Tuesday, October 25, 2011


        I may not have shown it or written too much about it but the last month has been very very stressful here. I think I have run the gamut of feelings from scared to to worried to angry and disappointed. I will not bore you with all of it, but all I can say is that I have been stressed.

My question to you is ...what do you do to combat or deal with stress?

Do you do yoga?

Do you meditate or Pray?


Do you dance like a nut when no one is looking?

Do you read a scary book?

Or do you watch some  reality TV show that makes your life seem normal.

This is what calmed my raw nerves last week.....

Well, that and a bit of (ok, a lot of) praying!
 I made a little tote for my niece. I call her my little ladybug

The way I am feeling lately I should have about 500 of these made by friday!

so what do you do when you are stressed?



  1. I hope it helped settle your nerves a bit. The bag turned out so lovely!

  2. That is a very good question. I have been under a tremendous amount of stress lately. I too pray a lot and I confess to asking the doctor for a med to help.

    The tote is adorable. Have you thought about selling them on Etsy?

  3. I'm sorry you're feeling stressed Joanne.

    I usually crank up the music;)

  4. I am so sorry you have been so stressed out!!! I hope everyone is healthy and doing well! I love that video of the man in the vest dancing in the elevator!! Now to the tote. I am DROOLING over it! It is lovely. I know you have seen my granddaughter Anne Marie on my blog? Well, she is adopted from China. And the little Chinese girls who are adopted in this country are called Little Ladybugs! It has to do with the old poem "Ladybug, ladybug fly away home". So we have everything Ladybug. Her first Halloween costume was even a ladybug. If you do make any more of these totes, just name your price, I would LOVE to buy one from you!!! Perhaps even a big one for me and a small one for her. You do beautiful work, and perhaps I would be helping you release some stress!! Don't feel bad to tell me no!!! Tell your in-laws Happy Anniversary for me, they have a rare and beautiful thing! We will have our 42nd this year.

  5. Like Delores, I blog. I also re-pot some plants. Play the piano. Sort through fabric and plan a quilt. Stuff. I love that bag!

  6. Hun I hope this week goes better! I'll pray for some stress relief for you!

    I pray that always helps, blogging or baking :).

    That bag is so freaking cute!!! I so want one :)

  7. Darn, so sorry to hear that you have been stressed. You have had alot on your plate as of late. How is your mother doing. Hope this doesn't make you feel bad, but I really don't get stressed. Something I inherited from my dear mother. I do rely on the Lord and pray daily though. I just do the best I can, and if it's not good enough - Oh well, I tried! Your bag is so cute. Hope you keep feeling better each day!

  8. Joanne - I am so sorry you have been stressed! You are always so wonderful about cheering me on and so now I am here to give you a cheer...give me a "J" - give me an "o"...okay I won't go on but hope I made you smile. I am thinking of you, sending prayers and hugs.

    P.S. I LOVE the tote! So cute! I will buy some from you if you make 500. :-)

  9. I stress when I am stressed. That does me no good. I try to pray. I try to exercise. I read. I journal. I read blogs. I talk to a friend, or to one of my daughters.

    I'm sorry you are stressed. Take care of yourself. XO

  10. Sorry that you have been feeling stressed. Love the tote! You did a beautiful job. I, too sew when I am feeling stressed. That's what changes my mood and I think it is a great stress reliever. You are awesome!

  11. I'm so sorry to hear of your stress. Unfortunately, I am all too familiar with it myself, lately. I blog, read blogs, work on the dollhouse, try to do something where I can escape for a while. I should meditate but it doesn't come easily to me.


  12. @ Mindy~ Thank You!

    @ Beth~ Oh you are so sweet! I know you have been through the ringer lately and I am praying for you. Thank You! I don't know alot oabout Esty maybe I will check it out.

    @ mybabyjohn/Delores~ Thank You I forgot about that! Maybe that is the reason why I feel especially stressed. I have not been able to blog at the times that I regularly blog.

    @ Ma~ I can so see you crankin' up the tunes!

    @ Ginny~ Awwwww! You have a lady bug too! I don't work from patterns so everything I make (when I make them) is always different because I can never remember from project to project how I did it! LOL! I dont think I would make it in the tote makin' busness!

    @ Susan Kane~ I love fabrics. Just sorting through what I have makes me happy.

    @ Alexis AKA MOM~The way a feel I think everything that I would attempt to bake would come out burnt! :O)

    @ Jann Olson~ I do feel strength from prayer. I think That is awesome that you don't get stressed. I think I need to pray more and allow Him to take over...I'm pooped!

    @ Tracy Jo~ You certainly made me laugh today! Thanks I needed that!

    @ Retired English Teacher~ All great outlets! You have such a great supportive family. That is such a blessing!

    @ Maeve Frazier~ So glad yopu like the tote. and to think I was afraid of posting the picture because I didn't think it was good enough!

    @ Claudia~ The pics you post really do make me smile so thank you for that!


  13. I am sorry that you are stressed. I hope things get better for you. Breathe deep and pray. I love your tote bag. I usually work in my art studio, pray and play words with friends to unstress.


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