One of the greatest gifts in life is friendship. Like any other relationship, it's not always smooth and inevitably some situation will come along to test the commitment. There may be pain and loss just as there is laughter and shared fun but the friendships that make it through are strong and steadfast, helpful in the ups and downs of life, precious.
Caroline and I have been friends for thirty-six years. For most of those she has lived 1,200 miles north of me and we've maintained our friendship through calls, cards, emails, and visits.
We've made a point of going on a sewing holiday together each year. Next month, she's meeting me in Portland for the weekend when I'm on my way back from the Design Outside The Lines workshop. We're planning to spend one day shopping downtown and one day shopping for fabric although I still need to do some research into what to see and how to get there.
One of Caroline's loves is buttons. I received an email a few weeks ago that the button shop had been sold and was moving to the southern United States. Luckily, Caroline was in town on the first of May and we were able to take a trip to the shop in Vernon about an hour and a quarter away and buy a "few" buttons before it was packed up and moved. Where Caroline lives there is even less selection than here in Kamloops so it was a real treat for her and since Sunday was her birthday, my gift was buttons. AND...
... of course I got a few for myself too. The colors aren't showing on my monitor as well as I'd like. The fuchsia one earlier is more purple, the woven one above is more charcoal, the first square is a lighter grey, and the purple square below is much brighter and - LOL - apparently upside down. I didn't notice that until I sized the picture. Either way, they're fun.
While I wasn't able to go to the button shop very often, it was wonderful to have this resource nearby. The shop had over a million and a half buttons in all shapes, sizes, and colors in metal and glass and plastic and leather and wood and... Many of us are going to miss it.
I bought another of this black with silver glass beads buttons that I used on a purse recently. It was too beautiful and worked so well that I needed another one.
These past few weeks of no sewing have been the longest period without that I can remember. I still haven't finished the floral knit dress. Mostly, I've been sleeping in, napping, and moving slow. I scratched my right eye with the mascara brush and needed to keep it closed to help with healing and at the same time the stress of the mess of the rest of my life has been catching up with me. My energy levels need boosting.
I did clean the studio this weekend and have everything arranged to start sewing again only I'm having trouble getting started so I may need to push things a little since I'm leaving for the workshop at the end of the month and still don't have the challenge project finished or most of the new clothes I wanted to sew to take along... which I really need... or I could quite possibly be n-k-d ! ! ! Perhaps a deadline will help - VBG.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - naps