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Finding Inspiration

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Inspiration sometimes comes from unexpected places. 

An article in the MS KIDS Holiday 2003 issue caught my eye recently as I was flipping through the pages again.  It's about getting out and enjoying a winter's day; some encouraging advice with lovely pictures.  What I particularly like though, is the layout of the title--arranged with twigs and sticks against a snowy background.

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With twiggy letters still on my mind, and this picture as a guide, and the subtle winter landscape my palette, I began stitching away--hoping to capture the natural elements with my needle and thread. 

I must say, I was quite pleased with the results.

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The pillow sleeve came next.  To cover a small pillow I already had.  (Pillow sleeves are easy to make, change out, and store when the season ends--love them.)  

My new pillow reminds me to take a winter walk and enjoy the season with all it's grand and simple wonders.

Updated 2010:  Because you asked . . .directions to make the Winter Pillow Sleeve  project are in my book Embroidery Craft:: Stitching Through the Seasons (page 48). 

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