You might be wondering where I’ve been. Well, in addition to traveling a lot last month, I have been dusting off my needles and surfing lots of craft sites. It must be autumn because I’ve come down with the crafting bug.
The cross stitch bookmark above represents the first cross-stitching I’ve done in decades, since I was in Calvinettes as a grade schooler (sort of like a Christian Reformed Girl Scout). I decided that I like cross stitching and embroidery because it’s something I can take on the road with me and work on while DH watches TV at night.
For a brief moment in time I thought I’d pick up crocheting or knitting, but that was a fleeting thought. Being left handed is not an advantage when trying to learn.
And then, of course, there are my sewing machine and serger sitting down in the basement. I got it into my head that the reason I haven’t been sewing is because the machines are way in the damp dark basement and not upstairs where the light and the rest of civilization is. So most recently I’ve been sidetracked into figuring out how to turn the living room upstairs that we recently turned into a dining room into a combination craft/dining room.
One of my best friends recently asked me if I ever keep at one of my hobbies long enough to master it. I said no, but that really isn’t the point.
There’s something relaxing about being creative; about picking up the needle and feeling the fabric. Imagining what could be. I think that’s why I have such a fabric stash–some of the fabric is so pretty that I can’t bear to cut into it. It has so much potential. I have a nice piece that I’ve had for two years now that would make either a gorgeous dress or skirt and top or wrap skirt. I just can’t commit!
Luckily I have a few months of light travel ahead, so I should be able to get back into the kitchen and actually complete some of these crafts that I’ve been dreaming of.
Pinterest has become my new addiction. If you’re interested in seeing what I’m pinning,
and, if you have any favorite sites for fast craft ideas, let me know!