This is what I love about entering into a new year. Even at 70, or maybe because I am 70, I feel that turning the proverbial page and seeing that there is another year to enjoy makes me feel renewed. I am past the point of making resolutions, and I have promised myself never to use the word “diet” again, but it does occur to me that the coming twelve months will be like opening a new box of crayons. So I am going to “re-establish” a few things in my life, if I can find the courage, keep the ideas straight in my mind, and persist.




Number one is reconnecting with people I love. I have allowed myself to isolate a little too much in the past years, and I want to change that and resurrect myself, as it were.

I also want to practice being passionate. I am fortunate to have several gifts and talents that I love to use, but this year I want to savor and take delight in the possibilities. I want my crocheting, writing, building, gardening, and jewelry-making to take on a new glow, a fresh aspect, as if I were learning to do these things for the first time.

And, above all else, I am not going to be fearful. I’m talking about that free-floating anxiety that has no basis in reality, but which feels as true as being bitten by a snake. I’m throwing that emotion away, erasing it from my persona, kicking it into the an imaginary junk yard somewhere in another galaxy. That emotion has not served me well and will no longer be my “go-to” state.

I also want to give more. Not in a sanctimonious way, but because it makes me feel so dang good myself. It seems to me, if I could do one good thing every day for someone who needs that one good thing, my days would be enormously happier than if I did not do that one small, seemingly trivial thing.

To those who blog, those who read our blogs, and to everyone who reads this page:

Here’s to a Happy and Prosperous 2017!



Here We Go!

I have written lots of blogs for other people, but this is the first blog I have written for myself. The Muses’ Emporium is going to include ideas, suggestions, crafts, making, designing, and plenty of other fun stuff. In fact, if we’re not having fun, we’re not going to do it!

Please let me know what you think about our projects and ideas, and please send me anything you think is worth sharing. If you have tried any of the schemes we talk about, please feel free to share your words and pictures.

Remember seeing this window idea on Pinterest a few years ago?

Remember how exciting it was to finally find a place to store all those ideas, favorite things, fashion suggestions, and much, much more in one organized place. If you’re anything like me, finding Pinterest was like Christmas, birthday, and winning the Miss America Pageant all wrapped-up in one riveting package.

So the window idea was one of my first tries, since I had a few old windows laying around. I used Goop, colored gems, old broken glass, and then I grouted the whole pane after the glued pieces dried. They turned out just the way I wanted and are currently hanging in my bedroom, except for the third one. It recently found a home in my son’s new house in New Mexico. Still got some windows and still have the urge to make a few more. I’ll post ’em when I finish.