Hi everyone! Hope you've all had a good start to the new year, mine has been relaxing and pretty uneventful. But my postman delivered a few events.
I got a lovely package from Melody, from The House On The Side Of The Hill. Look at this sweetness.....
Beautiful, what? I don't know if Melody knew it or not, but my word last year was "joy". This is a lovely reminder. She says it's a mug rug/coaster, but good heavens, could you set a dripping tea cup on that? I don't think so. It's on the wall. And the darling scissors fob is on my curved embroidery scissors. Thank you Melody! By the way, Melody is starting a new BOM, called Home Sweet Home, starting January 9th - can't wait!
And remember that jelly roll give-away Jan was doing? Well, I won! She emailed me on New Year's Day, what a way to start the new year.
How pretty is that! Dandelion Girl from Fig Tree Quilts. There will be a summer design to go with that! Thank you Jan!!! She's my hero....have you seen how many quilts she makes for Project Linus? WOW.
Also in the mail, remember the pattern I did for Fresh Hope in Australia? Well, they sent me a copy for my records...
To say I'm thrilled would be an understatement. They did a gorgeous job, so professional, I'm so pleased. You can go to their website and look at all the gorgeous patterns they have, from many different designers, and purchase directly from Mary or click on the link to see where else to purchase. I'm honored to be able to promote their wonderful ministry!
And then, mum wanted to paint me a little something. She didn't have a picture to work from, or the tiny brushes she needed....but she hoped I would recognize Lucy. And I did.
Bless her heart, how I love her!
Now. Last year, I participated in Kelly's Word Up. Basically, you pick a word for the year that you hope to have more of in your life - my word last year was joy. Kelly has just written a wonderful post explaining her own word for this year. This year, my word is WORK.
Work is not a four-letter word to me. The bible says work is a blessing, and I agree. For many years, my family was my work - I homeschooled my boys, took care of our home, cooked all the meals, etc. But now both my boys have graduated, hubby is not working and discovered he loves to cook, and I find myself with a lot of time on my hands. I have a lazy streak a mile wide in me, and I don't want to spend the rest of my life being slothful - I have a horror of that, but gravity gets to me and I find myself sitting far too much, doing nothing. It's time for me to get out of neutral and into drive. I used to be a real type A person, always moving, always doing something, and I want that back. But with balance this time....knowing when to stop, knowing when to rest, not pushing myself into not being able to move for a week.
I'm not sure yet what that work will look like, other than designing. I will need a job, a regular job, where I can support myself. I don't think designing will do that, although I'm hopeful it will help support my quilting habit! So I'll keep myself open to opportunity, and pray, and let the Lord lead me. As Thomas Edison said, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work". I don't want to miss it, I'll be keeping my eyes open and seeking it out.
I appreciate Kelly doing this. Do read her post about what she learned from the word she picked last year. SO thoughtful and inspiring. What will your word be this year?
Lastly, I leave you with a very fuzzy pic of a visitor to my front yard early this morning. The sun was shining in my window, that's the glare...but January, and a robin?
It was 54F today, I guess they don't feel the need to fly to Florida anymore! I hope you all have a lovely weekend, see you next week!