Once again there have been major changes in my personal life, the biggest being our decision to settle in Johannesburg rather than Port Elizabeth. When there are two of you to consider, and two sets of dreams to try and achieve, things don't always work out as planned. But ultimately I think it's the right decision for us both, even though it took us a while (and an extended road trip) to work it out. So now the search for a home, workspace and income begins in earnest.
There has been some stitching going on between all the discussion and decision-making, though. My mom-in-law's birthday came and went:
My aunt bestowed a bag of buttons on me that she'd picked up for a song at a church fête:
And I got around to photographing the embroidered quilt my mom made out of her Bloomin' Marvellous squares:
I've been working on the next issue of the Stitch and Thimble, which also took a back seat on account of all the goings-on in my personal life but is still somewhat on track in terms of the deadline, all be it a self-imposed one. And I've made a fair bit of progress embroidering a new pattern design. My head remains full of ideas that just need time and space to germinate, and I'm hoping 2012 is the year in which everything comes together and gets done. After a rather tumultuous 2011, that'd be nice.