Tuesday, March 23, 2010

We're Bigger and Better

Stitch Play Studios has moved to it's new website at www.stitchplaystudio.com where the blog is now located. Please visit it us there.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Knitting Update

My current knitting project

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A New Year

I can appreciate the whole "New Year's Resolution" idea. I'm all for goals but what I have found out about myself is that goal's are really worthless unless there is some form of commitment behind them. And for me to be committed to a change, means that something meaningful has to happen for me to want to change.

For instance, over the past 5 years I have changed my eating and exercise habits all after a friend was diagnosed with cancer (she's doing well, thank you for asking). It wasn't a huge, overnight change. It was very small changes (the Japanese refer to this as Kaizen or baby steps) implemented over time. First I totally cut out soda from my diet (they are fattening and totally devoid of any nutritional value but you can bet that there will be a 2 liter of ice cold Pepsi at my last meal) and I started walking. About 3 months later I added ankle and hand weights. Another couple of months later I added interval weight training. I went quite a long time without doing anything new. Then I had a friend challenge me to a boot camp. For six weeks I got up at 5 am (no easy feat for a die-hard night owl) in the Texas summer heat (trust me, it's not that much cooler at 5 am) and worked out. I was amazed at the energy and strength I gained and didn't want to lose that so I started running. That was 2 years ago. So change happens, goals get met, when you are committed to them and when you don't overwhelm yourself.

This year I am not making any resolutions, per se, instead I choose to call it a "rededication". For me, 2010 is going to be The Year of my Art. I have always enjoyed art and design but this year I am rededicating myself to my creativity. I have already signed up for one art class and I have a wonderful, scary but exciting big project that I am launching in 2010 that is dedicated to my love of creating fashion (knitting, crochet, sewing). The website is being worked on as I write this. This is going to be the year that I take my creativity seriously and finally overthrow those demons (in my head as well as well-meaning people) that told me that being "crafty" was a good hobby but not suitable as a career.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Signs of Christmas

Change for the good?

Thank goodness we are doing well this year despite the economic down turn, but it wasn't long ago that things weren't all that great but as in this story, I found a new sense of strength, creativity and purpose when times were financially tough. Maybe if more people had to do this, we wouldn't be in a jam because they wouldn't be trying to fill the void in there lives with things.