A few weeks ago on International Women's Day, our blanket producing partner, Basha, wrote this:
Eloquent words and a beautiful portrait of the opportunity for renewal & new beginnings each and every day. I am thankful to be involved in this good work!
Last weekend, dignify launched the “Rest Collection” of kantha blankets along with our anniversary celebration. But, I didn’t expound upon the meaning behind the name. “Rest”, as in, is the rest of the blankets I had? Ha ha… no.
The story of this name (isn’t there always a story? ;) isn’t a narrative, but it is an often-lived tale: the one of busyness. In our culture, busy is the banner over much of life, and never is it more so than at this time of year.
The holiday season is the busiest time for busy people,but isn't the season supposed to be about peace?
For me, running a business while also being a full time parent to young children was never going to be “restful” in a classical sense of the word. But is there not a deep, peaceful satisfaction of good work done well? Does fullness have to mean chaos? How, this holiday season, can I – amidst the busyness – live nonetheless in a sense of rest?
This summer, our family did not venture far from home for exotic, faraway holidays. With three little ones in tow (particularly one crawly baby), it sounded, well, like a hassle! Plus, summer is the only time in Alberta when it isn't winter (except when it is), so why not stay to enjoy it?!
What we did was rediscover the breathtaking beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Hiking, exploring, and, of course, ice cream-ing on the weekends was a highlight of our weeks. To finish off the fabulous summer of hiking, we tackled what turned out to be the Mt. Everest of our preschoolers' lives - a 500m ascent over 3km to "Larch Valley". I am no woman of the woods, so I had never before heard of these larch trees: deciduous needle trees which turn a golden yellow before losing their needles altogether in the early fall.
The beauty of the sight was thoroughly stunning and altogether inspiring! Like the intricacy of the beauty in creation, so I am also amazed by the craftsmanship of our kantha blankets. New throws are available now!