Wednesday, September 28, 2016
As I am sure I have mentioned before, I am not much of a sewer, but I like the activity, it calms me (until I screw up) and I like making things. I made a flimsy quilt top from a jelly roll that I didn't much like in the first place and decided to turn it into a throw, figuring that it would give me some practice and that I could donate it somewhere when it didn't turn out. It started out as one of those marathon jelly quilts and then, when I hated it, I cut it up into squares and sewed it again. I finished it yesterday. I don't know how to quilt, but I made the requisite 'sandwich' with a flannel faux-batting layer in between the top and a minky backing. Then I sewed, not straight but straight-ish lines, back and forth, until it was pretty much covered. I machine sewed a binding -- badly -- and I called it done. It honestly turned out better than I had any reason to expect, although it would not dare to call itself a quilt. It is a cozy throw, to be used by someone who doesn't know any better.
And I have been cooking this week for my kids, which has also been fun. When my guy is in town we pretty much get lost in just being together, and I treasure (and miss) that, but I love time with my family, too, and I haven't been doing a lot of cooking for them this year so it was long overdue. Although I don't cook as often as I should, I do go to the Littles' swim lessons most every week -- this week my grandson went off the high diving board for the first time, which amazes me, since I have never had the nerve to even jump in off the edge of the pool. Thank goodness the Littles aren't major sissies like their grandma!
Kim's Etsy shop; Kim is currently taking a bloggy break at Snug Harbor Bay, but she has been a bloggy friend for quite some time, and she is still active in her creative work on Etsy. Kim made me a bracelet with a current favorite phrase of mine, "be the pig;" a reminder to myself to be a giver in my relationships, not the "chicken" in a bacon and egg breakfast who is able to give just a little and walk away. It makes me laugh, but it is a nice reminder to myself that I need to be aware of my own part in making things work. Kim makes custom bracelets of all kinds, and I wear my "pig" bracelet, as well as one with my amateur radio call sign, ALL time time! :) It's fun to be able to have (and give) something that is both reasonably priced AND truly personal, so I really appreciate that she does custom work!
Lots of Search and Rescue training and service activities coming up this weekend, including the annual Zombie Run -- hopefully I'll get a chance to enjoy the local ghouls while I'm helping out! Nothing says October like a zombie apocalypse. Hope you are all having fun!