2015…word of the year.

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Happy 2015!  As per usual, I fought the word. “What?” I thought, when, about a week ago, while not really even thinking about the word of the year, “Connect” jumped up and waved its arms in the air. “Look at ME!”

Connect, I thought. Huh. What in the name of anything can I do with YOU? And so, stubborn wench that I am, I ignored it, and listened out for a sensible word. Right. That never happens. Remember ENOUGH or CHOOSE or INSIGHT or WEATHER  or MOTION or BALANCE or DELIBERATE or INCLUSIVE? (I look at this list and think maybe my inner Buddhist is coming out)

So, I randomly thought of other words (NEVER works, by the way. Never.) I tried,while going about my week, to figure out what CONNECT could have to to with my art, my quilting, because that is where the concept of doing a word started for me.  And, yet.

This morning–today, January 1, 2015, I looked up the definition of the word connect while getting ready to write this blog post.

1794641_10203652074326362_1275265419_n-001Well, DUH. Connect. To Join, link, or fasten together. To unite or bind.

Right there, the first definition, is about quilting!!!!! What more does one do in quilting, at the most elemental level, than attach two pieces of fabric together? And what is the last step, but to bind the quilt? (We shall not talk, today, about all the intermediate steps, of reverse engineering, running out of material, mis-measuring…) Let’s keep it classy, ok?  But will this have anything to do with the bigger picture, outside the studio walls…?

Connect verb (used with object)   1.to join, link, or fasten together; unite or bind:   2. to establish communication between; put in communication: 3. to have as an accompanying or associated feature: 4.to cause to be associated, as in a personal or business relationship: to connect oneself with a group of like-minded persons;  5.to associate mentally or emotionally http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/connect

 

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I shall connect with my fabric, indeed! As soon as I finish writing this post, as a matter of fact, I have to scramble to finish a project.

But on the larger scale, connecting, connection; it’s the thing we all want more than anything, isn’t it? Isn’t it why we hug, or hold hands? Why we walk side by side, why the cat climbs on you the moment you have created a lap?

So, this year, the “connect” I want to work on is the one on one, personal connecting… Comment on this post, start a connection with me. I want to know better the people I know…Connect in real life and in this new small world of the smart phone, the internet, where all my friendships can be at my fingertips…

I think making the threads that connect us stronger is a wonderful goal.

HAPPY New Year!!!

This quilt is called Emails from China, designed and worked on while my daughter was in China in 2009. We stayed connected during that time via emails that came while I slept, and were answered while she slept…

December 26, 2014 Christmas Photo A Day

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Let’s wrap it up, OK?

 

20141219-IMG_2166 I hope Santa was good to you!

Caught a glimpse of Santa on the way back to the North Pole…

 

20141211-IMG_1834  Yesterday was a holiday, but today, it’s back to work! (Toys don’t make themselves, you know!)

So long, farewell…

See you in 340 days– December 1, 2015. Mark it on your calendar!

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Happy everything, and a wonderful, joy-filled and successful year to you. May your sorrows be small, and your happiness be huge….

 

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Christmas Photo A Day, December 25, 2014

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THIS is what Christmas is about. Tight squeezes! Make sure you hug someone today!

#TBT, Arlie and Poppy Gus, 1986

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Merry Christmas!!

 

 

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Christmas Photo a Day, December 24, 2014

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The child said, “I’ve noticed, if one could be home, they’d be already there.”

OLD CITY BAR, Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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…the spirit of the holiday season. Take a few minutes….

In an old city bar
That’s never too far
From the places that gather
The dreams that have been

In the safety of night
With its old neon light
It beckons to strangers
And they always come in

And the snow it was falling
Neon was calling
The music was low
And the night Christmas Eve

And here was the danger
That even with strangers
Inside of this night
It’s easier to believe

Then the door opened wide
And a child came inside
That no one in the bar
Had seen there before

And he asked did we know
That outside in the snow
That someone was lost
Standing outside our door

Then the bartender gazed
Through the smoke and the haze
Through the window and ice
To that corner streetlight

Where standing alone
By a broken pay phone
Was a girl, the child said
Could no longer get home

And the snow it was falling
Neon was calling
Bartender turned and said, “Not that I care
But how would you know this?”
The child said, “I’ve noticed
If one could be home, they’d be already there”

Then the bartender came out, from behind the bar
And in all of his life, was never that far
And he did something else that he thought no one saw
When he took all the cash from the register drawer

Then he followed the child to the girl across the street
And we watched from the bar as they started to speak
Then he called for a cab then he said, “J.F.K.”
Put the girl in the cab and the cab drove away
And we saw in his hand, that the cash was all gone
From the light that she had wished upon

If you want to arrange it
This world you can change it
If we could somehow make this
Christmas thing last

By helping’ a neighbor
Even a stranger
To know who needs help
You need only just ask

Then he looked for the child
But the child wasn’t there
Just the wind and the snow
Waltzing dreams through the air

So he walked back inside
Somehow different, I think
For the rest of the night
No one paid for a drink

And the cynics will say
That some neighborhood kid
Wandered in on some bums
In the world where they hid

But they weren’t there
So they couldn’t see
By an old neon star
On that night, Christmas Eve

When the snow it was falling
And neon was calling
In case you should wonder
In case you should care

Why we on our own
Never went home?
On that night of all nights
We were already there

May your journey be safe, and may you find yourself, tonight, HOME.

img_3104 My nativity has found a new home this year. It belonged to my grandmother; my brother and I broke the ears off more than one of the animals and the shepherd has a pretty shoddy patch job after a fall, oh, 35 years ago. For decades it adorned the dining room credenza, and for the past 12 years the entire scene was crowded onto the top of a small encyclopedia bookshelf that belonged to my great grandmother.

This Christmas, however, the nativity, and all the little additions I have added over the years, have found a new home on this lovely chest of drawers that my hubby gave me for Christmas! (next to the neighboring subdivision of Snowmen).

 

 

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Christmas Photo a Day, December 23, 2014

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My wreath for next year?? I had better get busy collecting supplies! (Williamsburg, VA)

 Happy Festivus! Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!

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Christmas Photo a Day, December 22, 2014

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Somebody LOVES “Joe Cool” Santa Snoopy. She decided she needed to get into this box; she doesn’t know that she has been here before!

And, for our last musical Monday selection, another déjà vu moment… Layla and Granpa Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree.

Linus and Lucy….Granpa and Layla. 2014  <<—click to see video if it doesn’t load above.

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Christmas Photo A Day, December 18, 2014

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#TBT.

Most years our Christmas card is hand made or one of my own photos. This card was before Photoshopping was even an idea, kids! I had to pose Arlie and myself, shoot, drive to the store to drop off the film, wait for it to get developed and printed, drive back to pick up prints, drive home, and then place our cut out figures onto the finished gingerbread house that Arlie and I made;  photograph again, drive to the store again, develop and print again. Yup. The good old film days. (ca. 1990)

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