Blogging, endless gifts, friends

Oh oh oh!

  

I want to make these

Aren’t they adorable?

*sigh*

Dawn, and so many of you bloggers, are so incredibly talented.

I’m suffering from craft envy 🙂

I’m going to try them.

I know they will turn out wobbly, crooked and take months for me to finish.

But I don’t mind.

I seem to be incurable when it comes to admiring and trying to imitate. I do it with everything – music, drawing, flowerbeds, decorating, baking, photography. It doesn’t bother me that I am not particularly original.

I used to get quite frustrated in doing crafts. I seem to be  challenged when it comes to straight lines and cutting with scissors and sewing evenly.

But as I have grown older, I have acquired a little more patience. And, become more realistic in my appraisal of my talents.

And more significantly, I’ve stopped being so product oriented and I have learned to “enjoy the process”.

I simply like to do it.

I don’t draw that well ~ but I like to do it.

I am not a piano virtuoso ~ but I love to play the piano.

I am definitely a beta harp player ~ but I am a very happy one.

I take my time and decorate cookies with lots of details and colour because I am happy when I do it.

I stay outside in the cold air with my digital camera, without gloves, taking shot after of shot of the sun on branches and snow because I am enjoying myself immensely.

I deliberate over my choice of words on my blog. I even change them after I have had comments – because I get a deep satisfaction from picking the exact word that describes what I am thinking. feeling, seeing.

I am happy that there are tons of people who do things far better than I.

I will continue to learn from them

and be content to imitate.

I’m very happy that blogging has brought all you talented writers, bakers, photographers, comedians, crafters and hostesses  extraordinaire into my life. I love to learn about different countries like Sweden (oops sorry Eija – I knew that 🙂 Finland and Norway, or life on a ranch , in the mountains of Virginia, Utah, or the big city

I am encouraged by your love of family and home.

I love to watch your babies grow, hear about your adventures in family life and share the joy of your sweet grandbabies.

You

inspire me by your faith

and

bless me with your friendship.

I’m sure I have missed mentioning some of you,

but know this ~

Your friendship, comments and emails are a very sweet part of my day,

a continual source of encouragement

and

a gift that I will always treasure.

Goodness, this blog post was intended to be a simple “I want to make those cute felt hearts of Dawn’s

but look how it has evolved.

Grown deeper.

Become richer.

Just like my life

because of you.

Thank you!

with much love and appreciation,

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18 thoughts on “Oh oh oh!

  1. Kathie,I so enjoyed this post because this is *just* the way I think of myself. I "enjoy the journey" with a number of the things I do. I copy beautiful crafts and get ideas from others — it makes me look good , even if it isn’t my own idea. And I’m quick to admit it. I DO think you have a gift of drawing. Love the ducks. And also a gift with the camera. And I am also going to try Dawn’s embroidered felt hearts. Oh my! Aren’t those really lovely? I may start tonight….now that my glasses aren’t driving me nuts.Merry Christmas and thanks for the fun links to explore.Jody

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  2. i commented on this post a couple of days ago…but it’s not here! k, are you deleting my comments again? ;)short version: i love ya and i think you’re the best. t

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  3. Well, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! And it is so pleasurable to have so many hobbies. I’ve always wanted to do a lot of things so-so, instead of just one thing really well. There are just so many interesting things to try! Now I’m going to go wander amongst all your links. Merry Christmas to you!

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  4. Hi Kathie!This was sweet to read! I learned so much about you in this post.I am so thankful to be able to read your warm entries and to "know" you through our blogs! Thank you also for getting me back to my blog.XO

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  5. It all starts from doing it because you enjoy it. Then, little by little, you get better at it! Sometimes it stays at the level "doing just for myself" – but then, at times, it might open new, exciting doors for you :)And… you do so MANY things!By the way – went to check out who’s from Sweden… It’s my neighbouring country – you need to go even more to the east to find me in Finland 🙂

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  6. Awww, thanks for thinking of me! Your example is so inspiring–I want to get to that point too, where I just enjoy the process on more things. I do that with writing–so blogging is never a burden to me–but cooking, sewing and so many other things are.And I LOVE your ducks–and your photography, always!Blessings–right back at ya! ;)Jeanne

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  7. Hi Kathie, I have been enjoying your blog for awhile now and thought I should lett you know how much I enjoy your photos and your writing.We have met at Hartsville chuch several times.I would like to add you to my blog list of favorites if thats o.k. Keep up the good work and have a wonderful Christmas.

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  8. Home Again says:

    What a wonderful post. Thank-you for linking me. It’s always good to come over and peak into your life on the eastern coast. I’ve been busy working on PJ"s for my little men. I am not a seamstress by far, but interesting enough I have enough friends hooting me on. I love looking at your pictures. You’ve developed some great skills in photography besides many others. What a Wonderful Life.

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  9. I hear ya about Dawn’s felt hearts, and especially want to make them like she does, sitting beside the christmas tree, next to a warm fire. Oh yeah…she could sell that experience in a jiffy!This California/Texas/Utah blogger is loving seeing what life is like in your world. It is amazing to think that just a few years ago this visiting around and making friendship via blogs was unheard of. Lucky us!I’m enjoying a snowy day here, and I’m at work at the college library sipping on some very special Avonlea Blueberry tea, and thinking of you.

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  10. Good morning Kathie,What a very fun post. I clicked over and saw those wonderful felt hearts, sigh…I do appreciate all the different talents that bloggers have.I would so enjoy hearing your families musical talents in person. Bloggers do the funniest things like staying out in the cold to get the right picture…Blessings on you and yours…

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  11. This is a lovely heart warming post. I too have been delighted with meeting people from all over the world who inspire me creatively and spiritually and even physically. Your photography has always drawn me back here. Thanks!

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  12. Lorna says:

    Kathie – one of the things that I have always loved about you is that you are never afraid to try ANYTHING!! What a wonderful way to be … love you.

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  13. What a sweet post! I feel the same about my friends in Blogland who daily encourage me.It is all about the process…and I do enjoy the process of a great many things.Thanks for the mention!xox

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  14. Oh, Kathie…what a beautiful, creative post! I so enjoyed bouncing back and forth between your blog and those you love to visit! (I need to spend some more time reading some of them I haven’t seen before!)I love this…"And more significantly, I’ve stopped being so product oriented and I have learned to “enjoy the process”.I simply like to do it."It reminds me so much of things I learned from Sue Bender’s book Plain and Simple: A Woman’s Journey to the Amish. I very much admire that you have come to the place where the enjoyment of the process is desired more than just the product. I love your ducks! (don’t draw well…ha!!) and your harp is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see those beautiful hearts you make…they will be so special because of the time, thought and enjoyment YOU put into them!Thank you, again, for this beautiful post…it feels like a big hug in the midst of a very dear community and has brought a peace to my morning!

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  15. Kathie,I so enjoyed this post because this is *just* the way I think of myself. I "enjoy the journey" with a number of the things I do. I copy beautiful crafts and get ideas from others — it makes me look good , even if it isn’t my own idea. And I’m quick to admit it. I DO think you have a gift of drawing. Love the ducks. And also a gift with the camera. And I am also going to try Dawn’s embroidered felt hearts. Oh my! Aren’t those really lovely? I may start tonight….now that my glasses aren’t driving me nuts.Merry Christmas and thanks for the fun links to explore.Jody

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