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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Here We Go 2016!!!

Wow!!  This new year is already whizzing on by me!!!  HOLD ON!!

As I began this year as I do all new years, I vow to be more organized, more timely with blogging and other social media formats, send newsletters, publish more patterns, and on and on....many of you know this list!!  :)

Reflecting on this past year, I am grateful to have had my very best show year ever, grateful for the local shops that display my work, grateful most of all to my many very loyal followers and customers, grateful for health and family and the many blessings in my life.

As some of you know, chickens became a big part of my life a couple years ago.  Sadly most of my original flock (3 of 4) were sent to chickie gal heaven by a local coyote last summer.  I recovered from that slowly...well, I guess I am still recovering....but we built a wonderful large run to enclose the existing coop and attached run, and brought home the new girls in October.  The remaining hen, Ruby Bunny Foo Foo (Bunny for short!), was not totally welcoming to the new flock, but she has adjusted.....slowly.....and now you would never know they didn't all begin life together.  These hens are very spoiled, as Mike says, often eating better than we do!!  They have organic chicken feed, organic snacks, warm oatmeal and scrambled eggs on cold get the picture......

Creatively I am always working all over the map, and have begun a new series recently that will be ready for sale soon.  I have bags upon bags of trimmings from my pieces, as well as smaller pieces of fabric too big to toss.  I have used some of the trimmings in the past for "rag" stuffing, but have many bags of this stuff!!  So.......late one night while watching NBA I was inspired to create some "ugglee" dolls, using the small fabric pieces to create their details and appendages, and the trimmings to stuff their wonderful bodies!! The "girls" will make their appearance soon, probably in my Etsy shoppe.

Colorado has brought us the usual weird weather, with everything from snow to 60 degrees, lots of sunshine, but too much wind.....all since January began!!  We are fortunate to not have the situation currently being dealt with in the East, although we do get our fair share of snow up in the high country.  Here at 6,000 feet, looking down on the wonderful City of Denver, we currently have snow only in the shady areas.  Our snowfall, even when the amount is a foot or so, usually does not stay too long with our HOT sunshine that most often is a part of our days.

One of my blessings is the continued publishing of my work in PRIMS magazine ~ the wonderful publication by Stampington and Company that has so many great artsy magazines on the newstand.  As always I am honored to have my work chosen for publication, and truly appreciate all the wonderful emails requests for patterns and finished pieces.  Thank you so much Stampington and PRIMS readers!!  Which reminds me......I must get back to work writing my articles for the pieces to be featured in the next PRIMS issue, available May 1st!  The deadline for the articles is quickly approaching!!

These Worry Dolls have been a big hit at shows and shops!!  In fact, I was asked to make a dozen for a customer that she gave to her book club friends for Christmas!!  What fun that was!!  I have now made some extras that I will be sharing in my Etsy shoppe soon.

Wishing all of you a very blessed year, filled with family, friends, health and much happiness!!  Until next time........