Happy New Year, Gentle Readers! 😊
Last year, I chose the word "hope" as my guiding principle/word for 2020; little did I know how much it would be needed -- and not just by me! With all of that year's challenges, there was a global clinging to hope in the face of danger from disease, illness, death, sloppy government leadership, racial brutality, greed, and self-interest to the exclusion of others -- both from corporations and individuals.
But HOPE persisted -- and was shown every day by the heroism of health care and other front-line workers, as well as in the incredible work to discover a vaccine against the terribly contagious COVID-19.
In November, a new word came to my mind -- a word to add to "hope" for 2021, rather than replace it, and that word was "comfort". Back then I wrote, "It's what I'm acknowledging I need in my life right now, and what I want all of my somewhat frenetic making to be about: bringing comfort."
Then just before Christmas, I wrote about "the importance of purpose". Little did I know that shortly thereafter I'd see a post on Facebook about an advertisement -- for what I still have no idea! -- that would address this very thing: the need for a sense of purpose, which becomes crystallized in an objective that motivates, energizes and, when realized, rewards with what money cannot buy: faith, hope, love and comfort:
The caption at the end of the video reads, "So you can take care of what matters in life". It was produced by a company called "Doc Morris". I have no idea what that company is or does...save that it recognizes that people need a sense of purpose to motivate them to do just that: 'take care of what matters'.For me, right now, having amassed more original art than I know what to do with at the moment -- because my choice is in-person vending (I'm waffling about an online shopping presence) -- I am focusing on my purpose: to provide hope through comfort.
While I still have "Broken Bricks" to sandwich and quilt, and I have 3 (!) in various stages of hand-quilting, I continue to plug away at Bonnie Hunter's 2020/21 Mystery quilt, "Grassy Creek". I'm making progress on Clue #4 (of 6 so far):
Clue #3 Units photographed outside in sunshine
in the hopes of showing red vs red-orange!
Clue 4 units in process
The above photo is of the first leg of "Berkshires" in Zwerger-Garn Opal yarn, colour-way, "Cameleon". I've long finished the first sock though, and the second is approaching the same length as that shown in the photo.