It's time for my winter hibernation to come to an end, and that means back to weekly blogging. Winter in Michigan is dark, snowy, and everything just seems to make you tired. This used to annoy me, but I've finally learned to embrace the wonderfulness that happens during these quiet months rather than be all out of sorts over my reluctance to be online & blog. I will confess that I managed to keep connected this time thanks to Instagram, but it definitely made me feel like I was cheating on my blog!
Do you find yourself pulling more into yourself during the cold months? My birthday is in December, so not only is this the time for reflection over the arrival of a new year, but also a time of great inner reflection for me over where I want to go in my own new year.
I am finding my 40's WAY more wonderful than I anticipated which is an incredible discovery. My 3o's were pretty amazing with the debut of my book, and columns / articles flying off my fingertips; I honestly didn't think it could get much better, but it has. My children are now both out of public school, and our family suddenly has all this free time to just be together without the craziness of whistles, curtain calls, and RAH RAH RAHS!
Jules has a new job in a yarn store, and has fallen pits deep into the throes of knitting with mom and I. This has been such a blessing in our lives; talking and bonding over knitting is our new hobby, and it's one I cannot see ever getting boring or old for us; there are way too many new patterns on Ravelry for us to oogle! The click click click of our knitting needles is the new heartbeat of our home.
In art news, I have a new column out with stitch | craft create called HAPPY homegoods, and I am so excited to share some new projects with all of you and their readers! My column debuts in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue, and it just so happens I have an extra copy to GIVE AWAY today. All you have to do to enter is comment below if you find yourself hibernating during the cold winter months, and how you find yourself spending that quiet time. I will randomly draw a winner tomorrow at 3 pm EST, and pop it in the mail Saturday before we lose that luxury service! Good luck :)
I have some fabulous Give-Aways planned this spring to get you in the mood to create & decorate your home so I hope you'll continue to bear with my lapses in connecting over here. Next up will be a Valentine's Day Give-Away consisting of two handfuls of PITT artist pens & other drawing goodies by Faber Castell care of Design Memory Craft.
NOW GO MAKE ART!