- KonMari * of the fabric and scraps has been exhausting and liberating. It is intense, this category-centric method of purging, but once each category (or sub-category!) is complete, it is a great weight lifted. The hard part is discovering how MUCH of one thing you actually own! (*The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo)
And it is a very messy process--I sorted and chose what sparked joy, and discarded a LOT. This photo is after I went through all the project boxes in the Hoosier and was going through folded fabric. All the bags under the sewing desk are going OUT. Multiple sub-categories of this hobby are yet to be worked through before any kind of "after" reveal.
- Of course I couldn't do this task alone. I was closely supervised by the Quilt Inspector, Mini, who spent most of her time trying to stuff herself into whatever box I just emptied..some of which were far too small for her 12 lb body! She likes these California Pizza Kitchen catering trays I brought home from an office luncheon a few years ago.
- Occasionally I still do cross-stitch, which I love. A finish in the embroidery department was delivered to DD Erica's recently.
It's a subversive saying, so I had to mark out that part of my photo! My addition to the pattern I purchased here on Etsy were the dead bees at the bottom. I struggled a bit with a clean finish on the back, mostly because my design wasn't exactly centered on my Aida cloth, so there was not much to work with at the top of the finished embroidery. Eventually I did get it gathered and secure.
I had bought a piece of inexpensive felt and traced and cut a circle to cover the back, which turned out as too big. So then I trimmed it and it was too small. Naturally this occurred late at night when there were no stores open. I rummaged around in my stash and found a roll of wool felt pieces just the right size. A more expensive backing but it gives a good finish!
- Traffic Rant: Again with the bicyclists! There is a new law that states all cars must stay at least three feet away when passing a bicyclist. That's fine, I wouldn't want to be closer, but the oblivious bicyclist who is riding three feet from the road's edge pushes drivers into oncoming traffic on a two lane road. Dangerous on the hilly streets around here.
- I've been at my current scribe job a year now, and full-time for the past four months. My doctor boss has been on a vacation cruise for 10 days and it has been wonderful to have this time off. Tomorrow it is back to work, but a short week. Gotta love that.