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Sunday with Tea and Stitching

The best times for me is having tea while the Autumn weather is trying to become winter. As the tea is bring shipped, easily I can forget about the snow coming.

I took the dog for a walk and came in to boil some water for my afternoon Sunday tea. The other day I was gifted a present of various teas and a mug.

In the various teas were chamomile and lavender tea, which sounded like a good choice for this lazy day.

The nice part of this tea is the tea bag had a quote attached to it.

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

William Shakespeare

As to my stitching, it is coming along.

Thanks for visiting this blog.


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Thursday Stitching

It’s been awhile since a post has been published. I have been working and keeping up with some of my other artwork.

Today was a nice day off of work. I decided to relax on the sofa watch some Netflix and stitch.

Derby is a long process, but it’s getting closer to bring finished by every stitch.

Below is the most recent full photo of Derby.

I’ll stitch again soon having my chamomile tea or a new tea… time will tell.



May Stitching

This is where the stitching was left off at the beginning of May.

It’s been a difficult month. There was intense ups and downs within myself and with my clients. I concentrated on finishing my yoga teacher training. And now trying to work on managing this stress hovering around me.

I stitched a lot but just didn’t have the energy to put it in a blog post.

So here are some photos of the progress on Derby.

I get amazed at the different amounts of thread colors in one section. It has taken a long time to finish some of the cross stitch blocks because of the amount of colors. It’s worth the time and effort.

And then there’s the tea

Today I am working from home and will have the morning and evening to stitch.

This morning I’m starting my day off with green tea.

It’s a blooming flower called Soothing Star. It has a nice smooth flavor. Comfortable on my throat.

Look how pretty it is:

Well I’m going to enjoy my tea and stitch before I have to sign in to work.



Thread Atlas!

I ordered the threads at a box store Michael’s crafts and 12 hours later, I was able to pick up my purchase. That was the best service I received, so appreciative of them.

Tea atlas!

Started out the day with green tea with a probiotic added to it. And then later I had black tea. It’s been a long day, so I grabbed the tea bags that come in a box on most grocery store shelves.

And now let me relax with my tea…

Stitching Derby:

Need time to stitch…soon I will return with an update



Derby is Rounding the Track…Almost

This is where Derby was left off a few days ago. I stitched on and off In reality there was not much time in-between clients recently to be comfortable, brew some tea and get lost in my stitching world.

Yesterday, page 8 was almost completed which is the first page of the second row. This is a huge accomplishment, this Derby is about 22″x 30″. I had to stop stitching last night, because my shoulder and fingers were slightly in pain. Plus I was getting tired.

Then today came! I finished page 8! Now onto page 9. or so I thought. It was such a disappointment. I…ran…out…of…thread! Do you feel my pain, my fellow stitchers!? And the stores are closed, so off to the website to order. I was lucky, the colors are in stock, now awaiting the email when it can be picked up.

And I shall wait!

I won’t make you wait to see my progress:

While waiting, there is tea to brew for the next stitching time…


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Time for Tea and Stitching

The choice of tea today is from Simple Loose Leaf, Anise Pear.

The description is “sweet like candy.” It has anise and elderberries in it. It is a green tea.

Derby Cross Stitch

I have stitched a little yesterday. Here is where I left off at:

The horse is starting to be shown in this cross stitch.

I had to stop stitching tonight. My arthritic hand is stiff and need to rest.

Hope you enjoy this progress.



Easter Sunday Tea Time and Stitching

It’s been awhile since I posted about my tea. Simply because I have been lazy to take pictures and to post my updates about the Derby Cross Stitch.

It’s been an active morning. I walked my dog, got back home and planted the new roses I bought recently from Jackson and Perkins.

Here are the roses I planted in my courtyard garden:

Honey Bee Lovely

Tupelo Honey Floribunda Rose

Afterwards I took pictures of yoga poses as an assignment to get my yoga instructor certification. Did some Zumba cardio workout as well. I really needed to release all those negative toxins!

Then I took my dog for another walk this time a longer walk.

Ate lunch. Gave my dog a treat. And decided it was Tea Time. My dog is now sleeping!

I brewed the flower blooming tea. I selected a green tea for today.

And now my legs are on the ottoman, a blanket is draped around me and this tea is smooth and a hot satisfying delight to enjoy watching some movies this afternoon while stitching.


Here is the progress on Derby cross stitch

I thought the blue shades were done when the first row was finished. How wrong I was! At least it isn’t majority of the second row. I am ready to see more colors on this cross stitch.

And my evening hot tea was stress relief Honey Lavender by Yogi.

I should be able to stitch more this week. My schedule to see clients is not filled like weeks prior. It is interesting how there is a need for mental health counseling at this moment because of the virus. My thought is that no one wants to pay their copay or deductible to have sessions, and is putting it off until they know there job is secured after we resume our life and get back to our normal way of living and working. I believe this is the calm before the storm for me.

So it will be Happy Stitching for awhile.



Crossing to April

I am diligently sewing the second row. It’s been a long week. Not to mention a long year so far.

Here’s my progress.

Yes more blue cross stitching. Not nearly as much anymore.

Below is a “perfect” photo of my cat. I love when the day is bright and cats look out the window. Even though she’s facing the other way, it’s still adorable.

I have been drinking a lot of tea. It’s been chilly and tea helps me through the day while working from home.

I now pulled out my large cups for tea drinking.

Tonight’s choice of tea is chamomile. I need to relax myself before bedtime.

I’ll sew a few more cross stitches…but it’s been a long day helping people get through this “stay at home” order. I need my rest.

Until next post with more tea and more stitching.



Stillness in Time with Derby

Yesterday was a day that my state learned we are going to be on an order to stay home due to the Coronavirus. I have been working from home for the past week, busy seeing clients via telehealth. I had some time to myself but not enough time to work on my cross stitching until Sunday.

But First Tea:

I bought myself a gift the other week, it is a new tea pot. I have always wanted a glass tea pot to brew the tea bloom flowers.

Here is what I bought:

It was so much fun watching the tea bloom open up. It really is the little things that bring joy!

Enjoy the video watching the Tea Bloom Flowering opening up:

The tea was very good and I will defiantly be drinking this as I am now order to stay home.


I am one little section away and another column away from completing the first row!

More to complete


Derby Stitching Today

I did not stitch as much as I wanted to today. However, it’s coming along.

The stitches on this column had numerous amounts of colors. For one block of stitching it had about 20 different colors to stitch! That is why this took me a long time to complete. The changing of colors and going back and forth from stitching to threading the needle took up time. Plus I had to look at the copied page and the original page many times. I use a copy the pattern and mark off the symbols I stitch, however it did not copy clearly.

Anyway here’s how the progress went:

A few more columns to cross stitch for the top row!


image from Pinterest

The tea of choice for today was:

By Simple Loose Leaf: Misty Morning Tea

It is a green tea that has a smokey flavor. According to the Simple Loose Leaf brochure it is “similar to Yunnan black teas.”

Until next time