A Note from Me

Dear 2017,

I may be starting to like you after all.




Do you know how often I think about writing something here? Every day. Every day!

But then the evening comes, and I sit down on the edge of my bed, setting my slippers on the floor at just the right distance from my feet so that I can find them when the dark morning comes. 

After that, I wonder where the day went. It seems like I was just putting those slippers on my feet and trudging down to the coffee pot. And now here I sit again.

Twenty-seventeen has been a disjointed blur to me, but it feels like I may be settling back into the nice, steady rhythm of work. I love my work.

Thank you so much for all of you who have been so incredibly supportive of it. I truly feel God has given Plum Street Samplers to me, and has allowed me to meet so many of you through it. I hope I can be better, once again, at staying in touch (so to speak) through my blog. 

I'll leave you with a little bright spot in my day… the new Jingle Family, which has settled themselves quite comfortably in the Christmas wreath on my front porch. (I fell in love with a wreath on Etsy, so I ordered it, not taking time to measure it. When I received it, I found that it was much more enormous than I had planned for, and was far too heavy to hang on my front door. I had to hang it next to my door instead, which proved to be a nice, inviting spot for a little finch mother to build her nest. So if you happen to be in the neighborhood, you'll know why it still appears to be Christmas at the Stewart house.)

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Thank you for stopping by!



  • Marian

    Hi Paulette, how lovely. As I commented on facebook,, I haven’t been keeping up with my blog either due to heavy course load so far this academic year.
    Take care,

  • Hazel Anderson

    Hello Paulette
    Please don’t feel too bad about not posting regularly on your blog.
    We are always pleased to hear about your lovely family, and catch up on the gorgeous designs you create to keep us busy.
    Take care and God bless.
    Hazel x (Sunderland, UK)

  • Tammy Salvesen

    It makes me happy things are calming and settling down for you. Everyone loves your work, but you are such a lovely person,everyone loves you much more. We wish for you every beautiful blessing.

  • CJ

    How magical, they are adorable. We have great tits in our garden nest box, I’m loving watching the parents flying backwards and forwards feeding the chicks. I do hope we get to see them when they fledge. Glad you’re enjoying your work and that things are going well for you. I love to drop by here and see your beautiful designs. In fact I have one here to get started on soon. CJ xx

  • Betty

    No matter when–it is always wonderful to hear from you! Some years seem to take us down a path different from our plans. Keep those wonderful designs coming.

  • Robin in Virginia

    Enjoyed reading your post this morning and glad things are settling into a routine for you. The Jingle family is darling. Thank you for sharing!

  • Diane Grick

    Seeing a new blog post from you gives me the same happy feeling as when I would receive a hand-written letter in the mail. Missed meeting you in Nashville. Perhaps next year. Enjoy watching your sweet feathered friends grow. And don’t feel bad about blog-neglect as I too am LONG overdue for a post. Take care! πŸ™‚

  • Vicki

    Life definitely has a way of getting me off track from blogging at times. I’m sure all of us bloggers completely understand! The photo of the Jingle family was precious.

  • Karen L Chaudoin

    My home has ferns hanging and every summer a friendly mother bird finds just the right spot in which to settle her family.Do I hear a Jingle Family cross stitch in the air?

  • DJ

    I have missed your cheerful posts and hoped that nothing was wrong. I’m so glad to hear you have just been busy!! The baby birds are just too precious…I love watching them grow!

  • Linda

    A happy post! I’ve missed reading about your family’s antics/happenings. Looking forward to whatever is next pattern-wise (is that a word? Lol!)

  • Charli Pearson

    Dear Dear Paulette,
    Is it good to hear from you!!!!! Was missing your precious pictures and cute family stories that were always attached. Luv’n your new pieces!!!! The little birds are precious!!!!
    Lots of hugs,

  • Jess

    Thanks for the lovely post, the ‘jingle babies’ are adorable (keep up the IG updates of them!), and may the rest of 2017 continue to be blessed in all our busy worlds.

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