A New Year

I spent the weekend putzing around my new sewing room. Moving shelves. Taking the felt design wall down after the cat’s third attempt at climbing it. Figuring out the best place for the ironing board – still working on that!

I’d been looking for a house to rent for months. Hawking Craig’s List every week. Last July applying for one along with 20 other people and not getting it. In late November I ran by this house along one of my favorite streets and there was a For Rent sign in the front yard. I called and three days later had the keys. Plenty of room for me and the girls plus this extra sunroom that is glass on three sides.

First project was finishing up a binding on a quilt for a good friend. The quilt on the table (Heather Jone’s You + Me Quilt) only needed the center panel sewn to complete the project I’d started at the MQG Portland SewDown. I then worked into the evening on a piece I started in a Jean Wells class that I attended in November. Glad I began with some projects that just needed a bit of attention to bring to completion. A satisfying sense of accomplishment and some oiling of the creative gears to get me back in motion.

It has been a very emotional 4 months from the initial decision to close the fabric part of the business all the way through liquidating fixtures which continues. My father passed away on October 16th. My team and friends carried me through the fire. Definitely some big time Higher Power action going on too. Lots of serendipitous happenings from start to finish. I learned that being faced with significant challenges gave me the choice to turn away from faith or to explore it more deeply than I even knew was possible.

After the liquidation wrapped up in November I’ve been struggling to move forward. With anything. I sort of allowed myself to just be through the holiday season. I say sort of because I’m also coming to terms with my compulsive work habits and how restless I feel when work is not the center of my universe. 2015 will be a year of redefining and expanding.

This quick hello is just to let you know I’m here and wishing you peace and joy as the New Year unfolds.


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