The new year is just days old, but already I feel the routines of this fresh start taking shape. It’s a good feeling, full of optimism for the things which lay ahead. New opportunities to collaborate, new skills to learn, new friends to make–I’m looking forward to it all.Whatever resolutions you have made for this year, whatever dreams you are nurturing, don’t forget to make room for the new things, the unexpected blessings. Sometimes those are the very best part.
Believe it or not, I have tried to sit down to write a post no fewer than five times in the last three days. Each time something urgent pops up and I get pulled away. Tonight, I resolved to stick it out and actually put some words down. Even though I get a bit stressed by insane deadlines and the seemingly endless calls for miracles, I do love this stuff. It’s the stuff of fairy tales after all. Well, a certain type of fairy tale anyway.A very industry specific fairy tale, I grant you. But I am cognizant of the fact many people out there would kill to be in my shoes. And I’m very grateful I have the opportunities to work with such amazing fabrics and talented people.
I do a lot of different kinds of work during these hectic periods twice a year. It isn’t just the wide variety of things I’m asked to make. It’s also the pattern writing for projects I whip out of the air, swirling as they do in that creative ether of my mind. Even before projects begin, there are concepts to present and yardages to figure. It’s a bit of a crazy mess, to be honest.
A fun, crazy mess. In October when I get to Quilt Market and see it all in its place, it will be a good feeling, knowing that I had a hand in sharing other people’s creative vision with a wide audience. But for now, it’s going to take a lot of high octane coffee to get me through.
I’m so thankful that you are still out there, waiting patiently for me to return to some semblance of “normal”. I appreciate each of you.
Summer brings one of my favorite things–Nighttime Zoo. The big cats are usually prowling their cages, their calls echoing across the canyons. Mr. P and I made a quick trip to the Zoo on Friday to check out the new Koalafornia exhibit. The koalas have a new home right across the way from their old one. But this one is airy and much bigger. The walkway to view them is expansive which means more people get a chance to hang out and watch them eat and sleep. It also means better picture taking opportunities.However, my camera seems to hone in on flora every time. These giant hibiscus are hard to miss, situated inside the entrance in front of the flamingos. Talk about inspiration! Just look at those colors. Don’t they make you itch to create?