Things are getting more and more eccentric at Casa de la Swain. Changing styles in my textile work, falling in love again with painting and photography...and then there is the ever illusive quest for continuing creativity through working with Eric Maisel. Still on the road teaching, posting now at the Ragged Cloth Cafe and taking the pledge to keep handmaiden up to date.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Fat Lady is About to Sing

Well, it looks like we are about to make in through another year. Most years it is just a passage of time for me but this has been a year of some considerable highs and lows. I have never ridden on a roller coaster but this year I certainly lived one.
From losing loved ones, the miracle of the twins, Chris coming home safe from Iraq to launching the start up of my instructional dvd's, the working through a transition to a new style of work and the gaining of new friends through blogging, 2005 has been a doozy of a year. This is the first time I will be glad to see a year end. Yet, through all of these events there has been a constant in my life: creativity.
The meaning of expressing thoughts, feelings, and vision through quiltmaking has been the foundation and framework that has held my days together. It has given me solace, strength, and a place of peace. Whether you are professional or not, the comfort and discovery in creative energy provides insight into ourselves and others that cannot be found in any other way. To be alone with your own energy and find a way to release that energy into the world is the great gift of any creativity endeavor.
So while I am eagerly awaiting 2006, with all its highs and lows, I look back on 2005 as a time of "pearl in oyster." The events of 2005 have pushed me to examine my life, my work and leave open all doors for the future.
May 2006 bring you great ideas and new approaches to your work and your life. Push, challenge, engage but most of all look within frequently so you will never lose sight of your vision or your true, authentic self.
Sidebar: Thanks for all the computer solutions. We are still working on it but things are looking up.

3 comments:

Gerrie said...

Happy New Year, Gabrielle!!

Scrapmaker said...

What a blend of things our lives are, joys, sorrow, highs and lows. Thanks for being an inspiration this year, and for reminding us of the power and importance of our creative energy.
Happy New Year! Jen

Cathy said...

Happy New Year! I am back in the land of the living. You're so right about this being a doozy of a year. I look forward to 2006 as the year my life finally quiets down, is that possible?

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