Wednesday, December 31, 2014


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...


Louise Michie said...

Happy New Year to you. May 2015 be full of new adventures, new ideas, and new places.

Mosaic Magpie said...

There is something so very special about a feeling of recognizing it and enjoying it. No words have come to me either and like you I want to learn so many new things...and perhaps collect all the necessary tools for each subject. I like that you managed to write every day...what an accomplishment!
Happy New Year my friend!

suziqu's thread works said...

No wonder you are feeling so contented with no great ambitions possibly growing out of your daily writings in your quiet times - this is so important to all of us for our inner growth and well-being!

This is a beautiful post indeed. That dragon-scale smacking! looks amazing and I would love to try that! Like you I need a new hot water bottle just like that too!
Toile de Jouy looks so inviting to the eye.

We are so blessed to have the best vegetable, flower and fruit garden with beautiful trees framing these gardens and I never take it for granted but feel blessed for this beautiful opportunity in my life with my loved one!

Wishing you many small blessings
with joy and peace in your heart for the coming New Year.

Thank you Jilayne,

Createology said...

It is a Wonderful life when we get to explore and create and enjoy our journey. I believe you will find that balance and you will learn and experiment on all these amazing techniques you mention...even the tiny little typed words. Blessings My Friend and may you have Peace, Joy, Love, Health and Creative Bliss every day of 2015...

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely post! May 2015 be a wonderful year for you.


Marj Talbot said...

A great post indeed. I love to read your writing - it's so inspiring and warming. As I am a bit farther on in life's journey, I find my ambitions have less magnitude but I have much to reflect on and treasure. 2015 sounds like a busy year and a fun one - wishing you all the best - peace, health, love, contentment.
Hugs and love,

oldgreymareprimitives said...

Happy New year to you! I esp loved your winding down end to the much to learn <3

Dorthe said...

Such a beautiful post dear Jilllayne , you are so poetic in your telling and showing, what have been in your life the last year, and what you want to acchive this just started.
You dragon-scale smacking, I ,-like the other commenters, have falen totally in love with , it is so beautiful, and so your life will be also filled with the beauty of having more time for friends and family, for creating, dreaming, walking and just being! I wish your 2015 to be filled with just all that and so much more !!
Happy New Year my dear.

Cherie said...

Aaahhh Jillayne,
Such a beautiful post, as usual. Very encouraging and inspiriational. The power of the word. Happy New Year to you. Best wishes and blessings to you for a fab creative 2015.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

You have found the gift my friend of living in and BEING in the moment and that is a rare thing indeed. I wish for you time to do all that your heart desires. Here's to a joyful 2015!

Suztats said...

Jillayne, finding contentment in this world is a wonderful gift. I think that everyday writings purge our negative feelings and brings us more to our true selves, and gives one the ability to recognize all the positives in our lives.
Hoping your New Year is filled with Blessings, Good Health, Happiness, and Creativity!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jillayne, your past year in review is amazing and I wish for you the many blessings of another great year going forward. Your talents inspire and your blog is such a special place to visit.
Happy New Year sweet friend and continued happy creating and a joyful life!!

Rachel said...

A Happy and fruitful New Year to you!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Happiest of new years dear friend! I think you have started the new year out perfectly with wonderful things to look forward to .

Diane Kelsey said...

Happy New Year, I hope that your plans and dreamscome true in 2015. The daily writings, are they part of a journal or diary?

Anonymous said...

I hope I inherited some of that determination! I am good at doing something consistently for all of two weeks :-/

Can you send me that picture?! XO