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Monday, December 12, 2016

Lost... and Found

Life can be a whirlwind. I feel like 2016 has been a crazy blur of boxes, house hunting, moving trucks, unpacking, and other craziness.  Each new adventure gives us an opportunity to succumb to the chaos or to uncover the adventure.  Sometimes we do a bit of both.

My family loves the new house and is slowly settling in.  We had such a fun summer exploring our new yard, visiting farms, going to the beach, playing with friends, and taking fun outings. Fall continued the same way with pumpkin picking and enjoying nature.  My husband kept telling me that we would unpack the house when the weather was cooler and we wouldn't want to be outdoors. His kind words helped me justify our activities and allowed me to let the other unpacking wait.  Sure, we unpacked our daughter's stuff and the things we needed on a daily basis, but both of our offices remained boxed.  While my craft supplies found their way out of the boxes, finding them in my new craft room has been a bit of a scavenger hunt.  Each time I try to find something, I end up tearing my room apart often to no avail.  This is NOT zen.

Here's a peek at my craft-room-to-be after it was painted.  I agonized about the color until I recalled how much I loved the color I had picked for the old house.  Voila!  I chose the same color for my new room.  I think my choice will be pretty popular next year with Pantone's pick of Greenery.  I'm ahead of the trend!

Fortunately, my tiles, pens, and pencils are all at easy reach.  While I might not always be able to find everything, I can always find the important stuff.  I'm thrilled that tangling supplies are small and portable.  I can bring my art anywhere with me so I can stay calm, focused, and creative even if the room around me looks like a cardboard Tetris game.

Sometimes life gets crazy, and I forget about tangling for a while.  I feel the stress creep back in and can tell when it's been too long between tangles.  Then it's time to...

Untangle My Life

The easiest way to do that is to find a tile and pencil, add four dots, and make my border and string.  When life gets out of control, it's time for me to get back to basics.

I have set a healing resolution for myself for 2017.  I am going to embrace my tangling, explore new ideas and classes, and make sure to share my journey with you.  I am embarking on an experiment to see how my immersion in my art will affect the rest of my life.  I'm hoping to watch my house unfold one box at a time as I find more peace and clarity.  I'm excited to see where this adventure will take me.

I'm going to be sharing some of the art that I've worked on this year as well as what I'm working on currently.  I've been looking through my art and realizing how little of it made it to the blog or even to Facebook.  It's show and tell time!

So I might have felt a little lost this year, but each time I allow myself to breathe and to tangle, I manage to find myself.  Now to stick with it.

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