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!
Enjoy this day!