We are all navigating life as best we can. It is a journey ...
... a voyage that we pilot, but honestly ... we really have no idea of where it will take us. As we travel our life crosses and parallels the journey of others.
Relationships are often complicated. Some serve as flowers along the way and others make the journey difficult.
Stephen Covey (author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) refers to this problem as the "Twin Tumors". The cancer of comparing and competing prevents us from being a buoy in the lives of others. The subtle criticisms ... off handed comments ... humor with a bite ... creep in and fill us with self-doubt. This "soft" form of negativity adds up, and we become "boxed" in and feel constrained.
I could see off in the horizon where I wanted to go ... I had become confused and the view was obstructed.
Without warning ... POW! A stranger says, "Yes, absolutely you can do that." Those simple words of encouragement and all obstructions fall away ... and the flowers at my feet come into view. A paradigm shift has occurred.
I feel my resilience return ... I can step around the negativity ...
... the view is clear and I am back at the helm.
That stranger will never know the value of her encouragement ... she was the "life saving device" I needed ... at that very moment! It makes me pause ... and ponder ... my dillydally principles have been reconfirmed by this brief interaction. The dillydally suit of armor has been polished and reinforced with resolve.
Do what you love. Encourage one another. Do dillydally!
Time passes so quickly ... hard to believe the Farm Girl Vintage sew-a-long began 8 weeks ago! Yikes! Has it really been two months?
Last Friday we were busy picking Farm Fresh Flowers and built a Farm House!
Lately Flicka has little or no interest in quilting! She has been spending a lot of time outdoors, pretending to be a wild mountain lion! She is so small in size ... these wild flowers are only about 4-6 inches high ... Mr. DD and I giggle watching her "Big Cat" antics. She has proven to be a great moth hunter ... and gobbles them up quickly! Yuck! All we can think is that they must taste great, because it is not like she is hungry! Too funny!
Since Flicka is not joining me in the sewing room, it is especially nice to have the peeps there! Yep ... they totally get me! ;-)
We picked pieced this Farm Fresh Flower together!
Here they are looking at the 37 little pieces necessary to build the 6 inch Farm House ... we shared the trepidation and apprehension!
As a child, I always assumed that I would remain in farming ... and I dreamed of a large white farm house with a red roof! Now ... all these years later ... I've built one! Dreams do come true!
Here are the 15 blocks I've done thus far ... it is so fun to see what hundreds of others have done on instagram ... I'm sew enjoying my first online sew-a-long experience!
Sew ... the peeps and I celebrated our accomplishments this week! Just so you know ... I embrace my silliness ... it is who I am!
Two weeks from today, we will be traveling the DillyDally Trail through Oregon ... I am so excited, it is hard to get anything done! Yep ... those dillydally dreams do come true!
Birthdays! I believe in embracing them ... at every age! Life is the greatest gift ... of course we should celebrate! Recently, I was invited to participate in a friend's birthday fun! We went out for lunch, then to her daughter's home for cake!
Her daughter and granddaughter had spent the week testing cupcake and frosting recipes ... such memory making fun for them!
They found a cake recipe that hit the mark ... but it was too difficult to pick just one favorite frosting ... so ...
... they made three different flavors! Wonderful! Each guest went home with cupcakes! It was lovely in every possible way!
The Birthday Girl!
After cake we came here to DillyDallydom for a dillydally playdate! Tinted embroidery was on the agenda!
The three of us traced our designs and then pulled out the crayons! We're all retired teachers ... love to color ... it was a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon!
I chose a vintage Halloween design ... super simple ... not sure where the dillydally winds will take this project. ;-) Just planning to enjoy the journey.
Celebrating birthdays and friendships ... makes for a perfect dillydally day!
Do what you love. Celebrate birthdays! Do dillydally!
Life has been even more hectic than usual here in DillyDallydom ... there is a bit much on my plate right now ... I love this quilt and have worried about keeping up. I know ... dillydalliers aren't supposed to worry, but it sort of creeped in unnoticed ... that happens ... even when you're a dillydally champion! ;-)
They arrived in the mail last Friday! The dillydally label hinted at the fun that would be found inside!
Inside ... a card and this incredible wooden "Oregon Trail" treasure box ... completely amazing!
Such a fun card ... vintage pattern design! Loved it!
Inside the box were three gifts!
A fun notebook wrapped in a fat quarter of cowboy themed fabric! Too fun!
A child-sized, hand embroidered, kitty themed vintage potholder! So sweet!
Next up ... wrapped in cowboy boot fabric ... treasure! Vintage Fisher-Price toys! Be. Still. My. Heart!!!!! I am over the moon ... there is a Mrs. DD, Sister DD and Sewing machine with table and chair! What treasure!
They were just the inspiration I needed to get in the sewing room and work on my Farm Girl blocks!
This block is called "Crops" ... nothing can sum up farming more ... it is all about planting, growing and harvesting crops of some kind!
The peeps cheered me on ... love how they match the color palette of this quilt!
Next up ... Egg Basket Block!
Loved making this block ... easy piecing instructions ... would love to make a scrap quilt of this pattern in 12 inch blocks!
Love how the peeps look like they're about to jump in the basket! Too stinkin' cute!
All 13 blocks ... it feels sew good to be caught up! No worries now!
Flicka (who is not allowed on the dining table) reached up and pulled the kitty pot holder down to the chair she was on ... and quickly made her and her new friend comfortable! Such a silly kitty ... too funny! She is always intent on being in on the fun!
How to thank someone for such thoughtful and touching gifts? It is impossible ... just want her to know that they are loved and appreciated in a way that is impossible to describe! I am honored and richly blessed ... thank you!