Of course, I am thankful for many of the good things in my life: hope, love, family, food, shelter, the freedoms I am responsible for, health, yarn, dishes, and aprons. This is the easy part. I would be lying if I told you that I was joyously thankful each and every Thanksgiving morning, that all years are great, that all is fine all of the time; however, I am still thankful in that deep, reflective, and thoughtful way. I am thankful for heartache as it makes me more appreciative. I am thankful for lessons learned as this makes me wiser. I am thankful for challenges as it builds my resilience. I am thankful for those things less worthy of thanks as these things create who I am and without them I would never realize what I truly have, share and own. My wish for you today is good food, good company, and thankfulness for both the good and the things that create more of who you are.
This project has been in my bag all summer. I have learned that once your child gets into high school, there truly is no time off in the summer. There are many practices to wait for along with waiting rooms for dentists, doctors and ophthalmologists. Working with yarn is what I do while waiting.
I followed this simple pattern by AnneM.
I apologize for the pictures. We have just moved and the camera is packed in a box somewhere, but the iPhone does an okay job. I think I struggle to hold my hand as still as I necessary. I will try to take much better photographs before shipping this fun blanket to my sweet cousin, Zachary.
I used I Love This Yarn in Black, Royal, and Red. It's the perfect size for a young boy who loves superheros. It was an interesting project for me as I was working with colors and a color combination I am not usually drawn to. Every time I picked it up I was reminded that we sometimes work outside our own preferences to make gifts that the recipients will love.
I took this picture on a day I was feeling especially rainy in my life - physically and emotionally. I was scared and lonely and lost. This sweet heart leaf was waiting for me at the end of a walk I no longer belong to. This image is a gift of my feelings. I hope that one day it will be received. It has been a long while – over six months since I have been here. The journey has been treacherous these past few years, but not all bad. Even the bad is part of the good in the end. Right? The bad, the challenging, the overwhelming…eventually it makes us who we are are. Right? There is too much to share and much more I should not share. Is it enough to just be back to reboot, revise, reflect a little and try to find the path to creativity once again? Is it okay with you even though I am unsure that I will not falter, fall away a bit, only to return? It has to be okay with me. There will be a hole, but life is like that. Right?
Life is not like a blog. It doesn’t always look pretty, or neat, or well. Life happens and when it does, it is hard to write, to share, to disclose. The light at the end of the tunnel is small, miniscule, but there is light, there is hope and I as I work my way out of the tunnel I hope to find you there. I have not only been missing from the blog, but missing from yours as well. I look forward to a having a cup of coffee with you.
Here is another star garland for a sweet little friend. I trimmed the stars in white to add a little punch to the colors.
This board book is a wonderful sharing of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It is a sing-a-long and sign-a-long story book. Together this garland and book make a sweet starry gift.