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.
The new year is just days old, but already I feel the routines of this fresh start taking shape. It’s a good feeling, full of optimism for the things which lay ahead. New opportunities to collaborate, new skills to learn, new friends to make–I’m looking forward to it all.Whatever resolutions you have made for this year, whatever dreams you are nurturing, don’t forget to make room for the new things, the unexpected blessings. Sometimes those are the very best part.
Believe it or not, I have tried to sit down to write a post no fewer than five times in the last three days. Each time something urgent pops up and I get pulled away. Tonight, I resolved to stick it out and actually put some words down. Even though I get a bit stressed by insane deadlines and the seemingly endless calls for miracles, I do love this stuff. It’s the stuff of fairy tales after all. Well, a certain type of fairy tale anyway.A very industry specific fairy tale, I grant you. But I am cognizant of the fact many people out there would kill to be in my shoes. And I’m very grateful I have the opportunities to work with such amazing fabrics and talented people.
I do a lot of different kinds of work during these hectic periods twice a year. It isn’t just the wide variety of things I’m asked to make. It’s also the pattern writing for projects I whip out of the air, swirling as they do in that creative ether of my mind. Even before projects begin, there are concepts to present and yardages to figure. It’s a bit of a crazy mess, to be honest.
A fun, crazy mess. In October when I get to Quilt Market and see it all in its place, it will be a good feeling, knowing that I had a hand in sharing other people’s creative vision with a wide audience. But for now, it’s going to take a lot of high octane coffee to get me through.
I’m so thankful that you are still out there, waiting patiently for me to return to some semblance of “normal”. I appreciate each of you.