Putting it together

This week, as I was stitching up the last of a Paper Stitches notecard order, the lyrics of “Putting It Together”, sung by Barbra Streisand on her Broadway album (back in 1985) kept playing in my mind. I used to have the actual vinyl album, when I had a record player to play it on. But sometime between 1985 and now, I’m afraid that record player and the album have gone bye-bye, as my 3 year old grandson would say.

The song is all about creating art. Bit by bit. Piece by piece. Putting it together. Amidst and in spite of naysayers who don’t get it.  It’s  also about being true to yourself and being willing to put yourself out there – in your art – for all to see.

So much of the work that we do here at Longsmith Cottage is about creating – if not art, then at least our vision of it.  We invest a lot of ourselves into it.  Paper Stitches encompasses photographs and poetry, and stitches that put it all together.  Bit by bit. Piece by piece. The art of making art. 

Comfort and Love


I’ve just completed our first order of My Comforter weighted blankets!  These comforters will be used by counselors in their sessions with very special adopted children.  I had such a great time making them, keeping these important kiddos in mind while I sewed away.  I’m saying prayers for their peace and well-being, and I hope they’ll feel comforted and loved as they wrap up in their comforters.

The other day, Mark mentioned that he was going to make more of an effort to tell people that he loves them.  This is coming from a man who long ago said to me “You know I love you – I shouldn’t have to tell you over and over.” It turns out that he does tell me, countless times, just how much he loves me.  But I think he realized that there are lots of folks in the world who need to know that they are loved.  And that this is a need that he, in his own small way, can do something about.

My Comforter weighted blankets are just another way to offer comfort and love to those who need it most. – Katie

And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Comforter to be with you forever.  John 14:16