So, the end of the year is here, we’re down to counting days or hours even before the end. I’ve always liked New Year’s, endings, beginnings, old stuff is gone, we made it one more year! I like to take stock of the year, so very much happens in one year’s time.
I never really like to think in terms of good year-bad year. Certainly some are better than others, some are smoother, uneventful, some are exciting, not always for the better… But as I get older, I just like to look at what has happened, the good and the bad together. When you’re in the middle of the bad, it seems like forever, but looking back over the year…things are different.
This was a big year for me. I started this blog, got past, kind of, my hangups about not having anything to say that someone would read. And look at me, some of you DO read what I write! Kisses. And I’ve tried to stay pseudo-regular with it, and will try to do so next year…YES, I will be continuing on next year! I’m going to try to go back to a once a week posting, even if there’s “nothing” to post.
I made a lot of bigger dolls this year too! Medusa is 18″ long, Rachel is 12″ tall, and the Clay golem is 18″ tall. There were a couple of 10″ Cthulhus, and Blue was more than 9″ tall, as well.
I stretched myself, always trying to make things look more like the image in my head, or the image I’m working from. Calvin and Hobbes made me work. They’re so popular, they have a specific look, so they couldn’t just be a blonde boy in a red shirt with a tiger, they had to look “right.” Samara, too, was a very intense doll to make. I sewed all her wee hairs in by hand, AND I really did want her to look as creepy and close to Samara Morgan as I could get her.
I learned to do a thread joint on bear legs, and have come up with my own skull pattern that I like to use, very good for sugar skulls.
There were some less than wonderful things. It took me half the year to find a job. I DO really like my job, so I’m pretty ok with it all now, but it did take forever, it seemed. My husband did go to the hospital for about a week for depression and anxiety. It seems like forever ago, but it was at the end of September. He’s taking his meds, and while they may not be perfect, they’re going pretty well for him right now. I’m so very happy things weren’t worse for him, or that he didn’t really need to be gone for any longer, I was a bit of a wreck while he was gone. Onward.
I’m so very very glad for all the connections I’ve made over the last year. I have made some very wonderful, supportive friends, you know who you are, and I just adore knowing you! In a perfect world we could all get together somehow, but I appreciate you sharing your lives with me. I have also become closer to some friends who I’d made before 2013, people who helped talk me through the bad times, and made me smile and laugh all year long. I feel so very lucky to know such wonderful people. You are my friends, my support, comic relief, my muses, the thoughtful people who know just what to say, people who make me think, and dream. I thank you all.
So, what do I want for this year? I’m still more than happy to help people realize their dreams, sometimes, very creepy, in yarn. I’m hoping to learn to build in some time to create some dolls I’ve been thinking about, and to make some more sugar skulls.
I’m hoping the job continues to be as cool and fun as it is now. I, and the husband, would like for him to have a job; he’s had some very promising interviews, so he’s just playing the waiting game.
I will work being more mindful, on self-acceptance, and remembering to cherish my loved ones every day, our time here is so fleeting.
I will get back to reading more regularly– I read every day I was off the last week, it was fantastic! And there will be more contests this year with spawn for the prize! Maybe not story contests, I’d like to try to switch it up!!! OH, and YARNBOMBING!!! Yes, more of that!!!
So here’s a picture of the last spawn I will have finished for 2013. I wanted to create something I’d not had an order for, just start making and see what happened. I started this faery… he was very therapeutic, and so much fun. More things like this will happen in the new year. So here is Gorman, the Water Sprite, my last finished spawn for the year. He’s already got a home, I’m so happy, and will be making his way there starting New Year’s Eve.
Keep it creepy, my lovelies!!!