November is off to a busy start! I'm going in all directions. Happily so. But at times, I feel like I can't catch my breath. I'm reminded of the words spoken by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." That just about sums it up I guess. It's that enthusiasm that keeps me up and running and spinning in dizzy circles. Three cheers for enthusiasm! Hip hip hurray! Enthusiasm is key.
And speaking of enthusiasm . . this week, I received a wonderful HUGE box of vintage embroidery patterns. They were generously donated to the PatternBee archive and online vintage embroidery shop, by a sweet and generous lady from Arizona who just wanted to make sure they got a good home. And did they ever! They are all right at home on my desk, in that little room at the back of my house we call 'PatternBee Headquarters'.
I'm taking my time and carefully sorting through all these amazing works of art. Some are so brittle from age that I'm afraid to open them. Like really, really old Walker's, before they were Walker's dating them at least 75 years old! Found some other gems too that I hadn't seen before. The plan is to repair and reprint some of these after the holidays.
Actually, I haven't been adding as many new patterns to the site these past months because of all the other projects I've taken on. But I still try and do at least one "new" pattern each month. This month, it was Peasant Folk Dancers.
Just look how cute they are! Kicking up their heels and all. I can almost hear the lively fiddles and the old kitchen spoons clicking and clacking keeping time. So fun!