Here we are. A new year, a new beginning. I've been away from my blog far too long; I found myperfect job, worked hard at it for many years, then quit my perfect job. It's been a year since I left,a year full of ups and downs, highs and lows. Life changes in the blink of an eye, ya know? Now I need to remember how to work this blog thing and hope that it brings me as much satisfaction as it once did. I think it will. I'm ready. I'm ready.
I've been away from this blog for a very long time. It appears I have wrapped myself in my work, to the point of having lost a part of myself; the creative me. It's only been in the last few days that I've felt the need to create something; so last night I baked a bad batch of Snicker Doodles. Cookies. But it's a start! My sewing room has been converted to a guest bedroom, having purged my overstock of sewing goods. Putting away my sewing wasn't an end; it was a re-birth of my creative spark. My canvas is clean and I am about to embark on a new sewing project, and I cannot wait! The trick is to find my balance between work and home; I have a cute rag doll project I'm itching to make. And a pillow-keeper. So many things on my list!
From here on out, I will create for me. Not what I think others might like, but what I like. And I will take my time. Because time is fleeting and I may as well enjoy my little projects.
And you? What are you working on? Have you found your happy spot in your life?
This blog has truly been my second best friend (my husband is my first!) and for the longest time, I was able to find things to write about, to share. It seems that as my world expanded through work, my creative time and mind just vanished. The words stopped flowing, my imagination dried up. My creativity is severely limited now, with all the other things that take up my time. I don't sew anymore (or rarely do), I take no photos, even the dog is largely ignored. There was a time when I couldn't wait to sit at the computer and write silliness on my blog...I really miss those days!
That all being said, I am considering shifting this blog to more contemplative thoughts...less photos, fewer creations, but more words. Perhaps my observations on everyday happenings in my life, the people who cross my daily path. I do meet a lot of interesting people throughout my day, people I would never come in contact with if I were sitting at home.
I am hoping my regular readers will stick with me. I'll still post photos of my projects, but those will be few and far-between. It is my hope that you'll still seek me out and read about my unbelievable days. Believe me, my job is very colorful!
Thanks for reading... I am hoping this change will take the pressure off and I will begin to write again. I do love writing...and if I can make you laugh along the way, that's a plus!
AND, this blog is due for a little housekeeping. Dust off some cobwebs, rearrange the sidebar and perhaps group my favorites in a more meaningful manner.
In the meantime, have a great week and check back soon.
This is the high school our son attended...it's quite beautiful!
Popcorn! I love popcorn! I really want a popcorn machine like this one, only a little smaller...hello, Santa?
Rain, rain....every. Single. Day!
But when the sky is clear, there's no prettier shade of blue in the world!
I miss the vibrant colors of Autumn, the woods of my hometown. The crisp, cool air and the crunching of leaves under my feet. One day, I'll head back North and burrow under handmade quilts in front of the fireplace.
For now, I'll find contentment in the blue skies of Florida, along with the blanket of humidity!
My part-time job turned into a full-time plus job. It was totally unexpected and unplanned. My boss had decided to retire and I was asked to step in as her replacement...it was a very busy time, with new responsibilities. As Director of a Crisis Pregnancy Center, there is a lot of emotional "stuff" that comes with the job.
Working six days a week for two and-a-half months became pretty grueling and I'd come home at the end of each work day and flop on the couch. I was dog-tired.
"Dog-tired" means never having to do anything other than what is absolutely required to maintain existence.
Which brings me to the whole point of this post...the parts of my life that took a hit were (a) my sewing and (b) the cleaning of any room that company wasn't privy to: my bedroom and SEWING ROOM.
This is a disturbing scene, so look away if you have a weak constitution:
That is my junk pile sewing table. "Hi, Bob Marley, how you doin', Mohn?" That's my Jamaiccan accent.
There's lots of stuff on this table. What you're looking at is the right-side of the table. The left-side is too horrific to look at.
Counter/Desk Work Area
And here is my desk. You'll never believe this, but this is after a tidy-up. I didn't finish, is it obvious?
