I usually feel I'm never quite "caught up" on the blog. Or for that matter, on any part of what I do. But the last week I've intentionally not logged in here. The last thing I want is to make this blog an emotional dumping ground. What I'd really like it to be about is how I meet the challenges and pleasures of my life--as a woman, as a homemaker, as a creator, as a mom. I do think it's tremendously important to share what we can about dealing with the difficult and painful moments of our lives. Is there anything more comforting than reading the words of a friend or a stranger and knowing that, without any deference to or knowledge of yourself, they have captured your solitary emotions in their message. They understand; they survived. I value that experience. Besides appreciating commiseration, I also appreciate a challenge. You might not think it, for all my whining here. But there is something a thrilling about creating and performing within limitations. What I'm trying to say is that I'm facing a lot of challenges in life at the moment, and I committing this space to the documentation of my processes, thoughts, and resources in meeting them.
In the near future, I'll be working on an important doll, not for sale this time. If you look in the sidebar you'll see a button marked "Creating in honor of Kelly." [I see now I've not managed to do the link properly. I'll fix that. In the meantime, go here.] You may remember the post I wrote when I read about Kelly's death. Nicole, wonderful Nicole, of Garden Mama, who arranged the Wellness Tree project, is continuing her good work by offering to those moved to contribute the opportunity of creating something for Ari and Matt, Kelly's son and husband. For example, Tonya, of Plain and Joyful Living (one of my favorite blogs--read the two part story of their family life), is organizing a communally knit blanket. I am going to make Ari a doll. Ari's just a little bit older than Jane, so I have a fairly good idea what will be appropriate for him. I bought some wool batting and yarn for the doll's hair last week, and I've been dreaming up a wardrobe. I'm not really sure what to do for Matt. I think that will require some more thought. And if anyone has any ideas, please share.
I'm also going to be reworking our living room to be a better play and everyday space for Jane, and for us too. This includes upgrading her toy collection. Much more on that soon too. Also slated for discussion here, my return to an old passion (hint in photos below); getting the doll blog and shop up and running (you know, like a business, where people actually buy things); and preparing for the summer, which may never come. RAIN RAIN RAIN.
Since there's a great deal to be done today--we're recovering from two family visits and a night out (it was a really, really good show)--I'll share a few photos and be on my way. Wish me luck. Drop in and say hi. Take good care.