Featherings: 10 things I love about you, January…

Nothing says New Year like a list! [always a crowd pleaser!)

So here we go:

10 things I love about you January….

·        The bitter cold air and minus 20-something wind-chill factors invigorate my entire physical being, reminding me that I was a wise woman to research a great all-body moisturizing routine long before winter made a statement

·        The quieting effect of even a small amount of snow, taking me back to the January late afternoons of my childhood. The dove grey skies resting against the snowy landscapes give me a chill of joy.

·        Every cashmere sweater I own makes an appearance on a regular basis, along with all my trousers, tights, jackets and boots. If ever I doubt that I own too many, January scatters that doubt to the wind chill.

·        List mania meets planner’s nexus—I am feeling especially desirous of organizing all of my fabrics, patterns, yarns and trims and make little sketchbook pages with croquis sketches to guide me month by month thorough 2018 project heaven.

·        Back to the weather: while truly enjoying the winter-ness and the clothing that accompanies it, I find myself seeking pertinent info about Spring fashion. I troll Pantone, Vogue Patterns, Style.com and anything else to get a glimpse of what is percolating.

·        Chili, chicken soup, Italian wedding soup, ribs and dumplings, vegetable soup and hearty bread…

·        Cuddling under blankets

·        Sales on bedding, which is of particular interest this year as we have just come into a queen-sized bed

·        The extraordinary beauty of the bare tree branches, the full moon, and how they inspire me to want to weave with natural colors

·        And #1…it’s a new day, a new start. We can all use that!


What jazzes you about this month?


Do share….Happy January!




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I am a fabric artist and a professional minister in the Catholic Church. I am married for 40+ years to a most fabulous man. We have 4 adult children, 2 daughter-in-laws ( who we also consider to our children!) and 4 grandbabies. I love to weave, paint silk, sew and design garments for myself; bead, read, write and color. I am also a spiritual Companion/Director and have a special place in my soul for women who are healing and in need of healing from trauma and abuse. I love coffee, quiet reflective prayer time at my kitchen table and long walks to breathe in the Holy Spirit. I would like to learn how to spin yarn and will someday create a spun, hand dyed/painted, beaded, woven fabulous garment of peace!

5 thoughts on “Featherings: 10 things I love about you, January…

  1. Dear Nancie, how very different our Januaries are! While I can relate to all the cold weather favourites you speak of, my hot weather ones are: listening to summer storms roll in and dump cooling rain on the parched landscape. The whirr of the fan overhead during hot nights. I love the seasonal fruits and vegetables, the amazing salads one can create. I love slurping home made icy poles with my grandies, or leaning over dripping water melon slices to see who can spit the pips further-est. These are a few of my favourite things. Wait! Isn’t that a song line?

  2. Great post. It’s nice to think about the positive sides of a wintry month. On really cold and snowy days, I like being cozy inside while looking out at the view. On days when it’s not too cold or slick, I enjoy walking outside. I also like living in an area (near Chicago) where we have four seasons (although spring and fall can sometimes seem short!)

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