words


So the new year is here and while I have never been a resolution maker, I do like the new-ness of the new year...fresh calendar, possibilities, etc. But I don't like to make a solid list of goals...honestly I fall short enough on the daily to-do list, I'd rather just roll with the year and see what happens. But...I have been thinking a bit about words and how they define us, guide us, encourage us...

This Fall, I found a linen tea towel DIY calendar at September House and fell in love. Oh the possibilities (in fact they have a whole list of possibilities right here)...I knew I could really pour some love into this and make it the perfect gift for Tracie, but I wasn't sure exactly what to do. #14 on the list, the wordle, sure sounded intriguing (and sure they said it would be "ambitious" but when have I ever let that stop me from taking on too big of a project?), but I wasn't sure just what to wordle.


But then...inspiration struck! What about words that describe this incredible woman I call friend...words that speak of her character, her life, her being and words that make me think of her (you know like how flip flop & I are kind of synonymous?). Sounded like too big of a task for just me though, so I enlisted the help of our best girls and asked them to send me their list of words about T. I combined them all together into one long list (words listed on more than one list were included that way...those words listed a lot are bigger in the wordle) and came up with this lovely wordle.


At this point is where the difficult aspect came into play...the space on the calendar and the wordle shape didn't exactly line up. So I sized the wordle to fit the height of the calendar space and then stretched the shape out a bit by tracing it on to this paper (you can probably see that I did move a couple of the words around too...in the next step you'll see I mixed up the colors a bit as well).


Then I traced the design on to the calendar and started stitching. You might be able to see some numbers written in pencil on the original wordle printout...those are the amount of embroidery floss threads I used for each word. Larger words used more threads...the smallest words were just one thread. "friend" is the only word using 6 threads.

In the end, I think this depiction of words describing my best friend is pretty accurate. She is all these things and more...from her beautiful smile to her brave & giving soul, she does it all with two words surprisingly not on here...heart and faith!


So...back to me and words and the new year and all that resolution stuff I like to avoid...well, I have recently seen (well really all over the place) a lot of mentions of the One Little Word posts by Ali Edwards. Each year she chooses a single word to focus on for the coming year. Sounds simple, but it's tougher than you might think. However, I think the major plus is that while you are forecasting a shift in your thinking each day for the coming year, there is no list looming over you making you feel like you fell short of your goals.

So my word for 2010 is ENJOY. I think it will be a good reminder to me to enjoy every aspect of my life. Do the things I want to be doing and enjoy the things I am doing...say no to a few more of the "have to dos" and yes to a few more of the "want to dos"...take more time for my family and friends and me just enjoying life. Our family has a pretty crazy schedule this year, so I'm hoping my word might remind me to chill a bit more too. Anyway...

I decided on this word yesterday and not too long after I wandered into the living room to find Jack sprawled out on the couch watching something on Disney (the girls were napping) and plopped down next to him and snuggled up for a few minutes. The commercials came and he headed for a bathroom break and so I moved on to the next thing on the to do list...the dishes. Next thing I know, Jack is standing next to me saying "Mommy, that was really fun laying with you watching tv. We haven't done that in a long time." And I thought for about 2 seconds, turned from the sink, and went back to the couch and spent the next hour laughing at a kid in a rooster mascot suit with my favorite 6-year-old. It was awesome!

So...What's the word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2010?

Need a little help? Ali has posted a list of all the words people shared with her in 2009 here.
Leslie said...

HEATHER!!! That is AMAZING!!!!!! Holy mackerel, that was an ambitious project and it turned out beautifully. Did she LOVE it!?!

My word, as I mentioned on Tracie's blog today, is LISTEN. I'd been struggling to come up with a word -- one word to sum up everything I hope to achieve this year . . . and suddenly it came to me this morning. I need to listen. Gotta blog that one myself . . .

Mike said...

Very nice Heather! You girls have an amazing connection. Leslie shares just enough to let me know you guys are really genuine and fun. Strong bonds like that are extremely rare and valuable these days. Have a another great year with your pals!

Amy Schaal said...

Another amazing project completed by you Heather. I am always amazed by your creativeness, thoughtfulness, and general awesomeness. You are really unbelievable Heather. Another breathtaking project complete.

tracie @ tsj photography said...

heather, this is so, so awesome. brought tears to my eyes reading this and seeing it ... can't wait to hang it on my wall!!

and i love the one word goal. i'm not much on resolutions either ...

given my new years post ... i'm wondering if my word is "me" ? hmm ...

heather said...

Yeah, I might still be working on the blanket stitch border...allegedly! So Les she saw it for about 2 minutes and then i took it back to finish it (this was what i pulled my all-nighter on just so she could see it but still didn't finish).

And T...I like me! I think that is the perfect thing for you to focus on this year! Investing in you, growing, being...

Tiffany said...

So amazing Heather!!! I love it! You are quite the creative person! My word: PATIENCE. Does anyone have any extra hanging around that I could have? :)

Corinne said...

Holy Smokes this is fantastic! All your hard work definitely paid off - the words are so meaningful, the colors so harmonious, the stitching exquisite - beautifully done!

SewAmy said...

the calendar turned out fabulous.

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