Well, it is safe to say that I have been very absent from my little blog here, and I have few other excuses than the usual "wow, the holidays really crept up on me!" or "I have been sooo busy with work/class/art, etc." But anyway, yes here I am again with something a little different than last time, but still similar in material. I have been creating these sort of "mini" pieces of fiber art out of the same canvas-like fabric that I purchased a while ago to use on my "Pocketful" series. I have been thinking a lot lately about memories and the way they affect us, even though they may have taken place long ago. The past year has given me many opportunties to think about who I am, what I want, and what past events have shaped me into the person I feel that I am right now. My range of emotions this year has included sadness, relief, confusion, joy, jealousy, and everything in between, good and bad. All of these things are what led me to believe that memories and emotions, specific times and places, should be treated as little keepsakes that we can carry around in order to remind us of how far we have come and how much more we still have to learn. These miniature pieces of work that I have been creating have come to be the tactile and visual representations of such memories and feelings. They are not created in order to be "released into the world" and "moved past" by me, but rather to be kept, held onto, and perhaps even appreciated by someone else someday, if I am lucky.