Teresa's Rx for de-stressing!
We had a lovely dry spring here, so now we are not plagued with mosquitos. I've discovered the relaxing pastime of doing handwork on my front porch, usually early on the weekend mornings. It is so relaxing....no machine noise...no phone...no radio or tv....just the birds chirping and the fresh air breezes. So sit down and relax a while!
These plastic trays are only a dollar at the dollar store and hold my supplies. The empty tissue box holds thread snippets. All that I need is a tall glass of ice cold lemonade!
I'm making some of these needlecases for gifts; they are made of felt, embroidery floss, buttons, and I put a heart of stiff interfacing in between the layers of felt. The pattern can be found at www.patternbee.com.
Hand sewing and embroidery such as redwork is very relaxing to me. I love the simple designs and many free patterns are available such as these:
Lastly, remember the cute tote bag made with the plastic door screening? I got a roll at Lowe's and made my own "Andy-proof" screen gate to keep the pooch on the porch when I am out there stitching. You understand that he rarely stands still this long? Simple fabric ties were used to tie the screen to the step railings.