Tuesday, December 30, 2014

- Be it resolved ...

I have an on-again off-again thing about New Year's resolutions. In the past, I made predictable resolutions to eat better, lose weight, exercise, etc. etc. which resulted in failure more often than success ... the resolutions abandoned, most forgotten mere weeks into the new year.

And once upon a time, I also made New Year's predictions ... at the annual party hosted by Barb and Ray Laroche, where we would all read our predictions from the previous New Year's Eve, then write new ones for the upcoming year. The one I  love to recall was from 1992, when we were all prompted to write down who we thought would be elected in November. My prediction that it would be Bill Clinton was met the following New Year's Eve with exclamations of "Who even knew who he was this time last year?" I was a rock star. Unfortunately, every prediction I made after that one was an absolute, totally forgettable let down.

Still, there's something about the new year that begs for my attention, a yearning to find my better self. So a couple of years ago I decided to try one-word resolutions ... clear, simple, memorable, accountable.

In 2013 I resolved to Create which resulted in ...

A return to stitching ...
A first attempt at cloth book-making


Re-imagined placemats

Plus lots ...

and lots of bibs and burp cloths ...


There were also a number of wood and metalworking collaborations with Don ...

Flying fish ...

A funky whale ...
 
Birth flags ...

A Chesapeake skipjack for a dear friend

And a reimagined construction site 2x4 honoring a new home

There was more, but much of it went undocumented, leaving a gaping hole in the 2013 blog archive.

In 2014 I resolved to Blog ... which got off to a slow start, quite honestly. After a lone post in early January, I dropped the blog-ball big time. Then it happened. On March 9, 2014 I discovered that my blog had been accruing thousands of hits on the Rain Chain post from 2012, mostly from Pinterest links. Who knew?!?!



It was just the motivation I needed to get blogging again. And blog I did, as you can see from the chronological BLOG ARCHIVE to the right. However, after the initial rush of enthusiasm and a mini-spate of posts, I once again lost heart ... most of the hits on the blog continued to be rain chain views. What was the point of blogging if no one was reading?

Fortunately, the story has a happy ending thanks to Jude Hill's Spirit Cloth. After discovering the concept of slow cloth (via Pinterest) I read Jude's entire blog from 2006 to present, then signed up for two of her online classes. Spirit Cloth 101 gave me to a new way of looking at cloth-making, but the solstice-to-equinox journey through Considering Weave gave me a new community within which to make it.

When Considering Weave ended in September, I was determined to maintain connections to my newfound cloth-mates. More and more my posts were directed to them as an audience and as I visited their blogs, I belatedly realized that some of them had links from their blogs to mine. Inspired, I created my own  KINDRED SPIRITS links, with which I now follow the latest missives from the blogosphere.

The conversations that have resulted from these interconnections are sometimes hard to follow (where did I post that comment?) and some revelations have sidetracked into private emails. But there's no question that I am now a part of a very real community. There have been shared experiences, such as the post about it's only RAIN that led Saskia to a Mystiqueros concert in the Netherlands.


And our home is now enriched with pieces of work from Jude ...

 
and Grace ...


and Mo ...


More to the point, the friendships that have been forged encircle the globe, enriching our spirits ... because the truth is that Don has become a steady, if stealthy, reader.

Thus it was clear, as I updated my profile yet again, that my focus has shifted over the life of the blog from cooking to crafting to stitching (a term I now prefer to "needleworking" which sounds a bit too much like ... well, work). I have come full-circle to where my creative life began.

For 2015 I hereby resolve to Stitch ... and to share the journey by creating and blogging (almost) every step of the way. I hope you'll join me.

10 comments:

Dana said...

Yay! Stitch is a great resolution, and if you keep it as well as Create and Blog (I'm so glad you blog!!) we'll again all be treated to a cornucopia of wonderful things this time next year. Happy New Year Liz and Don.

Mo Crow said...

what a lovely looking back & look forward to seeing where your exquisite sense of stitch takes you next!

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

hahaha, I was smiling all throughout this post, excellent resolutions and I for one will be here following all you care to share, all the best for 2015 sasx

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you all!
Dana - I'm sorta shaking my head wondering why I've held on to the term "needlework" for so long ... hopefully "stitch" will free my mind from past conventions
Mo - reflecting on the past has often motivated my future choices ... and this year that reflection will include what I have learned from you
Saskia - I hope I can channel some of your whimsy into 2015

I'm looking forward and smiling ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

these all, a nod and hat's off to a life Well Lived. Each of them...
FULL. We are so Lucky to find what we love to do, to find joy in doing it and then to
be able to share in Community about it....so Lucky we Are.
and More to Come!
Love to you Liz. and to you both.

Liz Ackert said...

Grace - as I looked back I realized how happy I am that I have found my way back to cloth ...

yvette said...

yes Liz, i join you as much as i can, this is a great post and yes it's so funny how ways go
i came here way back via rainchain indeed but never made the connection with you and the ragmates
great! though my blogging is of and on so are my responses because i'm bipolair and very depressed for long times....but so great to read your story....

Liz Ackert said...

Yvette - I'm so glad you come to visit and I very much appreciate having you amongst my Kindred Spirits so I can visit in return ...
I wish you peace of mind and good health in the new year.

apiecefullife said...

Lovely post Liz. I don't know where I would be with out cloth and stitch. Keep it up.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you for coming by ... please let me know if/when you make your blog public as I'd very much like to visit