Barry and I picked up several candle holders in Richmond and at the antique mall on our trip home yesterday.
And earlier this week, a walk throught the grounds of St. John's Church in Richmond (the "Give me liberty or give me death," speech site) included sightings of the sweetest little pine cones - quite the thrill for this city gal - and huge, stately magnolia trees, which were dropping beautiful cones of their own - seen here in the basket bowl by Perch!, a Christmas gift from Peter and Jennifer:
There. Three photos. But now, the real purpose of this post... the whole new year thing that's going on around here. I've been reading the inspiring thoughts of a few crafty ladies about their resolutions, their fresh starts, etc. But myself? Being a teacher, I prefer to think of the beginning of each school year as my own new year, so I often make my resolutions at the end of August. January first, then, is the perfect time for me to pause and see how it's all coming along. As I look back on the changes that I wanted to make this time around, I'm happy to report that I have been successful in incorporating running into my almost-daily routine, I've been consistent in devoting serious time to my jewelry, I've been a dedicated blogger (writer and reader), and I've been a loyal thrift store shopper (I can't believe that I thought it necessary to include that in my original list - perhaps I wanted to make sure that there was at least one thing that would be a sure success if all else failed). Looking back on these resloutions, though, it's clear to me that there are a few things I want to tweak in 2007, so my newly revised list must include:
-Get friendlier with technology, starting with learning how to do little things, like sprucing up my blog header and my etsy shop.
-Stop being a fake-o knitter. I'm going to push myself a bit with the next project I choose, and if upon completion I'm not feeling the whole knitting thing, I may ditch it and try my hand at crochet or embroidery.
-Get serious about using my sewing machine, since that's the one resloution I made back in August that I fell short on.
-Make a decision about New York City - should we stay or should we go? - and, no matter what Barry and I decide on in terms of location, find more space for us, our bicycles, our collections, our crafts, etc.
I wish peace, health, and happiness to you and your family in the upcoming year.