Sunday, January 1, 2012


Yes!  Happy New Year!!

I have been giving so much thought to the coming year. I am not dwelling on the past year.  Oh, it wasn't a BAD year. I'm just not looking back. But the coming year is going to be exciting for me.

Terry is going back to the property that he transferred from.  The old manager quit after he left so we expect this to be a good move.

The owner of the business where I work has bought a new building.  It is HUGE. A block long HUGE!  A little farther away from home.  My office will be back in the "Office" and no longer in the shop.  I'm losing my private bathroom.  But I CHOOSE to look forward to the move. AND Boeing got a multi-billion dollar contract so that should be good news for our future.

My daughter and grandsons will be looking for a place to live.   X = (this is my fingers crossed!) I look forward to them moving on with their lives and becoming more independent.  AND Sometimes my house is a circus, or noisy like a depot as they come and go. Or a bank cause we are the go to bankers when the boys need. Or a gym when they practice Jiu Jitsu in the living room or wherever else they decide to throw each other around!  Do you know that Corey can actually (from a standing position) lift his foot to the sink and hurl his body threw a window opening to the next room!!  It's a circus, I tell ya!  Anyway, it's time, though Corey told me he is leaving his room intact just in case.

So.  Are you wondering about the WORD that I mentioned in the title?  Lots of you (us) pick a word to inspire us for the coming year.  Unlike resolutions that are only meant to be broken, THE WORD helps us to focus on what we expect to accomplish in the coming year.  I've had a discussion with a few of my friends about what their word will be and my perseption of their choices.

Since I talked to Susan Elliot, I have only had one word that my heart, no my SOUL, as spoken.  It is FREEDOM.

Freedom to create and show my creations without fear of how others perceive them. I once posted a piece that I LOVED and still do.  It sits before me right now.  One commentor called it primitive. I didn't take offense at all, but it stiffled me a bit. Made me shy to post some other of my pieces for fear that more accomplished stichers would judge them.  I'm shakin' that off!!  So don't worry, say what you think when you see coming pieces.  I'm not self conscience about them ANYMORE. I welcome constructive comments.

Freedom from guilt because I  allow the others that live here to be responsible for themselves.  Ah, FREEDOM.  I welcome you!

Freedom to be less serious.  To smile and laugh more.  To be more of the person I keep hidden inside.  Freedom to be free.

Happy New Year.  I'm going to be "out there" much more this year.


Sweetpea said...

oh Carol, I know what a talk with Susan can wonder pieces came together ;>} Your blog is looking really lovely (this bkgd color is sooooooothing) and I can sense your positive *anticipation* of what's to come. I think my word has found me too, but will sit with it for a few more days to make sure it's not just one of my "moods"...ha! And you know, that word "primitive" that someone used for your work? why, that's a compliment in my books. I'm looking forward to all of us moving ahead here, together. Happy 2012 and happy exploration of FREEDOM!

mairedodd said...

what a fabulous word - one to be celebrated... it is heart-lightening, spine straightening, soul expanding... i am so excited for you- i look forward to seeing your creations -
all kinds of change in the wind - a good thing, yes?!

Carol said...

Last year I was captured by the Pantone color of the year. I loved it.

In keeping with my new found freedom, I have switched color scheme on my blog to one of my most very favorite. AND I mixed the colors myself and they are not part of the template. Yay me!!

Momma Bear said...

I applaud your "freedom" and want to encourage you to be more of an extrovert! that's just because I miss seeing your stuff!
I think "transition" is a good word for me this year

robin michelle said...

I like your word for the year! Oh I do know what you mean about posting stuff. Everytime I post something I've made I feel like people will think it isn't very good. Freedom from feeling that way would be wonderful. I think I'll work on it.

If you search for "primitive artists" one of the first to come up is Grandma Moses. I wouldn't characterize your work as that style but if someone does, you are certainly in good company!

Happy New Year! It sounds like 2012 will be a good year!

Jan said...

Happy new year to you and your family. sounds like many changes are afoot, I hope they all lead in good orderly direction. I like your word and congratulate you on its choice. Mine is GRATITUDE. I am grateful for your friendship and for your artful blog.

ACreativeDreamer said...

Carol... I hope that the same thing happens for you that happened for me the minute I decided not to let others dictate what I do or don't create... it all becomes a joy. And, somehow, that joy of creating, simply for the act of creating, manifests itself in all you create. I wish you much freedom my friend... and great joy!

Whytefeather said...

Well written! I like the word you have chosen, all good reasons too. Keeping my X right along with you! Wonderful for them(and you).

I had one of those moments the other evening... the whole "freedom from guilt for allowing others to be responsible for themselves".
There is so much going on... and I can't do a thing to change/fix it no matter how hard I try, because it's what they need to do not for me to do.
Hugs and on to a GREAT Year of creating!

