The garden at “Lynnwood” continues to come along, little green leaf by little green leaf, and I continue to take fashion photos from The Fashion Stump. 😉 I just I wish I had more time to play outside. I am usually focused on work, it seems, and there is little time left for play. A feeling of being unbalanced lately has made me look at priorities. I hope to make more time for the garden.
Jason and I refer to his wooded yard as “Lynnwood” (no shock there!) as we turn it into a maze of magical walkways and gardens through the pines.
I have been busy putting items in my Etsy shop! Original paintings are going in. Hats and clothes and what-nots are going in. Altered couture. This and that. There will be more and more items as I get everything from Sidetracked transitioned to a new home. I am really looking forward to this. There is a delightful workshop space being created. It will house all of the beautiful things from Sidetracked. I cannot wait to be able to share photos!
This is nothing fancy. In fact, it is made simply from sewing thick fabric scraps together, with random piecing and random stitches. The goal was for the rug to be as close to square as possible. It has been a great bedside rug in the apartment. It adds color and it will go into the washing machine. The edge was turned under once or twice and hemmed. I am pretty haphazard. Enjoy this day!
Friday night I had an undeniable urge to pull out the sewing machine and make something. I had not really done any sewing in awhile, due to moving things around between the shop and Jason’s and the apartment. Seems I have stuff everywhere! In addition, I dealt with my taxes this past week, and let’s just say that dealing with a house sale, especially since I got stuck with paying the taxes on the gain (my ex did not have to pay taxes on his part since he could claim the house as a primary residence), I ended up really, really needing a positive outlet for my energy. We won’t even talk about how someone ignored upkeep on a property, and that led to lots of equity loss.
Two things I have learned from previous choices and mistakes. 1) Givers have to set boundaries, because takers don’t have any. 2) I am done with people who promise things but then forget what they said once a commitment is in place. True character is just that: truthful.
So I put on my happy face and said I was thankful for what I DID get from that old house. Four beautiful, wonderful children who have memories of playing together in that sweet yard. Lots of life experience. At least some financial gain from the sale! There’s more, but let’s get back to the sewing machine.
I pulled out my stash of fabric. I had forgotten just how many treasures I’d tucked away while the sewing machine was put up and out of sight! With dozens of pieces of lace and a few deconstructed garments, I ended up with a very sweet dress. One of my friends said it was “Victorian with a modern twist.” Another friend said, “It is so YOU!” A visitor to the shop asked if I would teach classes on deconstructing and reconstructing clothes. I guess you could say I am pleased with the outcome.
As I plan on closing the shop for good, I look ahead to having private studio space. A dream world, if you will. My Etsy shop will grow and evolve as more elaborate pieces are added to vintage images and small collected items. The thought of having workshops in a private studio is very enticing!
That is all for now. Stay tuned for garden photos!
Even as I write, there is serious CAT CLOWN HOUR going on in the apartment. Vlad and Lucy are galloping like lions on the plains, pawing at each other and scratching the carpet and the furniture. Yes. Owning cats is not for the faint of heart!
In other news, I love to goof off with a canvas and acrylic paints. I love the way this looks after taking a picture and adding a fun filter.
And who does not need to make a habit of smiling and being happy? I originally thought to put this gorilla(?) in the shop, but then I decided that he needed to ride around with me. He always makes me smile. Especially when I stop at a light and he is still swinging. Any ideas what his name should be?
I am so glad it is Friday! There is a cold wind blowing here today, but hopefully it will calm down and warm up over the weekend. Dinner out this evening. Hanging out in the shop tomorrow. Then Sunday, the day of rest and worship. I am thankful for every day.
I love fabrics, fabric scraps, bits of paper and ephemera. Oh dear! Hanging in the apartment is a beautiful wall hanging I put together from newer and vintage fabric scraps. I love looking at it. I thought I would share the view.
I have continued to look at houses. I checked out an ADORABLE little cottage-style house this past Thursday. The yard would be perfect. Each little room in the 75-year-old house was perfect. I am being patient. I have to. It may not work out, as these things take time, but it encourages my heart to know that such houses are out there, just waiting for me. I can see it now, filled with vintage treasures, twinkly lights, my coffee pot, and me.