Since I claimed in the last post that I didn’t have much to say because I was busy being creative, I thought I’d give you a taste of what its like around here.
Okay, this first picture is representative of why I have a clutter problem. I get stuff like this and I just can’t quite decide to give it away. This little guy barely escaped the last thrift store bag and ended up on the sewing table. He is cute though, isn’t he? He’s one of those stuffed animals they sell at museums or zoos–when you squeeze him, he makes ‘authentic’ baby eagle noises. For now he is safe in his temporary home on the sewing table.
Here’s another bird that lives on the sewing table. This one barely escaped the JAWS OF NOAH. Her little feather headress is a little worse for the wear, and her tail is almost nonexistent.
Ahhh. Some of my favorite essentials. My box of little two inch squares, and recently used spools of thread. Oh THAT’S where that bowl went…
THE STASH!!! Its in a relatively neat stage right now. It gets pretty messy when I’m pulling fabrics for various ideas. I’m pretty good at straightening it up periodically. This cabinet has a pretty interesting history. My grandfather used it to train German Roller canaries. Supposedly you would put the young males in the dark and let them listen to a trained singing male so they would learn how to sing? I found this blog entry–guess it’s true, and not just a family legend!
The rug is progressing nicely. I work on it every evening while I watch “TV” on my computer–not sure if Hulu.com is a good thing or a bad thing!
I found a whole range of greens to use for the ‘grass’ around the sheep.
Here’s the double wedding ring idea I mentioned the other day. I am pretty excited about the possibilities for this. I mean, I’ve been sewing little squares raw-edge on top of fabric for quite a while now, but I’ve never used them in such an organized fashion. Its fast and its fun, and the possibilities seem endless. I decided to make this quilt small, as a prototype. I want to wash it several times to see how it holds up to regular use. I’m not particularly worried about it, but I know that’s the first question other people will ask me.
Here’s a close-up of how the squares are zigzagged on, and then the sewing lines are the actual quilting.
More squares and strips. I’m adding one more row to this quilt, so am madly sewing together little squares again this morning.
I had the seed of an idea for this piece when I was on vacation. Just the idea of making a mosaic using odd sized pieces of fabric fit together with white between each piece. Then I decided to make it a cross, and to add some of the motifs from the fabric in the mosaic. My original plan was to do a lot of the handstitching on it. You can see where I started that at the base of the cross.
A baby quilt I made for a very good friend.
I’ve also been organizing my quilts for sale. I sold one of my small quilts to my supervisor(!) and another manager asked if I had others for sale, which forced me to organize myself. Next step–Etsy!
And a bit of creating going on in the kitchen! Made my own salsa–one giant tomato, slice of onion, one-third of a red bell pepper, some cilantro, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper–whee! It sure is easier to make in the food processor than when I used to chop it all by hand!
Found some extra thin corn tortillas the other day–80 calories for two. Yummy cheese quesadilla.
I also made several batches of yogurt–some to share with my neighbor who is keeping me supplied with fresh veggies this summer. I saved the whey because I am going to try making my own ricotta cheese! It might not work, as this is whey leftover from yogurt making and not cheese making. And tomorrow I am going to try making some pesto for the first time.
So that’s how the days go by–very quickly, I might add. Hoping you are all having a great week. Try adding in a bit of handwork to your day. There is something so very soothing about taking one stitch at a time and seeing something grow, and knowing that you are doing something that people have done all across the world and down through the centuries. As I always like to say to people who say they do not have time–Ghandi found the time to SPIN the cotton and weave it into the cloth to make his own garments, and he changed the course of a nation! Surely you can carve out a bit of time in your busy day!