Anonymous said...

Love this post. Can't wait to see the "out there" you!! Don't ever be afraid to post your creations. You made them because the pieces spoke to YOU. If you love it, that's all that counts.

Happy New Year. Looking forward to the new Free You.


kaiteM said...

Freedom to be free? someone asked me once if i was trapped by my freedom. Just do what you want and post on your blog for your own record, that's what i do. You can always delete what you don't like, including this comment.
Enjoy your year however you choose to use it.

Magic Love Crow said...

Happy New Year Carol ;o) Great word! You go for it! And, you know what, people who create, get all sorts of people saying things about our art. I have learned this, but what I can say, is always be true to you and don't worry about anyone else. I had one person say, my art shows that I am angry??? That really hurt me, because my art comes from my heart and I feel there is a lot of passion in my art, but showing anger? That got me angry! LOL! I have let that go ;o) I don't think I would want anyone throwing their body through a window into the next room!! Hugs, here's to a great 2012 ;o) Oh, please give me the link to the buttons ;o)

Timaree said...

Freedom is a great word. I hope your daughter and grandsons do well on there own. I hope they'll be living close enough for the boys to visit plenty.

"Primitive ' is a style, not a quality so it could very well have been a. compliment..

I may be using my old (from high school days) saying rather than a single word as my ''word" this year. I guess I should write a post to share it. Stay tuned. Happy New Year and I am sure it will be if you stay open to all the new changes coming up for you.

crystal said...

Hi Carol :-)
Love the new color scheme!!! Yay you, is right!!

Wonderful, thoughtful, INSPIRING post - as usual!

Looking forward to seeing the art you'll show and the wisdom you'll share throughout 2012.

Freedom. . . a very beautiful word.


Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Wonderful word! Love the words in this post. Freedom does have so many meanings! I don't know what we would do without it! blessings,Kathleen

Evelyn G said...

You have inspired me. I'm choosing a word--it's GROW. I want to be more like you. I'm going to follow you because of your uplifting words and thoughts. Thanks.

Little Treasures said...

I have never made resolutions for the new year; instead I have always counted my blessings and reminisced things I've achieved and sometimes failed and pray for steadiness of will,mind and heart to embrace everything the new year brings.
Your word is powerful - treasure it!
Since I am with an itching tongue I must say that some people are quite oblivious when it comes to blog etiquette and the person was rude to leave such comment regardless of his/her personal opinion on the subject!
I wish you an exceptional year filled with wonders!!!

GardenofDaisies said...

Hi Carol! Thanks for following my blog and joining in on the 366 challenge! Sounds like you have some changes going on right now. I like your word for the year. I don't really have a "word", but I'm hoping for all things good, so Hope may unofficially be my word.

Gloria said...

Great post Carol and a very good work FREEDOM is and don't we all wish it was just that every day. Your thoughts sound like you are definitely in tune to doing the thing you want to do for yourself. Go for it! Happy New Year Carol to you and yours. Take care.

Teresa said...

Happy New Year, Carol--I almost wrote happy new freedom instead! And it would be perfect too. Can we share that word? Because that sounds very good to me. Freedom from fear, freedom from past patterns, freedom from not trusting my capacities... Yeap, sounds right :)
About that "primitive" person... I always say if you don't have something constructive to say, abstain from commenting. There's no need to be rude. Besides, your work, primitive?! It's stunning!
Have a wonderful year, my dear. Can't wait to see the gorgeous stuff you come up with!

Susan Elliott said...

Freedom. I remember thinking a lot about the impact of freedom when I was ruminating on the Pursuit of Happiness in my bead journal a couple years back...and I came to the conclusion that freedom was kind of a prerequisite to happiness...whether it be freedom of thought...freedom to choose...freedom to choose not...

I am so happy for your commitment to yourself and I, for one, cannot Wait to hear more from your heart, hands and soul. For I have seen the work of all three and it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your journey with us so we can learn too.

Happy Free Year! xoxo Susan

P.S. If Corey's room is the one with the hammock, I don't blame him for wanting to keep it!!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Yeah for FREEDOM!!! My ACCEPTANCE kind of goes along with that!!

I look forward to seeing what you create!

Cathie said...

Isn't it bizarre how artists can sometimes get burden by how other's label their work? I applaud you Carol for acknowledging this and vowing to break free from the "burden" of other's opinions. I too often find myself contemplating how someone else will see something or interpret something I've created. What a waste of creative energy!

PeacefulBird said...

Jan 1, 2013

Freedom is a great word to tuck in the back of one's mind for a whole year. Today, one year later, I'm interested to read how it influenced you during this past 12 months.

Do you have a word for 2013?