My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece. — Claude Monet
Groundhog’s Day is around the corner. If it’s sunny, Mr. Groundhog will see his shadow and tuck in for another
six weeks of winter. Fingers crossed for clouds, because I am done with winter. St. Louis hasn’t been hit as hard
as other parts of the country, but I’m not real thrilled with my fingers going numb and white from the cold.
Hope rises like a phoenix from the ashes of shattered dreams. — S.A. Sachs
The Fabric Arts Council of the Craft and Hobby Association has launched a new charitable project titled Banners of Hope. Each 8” x 12” banner will be on display at the upcoming trade show and then travel to the Charity Wings Art Center where it will be featured in their 24 hour crafty online fundraiser before traveling to hospitals and other health centers around the country.
When offered the opportunity to participate, I leaped at the chance. This seemed a no brainer for me. Much of my work centers on the concept of hope often with a medical theme. But I will be honest, this project proved incredibly challenging.
Today is International End Violence Against Women Day. Look at that statistic. 1 in 3 women and girls experience violence within their lifetime. The violence can be outright such as rape or more subtle like emotional abuse. This problem is worldwide and not particular to one class, race, or religion. Sexism is rampant, ugly and violent.
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. -- Voltaire
This time last year I sat in bed recovering from a cold looking on Zillow at property in St. Louis. Should I move? Should I not move? What exactly should I do? Birthdays are a reminder to live your life to the fullest. That afternoon I called a realtor.
Before I moved, most of my blog writing took place in the dining room. I had an office, but it was unheated and not air conditioned, so generally uncomfortable for 8-9 months of the year. I made do, but now that I have a comfy office, I don't know how I lived without it! I can spread out, leave bills and other paper work in neat little piles. It's my private space, something all my own. My daughter is even reluctant to enter it which is a serious bonus. Don't get me wrong, I love my daughter, but she has a knack for interrupting me when I'm deep in thought.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -- Benjamin Franklin
I may have just jumped off the high dive without checking whether there was water in the pool. Time will tell. I have joined the BlogHer's blogroll for this year's National Blog Posting Month. The event corresponds with National Novel Writing Month. Inspired by Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica, I would love to sit down and write a novel. I know her first novel came from this event, but truth told, a whole novel seems incredibly daunting. The pressure to try is even more daunting given that my cousin Amor's first novel made it on The New Times Best Sellers list.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. -- Walt Disney
I've moved! Yep, I finally pulled up stakes in Chicago and returned to my hometown of St. Louis. Now while you may think moving back would be a simple matter, it wasn't. I've been living in Chicago for 20 years with many friends and colleagues. Chicago was my kinda town, but the desire to be near family outweighed all else.
These past few weeks I've been slowly cleaning out my studio. It's been a job given that my studio is filled with 14 years of accumulation. I like to create from chaos. When I bead, I don't keep my colors separate, I pour a little of each into several trays allowing for serendipity to happen. So yes, I'm that person who saves buttons, keys, old stamps and other ephemera.
"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." -- Pablo Picasso
The time is now for me to make the changes I've been planning. I'm both excited and scared witless. The workload
to prepare is not for the faint of heart. While out with a friend this weekend, I found this necklace and knew it was to be
my talisman as I navigate new waters.