Look, the walls are pink. PINK! What in the world was I thinking? I'll tell you what I was thinking...I was thinking I'd turn my sewing room into a cool-looking studio like the one I saw on HGTV 10 years ago. I didn't get results anywhere near that beautiful studio. Now I'm stuck with Pepto Bismol walls!
See the arrow? It's pointing to the little felt doll Ive been working on. I didn't do anything more with little dolly...she really needs some hair! There's a Winnie the Pooh wallet, some bells, a pattern made from freezer paper, all kinds of miscellany.
I was thinking that I should just craft my way out of the mess. Rather than buy anything new, just make goodies out of the supplies I already have. Perhaps I could start a "Purge Along" for crafty bloggers...hmmmm....
If I clean up, I could do some great sewing while cleaning AND make this:
Darn it, this pattern is out of stock. Which sent me into a tailspin, because I think this is one of the cutest aprons I've seen in a long, long time! So I did what any self-respecting Pinterest aficionado would do...I hunted for a tutorial and Pinned every last tutorial I came across that might help me recreate this little number. I then scoured the closet of my husband and son for a nice collared shirt...I didn't find a thing, not a one! Maddening! So tomorrow, I'll be hitting the thrift stores for a few cheap mens' shirts. Men. Why can't they hang onto old clothing like women do?
Anyhow, who needs a stinking pattern? I'm going to give this apron a try and you'll be the first to know if I'm successful at recreating this. But first, I'll finish organizing my sewing room.
Which means I'll have a finished product to show you 3.5 years.
I make dolls. There are no little girls in my life and yet, I make dolls. Once I see an adorable pattern, I can't stop thinking about the cuteness of the doll and how much fun it would be to make. When I was a little girl, my dolls were so important to me, I loved them so much! Perhaps this doll-making frenzy is a little trip back in time. Whatever the reason, this is a lot of fun!
Cutting out those tiny little eyes and then sewing them on her head was quite a challenge, not to mention the fact that I put her cheeks on the wrong spot and had to cut them out and reattach them. Poor girl. She looks so weird, but I do believe that once her hair is on, she'll be super cute. Her little dresses are cut out, all that's left to do is cut out the batting, sandwich the layers and sew her up.
There also happens to be a pattern for dollhouse carrier, which is adorable. I'm hoping that once the faces are complete, the rest of the dolls will sew up fast and I can spend a few days trying to decide if I want to buy the pattern for the house. Can one really have the dolls and outfits, but no house?
I know, it makes no sense and yet, it's a brilliant idea.
I wish I could have just ONE brilliant idea...
After a long run of absolutely no creative mojo, I ventured into my sewing room, opened the closet door and rummaged through some beautiful fabric...
...which made me realize how much I've missed making things.
I have three dolls cut out and tonight, added their mouths and cheeks...TWICE! I didn't like the placement of the rosy little cheeks, so I cut the threads and moved the cheeks, resewing them in the proper spot.
I don't quite understand why these projects take me so long, but I'm going to embrace this fact and cut myself some slack. I ALWAYS angst over the amount of time a project takes.
Once round #2 of the same project comes around, I pretty much cut the time by half. And then I really, really enjoy the sewing process.
You do realize Suzy's birthday is coming up and Christmas is just around the corner?
Suzy's gift is just about finished...
And before you and I know it, we'll be sewing up a storm for the incredibly fun holidays that are just a few short months away.
This is the first doll I made. She's been with me through thick and thin. She's been in existence for all of six months. A lot has happened in these past six months! Dolly is a veteran...she sits and watches me from the sewing table, my dresser and now, she's perched in the old family rocking chair. In fact, Dolly is watching me write this post. She wants me to tell you she doesn't particularly care for the barrette I put in her hair. She thinks it's bland and lacks pizazz. I agree with Dolly. I don't know what I was thinking, but it's there for good and maybe someday I'll add a rhinestone to it. Sit up, Dolly! You're leaning to the left and we're all right leaners around here!
