If it is March in Texas that can only mean two things Bluebonnets and azaleas. Bluebonnets being the state flower of Texas can be found on any and everything in this state. If you don’t have at least one picture of family members in a field of bluebonnets, then you can’t really call yourself a Texan.
Both of these are my inspiration for the spring 2018 limited edition yarn and fiber coming to the shop on the first day of spring.
I don’t plan on doing a literal interpretation of either one, but I am excited to see how they turn out.
Members of my Flock (newsletter subscribers) will get a sneak peek and a discount coupon good for free shipping on their spring purchase. Be sure you sign up and join the flock so you don’t miss out!
These days, if one so chose, hours could be spent perusing social media looking at the perfection of other’s lives. It is so easy to get caught up in how perfect their life looks and how not perfect my life is. But what is the perfect life? What is perfection?
Lately home decor Instagrammers are posting the behind the scenes look at what the rest of their house looks like, save the small corner that they staged for the photo shoot. Nobody can really live like that all the time. And I am so thankful for this dose of reality. Though I don’t agonize over these kind of details, I do find that all this information makes me rather indecisive in my creative and business decisions. I simply cannot keep up with all the latest trends and I will never be that kind of Pinterest crafter. It is exhausting, and for me doesn’t feel authentic.
I am so blessed to be at a place in my life to be free to do what is truly authentic to me and I am confident that there is an audience for it and there are other like minded folks out there who feel like they craft in the shadows and are looking for any ray of light to shine their way. I want to be that light. Time for my girls, traveling with the hubby and sharing my love for crochet and beautiful yarn, to me this is living the dream.
Whatever your definition of living the dream might be, I pray that at some point you are able to experience the joy found in finding and living it.
It only seems appropriate on Valentine’s Day to talk about the things that I love. My family, friends and my little dog Maggie are obviously the focus of my love. Beyond that...I love wool.
Wool gets a bad rap. Ask the average person on the street for a word that describes wool and more often than not the answer will include words such as “itchy” “scratchy” “hot” or any combination thereof. While those can be true, they don’t have to be. The key is choosing the right breed of wool for the intended purpose. The wool used for a scarf to be worn against sensitive necks is much different than wool intended for a rug.
The kinds of things I like to make with wool are home decor items. Next to skin softness is not as high a priority for me, so I choose my wool for strength and durability. As I continue making home decor items with wool I will add to the reasons why wool makes sense for the home. Until then, consider wool...it is a natural resource and sheep gladly share their fleece with us.
I have changed careers, jobs, businesses, and online personas so many times my friends just smile and figure I’ll be someone new soon. I’m sure there have been bets made on this by folks in my various circles. But I was constantly looking for that “thing.” That certain something that I’m passionate about deep down to my core; that thing that moves me to tears, gives me goosebumps, and that I can’t imagine a day without doing.
After closing the yarn shop I tried a couple more names, logos, color schemes and then decided to just stop. Stop trying to invent and just be. Be who God created me to be. I examined what I loved and loathed about all my careers: nurse, kindergaren teaching assistant, church receptionist and yarn shop owner. I came up with a list that was fairly astonishing. I discovered that I am really good at helping people and I love to know I have made a difference in someone’s life. I have also been endowed with creativity that must be expressed. I feel close to God when I am using the gifts He has given me - yarn and fiber happen to be the medium I use to express myself.
This realization is the seed that sprouted my crochet hearts. I have them in my Etsy shop and everyday I make at least one heart. It is my daily practice. Four of my hearts have gone on to new homes and I pray that they bring as much joy to their new family as they did to me in the creation of them.
There are some events that change and define a place - for better or worse; sometimes both. Hurricane Harvey was one such event.
I have lived in Houston for nearly forty years. In those years we survived Alicia, Allison, Rita, Ike, and Katrina before Harvey paid us a visit. Although all the storms brought anxiety and stress, nothing could prepare us for the fury of Harvey. My family and I were blessed in that, despite evacuating, we were safe and our home survived unscathed. Most of our city and the entire metro area was not so lucky.
Five months later and many people are still living in homes that are not repaired, money is caught up in red tape and healing cannot fully begin.
I belong to an international group of freeform crochet fiber artists who inspire one another and virtually create together. Each year there is a challenge theme and each artist interprets the theme in his or her own way. There was a tie this year so the choice is either “Galaxy” or “Weather.” There was absolutely no question as to what I will explore.
I’ve gone in search of images that I spent days staring at on TV and the internet. Images that strike fear and those that show the resilience and kindness of humanity. I have no idea what my piece will look like, I just know that this is going to be an amazing adventure. We are asked not to post progress of our work until the unveiling of the show sometime in late spring. I will post pictures as soon as I am able. Until then if you are interested in learning more about freeform crochet - do a google search and select to view images. Your mind will be blown.
As 2017 draws to a close, I am so excited for what lies ahead. I’ve never been good at keeping resolutions. I want to do better, I really do. This next year I am going to push myself to do new things; a very scary yet very exciting proposition.
The blog is where I will write about techniques, tips, and anything I think will help you grow as a fiber artist. I like to highlight other folks in the fiber world and help them grow their businesses as well. What else will you find on my website?
The Home page will always be the place to connect with me and find a snapshot of everything I have going on.
The Lookbook will be an every growing journal of my current work. I will explain what I am doing and how I became motivated.
Then there is the shopping. I will slowly be adding merchandise to the shop. There you will find everything from my finished art pieces, to supplies, kits, yarn, and some of the tools and things I love to use in my creative life.
It is my sincere hope that you will find a creative home here and come back often! Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter. When you do, you will receive a downloadable PDF with my tips and tricks for making hearts!
Until next time,