Posts Tagged ‘Craft’

Sewing it Up


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You might think that I’ve been wallowing in self pity; it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and lately that has meant that I’ve been wallowing. But not this time. It’s been a crazy busy couple of weeks: I’ve been madly working on finishing my sewing project, trying to get ahead on my work work, and there have been a number of events to attend like ball games, luncheons and state funerals (but for the record I stood outside with the other constituents, I didn’t sleep on the street to get one of the 800 seats available to the public, and I certainly was not invited to attend). Not the mention that Cadie goes crazy for this lovely warm, breezy weather, and I’ve spent a huge amount of time sitting in parks and hiking through trails.

So as you can see I have not been wallowing, in fact, quite the opposite, fall is definitely on its way and I can feel my spirits raising even more. Soon I’ll be baking, shopping and bundling up in fluffy sweaters. Plus, as an added benefit all the bugs and allergens will soon be dead. Hurray!

So, to celebrate the fact that fall will soon be here I am going to challenge myself. I’ve joined the People for Good: http://www.peopleforgood.ca/index.php#Manifesto. The first thing I have to do is commit to doing good deeds for people for the next 7 days.

I actually joined this movement about 3 weeks ago, but I’ve been hesitant to start because I didn’t know how I was going fill my 7 days. But we have to start somewhere. Today I decided to keep it easy; I called my mother. She wasn’t there, so I didn’t get to speak to her, but I made the effort.

How would you fill a week with good deeds?

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I don’t know what happened to me this weekend, but I came home from work on Friday night ready to create. I had no idea what I was going to create, but I knew that my hands needed to be busy doing something, so I looked around and found something to create.

I can’t tell you what I was working on; I think I need another week or so to get them ready and distributed (wink, wink). So I don’t want to spoil the surprise, instead I’m going to focus on the drive that drove me to reach for my needle and thread.

I’ve always been a bit crafty, in a good way. When I was in university I found that I needed a change. I wanted something to do with my hands to take my mind off my school work. I needed it to be easy, so that it could also be a bit of a mental break. I tried cross stitch–too complicated. It requires a lot of counting, especially in the beginning, and without someone to show me what I was doing, I quickly became discouraged.

I thought about knitting, but…knitting can be expensive, and without anyone to show me how to do it, I was worried that I wouldn’t understand the instructions, and would waste a lot of money…so I never even tried.

Then, one day, while I was trolling Lewiscraft…yes, I was probably the one frosh in the province who trolled Lewiscraft and Mary Maxim instead of the bars; the only explanation I can offer is that my super geekiness knows no bounds. As I was saying, one day I came across something that seemed to fit the bill perfectly–rug hooking, and I have been hooked ever since (I’m so funny! :D)

This last fall I made myself some napkins and a table-cloth, so, as you can see, I have a number of irons in the fire. I am currently working on a couple of stuffed animals, and some more napkins. I worked on a number of things this weekend, alternating between sewing and writing and singing…I have yet to do any cleaning.

Oh well, I like crafts. I guess in some ways I ‘m hotwired to do crafts, to keep my hands busy, and my mind from wandering. I also like that in keeping my hands busy, my legs are too busy to be walking to the kitchen all evening, and my arms and hands are working toward a goal, so they aren’t interested in anything that might be found in the kitchen. Crafting is a good way to keep me on track, especially when I can’t get to the gym, and it’s kind of fun. Though I may need to sew under my desk and while I’m sleeping if I’m going to have everything ready by the weekend.

How do you avoid temptation and stay on track?

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