Why not make different banners that could be hung up for the different church seasons?  They wouldn’t have to be huge like the ones you might find in church.  That’s what I’m working on right now.  Let’s see what comes of it.

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