Saturday, November 29, 2014

Who doesn't like hugs?

Hugs must be good if animals like them, right?

This may not come as a surprise...I've met quite a few people that don't care for another person to put arms around them and squeeze.  My husband is one of them.  Don't get me wrong he is a great guy (well, most of the time! lol).  We've been married almost 41 years.  And, to this day, he's not all that crazy about hugging. 

Now, me, on the other hand...I love hugs.  I won't hug new acquaintances unless I ask first.  But, friends...well, they know I gotzta have a hug when we part.

There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist,

“We need four hugs a day for survival.
We need eight hugs a day for maintenance.
We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”
Below are just a few great reasons to share hugs:
1. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.

2. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one's serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.

3. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body's production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.

4. Hugging boosts self-esteem. From the time we're born our family's touch shows us that we're loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.

5. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.

6. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system - parasympathetic.

Okay...maybe, 12 hugs in one day is a lot.  It's "a lot", but, I won't admit that it's too many.  I will agree that one hug is better than none.  Sometimes it takes practice.  For those that don't like hugs, it can take time to build up to several hugs in a day.   My husband grew up not receiving hugs...not from family or even parents.  He looks back on his childhood and he's never doubted his parents love for him because he knew they sacrificed much to make life comfortable for him and his siblings.  This is an example that we don't have to give daily hugs to "prove" we love someone.  There are many actions that show we love someone.  Still...I do love hugs! And, they are definitely a great way to show others we care.  =D
I've started asking my husband (each day) if he will give me a "healthy hug".  He seems more than willing to give a hug to keep *me* healthy.  LOL.  What he doesn't realize is the possibility that it could be healthy for him too.  =).  Some days we even get in 3 hugs.  Wow! Are we on our way to getting healthier...OR WHAT?!  =P

Now that the Holiday season is upon us, those of us who are regular huggers...might take some time out from the busy hustle and bustle to be aware of those who just might be needing a hug or two right now.  =)



Friday, November 28, 2014

Cross Stitch anyone? And, Grand Illusions Mystery?

Wow...I think I'm related to Ol' Rip!  You know the "VanWinkle" guy?  I must've slept through October and most of November!  =P 

In reality, I wasn't sleeping...just trying to keep my hobby-fingers in too many pies!  On the craft Merry-go-round!  Dabbling in some fun stuff, like making cards...copic markers, paper punches, dies, and other paper-ee things.  I've also been spending lots of hours working on a Judy Niemeyer quilt called Glacier Star.  I'll try to post some more of my crafty "crimes" in a later post.

First topic of the day:  (well, I guess it's more evening time).  I'd like to ask how many of you are cross stitchers?  If you are, do you know of Nora Corbett and her Mirabillia designs?  Do you stitch these kinds of designs?

I've dug myself a whole with Cross Stitch...not unusual for MY craft shenanigans.  Well, I...uh..have sorta bought a leeeetle too-too (is that an oxymoron??) many Mirabillia patterns.  Would anyone be interested in buying one or two (I have about a dozen or so) $5 plus shipping?  I also have some hand-dyed fabrics that I probably won't use either.  I'm not sure if anyone would be interested in any of these cross stitch fabrics?  I can post pictures.  But, I thought I would see if anyone might be interested first?  Comment and let me know?

Second topic:  Is anyone doing Bonnie Hunter's Mystery quilt "Grand Illusions"?  I've got the fabric and am downloading the directions. I am excited to start it.  But, you and *I* know that I've started a few lots of things in the past...and not completed them.  But, does that mean I shouldn't ever start another FUN crafty thing? Please, don't hold my feet fingers  to the fire on that one!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I'd love to hear about that too...if, you'd like to share =D

Love and HUGZ!

Friday, October 3, 2014

I'll be home soon and Fat Quarter winner =)

Hello... I'm waving from the Pacific Northwest area.

I've been (playing) out of town for about a week, so far.  But, I'll be clicking those ruby slippers

 in a couple of days  --> to take me back home to my own bed in Utah.

I'm sorry it's taken me this long to post the Winner of the last* 5 Fat quarter "contest" ( )-
*(closed as of September 28th)

Sharon ... who lives in Blogland at
Vroman's Quilts

Monday, September 22, 2014

A blanket for Bertha

It gets quite dusty in my sewing room, more so than other areas of the house. And, sewing machines can put up quite a fuss with mis-behavin stitches and other types of antics...if they get too much dust collecting on them.

So I made a fun cover for Bertha.
I wanted to make the "blanket" to cover the embroidery module when attached .  
I also wanted the fabric to be something that would make me smile!

 Yep...singing and dancing frogs will definitely make me smile =D                          

Do you have a cover for your machine? If so...what's it like?