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Monday, September 10, 2018

Progress on a rainy day

First of all, thank you so much for all the happy anniversary wishes for Jack and I.  We had a lovely weekend - two meals 'out' on Saturday  and a relaxing day on Sunday.  Perfect way to celebrate!

I managed to do a little more on the latest barn...added the fence posts, the birch tree, and a shrub on the right.  Both the tree and the shrub need more work before I will be happy with them.

Sorry about the color in the photo -it's dull and
rainy here so the light isn't good.

- I don't often share anything of this nature on my blog, but I'm going to make an exception for THIS.  Depression still often bears the stigma of being a taboo subject - something to be hidden, something to be ashamed of.  Yes, this particular post I've shared discusses it from the standpoint of postpartum, but the symptoms are the same.  I have read a lot on the subject and have to say that what was written here is remarkable and one of the best things I've read.  I know personally how debilitating this disease is - I know what it's like to live with it - I know what a family goes through - I know the denial, the refusal to believe and the shame.  I know all too well and if, by my sharing this (and perhaps you also sharing), it helps someone then I am happy.  Don't wait to seek help and don't be ashamed.

- THIS link takes you to some free Christmas-themed mug rug patterns.

- And THIS link leads you to the clickable link to create amazing Christmas ornaments.

- Have a look at the pieces done by THIS artist!  And those done by THIS artist too!

- I love THIS afghan!  Link takes you to a free pdf file of the pattern.

- For those of you who are interested in felting, perhaps THIS might be something you might like to try.

- Sue Bleiweiss has announced registrations for her 'Artist Studio Boot Camp' class and if you'd like more info check her post found HERE.  If you follow the link in her post you can get the full details.

- The knitters might find THIS post interesting about how to make neat color changes in your work.

Today the quote is from Maya Angelou..."Hate: It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet"


  1. You're making progress, Mary Ann, wonderful.
    And thanks for the heads up about PPD.
    When I was in my baby years, I struggled with that too.
    There wasn't a lot of support then. I figured it was something
    I had to live with. So my sewing/crafting became a life saver. That
    was my drug and therapy and it really did get me through.
    Of course faith and family helped too.
    It's good to see that there is a lot more support now. We are our
    brother's keeper.

  2. Your barn is looking great! I'm glad you had a great anniversary! We hit 30 earlier this year. Egads!

  3. An excellent insight into depression, thank you for sharing this article. Depression is insidious, it strikes wherever and whomever, and I might add a constant recurring sickness in today's society. Your barn's progress is coming along very nicely. ♥

  4. Simply beautiful and I love the colors! So perfect for autumn.

    Enjoy your week! Hugs!

  5. Anonymous3:13 AM

    Hi Maryanne your barn is beautiful ,you are amazing how you. Get them to look so real,well done my friend xx

  6. The barn is looking GREAT!! Thanks for promoting knowledge about depression. It is such a misunderstood illness.
    xx, Carol

  7. Very good topic to bring up. My mother suffered from depression. I know first hand the trauma that can bring to a family.

    1. I think my mother had it too, although hers went undiagnosed. I had it for nearly three years before I finally got a proper diagnosis - the doctor intitially thought it was PMS.

  8. Thank you for sharing the article, Mary Anne. Valuable stuff. And your barn quilt is looking wonderful.

    1. Thank you Becki. I have realized that the more we talk about depression the better it is for everyone. No longer should it be a taboo subject and sufferers closeted away in hiding.

  9. I'm loving this barn with the beautiful fallish countryside.

  10. Well happy anniversary! Good article on depression. When a member of my family was told he did have depression, I was aghast because he was the strongest person I knew. That's when I realized it's not a person's fault because they can't control a chemical imbalance or how their body is made & functioning. They goodness we are given the mind to think through the process to get help.


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