free ingree dients

By Rachel Awes on December 2, 2010

some messiness is needed

in order to be free on the other side

i plan to stitch this
into my clothing & life.
love to all these threads in you.

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  1. Diane says:

    Well I think this is a most excellent plan!

  2. Kim Mailhot says:

    Love, love love it ! And how you embraced the messiness with such open arms…
    Big Love, Beautiful Rachel!

  3. Eden says:

    Rachel, that drawing is the way I want to live! Embracing life and all it’s messiness!! This is SUPERB!!

  4. Mary says:

    yep, a dose of messiness, a smidgen of pain oftentimes and maybe a little of giving up the bad, or even the good for the better. But oh the freedom on the other side….

    Grace and peace

  5. nacherluver says:

    Oh this is good. Really, really good!
    Love it!

  6. Lisa says:

    And to me it all looks beautiful. πŸ™‚

  7. wanda miller says:

    OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxo

  8. Julia says:

    Your beautiful, my friend.

  9. Cathy Bueti says:

    Rachel this is amazing!! Love it! πŸ™‚

  10. Lisa says:

    Free to be

  11. Tammie Lee says:

    I love the way you think
    and share
    and create

    thank you ~

  12. Giggles says:

    Brilliant!! I love peace, but being free…is the first step towards that! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Love
    and tired smiles
    and quiet thanks
    for this thing
    of immense beauty
    pouring over me
    like a balm.

  14. Megan Coyle says:

    Beautiful words

    and this feels like winter πŸ™‚

  15. Lisa says:

    Love the red reminding and binding thread of Free, such purposeful stiching

  16. Carissa says:

    Ahh! I am squealing… i LOVE this… these messy threads, and the way they all come together in the end….the way it always seems.

    yes yes yes

    i needed to see this!!!!! for reasons you understand! πŸ™‚

    messy minerva

  17. Yael says:

    I am thinking about this
    we are being in such a big mess here just now
    which was not needed
    wishing to be free of it

  18. chrissy says:

    dear deer
    i once gave a talk on how there is a stark difference between what the bottom of our stitchings of life look like when compared to the top.
    like a tapestry.
    the part that everyone sees and admires is beautifully woven and clear and precise…
    but if one was to peek underneath. at all the hard work and the crossed stitches and the broken threads and the starts and stops and the knots and the tangles…you would NEVER believe that all of that mess could produce something so exquisite on the other side.
    isn.t life a beautiful tangled mess of colorful threads that we get to weave into place?
    i love you dear.
    LOVE your piece here too.
    your stitching…now i have to find something entirely different to SWAP with you because you have the needle and thread thing down girlfriend….

  19. wanda miller says:

    XOXOX thank you r…i thought i felt someone hitchin’ a ride!

  20. inspired and inspiring, rachel, as always!

  21. Express says:

    I love it! I was going to submit something, but couldn’t come up with anything momentous! I am glad someone else was able to express for the rest of us!
    I added new pictures of my photo book on my blog if you want to take a look!

  22. Brilliant! Isn’t that great, a little reminder of freedom to follow you wherever you go. I love the way your mind works. You see a chaotic mess on the back and it makes you think of something wise. If it were me, it would just tell me that no matter how tidy I may appear on the outside, I’m still a mess in private. HA!

    Have a wonderful weekend. Love and hugs!

  23. Ces says:

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  24. Ces says:

    Rachel, dear! We all need reminders but this stitching looks like it took a lot of effort to create that mess. Hahaha! Oh what am I? I am a mess and I want to be free, but I am not free. That’s just the way it is. I don’t think humans are really free. We have so many needs. Life demands our attention and to say that we are free is rather fooling ourselves, isn’t it? That’s just my opinion, of course and you may refute it, most certainly. We try to be free, we want to be free, but FREEDOM requires OBLIGATIONS. Our individual selves are a part of a greater, bigger thing, of family, of workplace, of community, of country, of humanity. We have to ensure that our freedom does not violate the freedom of another and therefore that is not true freedom. Death makes us free. Living makes us want to live freely, but almost always something has to be done and a need wants to be satisfied.

  25. Ces says:

    Sorry about making a mess of your comment section. I am not free from typo mistakes. Darn!

  26. aimee says:

    i have such a soft spot for hand stitched letters! love this!

  27. Briana says:

    I love it! Yes, freedom is GOOD.

  28. dang girlfriend-you hit the mark EVERY SINGLE TIME…xoxo

  29. elizabeth says:


    I will embrace the messiness with you.

    By the way, in the “messy” stitching, I see a very cute puppy. I’m wondering if anyone else sees it, or if I just happen to have dogs on the brain. πŸ˜‰

  30. ELK says:

    the stitches on the back are just as pretty as the front .. love the “threads ” that connect us friend!!

  31. Beautiful! I love this post! What a wonderful reminder to see the right side before judging ourselves. A reminder to be patient with ourselves through the trials of life because they often build beautiful character!

  32. gypsysticks says:

    oh how true …
    and what a beautiful reminder
    that it’s the hidden stitches
    that hold us together
    and make us who we are.
    as always,
    thank you for your beautiful, poignant wisdom.
    blessings and happiness to you. πŸ™‚

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