As you probably know the past year has been especially trying for this lifelong ‘optimist’. However, dramatic changes in my personal life affected me and I decided to put L.J. O’Neal Design on hold for a while. So I ‘froze’ my LJOD home page and Facebook page; still tried to update my Twitter account.
It was a stressing and admittedly, depressing time for me. I pretty much stopped all things creative for the past few months: singing, songwriting, sewing, designing and only wrote the professional articles that I was expected to write. It was if my heart had stopped beating and my creativity followed. Grieving is HARD, even when you believe there is HOPE.
Thankfully, due to the strong love and support of family and close friends, I'm almost completely back to my old ‘optimistic’ self and enjoying life again. Seriously, I’m happy!
So…what have I been up to? In a word: SEWING. I’ll share a secret project with you as soon as I give it to the recipient. Wouldn’t you agree that they should see it first? I’m bursting a little inside though, keeping it to myself!
ONE thing I will share is that I’m returning to QUILTING. I posted on LJOD on Facebook a little story about WHY I stopped quilting for several years…for a very stupid reason. Please enjoy the video on Crazy Quilt set-up. I think I’m going to use all the scrap fabric from textiles I’ve designed and stitch a quilt for my ‘Creating Room’. It seems that the older I get, the more I enjoy hand stitching…amazing! Not that everything will be hand stitched (yikes!), but I want to hand quilt the layers instead of simply hand-tying or sending to a long arm machine specialist. Time will tell if I stick to my guns.
Ciao for Now,
p.s. Thank you readers for understanding. Now, let’s have some fun!