needle books and life


I read this quote over on Natalie Creates blog this morning and it really struck a chord with me.

"How we spend our days, is of course, how we spend our lives."  Annie Dillard

Isn't that so true?  We can wile away our days waiting for all our ducks to line up and before we know it we have waited years away.

When I think about all the days I've lived doing just that I can feel such regret.  What I could have accomplished or the places I could have visited or even the mountains I could have scaled (metaphorically not physically, of course) if I had lived each day like it was a vital part of my life story.

But then I realize that how I've lived my life, each productive and squandered day, has been an important part of my story.  Each one has helped me to be ready for what has come next.  Each day has shaped me into the person I am now and am becoming.

Does that mean I just coast through life willy nilly without purpose because it's worked for me so far.  No, I don't think so.  I think it's important that I look back at what I could have done better and do it better the next time.  What regrets do I have?  What would I like to change in my life?  What is in my power to do to move me in that direction?  What do I need to just accept?

As long as there is air in my lungs there is time to change.  I can't go back and undo but I can do my best to set things right, whether others choose to accept it or not, and move on hoping to do better in the future.

Like these little needle books I make, each day is but a stitch in what it is to be a completed project. Each one is a vital part of what the end of my story will be.

xo, Patty


  1. you are such an inspiration! I need to sew with you!

  2. Sure a cute needle book!
    I love the bright, cheery fabric.

  3. Charming projects. So unique. Life has a way, sometimes, of dictating our path, our activities, instead of the other way around. I think of all the turns I would have taken, had there been an option, but we're often forced down roads that must be traveled. That doesn't mean I don't have regrets; I have regrets aplenty. But I try not to let them weigh me down. As you said, the best we can do is more forward with purpose.

  4. So true. I doubt there is a person alive who doesn't look back and understand they have squandered some pretty precious time. Such is life that you don't realize until you are a fair ways through it that it isn't going to last forever. The key is to realize it in time to live purposefully as long as possible. The needle book is adorable, love the handle on those little scissors!

  5. Your needle book is precious! Just adorable. Love the quote and agree - it is never too late to do something you have always wanted to do,

    Have a great weekend.


  6. I think "squandered days" sometimes are necessary for our well-being... so maybe because we did have some days we whiled away doing next to nothing..... they were an essential part of our lives. We need quiet time to become closer to ourselves, the universe and our God. So I don't think they are ever wasted.

  7. I love your needle book I need one of those.. and you just can't worry about what was already done in life.. we can only start today to fix and make things better.. Everyday is a new day and there is no time like right now to fix things .. Happy weekend with love Janice

  8. Lovely little needlebook! I hope you enjoy every day from now on and that all things can be either resolved or accepted....happy weekend!
    Helen xox

  9. Little handmade gifts are the ones I treasure the most. Yours is so pretty and useful. X

  10. Patty,
    So that's what you've been doing with those cut pieces of fabric, dear friend???
    These are absolutely darling!!!
    I say, "Stitch On"!!!
    Thanks for sharing the fruits of your laubors!!!

  11. I really enjoyed this Patty. I can really feel what you are saying. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Patty! I love this needle book. Where can I find the pattern? I'd love to make one for myself and my girls!


© Lemons and Larkspur. Design by FCD.