Ebb and flow.

I don’t spend a lot of time looking back.  I’m a moving-forward kind of person.  But at the end of each year, I do like to assess what I have accomplished and what I still would like to do.  And maybe what I want to let go of.

This year has seen a few goals reached.  I wanted a website where I could show and sell my hooked rug pattern designs.  I contacted a very bright and talented young woman, Tara Sollman, who listened to what I wanted and came up with what I think is a beautiful website.  Eye-catching, simple, and easy to navigate.   A woman of many talents, Tara also has a blog, which is beautifully written.  Thank you, Tara!

Another goal, which was envisioned and then came into being very quickly, is my new studio.  I spend many happy hours there, designing rugs, making patterns, and pulling loops.

I had two hooked pieces and articles published in Rug Hooking Magazine; hooked a good-size rug featuring my three matriarch hens, which now hangs at the head of the bed; demonstrated rug hooking in public for a crowd of curious people; my group, Magdalena Rug Hookers went on our first retreat and also had a public rug exhibit over the summer; and I got into dyeing wool – the real kind of dyeing, which I swore I would never do!

A crow-eating moment happened when I decided to finally dive into Facebook and had to admit that my previous anti-social-media comments were wrong.  I’ve connected with many other rug hookers and made some really great “virtual friendships”. This is a community filled with positive people, comments and support. 

This past year also saw more personal events: our son’s wedding; our daughter's promotion; and the challenge of a niece and a good friend going through cancer surgery and treatments with grace, good humor and optimism.

We adopted another dog; lost a few hens; and thanks to our home remodeling, we hosted our first Thanksgiving with family able to stay here and not in a local bed and breakfast.

This is the yin and yang of 2014.  The ebb and flow of life.  Things come and things go.  Isn’t that just how it’s supposed to be?

I haven’t set any big goals for 2015, but I’m sure I will as the year progresses.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and I look forward to noticing it, interacting with it, and creating it.

Happy 2015 to you.  Thank you for letting me share my little journey with you each week.  Stay tuned.