Every so often I come across a quote that inspires or touches me in some way. I write it down, fold it up, and put it in a jar in my kitchen. Once a day or so, I just pull out a thought, ponder it, and move it to the next jar (for thoughts I've already pondered).
I never know what thoughts will come out of the jar. Sometimes, they are words of comfort:
"To everything there is a season" (Ecclesiastes) or "Housework done imperfectly still blesses your family" (Fly Lady).
Sometimes they are words of advice that I dearly need: "Leave evil and it will leave you" (Arab proverb), or "Between stimulus and response, one has the freedom to choose" (Stephen Covey).
Sometimes I get inspiration: "To unpathed waters, undreamed shores" (William Shakespeare) or "Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling" (Margaret B. Runbeck).
Often visitors find my kitchen stash of quotes. After they read a few, they sometimes want to take one away with them. There is one quote that I continuously have to replace. It's from the incomparable poet and penseur Maya Angelou, "My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."
I think I can see why; it's inspiration, advice, hope, and assurance all in one.
Today I worked a little more on my niece's butterfly. I used a very long stem stitch around the wings and for the smile.
Tiny, colorful seed beads line the inside of wings.
I did some lopsided French knots for the eyes and nose. For the antennae, I used an outline stitch in blue, then couched it in green.
To capture the sweet exuberance of this butterfly, I'm thinking of the bright colors that a child might use in her art work. Now I have to figure out which stitches to use for the segment lines along the body.