Sunday, January 22, 2012


Remember that mending pile I unearthed a few months back?  Today seemed like a good day to choose a project.  I pulled out this toddler quilt that I bought when I was pregnant with Sela because it was just the kind of quilt I told myself I could start with.  When I got started on quilting.  I really love it.  I can't believe it's been out of commission for YEARS because it came open at a seam.  So - today - it took me all of 5 minutes to thread a needle and mend it.  And now - back in play!

Sela mended the ball she sewed for Linus for his first
birthday.  Check out this link to make a ball - or a
pumpkin pincushion.  It was a great project for a
beginning sew-er & a great use of scraps!
 Well, today wasn't just about delving into an old stack of sewing projects (it never really is just about one thing, is it?); I've decided that 2012 will be a year to do some gentle tending.  I read a blog a while back -- I'm sorry I don't recall exactly which one -- in which the author talked about choosing a word to guide her year.  She chose "tending."  I don't remember what she needed to "tend to," although I recall thinking that her list looked quite different from mine, but I remember the feeling.  I liked the idea of having a guiding word for the year.  Not a rigid one, just a supportive and gentle frame for the year.  No crazy, weekend warrior-type stuff.  Just pulling up some lingering, unresolved, or ignored aspects of life -- seeing them with fresh eyes and a new perspective since the last time they saw daylight.
I like the feel of "tending."  It feels meditative.  Slow and methodical and thoughtful. 


  1. Good luck with your tending year--what a nice way to remember to get to things that have been neglected.

  2. love your tending and what you have been up to with your kiddos and home...I love a word/quality for the year. Mine for the year is consistentcy with wholeheartedness.


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