What a heck of year it is has been. The terrorist attack in Norway that deeply affected me personally, the world economy that affects each and every one of us. In Armenia, domestic violence, environmental issues, deaths of young Armenians in the military and the usual discussions of corruption, nepotism and oligarchs and a visit by the Norwegian foreign minister. Hectic. In the middle of all this, I have kept myself positively busy with Homeland Handicrafts. It has been my savior, my life jacket in choppy seas.
Hours and hours in the car, thoughts to myself, getting out to the far reaches of Armenia. Coffee, lots of coffee, and those that know me best know that I love a chicken kebab in lavash, with ketchup and onion.
It is those individuals that I meet in those villages that keep me going. Good, warm, humorous, decent, hardworking people who only need a chance to show what they are capable of. Thanks to Mariam, Hasmik, Gohar, Robert, Nver, Ashot, Nune, Anahit, Seda, Tamara, David, Lilit, Knarik, Satik and all the others that I have been introduced to during the year.
So, let's see where 2012 takes us. Vartenis with applique work, Gyumri with beadwork, and maybe Talin with I'm not sure what.
Thanks for coming along, either as a producer, a customer, a donor, a cheerleader.
You all make it possible!
Happy New Year!