Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Day 18

Refuse to fall down.
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down
your heart toward heaven

and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled,
and it will be filled.
You may be pushed down.

You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven--only you.
It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clear.
The one who says nothing good came of this,
is not yet listening.

a prayer - clarissa pinkola estes

Here are some of the bags that are in process. I was doing hand quilting on them, but if I decide to finish these this year, they will have to be machined stitched.

I did finish one more hand quilted one last night as I watched my latest Netflix Lord Peter Wimsey mystery. I enjoy these BBC productions based on Dorothy Sayers' novels. This is a great way to relax, use scraps from old Christmas projects, and watch a favorite movie or television show.

Lord Peter Death Bredon Wimsey was "born" in 1890 and the novels are set in the 1920's-30's. Lord Peter's life is contemporary with that of the author's.

In How I Came to Invent the Character of Lord Peter Wimsey,[1] Sayers wrote:
Lord Peter's large income ... I deliberately gave him ... After all it cost me nothing and at the time I was particularly hard up and it gave me pleasure to spend his fortune for him. When I was dissatisfied with my single unfurnished room I took a luxurious flat for him in Piccadilly. When my cheap rug got a hole in it, I ordered him an Aubusson carpet. When I had no money to pay my bus fare I presented him with a Daimler double-six, upholstered in a style of sober magnificence, and when I felt dull I let him drive it. I can heartily recommend this inexpensive way of furnishing to all who are discontented with their incomes. It relieves the mind and does no harm to anybody.

from wikipedia

Although, Lord Peter is a fictional character, his portrait is included in the portrait collection of Balliol College at Oxford, his alma mater.


  1. have been back to gawk a few times today because that blue-background fabric with the cardinals and chickadees is so appealing to me. I don't know why I never thought to make gift bags from my scraps. Guess I was too busy wading through/stepping over them wondering what the dickens they ought to become ;)

  2. I love Pinkola-Estes writing...which book is this from?

  3. Acey - I used that fabric last year to make some stars and yo yo's for a garland. Wish I'd bought more than a half yard as I do love it!

    karoda - I found the quote on line, but I love her writing as well and should look for a book. Do you have one to recommend?

  4. I love your quotations! And I love Lord Peter Whimsey! I had to copy "The Shortest Day" for future Solstice celebrations.

  5. Fran - I had fun with the quotations and most of them I truly love.

    I have another Lord Peter movie from Netflix that I can watch this weekend. Need to re-read the books.
    I also love the the Campion mysteries, which are also set in the 1920's and 30's. Love the classic cars and British Manor houses and the servants and the clothes.


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