Heart Woven Cloth

Summerizing Roving and Recreating

How could Labor Day be nearly upon us? Holy Moly! I don’t know where summer went.

“Isn’t it hot?” Others asked. To me it was glorious. Being back in Baltimore, warm and fuzzy memories of my childhood summers spent in heat and humidity were rekindled.

Many Saturdays mornings I spent learning a new craft thanks to the Northern Baltimore County Art Foundation – they sponsor workshops at the Hereford Library. Until this summer, roving to me meant roaming.  Since I put my creative hand to work making needle-felted hearts, I’ve learned the term also applies to a fiber art.  Over the past few months I’ve painted rocks and practiced tapestry weaving. Early in the summer I learned a little calligraphy and about the art of book binding. All fun and personally fulfilling creative activity!

The past months were a return to many of the ways my twin and I spent recreating in our teen years. And when we weren’t sewing, babysitting or crafting paper flowers and selling them, we spent hours poolside. I did a little of that too in between the deluge of floods that swept through the area breaking all precipitation records, making it the wettest summer in history.

Aaahh well, what are you gonna do? As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Into each life some rain must fall.” If I learned anything this summer, I learned how valuable it is when you are feeling bogged down, to take a breather and enjoy some rest and relaxation, so you don’t get swept away by the storms.

Now I am fully ready to see what the coming months have in store. Bring it on because I know from experience I even rise after a fall.

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