Hello & Happy New Year!

Hello dear friends, and Happy New Year! We hope you had a splendid 2018. Somewhere between September and December we fell off the blogosphere, but here we are, plucky as ever, and ready to embark on a big and beautiful new year.

Of course we can’t have a proper catch-up without chatting a bit about the weather. If you’ve spent any time in Southern California, you know the seasons are a little tricksy here: slow, subtle, playful, and sometimes utterly confusing. Autumn of 2018 was wet and windy, followed by a pre-winter stint of cold and fog. (This is fog country; Our town’s first hockey team was called, “The Fog.” #YouKnowItsSeriousWhen) Watching the storms blow through the garden is always eerie and beautiful. The crepe myrtle leaves turned a fierce shade of red, and after the storm they looked particularly lovely against the fresh green clover. By now the tree is bare, her white trunk and branches looking stark and lovely against the cold blue winter sky. And just as we begin to settle into winter, spring blossoms are popping up all over town. So tricksy. I should note, we’re already sorting through the seed stash and making garden plans! Last summer was the first summer in ages we did not sow a flower and vegetable garden (for good reason – more on that later!) But this year, it’s back on, baby. My zinnia game is strong.

 

 

Dennis and I got a wee bit tired towards the end of 2018, I must admit; Just a little worn for the year and all the work we’ve done. But we got some much-needed rest, recovered from a stubborn cold, met commission deadlines, got Chinese take-away, etc. It all worked out. Oh, and I crocheted a pair of mittens! That’s been on my to-do list for years. (I promise a proper ta-dah when all the ends have been woven in.) Of course, there have been gobs of seasonal stitchery, and bunches of new kawaii cross stitch patterns at Trellis & Thyme! (We’ve had a marvelous time playing and designing in our favorite kawaii style.)

 

 

And then there’s Coolba. He’s gotten particularly pudgy and poofy this season, and nothing is quite as cozy as falling alseep with him in my arms. (He’s a wonderful snuggler and will sleep in my arms for hours. And I’m very okay with taking a long nap.)

 

 

We hope you’re as excited about the new year as we are: Trellis & Thyme has lots of magic in store for 2019! Pop back in next week to hear all about our “top secret” project – the one that we worked on all last year! We’re pretty sure you’re going to love it.

See you then!

Sweet Autumn

Oh, sweet autumn! The days are warm and the nights are cold enough for orange and black stripey socks. Leaves turn late in this part of the country, but already they’re hinting at gold. Time is always playing tricks on me, but it’s October so I’m fine with the trickery. This month that celebrates the shadows, witches and goblins, wicked smiles, candied apples, black cats, and pumpkin moonshine – it’s enough to send my spirit soaring.

To add to our October jollies, there’s a bit of Trellis & Thyme news at the booksellers and craft shops: We’re featured in the ‘Meet the Designer’ interview of Cross Stitch Crazy magazine! (Issue 234/November.)




We’re so over-the-moon about this! I’d like to pretend we’re entirely cool and blasé, but that’s not us at all. For us this is pure magic, and we’re more inspired than ever to add to our collection of cross stitch designs, and share our love of needlecraft.


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I’ve been stitching a storm, as usual, ever aware of the power of needle & thread and how much my well-being depends on it. For me, it’s calming and empowering, soul-soothing and enriching. I especially enjoy working seasonal designs and motifs. These days everything whooshes by so fast, it’s hard to enjoy the little mysteries and inspirational treasures hidden in the holidays. Stitching classic seasonal motifs is a lovely way to experience the present, to really relish in the charms of whatever season you’re in. This applies to all seasonal crafting, I believe. It just connects you to the present, no matter what you’re doing. And it’s wonderful.

I’m nearly done hand-sewing the binding of my Halloween Crackle quilt. It’s Dennis’ quilt, technically, and he’s been waiting patiently for it for three years! I am taking my sweet time, loving the mindful motion. Also, it feels just lovely curling under the quilt, windows open to the cold night air, crickets chirping, kitty cat at my feet, warm cup of tea at my side.





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We hope that this October finds you well, wherever you are. And as always, wishing you all good things.

‘Till next time!