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?"
Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Haruki Murakami
As you can guess by the title, today I am going to talk about eggs. But not just your regular chicken eggs. I am going to talk about eggs that, in some parts of the world, are used as home décor and about eggs that are painted, hidden and hunted at Easter, in yet other parts. Why is it that some of us find these little oval objects to be such attractive ornaments?
March is said by some to be an unpredictable month; a time when it is never clear what might happen next. In my case, the joy that March brings me is always predictable. I remarried in the month of March and during this marriage my youngest daughter was born; also in March. My youngest daughter and I both share a love for all things hand-made. We sometimes obsess over crafting and only we can understand why. So, one of us is always there to enable the other. I am very lucky to have such a relationship in my life!
Every February 14th, in the United States as well as places like Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia, people give tokens of appreciation to friends and loved ones in commemoration of Saint Valentine, even though little is known for sure about this Saint.
“New Year is a spring time! Open up like a flower! Let the world see your energy! And when the world sees your energy and enthusiasm, the previously locked doors will be opened to you!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
Happy New Year 2019! I’m hoping that this New Year has begun by motivating you to try new things, plan new projects and take your skills to a new level. I thought I would write the first post of this year by reviewing my crafty achievements from 2018. Hopefully this exercise will help me make a doable plan for this New Year. I really appreciate that you are willing to join me.
To work with ones hands is 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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