Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Peter Rabbit, More Squares

I love the tales told by Beatrix Potter.  The books are tiny enough for little ones to hold, the illustrations amazingly gorgeous, and the stories unforgettable.  And every child can relate to the curious and naughty Peter Rabbit, who gets himself into a great deal of trouble when he does not heed his mother's warning and goes into Mr. MacGregor's garden.  He eventually makes his way back home and his mother tenderly takes care of him and tucks him into bed.

These plates hang on my kitchen wall year round but I thought it very appropriate to share them with you at Easter.   They remind me of many lovely afternoons when my children would sit at the kitchen table to have tea and cookies with mommy.    And they also remind me what our Easter celebration is really about:  Forgiveness from someone who loves us very much and a chance to start anew.

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Here are 5 more of my blocks for the stitch-along 39 squares challenge.

A basket of flowers.



Maple leaf in the fall.

Pink piglet.


  1. oh dear, your poor niece. My thoughts and prayers go out to her.
    My oldest boy never liked Beatrix Potter so much, but my little one does love Peter Rabbit.

  2. Haven't been by for a few days but things slowed so was glad to get back to visit. So very sorry to hear about your niece and will definitely say a prayer. God is good and we can rest better knowing it's all in his hands. Am really enjoying looking at your "squares"...they are so cute and you are quite the "stitcher"...keep it up. Hoping you have a wonderful Easter...that cheesecake looks and sounds delectable. Will put it on my "to make" list"...God bless :)

  3. So sorry to hear about your niece...and will certainly say a prayer for her and the baby - boy, she has been through an awful lot. She must be a very strong young lady!

  4. Your niece will be in my prayers!

    Love your Beatrix Potter plates.

    Rosemary biscuits. Just make your favorite biscuit recipe and add a nice palmful of chopped fresh rosemary. If you don't have fresh, you can make do with tried only use less. Brush biscuits with egg wash and sprinkle more rosemary on top.

  5. Thanks for coming by!
    My prayers to your niece.
    I love Beatrice Potter,I have tea cups with the Peter Rabbit design on them, and a birthday rabbit that is musical and is so special we only play him on everyone's birthday.I should blog about it !LOL! Thanks for the idea !!

  6. Loved your cheesecake square post yesterday. I will pray for your niece and her baby. I like your Beatrix Potter plates and your beautiful stitching. Happy Easter.

  7. Gayle,
    I am so sorry to hear about your niece. You know I will be praying for her...for her mom...and for you. Please keep us posted as to how she is doing.

    I love your Beatrix Potter plates. When I read you have the cups, etc. I could easily see the pictures you painted for us as you had tea and cookies with your children each day.

    Your squares are always. Such talent wrapped up in one person!

    Take care...hugs coming to you.

  8. I love the plates so cute----
    I wish all the best for your neice and her baby. Prayers are being snt your way.


  9. Your niece and her unborn child are in my prayers for strength and rest. Prayers for you and her family also. God Bless You All.

    Your plates are wonderful. I have the complete set of tiny books and they get read often. They still are favorites of my GrandLoves., and mine.

    And your embroidery squares are charming. I just love them. What will you do with them when they are all done? So anxious to see.

    Have a most Blessed Easter

  10. i will be praying for mother and

    lovely squares!

  11. Of course I'll put them on my prayer list...such a stressful time.
    By the way, I really like your plates. I'm glad you keep them out all the time!

  12. That's terrible news about your neice...I really hope she can get through this difficult time, and have a beautiful baby to hold at the end of it all.
    Your Beatrix Potter plates are beautiful...I am a big fan of her work.
    Your stitchery is coming along perfectly. The basket of flowers is so are very clever!

  13. I'll remember your niece every day - she's on my list.
    Peter Rabbit figured large in my children's growing up years. Bunnykins dishes and those tiny little books. I was touched to see that my daughter bought a set as a gift when she was asked to be godmother - a lovely tradition continued.

