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Monday motivation 

making some drawstring bags

I had such a fun time making these drawstring bags on Saturday that on Sunday I had to make a few more. These were so easy, took less than half an hour each to make, and I had all kinds of t-shirt yarn to make the strings, that I just couldn’t help myself! It was craziness I tell you it’s like another obsession.

Honestly, when I learn a new skill, I need to do it over and over again as soon as I learn it so that way I can remember what I did and can repeat it, successfully. I’m very much a visual and hands on learner, so getting my hands on material/paper/pencil/dirt/copper wire/yarn and doing the task over and over again ensures that I’ll remember what I just did.

That’s probably why I didn’t do so well in math in grade school, is because as soon as I got out of class, I would forget what I just learned and I didn’t have spare time right after class to go over what I did, so by the time I was home I was totally clueless, and my parents tried, but they weren’t any good at math either. It helps that I like sewing and being crafty, that makes doing this over and over again so much fun.

The other week I learned how to *properly* make a zippered pouch, so now this is going to be another obsession for next weekend. I’m just so happy, and grateful, that the library offers these classes. I’m such a library geek, but I don’t care. I’m flying my geek flag high and proud!

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Lazy Sunday

The weather has just been so beautiful the last few days, I can hardly believe it. The last “cool snap” before the heat of summer kicks in. I am ever so grateful for days like this, I can enjoy my back porch and being outside watching puppies play in the garden; and I can work in my garden without being so uncomfortable.

I still have tomatoes growing and some collard greens, so I think I’ll make a sweet potato and collard green dish for lunch. I also have dill growing! What I did this year with the garden is I threw a bunch of seeds in the dirt that we had leftover from a couple years ago (I know…) and they grew! And one of those seed packets we had was dill! So now I have dill and I need to find something to add it to. Besides my eggs in the morning and pickles, I have no idea what to use it with. It smells great though.

Still cleaning and purging and simplifying. It’s been great and I am getting used to it and enjoying it really. I’ve found, for me, that my biggest problem is the sentimental and emotional attachment that comes from certain objects. But as this article states, “…we are the embodiment of our experience.” So I don’t have to hold onto things because I will always have the memories and experience within me, that can never be taken away. So all my photos from high school, that I haven’t looked at in years, I can shred, because let’s face it, I’m not going to look at them again (anytime soon) and I will always have those memories with me, they aren’t going anywhere. Having less clutter not only frees up space, it frees up time too.

more time to watch puppies play in the yard and to work in my garden and to make more crafty, creative sewing/jewelry/knitting stuff. (I’m working on these happy sheep dishcloths next, SO excited!)

Whatever your weather, enjoy your day.

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Monday motivation 

I just love and appreciate the late afternoon sun I get in my sewing room. This bright, natural light is so helpful, and it hits right on my machine.  That alone makes me motivated. 

Yesterday I made a few key chain wristlets, I sewed on pockets and sewed together the side seams for some new handy every day bags, and cleaned out a drawer of my sewing supplies. 

It’s the little things, right? One thing at a time. 

All in all a good day. And it was so beautiful too. Today we have a high of 83F (yes, already)

What do you appreciate about your sewing room? Is there something there that motivates you?

Have a fun day.

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Monday motivation 

My serger works, new patterns, knitting, new bag material, nap time, learning new sewing skills….I’ve got all kinds of motivation going on!

If only Wolfie would stop lying on my material…

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Monday motivation 

I found these great pieces of material when I was out this weekend. I can find some of the best stuff at the thrift stores. Interesting, one of a kind or no longer made items that are so unique and fun,  and “Oh my gosh I can’t believe this is still around” kind of stuff. These are ready to be made into my every day handy bag. It’s such a simple pattern and I didn’t get around to making myself one, or one for my family members or in-laws, I made a bunch of them for my coworkers. (They were a big hit BTW).

Some rain here today, which is much needed, my grass and garden is happy now.

Have a happy day.

 

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What’s up Saturday 


Thinking about all these beautiful things today and how lucky I am to have them in my life.
All is well here, keeping very busy, and some personal life changes happening. It’s all good stuff though.
I hope you are well.

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Lazy Sunday 

It is a perfectly cold and rainy and crappy day here in the sunshine state (yes, really it is). We get these from time to time and I am not ashamed to say that I welcome them. 

What!? You say? A break from the sunshine and warmth? Yes, I say that. And I say that because there is a reason for a break in the weather, there is a reason that animals go into hibernation once a year: it’s to give themselves a break, have a little down time to rest. All this constant hurry-hurry-hurry-let’s-do-this gets tiring after awhile. 

Now, mind you, my dogs aren’t terribly happy about it today, but they will survive. I’ll take a sewing break later today and take them to the park. Hopefully it won’t be as cold around noon.

The kittens know enough to stay in when it’s raining, and during the day they are sleeping inside anyway. 

I’m making some progress on my Trash2Trends piece: 

Yesterday I added sleeves! 

I’m trying not to cut I to too many pieces as they are just so beautiful. This has been challenging to say the least. Next week is the show, so come he’ll or high water it will have to be finished. I used to get really stressed about this stuff, but I’ve learned to let it go. It will get done and everything will work out exactly as it is supposed to. No worries. 

Have a beautiful Sunday.

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Monday motivation 

Even through napping, I was still very productive yesterday. I finished the last gift bag, finished another bag that I’ve had cut out for years, and also this little clutch that goes with the bag. It was so easy and only took 3 pieces of material.

I don’t why – sometimes – it takes me so long to get things done. Do I just love the process so much I just don’t want it to end? Do I just like being busy, and the thought of having nothing to do – and being alone with my thoughts – scare me? (To be honest, it scares a lot of people, but that’s what counselors are for, and they do do a good job, if we just listen.)

I have found that having too many things to do, too many projects cut out on my table at the same time is overwhelming. I just don’t know what to do or where to start. SO much stuff clutters the mind. There have been scientific studies that show if people have too many choices, like more than 3, they just feel overwhelmed and don’t make a choice at all; or people feel stressed by so many choices that it’s a hindrance on their lives.

I get that way, really. If there are too many things going on at once, I often don’t know where to start. So I limit my choices. Now, sometimes that’s not possible, so I try to focus on just one thing. Start with just one thing, and forget about the rest, for now, and go from there. So, for example, I’ll start with finishing this bag and clutch that has been cut out for years. I won’t look at anything else on my table but that. I’ll finish that project, put it away, and then find something else that needs to be done. So starting with just one thing, and finishing that, helps me to focus and then move on to the other one thing that needs to be done, and before I know it, I’ve finished about 3 things (which I did yesterday, YAY!)

So finishing these projects was my motivation. Now I feel a sense of accomplishment and I can move on to the next one thing.

How about you?