Saturday, January 16, 2010

HER NAME IS PURPOSE

~ hEr NamE iS pUrPosE ~
Finished some items to put on etsy including this little gal. She is a freckle-face with strawberry pigtails. Some of the kids tell her she has beedy eyes and a big nose and tease her when she wears her favorite hand-me-down dress with a fur collar. But she knows she has purpose. And that's the stuff that really matters. Some folks go through life without knowing that they actually have a purpose in this world. Sometimes knowing our purpose isn't always clear...but just believing we have a purpose keeps us rollin'. We may not realize our purpose in our lifetime...but somewhere down the road it might kick in. So take care to keep doing your thing no matter what others might think or say, and keep doing your thing when you're feeling lost. Because you have a purpose. Believe it!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

LIKE A SQUIRREL WITH A NUT


I haven't been able to finish anything lately and I feel like a squirrel with a nut.
Have you ever watched a squirrel pick up an acorn and then run just a few feet away to bury it diligently in the ground? Then he repeats the same action over and over, but with no apparent rhyme or reason. I have a lot of great projects started, but I don't seem to know what to do with them so I "bury" them on the edge of my sewing desk...in a basket on my supply shelving...etc.

There are Christmas bear appendages in a sewing tote under my desk, snow girl body pieces in a tub on the shelf and now Valentine creatures sitting on my sewing desk just waiting to be put together. My challenge is to find out what is stopping me from proceeding? Is it guilt that I should be doing the dishes or bonding with the fam instead?Lack of time? Lack of energy? Lack of focus? No rhyme or reason!
Okay, gotta give the squirrel some props:
After a search on my best friend, Google, I learned that squirrels actually eventually retrieve about 85% of the nuts they bury and the rest are left to propagate new trees (right on).
They can smell a buried nut a foot under the snow (impressive) and tunnel under in the winter when there are no food sources growing on the trees. They will make "fake" burying holes for their nuts if they see another squirrel "watching" them bury a nut. (clever!)
So apparently there is more rhyme & reason to the squirrel's actions than I originally thought!

They have purpose. That's what I need...PURPOSE.

Stay tuned and keep an eye on my etsy shop. If you see a bear, snow girl or Valentine creature pop up with all body pieces intact ... you will know I have found purpose. We'll see.....

Sunday, January 3, 2010

HEART-IN-HAND


HeArt ~ iN ~ HanD
The symbol of a heart in an open palm is called "Heart~in~Hand" and is a pictorial reminder of things that come from the heart and are produced by the hands, such as good works in the interest of others. The symbol originated with the Shakers, who promoted a simple life of hard work and spirituality. The symbol also implies a loving welcome. (wikipedia.org)
I created the Heart~in~Hand symbol pictured above for my etsy shop along with some little red and black hearts, which were stitched from vintage fabric, with the upcoming Valentines holiday in mind, and will be listing them soon. It's always awkward for me to work on creations for an upcoming holiday during a different season, but I guess the Heart~in~Hand symbol is something we should be thinking about year 'round!