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New Celtic Series

Hear, Hold, Love, EnfoldClick to see the finished cross-stitch

See Michelle's notes on designing the colours for the New Celtic series

I've been thinking a lot about home lately. What makes a good home? Why do we look forward to coming home? Why is making a home so important to us? I've been musing on this for no special reason. We're not looking for a new place to live. We're not moving any time soon.

Like so many of us, I'm crazy about the home improvement shows on TV. I'm inspired, too, by the beautiful looks created in home and decorating magazines. Still, I've been wondering more about what makes a house a HOME, and about the kind of home I want to create for our sons as they grow up. I want to make a home they love returning to, a place where they feel safe, the kind of home they will aspire to create with THEIR families one day. That's a nice thought.

A little while back I was looking through a book on quilts made deep in the American south, the quilts of Gee's Bend. Most of the quilt makers were living in the harshest poverty -- literally living in log cabins and making log cabin quilts. Looking at these photos of Depression-era farm workers as they stood in front of their dusty shacks, I wondered what I had in common with them. And then I realized that they looked just as proud as I do when I stand in front of our home.

So ... what is home? I think it's a place where we gather, connect with one another and let down our troubles. It's a place where we can laugh, tell stories, be with our favourite people, enjoy some good food and a good night's rest. Yes.


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