as one year draws to it's conclusion and the next is poised to begin, I like to think on things a little
looking back, looking forward
i must admit i do prefer beginnings most, but sometimes in looking back one can see forward just a little better
this past year has been one of my favourites ever, a feeling that stems from inner rather than outer factors
and that in itself makes me happy indeed
it was one year ago i set out with the intention of writing every day - and in the whole of the year i have missed just one day
i've grown to love that daily ritual, sandwiched between morning coffee and breakfast...
words of wonder, of wisdom, wishing-words, great plans and idle thoughts, a little stack of notebooks growing ever steadily on the shelf in the closet
a feeling of contentment has fallen over me that grows just as steadily - "all's right with the world" echoes in my mind almost daily... lucky me
i have no guiding word for this year, no one thing I want to improve upon, nothing weighing on me
i'm just thinking about what i'd like to do more of
more experimentation in my creative pursuits, more original work
like this dragon-scale smacking i tried but haven't done any more of since discovering it
making more useful things like this knitted hot water bottle cover - i did manage to finish it in time to be a christmas present for someone special… next year, i want all my gifts to be hand-made
i want to create a garden like this one, growing my own food finally, with enough to share
i want to pore over seed catalogues while there is still snow outside!
read more, learn more: fashion, clothing construction techniques of styles long gone, embellishments like fly fringe and sequined beading
i want to learn more about fabric, such as toile and embroidery techniques - tambour work being one. sequined beading being another
walk more in green spaces
writing poems of green
i want to finish what I've started, enjoying processes but bringing projects to their conclusion, taking knowledge and discoveries forward
i'll be spending more time with friends and family - I've given up one job and cut back on the other, adding capacity, making time
since this earth wasn't lucky enough to get a thirty hour day i've resorted to finding my own ways of adding the hours i need!
nothing remarkable, nothing life-changing, nor dramatic
small enhancements for an already perfectly wonderful life
just enjoying the moments; moments of joy, of peaceful quiet reflection, of eye-opening discoveries, of laughter, of bliss
and i hope for you that you also have a year full of many special moments, of wonderful things
happy new year everyone!
- i forgot about monograms… i also want to learn more about monograms, and then there's exploring texture, and of course, fabric manipulations, not forgetting free-form piecing
and remember there's also working with gimp and braid...