Welcome back! Happy 2017 everyone! I want to thank everyone who comes to this little space of mine on the WWW for all your encouragement and support over the years. I've been writing this blog since March of 2006. I can't believe I have kept it up for so long. Some of you have been here since the beginning which is quite incredible to think about. Things have come and gone on the web but I can't say this blog has changed too much. That might be bad for some but for me "I'm okay with that." So many people who were blogging many years ago have given it up. I understand that because it takes a lot of time but for me, I'm still interested in doing it and keeping a conversation going. Thank you all for popping in and reading and commenting.
I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and are ready for whatever 2017 has to throw at all of us. We had a lovely time this holiday season - visiting family and friends, seeing some things in NYC and Boston and also doing a lot of nesting at home. The weather has been cold, then warm, now cold again. We've had snow many times. It's winter in western Massachusetts.
Julia is back at school. The Farmer is getting the barn ready for lambs (February this year). I'm settling back into a routine. I must admit it took me a few days to get back into it this week. It always does. I hadn't been in my studio in a couple weeks. When I got back into it a couple days ago, I realized how much I missed it. It's my own special space (except when I share it with students) and I really just feel more creative there. It's not that I don't love the rest of our house - it's just that that space is mine only and no matter how messy it is - it feels so welcoming to me.
Every year, I hear about people making "New Year Resolutions." I remember trying to do that when I was a teenager - making a list of things that I certainly would never accomplish. As I have gotten older, I have realized that that practice doesn't work for me one bit. So I don't even attempt it.
What I did do is write a list of some of the things I would like to accomplish this year. Besides finishing up my next book, I want to paint more. I would love to do a daily painting challenge (do you know Jennifer Orkin Lewis's work?) but I know I don't have the time for it right now. Book deadlines first. I will try to do some more quick paintings though.
I also want to work more on surface pattern designing on my computer. I've never had much time to spend on it but I have the basics down. Last spring I took Jessica Swift's Pattern Camp on-line class and it was helpful and a refresher for what I already knew. I just signed up to take a class on SkillShare called Watercolor for Surface Pattern Design. We'll see how that goes.
Other things I am hoping to continue doing are blogging, making pottery, making things to sell in my on-line shop and who knows what else. And I have to think about what kinds of classes I want to run here at the farm this year.
Do you have anything plans and dreams, hopes and desires for your upcoming year?
Here are some interesting links I think you might like - it is a bit esoteric but so am I in my interests.
•My Farmer has watched all the Lambing Live Shows from the BBC on YouTube. It is a great show and as we say - only the Brits would make such a show. He is sad that he is done with them but as he says "We'll have our own Lambing Live soon." I haven't had a chance to watch them all but I have listened as I have been cooking and washing dishes.
•Jennifer Edwards - Knitter and Artist - is doing a new newsletter called An Artful Lifeline. I have signed up and look forward to what she has to say.
• Salley Mavor (of Wee Folk Studio) is adding a political slant to her work. I'm interested in where it will take her. She is a brave woman to put her political views out there - I think she will gain a lot of followers (and lose many too). Nothing ventured, nothing gained as the saying goes. Go Salley!
•Spoonflower has a new series on their blog called 12 Days of Design. It is good. Videos and brief instruction with links to help you learn.
•Macy's is closing 68 stores and laying off 10,000 people. (Sign of the times?)
Thanks so much for reading everyone. I wish you the best for 2017.