Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hand To Hand To Hand To .....

**photo removed because it was being used in the wrong context by others - thank you**

The hand has been a symbol through the ages and in many cultures. Some hand 'expressions':

Hand In - Hands Down - Upper Hand - Other Hand - Out of Hand - Hand it to Someone - Lend a Hand - Helping Hand - Bite the Hand that Feeds - Free Hand - Hand Over - Hand over Hand - Hand Up - Hand Out - Hand in Glove - To take a Hand - Throw up your Hands - Wash your Hands of it - One Hand Washes Another



The last few days have been all about 'Hands' for me. Coping with storms (a level 3 tornado on Tuesday had me wringing my hands), a rogue 'cable guy' cutting my lines and then trying to get assistance. Thank you neighbor for lending a hand in reporting someone on our vast property. Needing a hand to get around - no vehicle and STILL nervous about driving myself when loaned a vehicle. A grandchild needing special hands to help with an illness. Caring hands for daughter and SIL to cope with sick child. A helping hand from a cyber friend on dealing with an elderly parent. Extending my own hand in assisting someone in need. And waiting to see what the government is going to leave me in hand should I lose my only income.


REMINDERS

Hand2Help is nearing close - see side button

Santa Sack Swap 2 sign ups nearing close - see side button

Wantobe sign ups nearing close - must register with someone with the side button - both new quilters and 'experienced' quilters

BUSY HANDS



I had some helping hands with cleaning my work/living space as I had everything torn apart to 'analyse' my cable problems. See what happens when I clear a spot! And that is a new Square Up tutorial I am working on - a sharing hand.


This was my distraction from all those HAND expressions. I finished my Simple Treasures quilt - Charming Girl's Club last project. Moda's 'Strawberry Fields' charm packs that were given to me by a cyber friend for my birthday, scrap muslin, and Connecting Threads' strawberry print (stars) and Bernatex 'Meadow' print for the back. AND buttons!


CLOSING THOUGHT




As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. **Audrey Hepburn







Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

24 comments:

  1. Your simple things quilt is just lovely! Wonderful work all around. And a great post too...I enjoyed reading.

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  2. Your Simple Treasures turned out great! I love the helper in your other picture - all tuckered out from helping.

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  3. You've had a bit of a rough week. I had no idea about the tornadoes.

    You have some of the largest giving hands I've ever virtually seen!

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  4. I'm sorry you've been having a tough time recently. Hopefully it'll all improve quickly.

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  5. Well I hope that the end of this week will be better for you and your sick grandchild. Such a pretty quilt. I must remember that Audrey Hepburn quote, a good one! Is that a Janome I see? I love mine but hate taking it all the way to Glens Falls when it needs servicing. grrrr

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  6. Thanks for lending me a helping hand thru' all your kind words....I hope that I have been a help with words thru' our comments and emails. Sounds like you have had your hands FULL this week. Sometimes we need a third hand just to get us thru'...May you be comforted to know, we are all here for you!

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  7. Busy hands are happy hands....you are a happy person!

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  8. Sounds like you need more than two hands at the moment.
    Your Simple Treasures quilt is beautiful! Congrats on another gorgeous finish :)

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  9. I so love your Simple Treasures - what a lovely quilt.

    Yesterday I saw a pair of gloves (NC State college gloves to be exact) that were red and on the tip of each finger was a red and white pom pom about 1-1/2" round. Oh, how I wanted those gloves - $19.99 - so left them at the store, but they were so cute. Just couldn't decide at age 70 where I would wear them and why. LoL Your hands post reminded me of a lovely memory. Judy C

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  10. Good morning, Sharon! Such a great post - sorry to hear you've been having such a time - didn't hear about the tornado! Your quilt is wonderful - a real beauty! And I love the Audrey Hepburn quote!!

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  11. Simple Treasures is lovely.
    I'm sorry to hear that this has been a rough week for you and you family. Tornadoes are scary. Seems like we can't have a regular summer thunder storm here in NC anymore. It must have high winds, dangerous lightening, hail, flooding, and a tornado or two or more thrown into the mix.
    You and your family are in my thoughts.

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  12. Great post today Sharon. I'm kind of feeling the same things these days.

    I like the new quilt. I can imagine someone wrapped in it curled up in a comfy chair sipping tea. It's lovely.

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  13. Love that quilt! Your kitty looks like mine. Tama is always, always, always climbing on my sewing table and fabric as soon as my back is turned. Drives me insane, since as soon as I walk back out here again he looks at me like "nyah nyah" and jumps right down.

    Hope you have a less trying next few days/weeks. Sounds like you've been through it. :)

    Sami

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  14. Great, great post, Sharon!! I granny sit a 93 year old woman who has lost her eyesight. We were talking today and while chatting, I was wondering how I would handle life if I lost my eyesight and my HANDS!!! I always hope I have a hand that will assist, love and care and support others!!! Thank you for your words today!! I hope you and yours are all getting through these trying times!! Kris

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  15. Whoop! Whoop! Simple Pleasures is so pretty. :D

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  16. I'm sorry to hear you had had some tough times, hugs! Love your Simple Treasures quilt and congrats on a finish!

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  17. Gorgeous quilt,great eye candy!!!

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  18. Simple Treasures is lovely - I really like the subtle colors and the stars against the squares of squares... too bad for me that I have none of those colors in my stash... sounds like a shopping trip!
    Hugs,

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  19. Your Simple Treasures quilt is lovely! It sounds like you needed the distraction this week and that you have had a busy week!

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  20. Your quilt is gorgeous. Colors are right up my alley! Your post is very inspiring, and even though your 4 legged helper may not have been much help, he was comfortable!

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  21. Wow, you do have a lot of "hands" to contend with this week! I think the quilt is lovely - nice work!

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  22. I feel as though I'm the one you were talking about when you said you were "Extending my own hand in assisting someone in need" I got your "angel" package in the mail today and it truly feels like Christmas in July to me. Such generosity you have displayed in this "angel" package, and it is so much appreciated. Thank you!!!

    And I also am waiting to see what the government is going to decide. I'm eligible for retirement, but have four family members that depend on me to supplement their income so they can struggle from month to month. So retirement has been as elusive as a butterfly to me lately. I had thought I'd have to remain working for another 6-7 years. But with the recent talk about changing our retirement from the hi-3 to hi-5, increasing our retirement contributions, and having frozen our cost of living raises, staying with the government with these axes hanging over my head is not fun.

    You're truly an angel to me, Sharon. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. And thank you again for your generosity. It's greatly appreciated.

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  23. Sharon, your Simple Things quilt finished so lovely. I am amazed at all the great choices for fabrics and the little twist to make it your own.

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  24. It was nice to see your sweet quilt of Simple Things in the parade! It turned out very nice- love the colors!

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