2014 the year of fragile

2013 is almost over and I have spent most of December in reflection.  Slowing down, opening to the winter season, going inward and contemplating many things.  2013 was a beautiful, crazy, explorative, enriching and exhausting year.


I did my first ever art show, twice, at the Vintage Bazaar



I went to Create in Chicago and had fun with the StencilGirl ladies….MaryBeth, Maria, Carolyn and Janet



and did some Dick Tracy impersonating with Carolyn Dube.

I taught at my first national venue Lucky Star Art Camp, and met some of the hippest and nicest women on the planet, oh yeah, on the planet.  They don’t come more genuine than this group…(thank you Lisa Hamlyn Field)



I re-unioned with my sister cousins this year and painted out all kinds of good energy and had those always astounding revelations that I ONLY GET with this group of women that I love.


and a few more whose photos aren’t here.

I spent 6 months on the StencilGirl  design team. (I’ll still be there once in a while, just not always), making fab projects. (Thank you Mary Beth and Maria)


I spent a romantic trip in Austin with the Superhero and re-charged and re-freshed and got a bit sassy with some cowboy duds and some flying pigs with new friend K-Ro.


I decided to change my lifestyle and follow the Grain Brain menu and get off gluten and am working on getting off sugar- mostly – too.  I want to be healthier everyday.

Brought this little girl into our lives.


Oh, and running our business 5 days a week….that’s the crazier, busier(no really crazier)me.

And in December, the universe brought me some experiences that opened up the idea of how fragile we all really are.  I am tough, always have been, and 98% cheery, always have been, but this is the first year that I really felt that I was missing something, not giving myself permission to be, well, FRAGILE.  To open to the idea that I no longer HAD to be tough, had to be always cheery, the good sport, and the one everyone looks to in a pinch. So moving foward…

2014 will be my year of exploring my own fragility, letting the heart flutter a bit, not taking on that next big project, but softening and listening to the whispers of the wind through the trees and the voices in my dreams that echo down those long hallways of memory. The year of reading more poetry and writing some of my own, they year of spending more time wallowing in whatever I want to languish in. More walks in the woods with our doggies, more time on making whatever speaks to me and more time with my sweet Superhero. More time doing – nothing – and  maybe more nothing.  Not feeling guilty about it either.

FRAGILE will be my word for 2014.

I have decided to pursue a year long art project around the idea of FRAGILE and I will be hand stitching an art quilt that will reveal itself to me as the year goes on. To begin I made this 4 foot by 6 foot inspiration board in my studio…

IMG_1258Some of what is here, and probably at least part of what is here will make it into my quilt, some might not, but it’s a good start and my first act moving into 2014. I will share it’s progress periodically here.

Happy 2014 everyone.  I hope your dreams bring you where you want to be. Thanks for reading and commenting and just being here.  I am fuller always because of you.  Blessings and peace as we move into this new year.



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30 Responses to “2014 the year of fragile”

  1. Judy Shea December 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I’m so happy to be the first to comment, my friend. What a year for you. How fantastic to look back and reflect then look forward to what you want from the next year. “Fragile” is perfect. we all our and we don’t know it. Allow yourself everything you heart wants or needs.. period. Happy New Year.

  2. Marilyn J. Rock December 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    What a beautiful and heartfelt post Corrine! 2013 certainly was a year of accomplishments, for you, artistically and personally. I hope 2014 offers you peace within to guide you to where and what you want to do. Nothing is good! I’m getting better at it without the guilt. 🙂

    I’ve also discovered, while I love creating art, I also enjoy other aspects of life. I treated myself to a new treadmill and have been enjoying getting to know it 🙂 I love to walk, outside, but lately the weather isn’t very cooperative to walk the way I walk. I’m enjoying music more while walking on the treadmill – new doors always open.

    I wish you and yours a healthy and happy new year and look forward to more of you in the coming year!

    Love, Marilyn xo

  3. Janet December 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Oh such a wonderful year! I didn’t know you are not a regular on the future SGDT. I will miss you! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your inspiration board. This really interests me. I look forward to seeing what comes of it! And August will be wonderful my friend. Oh What the future holds! Happy New Year.

  4. deb December 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    What a year you’ve had. I like your word – fragile. Not a word most people would choose i think. But i think realizing that you don’t always have to be the strong one is a valuable life lesson. I look forward to sharing 2014 with you Corrine! Big Hugs! deb

  5. Snap December 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Good for you … REALLY taking time for yourself. I think one of the hardest things to do is to say NO … to try to NOT be the rock. I had a light bulb go off recently … about being an empath … and that I’ve always been an empath and that got me into loads of trouble (especially when I was a young child) … feeling what someone else wanted me to do rather than thinking things through and doing what I knew to be true. Whoa! Meanwhile, I still get up in the morning and see what the day brings. YeeHaw!


  6. Marcia December 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    That inspiration board is so cool. Wow!

  7. Maria McGuire December 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    I love you Corrine! What a beautiful post and beautiful photos. I cannot wait to see your art quilt emerge along with beautiful YOU! Happy New Year!

  8. Becca December 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Just beautiful Corrine! Oh how I wish I could have attended that vintage bazaar where you had your show…it looks so wonderfully creative! Sending you blessings and best wishes for 2014!

  9. Pamela December 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Lovely post, Corrine. You did have quite a year. I was surprised about your word “fragile” but now it makes sense. Take good care. Give yourself some breathing room. Happy 2014! XXoo

  10. Jo Murray December 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Fragile sounds good Corrine. Good luck with that. I could do with a little less rushing and more smelling the roses myself. Happy New Year!

  11. Kim Andersen December 31, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Fragile is a good thing to embrace. She has been my companion this year. She came knocking at the door and if I didn’t invite her in for tea, Fragile would have come in anyhow. It sounds like a good start to a New Year …..

  12. Bleubeard and Elizabeth December 31, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    I really LOVE your retrospective post. Although “fragile” is not a word most would pick, it seems to fit your new thought process. And of course, I love that board and look forward to the quilt as it progresses.

    I used to try to do it all, too. Now I know I can’t. It took nearly two years to learn that, but it was the perfect lesson for me to learn to slow down and do things for ME, not someone else. I’m sure, with your new, more fragile outlook, it won’t take you that long to find yourself and love even more what you do!

    Happy, happy new year, dear friend.

  13. Nina Lise@Mrs Moen December 31, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    Can’t wait to see your quilt unfold, I always thought there was a quilter in you! Wishing you an exciting journey through Fragile!

  14. Dawn December 31, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Amazing post sweetie, so thoughtful and as thought provoking as ever. I totally get where you are (I think??!!), as after years of being strong because I thought that was what people were expecting I hit a crisis point, too much pressure, only problem I have now after letting it go is that I go through periods of mild depression, stress and anxiety – not much fun but could also be much much worse lol. Happy New Year my lovely and I think your word is brilliant, very much an acceptance of self and of the human condition in general – YOU ROCK CORRINE and I can’t wait to enjoy 2014 with you.
    Huge hugs x x x x

  15. lyle baxter December 31, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    great post!love your inspiration board! and the idea of an art quilt seems very interesting~!I will be anxious to see what you do there! things sure have changed since squam – all for the good for you!

  16. Julie Mackinder December 31, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Happy New Year Corrine. You have a wonderful plan to go forward with and I’m looking forward to being there with you courtesy of the interweb. 🙂 xx

  17. audrey December 31, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Wow, Corrine, you touched on a lot of things that fit me to a tee. I have always been the family “rock” who holds everything together ~ not sure I can change that, or even want to change it. But, it does take a toll on one’s own “life”. After reading this post, I think I need to reflect on what is truly important to ME, and get busy doing some living. That clock is ticking faster and faster each year.
    Thank you for your inspirational words. “Fragile” is an excellent word for the year. I wish you well in all that you plan to accomplish. I’m pretty sure you’ll reach your goals.
    Love and wishes for a 2014 filled with joy, good health, and magic.
    audrey xxoo

  18. Jessica Sporn December 31, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Beautiful, heartfelt post — just like you. I send a big internet hug to you and your honesty. We all need to embrace our softness, vulnerability, and even sometimes our sadness. This was just what I needed to read today. Love love

  19. jill eudaly December 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    I can’t wait to see the opening your endeavor to explore a part of your heart will bring. I think you are being brave to go to such a place. Cheers, to a brave New Year!

  20. Sue December 31, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    That is some mood board. Wishing you and your family a great 2014,
    Sue x

  21. valerie-Jael December 31, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Sounds like you had a good year, and hope 2014 will also be full of promise for you! Hugs, Valerie

  22. Kat January 1, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Dear Corrine I finally make it here to wish you a wonderful New Year ! I love your chosen word for the year, how wonderful to let go of the pressure and just enjoy being and all the simple things that bring such joy! I wish you well dear friend , Happy New Year!!

  23. Kay Wallace January 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    I am so glad that I am reading this post today, New Year’s Day 2014! It is a day of new beginnings. A day for throwing out the old and beginning the new. A day for recognizing that, while strength is important, fragility is to also be embraced. When I think of Corrine, I think of strength, assuredness, and even power. When I think of Corrine, I think of direction, honesty, straightforwardness. When I think of Corrine, I think of diligence, fortitude, and even resilience. Today, when I think of Corrine, I think fragility. When we think of our Super Heros (the feminine ones), we don’t think of fragility. But, today, you have stopped me short in my tracks. I have shortchanged you, my friend. Your are, indeed, a fragile soul…worthy of kindness and respect, deserving of recognition for your softer side, meriting applause for your femininity. You rock, but softy so. Mwah!

  24. Dorthe January 2, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    Corrine, you had a great year, filled with so many different experiences, but all of them fantastic. I think such a year can lead us to think a bit deaper ,to feel that it may not alwayes be like taht, and therefore meet our fragile part of ourself!! I also think it comes with age ( for me ,lol ) letting go of all we have believed we should “look like ” and allowe us to be ourself ,and be happy with that !! I know I`m very fragile, too, and am not afraid of being that,- and I think you will be only stronger realizing your fragility dear friend.
    Hugs and HAPPY NEW YEAR from Dorthe

  25. giggles January 4, 2014 at 4:16 am #

    What a beautiful heartfelt post! Your booth was fabulous and love the photos with Carolyn and the map of your heart is gorgeous! Perfect word for self care! Wishing you the ability to set boundaries to set you free to do all the wonderful things you are dreaming of! Stay clear of energy vampires so you can nurse your fragile parts! Much happiness to you!

    Hugs Giggles

  26. Brenda January 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Nice blog – love your bright bold colors and creative spirit!

  27. Marjie Kemper January 5, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    I’m so glad you have these plans for your new year… you accomplished so much last year and definitely need to listen to those whispers and do what pleases you. Love the giant board = I’m so looking forward to seeing your quilt at the end of the year. Happy New Year, Corrine.

  28. Kristen January 8, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I like fragile. and I like you. Thanks for the tag. You are so beautiful inside and out. I have to wear shades. Very impired by your board, I’m going to get that done too. Just as soon as I get my office decluttered, or at least a dance floor moved in. Whichever comes first. See you in 2014!!!!!

  29. Karen January 10, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    what a beautiful reflection the year behind and the year ahead. Fragile things are to be held tenderly and cherished.

  30. NancyLee January 11, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    I’m a little behind on reading blogs. Computer was worked on
    but still not sure about it.
    So here I am playing catch-up…
    This is beautiful. I bet you are a good friend to your
    gal pals. What a tender heart you have.
    LOVE the inspiration board & all the colors on it.
    LOVE the pics of your year.

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