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The paltry, blogging dribble coming from this cyber spot has been largely due to the paradox of blog.  I am awed and inspired by the many fantastic blogs out there – and it is bitter sweet – because those very blogs have also frozen me.  They are so lovely that i immediately feel inadequate and I hit a wall – a kind of “I cant-come-close-so-why-try” syndrome.  But then the gentle whisperings of the One who knows me most comes and reassures me and helps me to see myself the way He sees me and made me.  Today the whispering came in the form of this lovely quote from Nelson Mandela:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We were born to manifest the Glory of God that is within us….. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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Ok, so I have recovered from my malaise and am feeling joyful once again.  Sun is shining, weather is fine and I had a lovely school outing with my daughter Ruby to the local stream that runs by Paekakariki Queen Elizabeth park.  Children just thrive in murky, muddy, buggy environments don’t they?  Listening to their chatter and the bird song and feeling the sun on my neck – how can I stay gloomy?

One of the few crafty things I got accomplished this week was a painting on my African ShweShwe.  Its a silhoutte of a Fantail and I think it came out great

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Here are a few bits I am pulling together from the ShweShwe fabric

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while beavering away at my sewing machine, my husband came in carrying a big brown box -( one with stamps all over it) that make my heart go pitter patter.  It was a lovely parcel from my aunt Julia in South Africa – I had asked her to please send me some shweshwe fabric – a traditional african cloth. Well she did and then some – oh joy as I opened the box and breathed in the heady scent of printed cloth.  It was instant nostalgia to see it all and i was rather overcome with a longing for my homeland.  However, my brain was working overtime with all the ideas swimming in my head of what to do, what to do!  I was a day away from  a craft fair – and so not much time to use the cotton – but I still took the time to run over to my fellow crafter Helen and show it all to her – we drooled and exclaimed over the Simple Sewing  book that was also included and then it was back to work for me!

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