Tuesday, December 30, 2008

••• 2008 •••

As one year closes and another about to begin, I look back and I look forward.
Much like crossing the street, only in different directions!
The point of that is to monitor that you are carefully stepping out of the bonds of safety and into the unknown.....such is crossing over into a new year....this year seems to be an exception!

I gladly leave behind 2008 and move with enthusiasm into 2009. I do so all the while knowing I have done my utmost best to do my best. I cannot ask more of myself than that.
I have achieved some of my goals, exceeded others and grown personally, artistically and professionally. I have tried to give more than I got and be the best friend I could be to my dearest friends. I have met and made friends with people who enrich my life and let me see myself and my work through fresh eyes.
I have also lost dear people very close to me this past year. I miss them terribly but only because I know how deeply they shared and brought joy to me. It's all part of this circle which binds us and keeps us spinning on this beautiful planet we know as 'home'. I have been moved by the internal strength of friends who have endured great loss and hardship to come through the other side even stronger. Their force of will guides me and their determination focuses me. I am moved by their desire to not quit.

As I look towards the coming year, I know it will take everything in me to persevere in the economy we face. It's times like these I look back. Back to the stories shared by Aunts and Uncles and wrinkled Grandparents with smudged eyeglasses who faced difficult times. I loved hearing their stories about the Great Depression. As a child, their stories left me wondering why it was called 'Great'. I would look carefully at their time-worn faces and weathered hands to know they not only lived through such times, they lived to tell others about them! They survived!! This, to me, made them great!

They were my first heros!

Hero's long before what children today see as 'heros'. These folks scrimped and saved and I commit to memory their wisdom and dinner time stories. I feel respectful to learn from what they endured. Their survival became an art form I can repeat in some small way. Their strength a badge of honor.

So as we enter a new year, the winds of change blow through me and I find a chance to begin again.
These opportunities for great growth are both frightening and exhilarating....365 days from now I will let you know how it went!

To all my friends and blog readers, I wish you Tabula Rasa............'we begin again'.

The photo I share with you, this windy evening is that of my sweet soul-mate Jon........he is my love and my rock!
Together we will make the most of the year ahead!

Wishing peace,

Friday, December 26, 2008

Bless the 'beasts'........

From our home to yours......
Peace this holiday season!
May light fill your soul~
Love fill your heart~
and hope fill your tomorrows.
Patricia & Jon
Fripples, Milo, Oreo & soon to join us,
Baxter Hecker
Patricia & Jon

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Solstice Greetings!

This 52nd week of the year greets us with single digit temperatures and blowing wind. The winds of change I have spoken about before. Today is Winter Solstice! The sun is the farthest from the equator. This becomes a time for contemplation. A time to think and sit quietly. I've been blocking out the media of late and feel much better. So many things beyond my control and news that doesn't make me feel good.
For me this is a time to go within. Not that the date on a calendar gives me permission to do so. The deep cold of winter and the howling winds set the stage for change, both externally and internally.
A window for quiet.
I've blogged many times this year about change.
In the early part of the year, the change was the anticipation of the coming months and the election. With that behind us, the change now comes from the shift in presidential leadership and the hope he brings.
A stirring of events that will shape things in so many new ways.

Here on Purple Hill, we too are going through change. New ways to work and market to keep our livelihoods viable in an ever changing marketplace are top on our list.
Next week, our little Baxter is getting fixed and joining our tiger family here in the Purple House.
I am the mom of 4 furry sons! Who ever thought I'd be so woefully outnumbered!
It's change!
You can like it, love it, fail to embrace it, but one thing you cannot do is stop it.

"Changes are not permanent, but change is"

So on this windy sunny Solstice I give thanks.
Thanks for the sun that lights the day.
Thanks for the moon that lights the night.
And thanks for change that gives me hope.

Abundant Blessings~

Box featured is available on my etsy site:
Retro Nostalgia TattooDream Box

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Holiday Culinary Treat.....

Some things just say "holidays". I got an e-mail from Williams-Sonoma today. This being one of their annual tins of holiday goodness we so love. Not in the budget this year, but I'll enjoy the photo.
Trying to get in the holiday spirit this year and having difficulty doing so.
Too much reality tugging at me.
Too many "ifs".
To me the holidays are about feeling settled and at peace, things I don't feel this year.

I'm working on it.......I still have a few days..........
In the meantime.....I hope my readers are well and warm!
I appreciate you all!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

>MeOwy ChRiStMaS<

Meowy Christmas from the Hecker Elves...
Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Milo, Fripples, Oreo and Baxter Hecker

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Fun is in the Details!

Below I'm highlighting some of the fanciful feet that grace my TattooDream Boxes.

Add a little magic to your life, color your world or that of another.
Buy something handmade for the holidays!
It will be with you or the recipient far longer than something
from a big box store!
For a wide array of artful boxes, go see my TattooDreams on my etsy site.
Link is in the right hand column------->

G I F T A R T !!


Friday, December 5, 2008

BEAD Artists of the Week

Wow....my friend Cappi told me today that Jon and I were named Artists of the Week by The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District! How fun!

BEAD Artists o’ the Week: Pat & Jon Hecker. Their “Tattoo Dreams” line of boxes and holiday ornaments is available at the Holiday Art Mart at the John Waldron Arts Center through the end of December, this weekend at the 50th annual Unitarian Universalist Art Fair and on www.etsy.com.