The first order of business is to wish you a Happy New Year! In some ways, it is just another day, but for human beings (who feel the need to keep a calendar and mark time) it ushers in a new year, a new calender on the wall, and a fresh start, so to speak! I just love it! Even though I know that if I am moved to make a change — for whatever reason — I should not wait for a certain day to do it, but just get it done. That said, I thought I’d share some of my resolutions here. (This is a journal, you know!)
- organic coffee only, when possible (coffee is a heavily sprayed crop)
- start the day more often with hot, herbal teas, instead of coffee
- run every day, either alone or with Annie
- purchase less, use up what I have
- devote more time to second job, which is of course my crafts and my on-line store
- market things locally (refer to last entry)
- pay more attention to the example I am being to others (am I Christlike?)
- Take Joy!
- be kind
- be strictly gluten free! I have cheated lately, but my newest endocrinologist here confirms: there is a connection (Hashimoto’s)
- pray more
- lose 15 pounds (wishful thinking? by March 27th. yeah.)
- be even more strict about my buying policy: if it doesn’t knock my socks off, I am not buying it!
- journal faithfully every day in my paper journal (pictures to come. soon. promise.)
- cut waaaaaay back on sugar
- begin again to study herbs in earnest and work in my garden daily
I know there have been more ideas swirling around in my mind! You know that too. But these listed here are a starting point. And it’s a good one. You know I think a lot of about clothes, too. And you, dear friends, have watched me renew a love of fashion and design, and you’ve seen me try all sorts of styles! I think, after it all is said and done, I still come back to longer dresses, layers, old brooches, and generally a romantic 19th century look. I feel most at home in clothes like this. So I will be focusing more on collecting pieces that totally fit that bill. I will continue to keep up Dylan’s Dress, but I hope to focus it more as well! Oh. And I will keep the other blogs! All of them! But this is home base!
I have been studying a bit about an artist I love. His name was Daniel Ridgway Knight, and I have a huge poster of one of his works. I purchased it at The Scrap Exchange a few years back for a song, and I have cherished it ever since. Knight was an American artist. He painted a lot of nature scenes and peasant women. I think you’d like his work.
The photo above is what my poster is of. I love it. Her face is so soft and she seems so at peace. In searching for images, though, I found what seems to be another version of this scene. One is called Sprintime, it seems, and the other Spring Blossoms. I think. Anyway. I love these layers and the very evident influence of nature in his work.
I think I like mine the best.
Another painting of his that I love is At The Well.
I woke up thinking of a bible verse this morning, which I am about to write in my journal so that I can look back on it.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ~Romans 12:2
I love that. I hope I can remember to keep it my focus today.
Annie and I enjoy walking around the yard and dreaming of how it will look some day. It has a long way to go, and sometimes I get a bit disheartened by that. I know I should just take joy, though, and it will get done a little at a time. Doesn’t Annie look quite the regal beagle? Just check her out!
This is a skirt I made when I was at the apartment, out of a sheet that I loved the pattern on. I decided to try an apron over it and pull it up into a pouch. Mom, are you looking at this? I am wondering about some darker, very sturdy, utilitarian aprons that might have two ties. One at the waist and another lower one to make the apron long enough to still cover the dress and yet tie up to make a pouch. Mom?
You can see in the picture above that I am holding my herbal notebook. I don’t want to muddy this post with information about herbs, and I’d like the keep the herbal posts separate, for ease of searching, etc. So coming soon, I truly promise, will be photos of how the notebook is set up, my plan for learning what is around me, and the first plant that I have decided to study.
From the garden today…