When I told Howard about my day yesterday, he said it sounds like you got a lot done and maybe I did, it's just that my before you leave on your trip list is a mile long and I don't seem to be making it fully through any of the today's to do lists. Which means I feel quite behind. I've started prioritizing but what has to be done first due to deadlines.
On Saturday afternoon, I'm hosting a baby shower for my daughter. The food is organized, the décor has been decided on, and since I hate shower games, we're not doing that. I've counted chairs and there are enough for those who have RSVP'd and we'll figure it out if more show up. After that, I expect my grandson to provide the entertainment.
Part of my gift wasn't ready. It needed sewing together as in the knitting kind of sewing together which takes hours as opposed to minutes. And buttons. Nineteen in total including my coat. My daughter reads my blog so I'll show the full pictures next week. Love red buttons on grey. The pop of colour is always fun.
This one is a combination of teal alpaca yarn with a variegated wool/nylon blend sock yarn. I had barely enough of the sock yarn but I did get to the end and that's all that counts. The buttons have a copper-ish tortoiseshell look.
My coat has fuchsia buttons the exact colour of the lining. Now that I've realized I dislike clutter on my body, one of my goals is to bring the lines and punch of my textile art pieces into my clothing. Actually, that's always been a goal but now I'm seeing how to do that more clearly. I'm drawn to simple lines which means there's no place to hide. It's going to be fun to interpret that in creative wearables.
Before the shower, I'd like to hang up the painting I received for my birthday as well as two others that have been sitting and waiting. I think they'd look great in a grouping on the wall in my studio near the work island. I've photographed four configurations. Which do you prefer best? There's a poll at the side so you can vote. The poll is over when I have time to hammer. Above is one...
... and this is two....
... and this is three
... and this is four.
The woman who painted the café scene is coming to the baby shower and when I phoned to tell her how much I liked the painting and that it was going in the studio, she said she'd like to see that when she was over. That's a good kind of pressure. Normally, when I move, I'm completely unpacked and settled within a week. This time, it's been over a year and I still haven't hung up pictures. I want to do these three and a few others before the shower. VBG - apparently I need more company (pressure).
There's a posting writing itself in my mind about transitions that I really want to share with you only I don't have the time to put it together right now. I'm excited that my work seems to finally be coming together and moving in a desirable and me direction and I'm thrilled that after a really Really REALLY long time in the "valley" it appears that I'm - finally - climbing a hill again.
YES YES YES ! ! ! !
All I can say is that I have tremendous empathy for those of you dealing with grief in any format and I am MUCH better equipped to deal with it the next time it comes around in my life but what a learning curve - LOL.
This is going to sound like a broken record but I still need to sew on the snaps under the buttons, attach the sleeve hems, and put in the shoulder pads. I'm hoping to get to that today but there's a few other things in line first including wrapping shower presents, juggling and stretching the paycheque, and celebrating. It's our anniversary - 32 years. When people confuse which comes first - my birthday or our anniversary - I tell them that we got married on the first Saturday after I was legally old enough. That does the trick. I want to shorten the lace dress from a few weeks ago to wear to dinner. After trying it on several times, I think it needs to be about 2" shorter. And I need to shower and look all pretty. And...
... clean the house for tomorrow when our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson arrive. Unfortunately my son-in-law has to go home on Monday but ... happy news... and one of the reasons why I'm trying to be super organized... my daughter and grandson are staying an extra week and leaving the same morning that I am. My list of priorities looks something like prep for shower (a small phrase for a lot of work) clean house, groceries, pick up toiletries and stuff for trip, make design board, define projects to work on, start putting aside packing, check for missing supplies, and... and... and... Either way, 5:30 a.m. on Saturday the 15th, I'm getting in the car and going. It'll all work out.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - the guest room and shower gifts are ready