Saturday, May 18, 2013

Marked Absent

I've missed far too many days of blogging roll call.  I don't know how other crafters/bloggers who work full-time manage their time but I've obviously missed that lesson plan!  Part of the issue is my feet and ankles. Since I started my new job doing both more walking and more static sitting, my feet and ankles have been very swollen and painful.  I'm supposed to elevate them (which isn't possible at work) and have begun wearing compression socks, but the recovery is dragging.  That means I avoid my computer and my sewing machine in the evenings, for the most part, and I miss both!  Some stitching time on the bus is still happening, though.

I found this piece of chartreuse yellow linen in the remnant bin at JoAnn's and snapped it up to make a small pillow for DD Elaine's house.  She and Chris have used this color in their living room to good effect, but their side chair needed something.  I have one more row of "ribbon" to backstitch with dark brown floss.  The batik for the backing I picked up in Phoenix when my sister-in-law Laura took my mom and me to a nice shop called Quiltz.  She found lots of wonderful Asian prints to inspire a return to quilting.  I'll do a simple envelope style for the pillow form I already purchased.

A knock on the door from our neighbor with some misdirected mail brought an eagerly awaited package--I won a copy of this issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects from Lynne Hagemeier of Kansas Troubles Quilts, with her lovely quilt project called Friendship Garden (with Pam Buda--who did a wool version).  Lynne is very generous with frequent giveaways on her blog and has recently opened a brick and mortar shop in Bennington, Kansas called KT Quilt Shop.  Sales and service of Berninas, an emporium, and also retreat space.  Sounds wonderful!  Someday I'll go on a retreat, I hope. 

Tomorrow we're hosting our annual Mother's Day brunch, which got bumped back a week due to Erica's graduation. Right, now I'm off to conquer a long list of to-do's, which includes sewing time this weekend for sure--I'm having withdrawals!

12 comments:

Quilt Hollow said...

Sounds like you need to find a hand stitching project and pop those puppies up! ....and get iPad to surf and play in your lap. Lol. HINT TO YOUR FAMILY.

Vivian said...

There's a problem when we type "quilting" and "transcription" and "putting feet up" in the same paragraph. Great plans, but those 3 things just don't play well together. Hopefully you'll find some "put the feet up" time this weekend.
That color is so unique. Looks like you have a special project started.

Patrica said...

So sorry you haven't been feeling well but remember that blogging is supposed to be a hobby not a job so no apologies necessary. I forgot to congratulate you on your new graduate - totally awesome and be sure to tell your husband we congratulate him as well for getting on that plane. My middle son is afraid to fly so I understand it's a BIG deal.

Mary said...

I hope you're better quickly, and I agree with Patricia. No apologies necessary.

Quilter Kathy said...

It's really tough juggling all the demands when working full time for sure. Some weeks are better than others.
Hope your legs heal quick and get used to the new life.

Janet O. said...

That does not sound fun at all, Annie! I hope you can get it resolved and be able to enjoy your computer/sewing machine time again.
Lucky you to win that magazine--and your pillow looks like it will be very nice. : )

Shay said...

Cool cushion cover and a wonderful giveaway too.

I think juggling fulltime work and all the other things we try to cram into a week is really hard. I tend to balance my life on a knife edge most of the time.

Hope you can find a solution for those ankles and tootsies of yours!

McIrish Annie said...

It isn't easy balancing stupid work and awesum play! Glad you are doing some stitching. hope the swelling is under control soon!

Candace said...

Oh Annie - what a bummer! I hope it resolves itself soon! I adore this issue of Primitive Quilts and have a project picked out from it! Met the creators at Market - they are SO nice!
Cheers!

Dawn said...

SO sorry to read about the swelling. Take the time to enjoy the magazine and relax - feet up!
Be sure to make lots of time for YOU.

Tanya said...

I hope you can keep your feet up on the weekends. Embroidery is good! How about some old fashioned hand piecing too!

Kate said...

Sorry to hear that you've been having problems with your ankles, hopefully that is much better now.

As far as work/blog/sewing balance, I've decided it's not possible to successfully balance all three some times (as is evidenced by the fact that I'm so far behind in reading your posts).