Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The year of being grown-up.

I have a lovely friend who told me years ago, "You don't have to grow up."  Up until now I've thought that was very good advice.  Well, in the face of all the responsibilities the universe is sending my way, I've decided to just go ahead and do it.  This is my year of being a grown-up.  To be directly followed by a year of being a self-absorbed adolescent.  Every day of 2016 I will do something responsible, or important, or good for me.  By the end of the year, I will have earned a little time off.

I woke up Monday morning thinking "I can't handle one more thing."  Sure enough, my studio phone line went down.  Turns out, I could handle one more thing.  I don't know when it'll be fixed, but we're forwarding the calls to my cell phone.  If you can't reach me, please try again.

As well as the grown-up chores, we pulled off some good, creative fun last week.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Jill



 

















Thursday, December 31, 2015

Turning trepidation to anticipation

I've sent the crew home to enjoy a long weekend before hitting 2016 a fresh outlook.  I'm sitting here waiting for a Fedex delivery (that probably won't be here until Monday) and I'm finding a coveted quiet moment in which to reflect on the past year and ponder the year to come.  It's chilly today.  I can see the breath of the passers-by as I look out the window to enjoy the sunshine and blue sky.  The fur babies are snuggled into their favorite places. Eddie in his chair, Gidget has found a spot in which she can worship the sun, and Midge has kicked them both out of the kennel.







I am filled with gratitude for all of the blessings the universe has brought to me and my peeps, and am filled with hope that 2016 will bring all of us some measure of comfort and joy.
Jill

Here's a piece I haven't shown you yet.  I'm incredibly proud of this one, as is Sharon, the amazing woman who stitched it.







We finished up some beauties this week.  So, rather than pulling random photos from my archives, I'll show you what we accomplished.











Tuesday, December 22, 2015

All I want for Christmas

Dearest readers,

It's been some time since I did a proper post. I think I'm just having difficulty finding the words.  My best friend and creative cohort, Amber, has finally been diagnosed with a rare cancer called pseudomyxoma peritonei.   She will have to seek treatment on the west coast, as there is only one specialist that knows how to treat it on this side of  the United States.  She has amazed me with her strength and assertiveness during her long journey towards a diagnosis.  This experience reminds me that medicine is an art.  We need to be in tune with our bodies and when a doctor tells you "We'll wait and see" but your gut tells you something else,  ALWAYS follow your gut.  We will continue to produce the most amazing framing we can muster
and we'll keep you updated on our life's journey.

So, as you can see,  I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas.  I remain very, very, hopeful that Santa will see fit to bring it in the new year.

Thank you all for your endless love and support.
Jill

I've pulled some photos out of the "hasn't been posted" file to show off this week. (Which is soon to be renamed the "just can't remember if I posted it" file.) Enjoy.

























Tuesday, December 1, 2015

One step forward, two steps back.



I guess it's time I wrote.  I still feel guilty sitting down to write when I have cross stitches that need my attention.

You have all been so kind to ask after Amber. I guess I have to say that my sigh of relief has slowly turned into trepidation.  She's back to work, but not back to herself.  She's having symptoms again.  We are back to the drawing board with diagnostics.  Re-scanning, waiting, holding our collective breaths etc.  She's been coming to work to take her mind off the "what ifs" - and I've gotta say that she's more productive than any of the rest of us!

It's not that I'm entirely dependent on Amber, (co-dependent maybe) - I am still getting work out the door - But I do find that our ship is not sailing as smoothly as I would like.  I'm trying hard to be a grown up and take the helm once again.

If any of you are having concerns about your pieces, PLEASE feel free to call or e-mail.  If I don't answer please try again.  (I sometimes miss calls if I'm gluing a frame and sometimes an e-mail will slip by me as well.)

Let me show you some lovely seasonal finishes to take our minds off the "what ifs" for now.
I'll update you with the GOOD news just as soon as we get it.
Thank you all for your positive energy.  I can feel it keeping me warm and sane.
Jill