Friday, June 29, 2012

Pondering a Thought

Today on Maria Shriver’s Facebook page she posted a quote by Juju Chang (and I love Juju Chang). “What does your best day look like? Live a piece of it every day.” What an inspiration. It makes me think about how my world is changing now with Jeff’s diagnosis and having him home all day, every day. Honestly, I love having him home. I don’t have to grocery shop and do errands by myself. He’s a great companion.

Juju Chang’s quote has me thinking about showing Jesus in my everyday life, in the little things. Making sure I don’t get exasperated answering the same questions several times a day, doing things differently than  I had done them before (because I’m not by myself any longer), taking a slower pace with things and enjoying the little things that life brings. I am also reminding myself to stay thankful in all situations, even the hard and difficult ones.

Since my world is changing, there isn’t as much time to spend in the Studio. Lately, I have been lucky to snatch a couple of hours a week to work on a baby quilt for church. I haven’t had the opportunity to touch any of my art quilts that are in progress or dye fabric. But I am content working on the baby quilts right now. When I get the one on my table complete I will hopefully have time to get out one of my art quilts and finish one. And being a women of faith, it will all happen in God's time. For if I try to create the time, something will happen and end in frustration. And what would that solve? How would that feed my creative spirit?

So, here are my questions this week for you. What is the best part of your day and how are you going to spend it? And, what is your favorite part of your art and why?

Let me hear from you, some days you are my avenue to the world outside. Keep me entertained.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Beginning of a New Era

This morning I woke up very grateful and with a very large amount of appreciation in my heart. When I get to church later this morning, there are oodles of people in my life that I am going to be singing praises for, along with God and Jesus Christ, of course.

As most of you know, if you read my last post, my life is in a constant transition right now with Jeff’s diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer’s. This past week I have been able to enjoy him being home every day, all day, doing things together, him doing the yard when he wants, him cleaning the house and helping cook the meals. It has been a great week (I hate cleaning the house)! The past couple of months have been very stressful and our financial adviser told us this week, “Your homework is to go home and book a vacation!” Now that is an assignment I am all over! The next day I got busy and we leave soon on a cruise. Best way to vacation, see several places, only unpack once and the only place I have to drive to is the airport! Whoo Hoo! So our financial adviser is one of the people I am most thankful for, not just because of the vacation, mind you, but because she has shown us that God is taking care of us by surrounding us with HIS people and is providing the emotional and physical things that we need.

Then yesterday, oh my goodness, we had the first official Dallas Area Fiber Artists Board meeting of the new board, and I am President. This board ROCKS!!!!!! The energy and new ideas these artists have is amazing! New ideas for new programs, working together to move things around to accommodate each other, and being so supportive of each other and excited about how we are going to promote and increase membership! The biggest step  DAFA is making right now is a totally new website and blog. Click over and see the beginnings. A lot has been done and I am so proud of our Web Goddess and her team for all the hard work they have put into it. Okay, I do have to brag a bit more, I am on the team and have done “some” of the work on the blog and I get training this week on the website. This awesome board was the group of people I woke up this morning thinking about and thankful for. They are going to make my year as President easy, fun and filled with excitement!

As for work in my studio, well, nothing is going on there right now, but maybe I'll have a day this week to work on one of the baby quilts I'm making for the church. I'm hopeful that during our cruise I will take some pictures that will inspire new pieces and collect some things on a beach to work into a new piece. Wouldn't that be grand?!

God Bless everyone, have a great Sunday and remember to be thankful for the people and artists God places around you!