Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Sunday Afternoon at Home . . .

The first Sunday of the year . . . and I am inside where it is warm and cozy. I am spending time in my studio today making things that are fun and creative, as well as making things to meet some deadlines! Thank goodness we have lots of leftovers from a little neighborhood party we hosted last night. It will be a grazing kind of day for my husband and for me. He is having a mostly casual day, too...along with a little real estate work.

I am working on an Ohio Star Block for Kathi (due Tues nt!) , the Literature Challenge for the Museum Quilt Guild's annual challenge (due on Jan. 19th!), a mini album for a client that is due in a couple of weeks . . . so, that is enough for today! I have the fabrics and papers picked out and the ideas in my head for all three of these things, now to get my ideas on paper before I proceed. I stopped at Chestnut Bay in Caledonia the other day to get even MORE fabric for these projects because I didn't have just the right shades of burgundy or greens or blues to work with. So, I have a real good start . . . maybe by tomorrow I will have made enough headway to keep the feeling of panic at bay!

Happy to be keeping on track and trying hard to remain positive every day. Six days into the new year and I have kept that resolution! :-) 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Golden Rule

I love the first day of the new year. A new beginning. When I was a kid, our family would have a big dinner in the afternoon with my father's side of the family. We were a farm family, so New Year's Eve revelling was kept to watching Guy Lombardo on our little black and white TV and toasting at midnight with ginger ale and cranberry juice. A fond memory.

Today I will continue organizing my studio. I am anxious to begin a new project, (I have three deadlines to meet), and maybe even finish one; but putting things away where they belong is the first order of business! I have established two areas for my studio, one for making mini albums and paper crafts, the other for sewing. It is brightly lit in the room today because of the new snowfall! :-)

Now, for my title . . . The Golden Rule . . . In this world that is so torn with natural and man-made disasters, today and everyday in 2013, and hopefully everyday I have ahead of me, I will try to practice The Golden Rule that was one of my earliest teachings. Paraphrased from the Bible, in Matthew 7:12:  “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, . . . "  If only each person would consider and practice this purposeful intention, I think our world would be a better place for most of us.

With that in mind, I think it is time to make some lunch for my husband and myself. Be good to yourself today. It is my hope and my prayer that your year will be full of blessings.

Happy New Year!