A new year begins.

I made a pre-New Year’s resolution to re-do my illustrated book of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.  I have a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that I made the original book forty-plus years ago.  Is that even possible?

Thanks to those enthusiastic scrap-bookers in the world with their huge array of available craft supplies, I was able to buy an album in the perfect size with pages inside top-loading page protectors.  I also bought glue dots to adhere my collages to the backing paper (all acid free).  I printed out the text on my computer.  Ah, the modern world!  Now my book will last at least another forty years.

I did do quite a bit of rug hooking over the Christmas holiday.  I completed the secret barn rug.  I decided to hook a border and not put it in the frame my hubby made.  He took the news quite well that I wouldn’t be using the frame for now.  I’ll design another project for it.

I got a good start on the current super secret rug.  Of course, I did all the fun parts first.  Now on to the lettering, which is not my favorite.  It’s not really the lettering that I don’t like, but the hooking around the lettering.  I’m sure it’ll be good for me.

I’m always hopeful at the beginning of a new year.  Often that optimism lasts until the end of the year, but life has its ups and downs, of course.  I wish you and yours all the best in 2016.  Thank you for your support for Crow's Foot Farm Designs.  I love what I do and am grateful that I have the time and space to create art.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the optimism of a brand new year.