Before I get too busy with the final Christmas preparations, I want to say thank you to you, my blog readers. You have no idea how much I appreciate your support, your wit and good wishes in your comments, and most importantly your love.
I've been blogging since 2008. Since that time, I've made so many friends from around the world. I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of you, and I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming years. You inspire me to keep going, keep designing, and keep creating. I couldn't do this without you.
When I blog, I like to think that we are sitting down at a kitchen table together, and we are chatting over a steaming cup of coffee, like old friends.
This morning I'm sharing my news. My next big adventure in the year ahead is designing a line of fabric for Marcus Fabrics. I've started the daunting process.....and it is a long process. There will be a line of fabric and a corresponding block of the month design. It's an exciting road ahead and I welcome the challenge with you, and Mr. Joe acting as cheerleaders.
Every morning I'm working my way through Adobe Illustrator tutorials. I feel as though I'm back in school trying to master a new computer program. It has been a very challenging process. This old dog is trying to learn new tricks to add to my toolbox. I've set my goals and outlined what I need to do each day and week to achieve those goals. There are days when I get totally derailed, a bit frustrated, and feel torn in many different directions.
My word for next year is FOCUS. I can picture the end result with my fabric line, which I've already named and selected my color palette. I can picture the quilt, which also has a name and theme. The pattern is going to be unlike any pattern I've written. I think you are going to like this one!
If you don't hear from me over the next few days, it's because we are probably off the grid. It appears that we will most likely be snowed in next week. Our enterprising grandsons will be with us after Christmas, and they are going to offer their snow shoveling services around the neighborhood. I'm sure they will be busy.....but charity begins at home shoveling Grammy and Poppy's walkways and driveway. When I'm not cooking for two growing teenage boys, I will be at my computer designing or playing Monopoly. We've also introduced our grandsons to Parcheesi and Sorry. My old favorites from my youth are now becoming their favorites. I still have the original game boards which are now six decades old.
My wish for you is to have a wonderful Christmas filled to the brim with love and warmth. May the New Year give you many opportunities to smile.
Love and hugs,