I certainly am.
Where did the summer go?
Last week was busy with a trip to Miami and then Tallahassee.
I wanted to share my visit to the wonderful Anthropologie Store in Naples but still haven't taken pictures of the tea towels and coffee mugs and drawer pulls I purchased there.
I promise I will tell you all about it soon.
I am still reading the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Mysteries/Love Stories.
I'm on book 7.
9 more to go.
I read at night and on down time but these books have sunk their roots deep into the core of me and I am lost.
I wish they were on tape because then I could listen and hopefully work at the same time.
I can't hardly put them down.
I started cleaning up my sewing room after finishing the 6th book yesterday.
I moved tables around and changed out a 6 ft table for another 4 ft table.
I put the sewing machine on it's own smaller table. I switched the cutting table over to another side of the room.
I am trying to make it work.
Make it into a more productive space.
I took all the "paper" stuff and put it in the guest room, which is once again too quiet.
The bears are all lined up on the bed pillows looking like they own the joint and the 6ft table I stuck in there is overflowing with stamps and papers and inks and stuff I need to organize. I think I am going to put the stamps in the dresser drawers and go through all the papers.
That is after I finish a doll quilt and some apron/smocks.
I am so thrilled with my newest doll quilts from Tami and Shelba.
I rearranged the doll quilt walls after moving furniture and have only a small amount of room left on the one wall- I thought maybe a bunting would be good there- in that smallish space above everything else!
Add that to the list!
It feels good to take a break and rejuvenate but I miss having cloth in my fingers.
Then again, I have been so tired lately that I haven't had the energy to think about sewing or making anything.
Do you get like that?
I feel like a cymbal monkey that was clanging and dancing furiously and then just as suddenly wound down to a mid clanking halt.
I have plenty of ideas - that's never my problem.
Lately it's just making the time to execute them.
I feel like I need to get back to work with all seriousness and make lists and fill orders and get busy stock piling some finished product for the shows I will be participating in this winter.
I also felt like I couldn't work in my sewing room because it was all too messy!
It is a sanctuary when it's cleaned up and I try, I really do try to clean as I go, but somehow the fabric gets everywhere and the glitter gets spilled and the pack of new rotary blades gets hidden underneath stacks of freezer paper stencils and ink jet images printed on fabric and I can't find the strength to begin sorting through it all!
So, back to school...back to work...back to creating new things to give comfort and joy...my next post is going to share a cool project I did using Bad Bird's Mermaid pattern.
I also wanted to let you know about her new Hand Stitched Art Challenge.
I just signed up and encourage you to look it over and read all about it here.
I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Labor Day and let you know it finally stopped raining here and the sun is shining again.
I feel for the people having to deal with Gustav right now but it seems to be a weaker storm than they anticipated so that is better than having to deal with a big storm like Katrina.
I can't imagine the heart break of finding your home and belongs flooded and ruined with water damage. We have been through leaking roofs and water in the walls and big blowers drying the house out for 9 days while we crowded in with all the furniture and everything we owned shoved into one side of the house.
It was awful.
But it could have been worse.
I guess it always can be.
So, my prayers go out to those families suffering and I try not to feel guilty as I look around my wonderful little house filled with whimsical and happy treasures and know that we are Blessed.
Love & Stitches,