Welcome 2017!

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Jason and I took some time off to celebrate with family.  We also took some time to cement our plans for this year.  We have some very exciting things in the works and I hope to be able to announce some of them to you soon.  For now you must wait in suspense!

We have also started some new traditions that I am very excited about.

Our 2017 began with a ritual to let go of the past and create a better year.

We wrote down things that we want to let go of in 2017 and we talked about them in our family circle.  We then lit the pieces of paper in fire and burned them away. It felt invigorating and cleansing.

I have been toying with the idea of making some bowls specifically for paper burning.  I think this will become much more than a New Years tradition for me.  I tend to hold a lot of stress and I think that making this writing and burning ritual regular routine will be helpful….  Plus it’s fun. I probably shouldn’t say that about lighting things on fire, but we’re all friends here. Right?

Another new tradition for us is a gratitude jar.

Each day we are writing down something that we are grateful for, or some happy moment in our day.  At the end of the year we will open it up and read them out to reflect on the past year.  We are currently using a gnome cookie jar but I think I want to make a closed jar specifically for this purpose.

Last, but not least: New Years Resolutions.

I kind of hate calling it that because if feels like it is doomed to fail. Let’s call it a goal.  I like the word goal better. Jason and I are working on switching to a vegetarian lifestyle.  There are a few reasons, one of them being the health issues I have been having for the past 2 years. I am very excited about this and for the past week have been actively searching out recipes and watching videos.  I am sure you will see some of my favorites pop up on Thu-torials here soon.

Do you hear that? … It’s bagpipes.

Renaissance Festival is almost here! Squeeee!!!! This is my Christmas guys. I’m on cloud 9. We have begun kicking out product and are in the process of refinishing our cart.  Every time I think about I want to go a jig. In the meantime we will still be at 6th Street Market every Sunday in Tempe up until February.

Next week we will resume our normal Maker’s Monday posts, continuing our series on applying for juried festivals!

Until then, tell us your New Years resolutions in the comments below!!

Welcome 2017
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