My order of Sew Sassy thread (by Superior Threads) arrived this week. Of the amber, green and black in my order, I decided on the amber for my AMH EPP project. It will set off the rich colors of Anna Maria’s prints perfectly.This is 12 wt. thread which requires a larger needle and tension adjustments. I haven’t started in on that yet but perhaps on the weekend. Another decision I made lately…order the color and swatch guides from Spoonflower. I have been entertaining some ideas involving Spoonflower for a ridiculously long time. However, I never got around to the follow-through on those ideas. Step One in that long list of follow-through is having the guides in hand so the lengthy decision making process can truly begin. Who knows how long it will take to get to Step Two, but at least I have one less reason to procrastinate.But by far, the hardest decision I’ve been making lately is this–choosing to be still. It’s a hard one. I’m driven by many things, not the least of which is the never-ending stacks of fabric I want to make into projects before I lose my “free time” and Market sample sewing gets started in earnest. However, I know from experience I should take time out voluntarily. Time just to marvel at Nature’s beauty. Time to soak up inspiration. Time to be silent and receptive. If I refuse, I’m likely to find myself sidelined by illness or a migraine or something equally unpleasant. My body knows better than my mind on this point. So I made the decision to go easy on myself this week. Stinka makes sure I take at least one of my cups of coffee outside where we can sit in the sunshine. We listen to the birds–mockingbirds, phoebes, robins, sparrows, crows, hawks. We watch the butterflies flit through the yard. We notice all the blooms and blossoms in their striking colors. It’s a gift–this experience of Nature in my own backyard. I’d be a fool not to take the time to enjoy it to the fullest.
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