Before I put these away, I wanted to share with you what I brought home from a handmade ornament swap.
Pipe cleaner tree by Julie Upshaw, embellished wool heart by Tonya Littmann, painted inside and out-glass ball by Judy Kriehn, felt and metal snowflake by Carol Morrissey, worlds smallest tablerunner :) by Sharon Zeiner, Zentangled stocking by Sandy Brawner, melted glass tree by Becky Jackson, and the tin house I made. The funny thing was that they were supposed to be fiber related as we are all part of an art quilt group known as the Twisted Stitchers. Rebels, that's what we are, unwilling to believe that the rules apply to us, even if we do make them. What a fun night and a great group of very talented women!
Another bit that was recently packed, was a submission that I made 2 years ago to Stampington, I finally got it back. As much as I'd love to brag and celebrate that my work was published in the winter issue of Sew Somerset, I'm much more relieved to have the submission returned after such a lengthy visit.
I've learned that submissions to publications are a great way to grow and stretch, AND that you should not submit your most cherished work. I felt that it had to be something that meant a lot to me to be worthy of publication, it really only amounted to added stress. I have no doubt that the submissions were well cared for, but I would have been so much further ahead to have sent something that I wasn't too attached to. Lesson learned.
Here's hoping that the new year doesn't pass as quickly as last, and that we find laughter, love, and adventure around every corner, and........that I get to the computer to blog about it! Happy Creative New Year!