Happy New Year!
I always love New Year's Day. I realize it's a day like any other, but it just feels different to me. We always put the Christmas stuff away a day or two after Christmas, and clean the house (we don't like starting off the new year with last year's mess.) so everything feels fresh.
I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions though, because I feel like we should try our best every day God gives us breath. Instead, I try to look for new opportunities to serve and bless others, to grow relationships and to use my God-given talents and abilities to glorify Him. Sometimes, I get so busy with "life" and what it entails that I see these opportunities as burdens instead of blessings.
So as 2012's door slams shut and 2013's door bursts open, I'm going to try my best to be looking for all of the opportunities in my life!
Hope you have some exciting plans for the New Year!
I decided to begin the year by experimenting with dyeing some cotton batting scraps. At left, the background is actually a plain piece of cotton batting so you can see the "before" color. I used a similar process to how I dye my fabric and I am pleased with how saturated the colors came out. The lower two pieces show some visual texture which is a result of how the batting soaked up the dye.
This photo shows the back of the darker purple piece in the picture above. I think it is interesting how the the grid pattern appeared as it absorbed the dye. All of the pieces I dyed have this effect to some extent, but this was the best example. When this batting is made, it goes through a bonding process and I believe that this grid forms as a result, but that it is usually unnoticeable. Some more great visual texture though!
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
Are you excited about the New Year? I am! I look forward to new beginnings, blessings and opportunities.
Speaking of opportunities, I believe each of us has at least one talent that we can use to bless those around us. Have you found yours? Are you using it?
A friend shared this video with me and it is too good not to share with you! I hope we can all see our "inconveniences" the way this lady does! I think you'll be touched by her story: