I just officially opened my “shop” on Etsy.com — look for me as WomanoftheClothShop there. WARNING: Please notice the “shop” at the end of the title; there is another “womanofthecloth” on Etsy — and she is NOT a stolemaker!
I have listed 14 of my stoles in various colors and fabrics. Take a look and let me know what you think!
I’m going to have a booth at the UCC General Synod (our national gathering) in late June, and have started making stoles. Here are 32 cut out and ready to be sewn!
On this day of manhunts in Boston, explosions in Texas, snowstorms in the Midwest, and personal dilemmas among my friends, I have been thinking about “Keeping It in Perspective.”
My Facebook News Feed is full of people minimizing their own challenges and problems as being trivial in comparison with the big events of the past few days. That sounds healthy, but I think it overlooks the genuine tension we all experience between the reality of our personal distress and the reality of the “big picture.” Our problems may be small in comparison to world events, but they are real problems all the same, and they call upon our gifts, energies, and persistence.
Sure, some small local events seem to consume way more time and attention than they deserve; so do some large national/global events. Somehow we need to stay attentive and respectful of both our own situation and the world situation. To love our neighbors and ourselves — not instead of ourselves.