Featherings: Back to work!

Greetings! I have been out of the blogosphere for three months. I developed a nasty three- week virus that really took the wind out of my proverbial sails, followed by the busy-ness of the holidays.

However, I found myself fatigued in spirit as well. The workings and events of our country and our world have left me empty of extra energy for the luxury of writing.  As I perused the blogs I follow, it seems that this is not an unusual experience. Spirit fatigue is having its day.

Nothing combats such a malaise like rest and creative wonderings. That, I have been doing.

Might I share some of those musings and their fruits?

  • My lovely winter blue trench coat is close to the finish line. Because I like hand work details and a quality product, the work that is left to do is hand finishing of edges and hems. I hope to post on the result soon.
  • Two wonderful holiday projects that bloomed were a set of doll clothes for my granddaughter as a Christmas gift. I fashioned mix and match pants, tops and dresses for her new “Bitty Baby”. Included in this little wardrobe were P.J.’s  that matched those we gave her for Christmas. Additionally, she received a lovely little pink wool princess line coat trimmed in “leopard” fur a year of so ago from my mom. I found some pink leopard print knit to create a little coat for her baby.  Creating this little trousseau was great fun!
  • The other holiday creation was a garnet velvet ruffled midi skirt for moi. This project was a challenge in that I was short one and a half yards of fabric. I fudged and problem solved but it was a little skimpier than I would have liked. Add to that, I had the joy of making a number of ridiculous errors—sewing pieces upside down a couple of times—and then needing to baste every seam. Velvet!!  Bottom line, it turned out gorgeous but I finished it 30 minutes before I needed to leave the house for our Christmas celebrations! Yikes…

And then, I took along winter’s nap…recovering from a long stretch of hard work, family visits and the preparation involved, and a body that still needed some healing.

Looking back on the adventures of the year,  the insights, and some soul work, I have chosen to go gently into this new year.

  • I am reading the books next to my bed, striving for one a month and beginning with finishing those I’ve begun. So far, I’ve completed two and a third should be done by the end of January. Not only am I stretching my mind, but I am putting my phone away earlier and sleeping better.
  • I am striving with joy to continue creative sewing, using primarily the fabrics I have been accumulating. More to come on this.
  • I am committing to writing more frequently, with one post a month as a minimum.
  • I am working with Noom to help nail down a healthy manner of eating. This program works with developing a mindset and habits as opposed to controlling the food itself.

This seems like a lot but these areas are feeding my soul. The final piece of this picture is a mindfulness in studying and praying with growth in compassion. I would like to share more about that in coming posts as well.

So here is what the Prayerful Peacock hopes to do in 2019. If any of these ideas or interests speak to you, come along for the adventure!

Blessings in 2019.   �

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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!

6 thoughts on “Featherings: Back to work!

  1. Good to hear from you. Sounds like you’ve been creating some lovely things. I’ve had a really nasty creative dry spell, but back in the studio working on new skills and techniques. A little rest and creativity does do a body good.

  2. Welcome back, Nancie! I loved reading about your creative projects and what is feeding your soul. What a gift you have for making things! May you benefit from periods of quiet reading, rest and contemplation. May your soul be stretched in the best possible ways, without feeling overwhelmed. It’s good to hear from you again! 🙂 x

  3. Nancie, your mindful projects speak to me. I too, think creativity is a salve for a tired spirit. I am resolving to stay away from my news feed over which I can obsess – to my detriment. I am looking forward to seeing the results of all your creative industry,

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