In other news, I found some awesome stuff onPinterest. I'm heading over there now, to lust over a piece of word art that I really want for my office. If I didn't know better, Pinterest could be on the list of the 7 Deadliest Sins...boy, am I in trouble!
Life has been busy, lately. I started this little ol' blog of mine as a creative outlet. It wasn't enough to just make things, I also had a need to say things. To write. Writing and drawing have always been my first loves, sewing my third. Over the years, as our son grew, I found I had a little extra time to create...and that included my beloved blog. Now I'm working full time-plus and it seems that over the last several months, my creative spark sputtered. This weekend I felt the faintest of creative juices churning and I found myself working on a modest manageable project. Lucky for me, my car decided to drive me to Cinnamon's Quilt Shop (naughty vehicle!) after work last week and I bought a little stash of fabric. A layer cake, to be exact. I had found a tutorial for a table runner on Sew4Home, which looked easy enough. So off to cutting and piecing and sewing I went. And it felt really good to be creating! I whipped up a table runner for my girlfriend's birthday. The project isn't finished...I need to make a sandwich, quilt and bind it. But still. It's a start and I'm two months ahead of schedule. I'm feeling pretty good about it. The fabric in the photo is Vintage Modern, by Camille. It's quite lovely, especially the floral pattern.
I guess you could say that it feels good to be back. I need to change the blog header and update my page, but I reckon that will come in time. I'm looking forward to the cooler weather and the holidays. What about you?
My, I've had a lazy weekend. So many things to do, to clean, to throw away.
Knowing all this, I chose to spend my Sunday afternoon on the couch, in my pj's and taking a short nap.
I should have been working in my sewing room, straightening it up, dusting, sorting through the miscellaneous supplies that are sitting out on the counter.
I didn't do it.
Christmas is almost here and I haven't started a gosh-darn thing! There are tons of projects posted on my Pinterest boards, but it's impossible to sew when there are piles of LAUNDRY on the cutting table, waiting to be ironed!
I'd like to thank my mother for my need to iron every piece of clothing that is seen on the outside of one's body! Thanks, Mom!
I say all this to tell you...
One day soon, you will see more sewing stuff on this here blog. The way it was supposed to be. Creativity was the inspiration for my blog and I've done NO-THING creatively in the past 6 months.
That is going to change, my friends.
Soon...there will be photos of pretty fabrics on this page.
The title of this post probably doesn't make a whole lotta sense, but I'm sticking with it for now. Perhaps I'll come back and change it later...I'll have to think about it for a while...
That blog banner up there needs changing, too. It's just that I don't feel like booting up the desktop that hosts my Photoshop....too much work, not to mention that I'd have to wade through the spools of thread and scissors littering the desk...
Which reminds me, I need to clean that black hole I call my sewing room...once I get a day off of work. Sundays don't count because that's the Lord's Day and I'm pretty certain He doesn't want me wasting His day cleaning a mess. He'd rather have me out at the pool, soaking up the sun, splashing in the water and capping it off with a nice cold beverage-of-my-choice. Not that I presume to know what God is thinking, but that's how almost all my Sundays go and so far, it's working for me...
I promised to do a little computer "stuff" for a friend, who needs some information entered before tomorrow. I'll do that once I finish this. If I remember....
And that has me wondering why all the photos I now post on my blog are too big to fit the space and I end up going with a smaller photo. Which is irritating me and I know I need to figure out the problem, but don't want to spend the time investigating. Because America's Got Talent is on and it needs my full attention! The photo-problem will just have to wait....
Oh! I ordered this book and it came in the mail last week. I took the butter out of the fridge to bring to room temp (about 4 different times!), but never got around to making the dough....maybe I'll go set some butter on the countertop again and once it's half-melted, put it back in the refrigerator and try to find the time to make it another day...
There are two quilt-tops sitting in my closet, waiting to be quilted. My plan is to take them to be quilted, rather than doing it myself. So far, they haven't gotten up and walked out of the closet and into my car. I wonder what they're waiting for.......?!
I do believe the towels that are currently spinning in the dryer might be ready to come out. Like the quilt tops, they're just laying there, waiting for me to do something with them.....