Here in Boulder, we actually had a true Christmas Morning "White Christmas"!
It snowed overnight, and the sun came up on a pristine and sparkling landscape. When Mason and his friend came to our house bearing packages in the morning light, their footsteps were first to break the sheet of white that enveloped our neighborhood.
There is something about waking up on a holiday to a fresh blanket of snow and a blue sky, that is so magical and peaceful.
During the holiday season, I always try to find a time to contemplate my goals for the coming year. As we clean our kitchens after the big holiday meals, and perhaps have a moment to sit with a cup of tea and a calendar, those of us who love to sew are starting to think about our goals for 2013.
Is this the year you will go on a creative retreat? Is this the year you will enter a quilt in a show or a contest? Is this the year you will sew a very special bed quilt for someone getting married, or a wall hanging to celebrate an anniversary?
Perhaps this is the year that you start to design your own quilts.
Maybe this year you'll take your creativity in a new direction - making wearable art perhaps?
Could this be the year that you send in photos of your quilts to a magazine, with the hopes of seeing your work published?
Perhaps you will start to teach in a local quilt shop, or start a sewing group at a nearby school?
Many of you are thinking about contributing to our Sandy Hook Memorial Quilt Project, and you can read our recent developments on my blog, and network with others on our Piecing for Peace page on Facebook.
So many of you are making and sending quilts for our huge Hurricane Sandy quilt relief effort - to get warm quilts to 5000 people who lost their homes and possessions.
I am still thinking about my trip to Guatemala, and the quilts we gave to the elders and the children who had nothing.
We are so blessed to be able to think about our sewing projects for the coming year. The joy of working with color, design and fabric is a simple pleasure that brings us inner peace, healing, and an opportunity to share our passion with others.
I feel so lucky to have found this art and craft - don't you?