“I cannot count my day complete till needle, thread and fabric meet”. Author Unknown

December of each year is a time for me when I look back at all events that happened during that year. I go through the pictures I took, and all emotions are coming back. Unfortunately, we did not travel much in 2020 due to pandemics and spent most of our time at home. Our only joy was going to meet a realtor at a house we thought we would have bought. Yes, we sold our home that we lived in for last 7 years and were looking for a new home. It was time when we decided we needed 180 degrees turn, a new start. Since June we have made 5 offers for different houses all around Washington state and none of them went through for whatever reason. At some point we have changed our minds, at some point there were other circumstances. To make the story short, we finally bought a house in November 2020, that we felt will be the home. The house that we have never visited or seen alive. More than that, this house is in Iowa state, the state we have never visited before, and we are moving there at the beginning of January. Sounds crazy?

December is a time for me when I look back at what I achieved during that year and start making resolutions for a coming year. I always loved doing it. I have piles of organizers where step by step there are written plans for each month, week and even some days. Have I ever followed them? Well, the answer is NO, but it helped me to organize my thoughts and ideas somehow.

2021 will be absolutely different for me. No resolutions, no plans. I gave up on all my resolutions that always were mostly the same each year: lose weight, to be more outside hiking/biking/kayaking, finishing this and that.

This coming year there are only intentions. The list of my intentions for 2021, probably, is not as long as yours, but it includes a lot of stitching. The motto of 2021 year is “No Day Goes Without a Stitch”! Well, I am lying, I would like to leave a weekend for my family. Due to moving to the other state, all my studio, all my stitching supplies are boxed, limiting me in what I love to do most – stitching. Mentally I am already in my new studio, unpacking threads, silk gauze and stitching, sitting comfortably in a cozy chair, time after time looking outside of the window and enjoying the look of my future garden!

Another intention for 2021 is to keep this blog updated regularly. I felt a need to have one. Last 4 years were exceedingly difficult for my family and me. Saying Goodbye to my Son in January 2017, my Dad in March 2019 and my Mom in November 2020 changed me and the way I look at life and death. I spent 4 years in complete abyss, fighting depression, experiencing lack of motivation and interest in everything, trying to find out who I am now and a purpose of being, but I am slowly climbing out, at least I have such intention. I felt a need to open a new blog and be connected to the world this way sharing my knowledge of what I still love to do in this life. I know I’ll never be the same, but I hope you’ll like to see what I am working on, to hear about my new designs and classes. I also hope you’ll share your thoughts and your work with me through the comments.    

Happy New 2021 Year! Be this year creative and inspiring for you all!

Happy stitching!

Natalia Frank

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