...of the new year! Since I've chosen to PLAY and have more FUN as a goal this year, I've been more aware of how I play and define fun. Of course, my first impulse is doing anything creative with my hands, so one of my first fun activites was making the pendants below. In the latest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, they are holding another swap, similar to the charm swap I had so much fun with this spring. This one is for a single pendant, so I again pulled out scraps from my first few attempts at "paper-cloth". I stamped the seahorse and seashell on the scraps, did a little stitching and embellishing, and edged the pieces with copper tape. I also used my newest gadget, an eyelet setter and hole punch, to accommodate the jump ring. I like them all, but they are not due until early April, leaving me time to decide if I should continue playing, or choose one of these and send it off. The center one is my favorite, but it is 2 1/2 inches tall, a half-inch longer than they request for a pendant.Another fun activity was photographing these flowers, given to myself and my daughters by my husband. I guess I'm still stuck in macro-mode! Don't you love the center of a rose and how it uncurls so beautifully as it blooms? Lovely colors too. And Valentine's Day is still more than a month away... what's gotten into him?
Another way I've been playing this week is with the dog. Although the last thing I want to do at dawn on a frigid winter morning is throw on clothes and stand around outside, as you can see, doing so has its rewards. There are many beautiful sights to see as the sun rises up over that frozen lake and sends sparkles on the snow between the long shadows of the trees. The air is usually very still and quiet, except for a few birds beginning to wake up, and the occasional tinkle of a neighbor's windchime, or the hammer of a woodpecker. Cassie roams around, sniffing in the snow, following deer or squirrel tracks, and digging up sticks to chew. It is a very peaceful and beautiful time of day and it has become fun for me to be out there with her once or twice a day in all kinds of weather. Isn't she a beautiful dog?