  14. So sorry to hear about your niece..she has been through so much. My thoughts and prayers are with her. Keep us posted.

  15. Gayle,

    Just popped in to see today's post. Always love to see what you have stitched lately. You are good at it. I do love Peter Rabbit. My fourth born had Peter Rabbit as the theme for the nursery. I love all of the Beatrix Potter stories, and my kids loved to watch the videos. They all had a little lesson tucked in there, didn't they? :-)
    Please know I will be praying for your niece and the baby. I know the family is worried much for her. I will pray for her doctor too, to have wisdom. God is our greatest physician and caregiver in our times of physical challenges and/or possible danger. I know HE will be hearing all the prayers. One good side benefit of blogging is that you can count on so MANY people out there to join you in prayer. It is a wonderful blessing. Will be watching for positive news! Hugs. Be sure to tell her about all your prayer warriors. Hope it will encourage her and give her courage.

  16. Good morning, Gayle,

    Thank you so much for the comments you left me yesterday. I'm so glad that you and your sister are able to talk and share your faith...and are able together to trust Jesus to take care of your niece. He never fails us...never. His mercy and grace will see your family through this as He did when you all suffered the loss as a result of the horrible accident.

    I also want to say thank you for giving me the names of some organizations that basically do what I want to see done. You can rest assured that I will be checking each of them out to see how they each operate. That was a tremendous help to me. To answer your questions...I'm really not sure what my part is at this point...other than praying. I really don't have one group of women in particular in mind. My burden did come in Mexico, but I'm open to wherever the Lord would open a door for me to serve. Thanks for your prayers.

    Is your family still going to be able to get together for Easter with your niece being on bed rest? I'll be thinking of you.

    Hugs coming to you from WV (where the temps are to be in the 80's today! Yay!)

  17. Have you seen the movie "Miss Potter" It is the life story of Beatrice Potter. I loved it. You are doing so well with your squares and you have so many ideas. Sorry to hear about your niece's terrible time. How could one person be so unlucky. I send her my best wishes.

  18. Oh my goodness, I am so sorry about the worries for your niece's baby. I will definitely keep mother and child in my prayers.

    Your squares are beautiful - you really do lovely work.


  19. My thoughts and prayers are with your niece xxx

  20. Taking a break here for lunch and found your comment. I wanted to go back over and thank you for adding yet another organization that I can check out.

    And I was so blessed to learn of your early years in life being spent on foreign soil as a result of your dad's being a minister. That picture you posted of him a while back led me to believe that he was one who led a life close to the Lord because his countenance was just so serene. I'm sure your mother was the same way. You traveled extensively to have been in that many countries in those 14 years. Were you actually born away from the States? Our grandson Josh was born in Mexico City...and he has dual citizenship until he's 18. He loves telling people that he was born in Mexico because they see that blond hair and blue eyes and can't believe it. ~wink~

    Thanks so much for sharing, Gayle. That means so much to me.

  21. Of course she will be in my prayers! I do hope this child can be saved ...

    Your stitches are so beautiful!

    Yesterday I did buy a chart book with B. Potter designs, I couldn't resist the temptation :) I love the stories and the pictures so much.

    Bye, Carolien

  22. Praying that all goes well and that the brightest angels in heaven watch over them and all your family.

  23. Absolutely--prayers for your niece and her baby!

    Your photos are lovely signs of spring. In our part of the midwest, we are slowly seeing the same signs.


  24. I am so terribly sorry! I did not know about this. I cannot even imagine what she must be going through at this time..this is such a difficult time for her and your family!!

    Of course I will send up a prayer for her and her tiny babe. Of course I will, and we all will!

    Your Easter display is lovely and of course I love those dishes hanging on your wall. Adorable. I am a huge fan of Beatrix Potter and have been for more years than I can count.

    The little linen napkins you admired on my blog are from Pottery barn. I thought I had written and told you but I don't see it here...

    Love and hugs to you...and have a wonderful and joyous Easter Sunday.


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