Thursday, October 29, 2009

Life...

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I started married life when I was 22, I had my Daughter Sarah when I was 24 and before I was 26 my son Brian was gently placed into my arms... This year my children both approached mild-stone birthdays Sarah is now 18 and Brian just turned 16 a few weeks ago.
Life has a magnificent way of unfolding. New adventures it seams are always ahead of us.

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Now as my two are heading down the path to early adult hood with so much ahead of them I find myself embarked on my path to my middle age hood. strangely its almost as if our paths have crossed as in some ways we have a lot of the same choices to make....
for as I sit and write this I ask myself: just what do I want to be when I grow up?

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some times we need a plan to help us obtain our goals, how ever most often the road we take in life has a way of unfolding and leading us down a lane we did not attend to take.
I never set out to write a book but some how I now have two books to my credit...

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(one of the projects from the book)

my newest one: Layered tattered and stitched. is now in my hands...
I find myself gazing at it much like a mother looks at her new born child.
(How did I get to this point in my life? is a question that still baffles me at times!
I have been blessed in so many ways)

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A few weeks ago I traveled to the International quilt show in Houston Texas to Launch my new book and share it along with my creative process with the attendees.

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I had a great time talking with everyone and it was an opportunity for me to reconnect with old and new friends along with my artwork that I have not seen for about a year.
(strange how much one can grow and change in a year!)

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Here I am getting my step outs ready to share with a group of shop owners projects from my book.

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(these pages will turn into a book soon!)

Once I was done with the work aspect of my trip I took a stroll along the showroom floor in a attempt of collecting ideas as to the direction I want to take my self over the next few years.
dreaming up what my next few steps will be.
Its important for me to always set large and small goals and once one of these goals are meet I am already looking to set the next....

"I want to live the width of my life, not merely the length of it"

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The last few years have been so packed full for me as I am still guiding my children however I have a new found freedom as they began to stretch there wings. I have found a way to balance my family life with books and magazine writing, creating art and traveling around the country to teach, but somehow along they way I have not had much free times to myself. However the time has came for me to partake on a major goal:
November 2009 to January 2010 has been declared by me as "FREE zone"

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I will take off some much needed time to reconnect with my family and home as I take some time to nest.
I will spend time reorganizing my studio and working out all the ideas that have been collecting in my head I will dream and plant the seeds of my tomorrows.

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It really does take time to be become who you are really supposed to be.
I truly love the direction my life has taken.
I look forward to sharing new things with you soon!
But for now
I hope you will pick up a copy of the just released layered tattered and stitched.
(autographed copy's with a small piece of art made by me, for sale here)
an take your own journey as I share with you my passion for fabric art!

and don't forget to follow your hART!

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Close the Language-Door

There is some kiss we want
with our whole lives,
the touch of Spirit on the body.

Seawater begs the pearl
to break its shell.

And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild Darling!

At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.

Close the language-door,
and open the love-window

The moon won't use the door,
only the window.

~Rumi


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17 comments:

Pat Winter said...

Beautiful children with a beautiful mother. It is so true about finding yourself at the same spot in life as your children as they grow. I found the very same thing as my son graduated college and is discovering who he is as I discover who I have become. It is amazing to discover one day that you have come into your own without a plan and just took the journey as life led you. I couldn't be in a better place doing what I love and having the wonderful family and friends around me...who knew?
I love your new fiber book...fabulous!I will have to get your newest book on my next venture out.
Smiles and sunshine,
Pat

mairedodd said...

beautiful rumi quote... i have a daughter ready to graduate high school and am feeling the same way... the last few years, as my kids would chatter about what they want to be when they grow up, i would be wondering the same thing... i think life presents many opportunities for rebirth and renewal, but each time (hopefully) we have learned a bit along the way and take ourselves a bit further than before... your book looks wonderful - congratulations...don't forget to give yourself credit for all of the inspirational work you have done so far...

Lisa said...

I am waiting for your gorgeous new book to arrive from Amazon...I was so glad to see it's finally available. I think life is a constant reassement of what we want to be when we grow up.. inspired by our growing children. I love the grey plaid skirt you are wearing in the photo..it's perfect and you look beautiful wearing it.

nina said...

what an honor it is to call you Friend. such a talented and beautiful and diverse woman you are...with gorgeous children, a loving family, incredible artwork, and now a book - a very different, beautiful book that i'm anxiously awaiting to see delivered to my door. sending you love - x

Julia said...

WOW This is georgeous!

knitsteel said...

Congratulations! You are inspiring. Your kids are beautiful.

Treet said...

I have been so inspired by the spirit of your creations! Enjoy the blessings of your beautiful family!

Treet

Kendra said...

I pre-ordered your new book on Amazon last week, decision made after judging it solely on the cover! And being a library addict, I very rarely buy books. Can't wait to receive it!

ewa-christine said...

Congratulations from Sweden and Ewa-Christine, you are so great/big/nice (you understand) and I look forward to have your book. Have a nice time.....

Jeanne said...

What a beautiful post! I've been long awaiting the release of your new book - I hope they have it at B&N today.
xo
jeanne

arlene said...

Congratulations on your book Ruth, and on your beautiful children. I applaud your decision to take time for you...must feed the fires so that passion has fuel!
I have your book on pre-order at Amazon. I can't wait to have it in my hands.
Blessings,
arlene

Jen Crossley said...

Congratualtions on your book Ruth what a honour for you.I wonder where the time goes with our children its amazing how fast they change

dosfishes said...

The new book is just wonderful.
I picked it up last night and have been reading and re-reading.
The projects charm and inspire me to think about ways to honor my friends
with project of my own.

Thank you for sharing your "hArt" talent with all of us.

Corrine

cookievf said...

YOU and your fabric art, took my breath away today! Best of luck with your new book and the ebb and flow of your beautiful family.

So many lovely things here ~ images and words I want to "chew on!"

thank you, dear ruth
- vicki, a new friend from CT xo

Sabii Wabii said...

Thank you for writing about how you experience life. I feel quite blessed by having read this. It is always wonderful how artists not only share the process of creating art but there process of creating life.
Terisa

chess said...

Time flies so fast. It’s like a blink of your two eyes then suddenly you realized that your children are not babies anymore. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience of yours. Have a nice day ahead.

calamity kim said...

I posted about my giveaway and want to thank you so much for your inspiration, kindness and generosity! Happy Thanks Giving.
xo, calamity kim