Sunday 31 December 2017

An Eight Stones Week to Finish off the Year

And so 2017 is coming to an end

It was the year that brought our precious
grand daughter Stevie Ray
into this world.

It was the year I turned Seventy
Have to say this was the first birthday
that shook me!

It was the year Grand Daughter
Ashley Rose
turned three
and what a fascinating age that is.

It was the year son Brett found his Amber

Outside of our family circle though
it has been a year of shocking changes
that have whirled around the world.

For me it has been the year of the stone
The year of finding stones both beautiful and ugly
The year of learning to notice just the smallest
and most subtle markings in nature.
I hope I have learned something.

I am finishing the year with a black full stop.
A fossil
that I have held in my hands for years and years.
A fossil with markings so subtle they don't even
show up in the photo.

And now I will probably spend a good part of 2018
to put them all together!

Happy New Year Everyone
and Thank you for dropping by
Through this process
I have made so many friends
and I love having those relationships.

Just to let those of you who might not know...
....when you take the time to comment
my response to comes back to you in the form of an email.


  1. wonderful year for you! I have loved seeing all the rocks and can hardly wait to see what you do with them! Have a blessed new Year

  2. I have so enjoyed watching your stitching of rocks this year. Thank you so much for sharing your photos and your thoughts while on this journey.

  3. Thank you for sharing these lovely rock stitchings and stories. My eyes are wide open now to any place I see rocks gathered.

  4. I have loved seeing your stones this year. They bring a real calm and peace with them.
    I am strongly tempted to start with the ones in our Hungarian picnic basket - which is too heavy to move because it is so full! But I have other ideas waiting in the wings and I know I am always prone to over imagine what I can accomplish when it comes to the new year!

  5. Happy New Year, Penny! This year has brought me to your work, and I am both inspired and thankful.

  6. I love these stitching stones
    I'm eager to see where they lead you next year

  7. Happy New Year from a rainy Florence: your stones filled my eyes with joy and admiration. For this geologist to see stones coming alive is a must!

  8. Happy New Year! beautiful post about the old year.

  9. I absolutely love what you are doing here. Your work reminds me to STOP and PAY ATTENTION to every little thing. Thank you.

  10. Thank you for a most wonderful, reflective post. I have truly enjoyed following along with your journey with stones.

  11. Its been such a delight to follow your creative journey this past year. Wishing you, Penny, a wonderful year ahead with your family.

  12. It's so hard to believe that the year of stones has come to an just seems like yesterday that you told us what you planned to do. I have so much enjoyed the journey and your words through the process. Now, on to 2018 - can't wait to see what you do! Happy year!!

  13. Ditto, ditto! I had to say how much I have enjoyed your stone stitching, a real inspiration. Have a creative New Year.

  14. I can imagine it will take you quite a while to put them together, but won't it be lovely to meet them again in turn as you do so!

  15. Have enjoyed the journey of these rocks. Looking forward to the next step of your process. Happy Healthy New Year to you and your family.


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