Some would say that dreaming is a form of planning. When we allow ourselves to dream about where we would like to be doing, what we would like to wear or where we would like to visit, we are actually on our way to developing a plan that will allow us to achieve those things. Boredom can be an enemy of happiness. When our current situation no longer entertains us, it is time to dream about new adventures and in doing so sketch a mental plan to allow changes in our lives.
Back in October of 2020, I read a blog post at https://zeensandroger.com/2020/10/08/my-crochet-jw-anderson-cardigan/ about how to make an oversized colorful cardigan. The blogger had recreated, using crochet, a knit cardigan that had gone viral over the inter webs. That cardigan, although designed by JW Anderson, was better known as the Harry Styles Cardigan. I was fascinated. It was time to get some color into my life!
As the days become shorter and the nights become cooler, we begin to sense our energy is changing and so is the energy of the world around us. And so Autumn creeps in on the northern hemisphere bringing with it change and transformation.
Christina Corujo describes National Hispanic Heritage Month in her article on nbcnewyork.com . In her article she states "It's a national celebration to honor the history, culture and influence of past generations who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America." National Hispanic Heritage Month was officially designating in 1988 by President Reagan as the 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and extending to Oct. 15 .
The year 2019 was the year I intended to be more authentic. Yes, authentic was my “word of the year” last year. If you are new to this habit, choosing a word for the year is suggested as a way to help you focus your time and efforts during the new year towards achieving goals associated with a theme. Elizabeth Rider, a nutritionist, author, blogger, health coach and online business mentor tells us, “Your Word of the Year sets an intention, a theme per se, for how you want your year to flow. It is a constant—yet gentle—reminder to focus on creating positive change.” (https://www.elizabethrider.com/word-of-the-year/)
“A person should always choose a costume which is in direct contrast to her own personality.”
— Lucy Van Pelt, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Halloween has always been a favorite festivity not because of all the creepiness and horror associated with it, but because I like the idea of magic and magical beings. In addition, I love dressing up. Two of my children inherited this trait from me and, even as adults, we still have our share of Halloween fun.
As a fiber artist… at this time of the year, I am drawn towards making things that commemorate the magical mischief associated with Halloween. So let me share with you some of my October makes for this year along with the designers who have allowed me to be so wonderfully entertained.
“If these rings could talk, they would have more stories to tell you than even me.”
― Mukta Singh-Zocchi, The Thugs & a Courtesan
Come rain or shine, cold or heat, I need to be able to create. Working on a project, makes me feel grounded and secure. Crafting gives me a sense of belonging and helps me connect with who I really am. Through my crafting I express myself. It is, therefore, a means of communication and essential for my co-existence with others. Crafting helps me focus on the beautiful things my hands can create… something that I need greatly in my life.
Accessories are the perfect way to add something special. A hair comb or a beaded clutch can be a lovely detail to finish your bridal look.
-Jenny Packham (British fashion designer)
“That's the thing with handmade items. They still have the person's mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone.”
― Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
If you are a crafter, surely you are tempted whenever gifting time comes around, to gift handmade items. Surely, you have been caught thinking, "Why spend more money on gifts when I already have all the materials I need to make my gifts." "Why face the hustle and bustle of shopping centers when I can peacefully create beautiful items from the comfort of my own craft room?"
To work with ones hands is to be a laborer; to work with ones hands and brain is to be a craftsman; but to work with ones hands, brain and heart is to be an artist. - Louis Nizer
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