In the over forty years that I've been sewing, these past five and a half months have been the longest period of time spent away from my studio and... thank God... literally... today is THE day when things begin to get back to some semblance of normal. Please don't expect great feats of amazingness. Although absence has made my heart grow fonder, it has also rusted my skills. I'm out of practice.
I'm starting with some Christmas gifts for my grandsons - a pillow and pillow case for the oldest and bunting bags for the youngest as well as some sheets for the nursery that just haven't gotten sewn yet. These are simple sews yet near to my heart. After that, Butterick 6138 and Vogue 9112 are cut out from the Design Outside the Lines retreat in May. Not a stitch has been taken on either project and the raincoat isn't finished yet either. Finishing works for me. As does routine only...
... it's just a month today since my fall down the stairs and while things are healing, it's going to take a while so I'm still (... or at least attempting to) pacing myself. It'll be good to be in the studio since I seem to find that edge of too much far too often. Last week, I exhausted myself trying to get everything done but luckily now all of the get rid of the smoke smell and organize things better renovating has been done. What's left is to get the suite ready to rent and to "make pretty" in my part of the house. The plan is to do that work in-between the studio work. YES YES!
Tomorrow, is my first coaching session with Diane since we left off in the spring. I'm really excited to be working together again. Coaching has been far more than I hoped for and has really helped me to move both my life and work forward. This fall, I want to dig deeper with making jewelry and get comfortable with those processes and I want to focus on piecing and adding details with creative clothing in a way that pushes me beyond what's currently safe. An interesting thing about my new community is that while it's smaller, it's also more artistic and rather than overdressed, here I am often under-dressed. I like that. There's lots of room to up my edge. YES YES!
While it's been a slow beginning, the move to Salmon Arm was one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. I've been welcomed and included and the community really suits me. I feel like I belong. Being a maker is not unusual here. May people are makers and there is a high degree of respect for both the maker and the made. Everywhere I go, I overhear interesting conversations that confirm I'm where I need to be. I'm so excited to see what develops now that I'm going to be back in the studio and feeling well enough to get out in the community more.
I can't guarantee a return to daily postings but two or three a week should be possible. It depends on how tiring it is to stand and sit for any length of time in the studio and on what I produce. Simple is not too exciting even if it is de-rusting my skills. We'll see. I plan to start with my morning hour and see how it goes.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - healing