Many thanks to all of you who have sent prayers and well wishes for Laddie. They are deeply appreciated.
Today, I'm hoping to take some time to clean and straighten up the house, and hopefully, resume some sewing. One thing I'd hoped to continue into the new year was the habit I'd developed of finding a little time for sewing each day. I've not been doing that-- all of the December events, birthdays and births, Solstice and Christmas, New Year's and the events it brought about-- have made sewing a random activity. However, I am ready to begin again with the philosophy of finding time and re-developing the habit.
I have lots of projects on the table and need to be moving forward on them. And, of course, there is this: before Christmas, I ordered these lovely fabrics from Z & S (in 1/2 yard cuts) , and I want to make use of them!And right after Christmas, the Christmas fabrics that I might need for next year called to me. Like sirens, they whispered, "Buy me. Buy me."
I am weak. How could I resist? My gifts to me. :) They will make lovely gift bags a la' Lazy Gal Tonya. I made a few gift bags this year and even have some that I must finish before cutting into these lovely new pieces.
I am through buying fabric for a while. Not one 1/2 yard will be purchased in January. I will not. I will not. I will not buy fabric.
In western tradition, January 6 is celebrated as Epiphany. In some traditions, tonight is Twelfth Night; in others, it would have been last night. Twelfth night is traditionally a celebration and a feast, and in our area, is often associated with the anticipation of Mardi Gras and may mean the first King Cake of the season.
I love the definition of the word:
epiphany - a realization or comprehension of the essence or meaning of something or someone. An inspired understanding arising from connecting with profound insight, awareness, or enlightened truth.
Many people leave their Christmas decorations up until today, and then put them all away before Twelfth Night, as it is unlucky to leave them up after Twelfth Night.
If your decorations are still up, in accordance with this tradition, now is the time to take them down and put them away until next year.
Time to get to work on all of the things on the "to do" list that I can manage!