Yoga words // free chart

It's been awhile since I posted a free chart on the blog so ... enjoy!

I attend a Yoga class weekly; Yoga is a restorative practice for any age and can be as simple or advanced as you make it. I've charted the following words to be stitched on their own or as a whole: NAMASTE, YOGA GIRL, JUST BREATHE, DOWNWARD DOG {one of the poses}.

Be sure to post your finish on Instagram and hashtag #thesamplergirl so I can see your creation.

YOGA WORDS, Free Chart 
Copyright 2018 The Sampler Girl

May you be filled with loving kindness.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
May you be happy.

the sampler girls knits & reads // friday reads

Hi all,
It's been just 5 months {but who's counting?} but I uploaded a new video for the youtube channel. I share about my recent reads and current reads. Hope you enjoy!

o r c h i d s

On Easter Monday, I took Zack to the U.S. Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C. It was an overcast and chilly day so this was the perfect place to find color and warmth. The orchids currently for viewing were gorgeous; here are a handful of pictures from our visit. 

Before leaving the vicinity, we stopped to see city ducks as they raced along the cold water!

proud as a peacock

As children, we're taught to be proud of our work. Get good grades and show your report card to your parents and they will be proud of you. As parents, we are proud of our young children when they use the bathroom on their own, feed themselves with a spoon, pick up their toys and put them away, get good grades ... and the cycle continues. 

The saying 'proud as a peacock' {A male peacock shows all his feathers to attract the female peacock ... hey, look at me!} generally referrs to someone who is vain, self-centered - one who boasts about him/herself. This is where we get in trouble with being proud. Feeling proud.  

I have conflict with pride. I believe it is a positive and constructive thing to be proud of one's work. If you've completed a very difficult task or accomplished an amazing feat, small or big but important to you, this can be monumental and you certainly deserve the praise, the pat on the back. Well done! Be proud of yourself. Right? 

To be proud of a child and praise him or her - however, there is a line when it gets overdone. If you constantly praise a child at every good mark, every good deed then they might forever look for recogition in ALL they do and be more prideful as a result. 

Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall.
Proverbs 16:18

We want to be praising parents. We want to tell our kiddos that we're super proud of them but my message in today's post is just to ease back. Be more humble with and for them. I think by doing this and creating a balance in our proud praise, we will raise healthy children into more humble adults.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.
James 4:10

Drying Flowers, free chart

"If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for a moment."
-Georgia O'Keefe
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Have you ever dried flowers? Or herbs? I had an herb garden when I was in high school; it consisted of 17 herbs such as borage, chamomile, thyme, rosemary, basil, verbena, various mints, and others I've since forgotten. I had numerous herbal books of which I read over and over in hopes of mastering the perfect herbal assortment. My system to dry herbs was quite simple - I just tied string to the stems and hung them upside down. The same process worked for bunches of flowers. 

This design is inspired by that special memory. 

Drying Flowers, free chart
Copyright 2018 
The Sampler Girl

Stitch Count : 61 X 35 

Colors needed : Dk Green, Lt Green, Brown, Pink, Grey

yarn vibes

Do you have a favorite color? Mine is blue. But isn't it refreshing to dapple in other colors sometimes? This colorway Penrose, a DK weight yarn from Neighborhood Fibre Company, embodies springtime to me. It cheers the spirit at first sight. After a dark winter, light colors displayed in simple ways like clothing accessories, bed linens, and yarns can restore the soul to breathe in the renewal that only spring can offer. Drink it in!

Oh, sweet cherry tree -
How lovely your blossoms are
Spring brings joy to life.
-A.K. White

Scottish Alexandria 1749

On Monday, I took Zack to see the annual President's Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria. I can't remember when I'd last been to a parade. It was a rainy, cold afternoon but that didn't dampen the crowd's excitement. I didn't realize how LOUD a parade is especially when you're right up close. Fun memories.

A few years back I deisgned a sampler inspired by my hometown of Alexandria. If you ever get a chance to visit, you'd love the historica area.