Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments on the Solstice Stone giveaway. I have to admit that I have visited my own site a lot lately just to re-read all of your lovely sentiments. I wish that I could send out a Solstice Stone to every single one of you, but my hands have only so much time left in this crafting year. Cassi is the winner of this stone, but I will be holding more giveaways in the new year, so please stay tuned.
I will be signing off for the holidays and won't be back until early January. I wish you and your families a wonderful, warm holiday season and a tremendous start to a promising new decade. I feel hopeful, and much of that hope comes from the people that I have been crafting with and from creative craftbloggers like you.
I started blogging to feel a part of a community of like-minded parents and crafters, and I've gotten so much more. Most of all I've gained confidence that living a creative life and weaving its components into family and work life is not only possible, but necessary for us all to thrive as individuals and as a society.
That may sound extreme, but I want to live in a world in which I know where and how my food is produced, a world in which individuals can make and fix things with their own hands, a world stripped of excess and waste and focused on the fundamentals, a world in which children are encouraged to dream and craft and invent and explore, a world in essence that we make ourselves. You are all doing that, and I laud you and urge you to keep creating and exploring.
With much hope,