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New Year's Resolutions

December 30, 2013 10:26 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)
I hope everyone has made it through our long holiday season so far.  Mine has been a bit hectic with a wedding in early December in Maryland including a return trip that was a bit challenging due to snow.  That was followed by Sunday Lace the next week that was moved to Saturday to work around yet another snowstorm. 

The next week was NELG.  Given how close it was to Christmas, having six people attend, bring food, have a gift exchange, and actually stay for a while just to converse was really a pleasant break.  The commute home was interesting since I seemed to share the road with a ton of electric crews headed to Northern New England to be ready for the bad ice storm that even now has people waiting for the lights to return.  This may be the lot of life for linemen, but given the holidays, I suspect a number of them would have preferred to be at home with family and friends.

We are almost at the end of the holiday season with New Year's Day on Wednesday.  If you are someone who makes New Year's resolutions, here are some lace suggestions:
  1. If you have unfinished projects, pick out one to finish and do it.  It will free up some equipment and space as well as give a sense of accomplishment.
  2. Please remember that the Big E comes again next summer.  This is our biggest display of the year, and it won't happen without our members contributing.  All lace is welcome, and your contribution is important.  Getting the pieces planned early so they can be finished ahead of time will make it a lot easier.
  3. Volunteer for something.  NELG always has plenty of opportunities.  If you have something that would make a good program at a meeting, please let us know.  If you are planning on going to the retreat, we could use another co-chair for the silent auction.
  4. Pass your knowledge along to others.  You don't have to run a formal lace class to teach someone.  If you can help someone with their lace, you are passing along your knowledge.  Local lace meetings are great places for this to happen.
  5. Attend a demo.  This is one way that we spread the word that handmade lace still exists and is a great activity to learn.
I hope this list gives you some ideas. 

Wishing you the best for the New Year,


  • December 31, 2013 7:50 AM | Jill Hawkins
    Even though I am in the habit of making resolutions, I really should give up the idea since my resolve never lasts very long! However, Sharon's suggestions make for some good ideas. I will happily pledge to comply:

    1. I have already finished some projects and have others in the queue)
    2. I am working on something as we speak
    3. I have just volunteered to demo in mid January for a local group
    4. I will be teaching my sister in law to make Bucks Point
    5. See item 3

    Best wishes for 2014 to all NELG members from very mild and rainy England!

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