From the moment we are conceived to the time we draw our first breath, we have been wrapped in the best blanket God has ever made. Once we enter this world, our lives continue with countless brushes with fabric and textiles that comfort us and warm us, give us a sense of peace and hopeful serenity, and cling to our every mood. Blankets have a special place in my family's life. From the long drug around baby blankets still held dear, to the Christmas gifts of last year, the warmth of being wrapped in something created with you in mind gives us all a sense of belonging. Our memories are entangled in the warp and weft of these homey fixtures.
A few years ago, I found a new way to incorporate textiles into my and by extension, my family's life. I was introduced to the art of crochet. Since that time, my love for this new craft has grown and expanded. It's swept us all up in a desire to have things we've made by hand, to give a piece of ourselves to others through the art of creation. Share some of our joy here on these pages and learn along with us.
Books...I'm not sure there are enough words to describe the joy that comes from learning. Books have been my best friends during hard times, my sanity on sleepless nights, my go-to for pep talks, the way I've learned and grown. I've gained insight about humanity through history, found new friends in fiction, challenged myself to become something new through non-fiction and so much more. I've learned of the give and take in relationships brought to life on a page, of things that have brought success and happiness as well as defeat and fear. I've learned that even with the best of intentions, we will fail, but we can get up and try again. The connections of countless generations brought together through the inspiration and clarity of a well-loved novel is something I'll never completely understand. It reminds me that though we have lived in different times, this thing called humanity has some constants. To calculate the benefits of the written word would take a computer bigger than any I'll ever own. It is invaluable to say the least and priceless in every respect. A good library is worth more than money or fame.
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson