Yesterday I was out-of-step all day. (sigh) I woke up late, when I got to the store I discovered that my FiberLectic group was holding their monthly meeting (I _knew_ the meeting was on Tuesday, I just didn't know it was Tuesday yesterday :P) which I had (obviously) missed some of .... my friend Sherry came to the store while the meeting was in progress but I only got to spend a few minutes with her (she had even called me the night before to tell me she was coming to buy some fabric for beading -- if you know Sherry, you know what a rare event it is for her to be here!:) ... then my student, Ruth, came for a 2 pm class that I had totally forgotten about (as I was wolfing down my lunch. :P (tearing hair out)
By the time I was finished teaching Ruth the finer points of hand piecing inset seams, I was totally frazzled. (whew!) So, I stayed after closing (until 8:30 pm) to sew -- sewing always calms my nerves and puts me back on center track. :)
I'm working on a new spring jacket to replace the one I made some years ago. I am using a pigment dyed sweatshirt base (soft yellow) and covering it with some lovely nine patch blocks that Arlene gave me a while back. She made a baby quilt for someone in her neighborhood and ... um .... got carried away making blocks. :) She gave me the extras -- enough to cover a good sized jacket! I think she made enough for two baby quilts (with maybe a few left over!) (grin) My camera is running low on power so I'll put up a photo of the jacket when I try it on for size -- so far, the body and sleeves are covered with blocks (and some pieces of kitty print from Laurel Burch in pastel colors). I have to split the jacket up the front and then sew the underarm/side seams (baste, till I try it on and fit the jacket) ... and then bind the neck, hem (shirt tail), and fronts ... and put on buttons/closures (probably loops of some kind or a placket (I dislike making buttonholes by machine and don't have time for hand sewing them).
When I got up this morning, there was a box on my door step from the mailman. A package from my Aunt Ruby in Kentucky with some wonderful goodies in it (I ran errands all morning - bank, post office, hair cut, pharmacy, etc., so I saved the box to open when I got to work as a reward for duty:). Thanks, Ruby!!!
She sent me a WONDERFUL apron, like the ones my Grandma Hampton used to wear -- I LOVE it!
I love the way it fits me, the fabrics are fabulous (I love purple and the print on the body of the apron has baking icons on it -- how perfect! My Grandma was a fabulous cook ... and, even tho' I hardly ever cook any more, I think I am pretty good at it, too:). I love the lace and the wonderful pockets -- what a GREAT pick-me-up gift! :)
She also enclosed two small goodies that I love -- a little chicken pincushion (cute!) and an appliqued/embroidered pocket:
I have a use for both of them right now -- and will cherish them. :) Such a great uplifting surprise! :)
I am going to the annual quilt show in Lancaster, PA (Quilter's Heritage Celebration) on Friday with my friend Patty. We go every year -- three days of quilts, good food, shopping, and no responsibilities. My kind of vacation! :)
The flowers are blooming here (I've seen plum trees, daffodils, vinca, and pear trees blooming -- don't know what has happened to my crocus, maybe the squirrels ate them??). I love spring! :)
I think it is funny (in an ironic way) that I so much resemble my Grandmother. I have spent the last ten years avoiding the status of House Wife ... I don't think I've ever been very good at the job. Mind you, I think I am a GREAT Mom (not to brag, but my kids tell me so, amyway:) but a pretty awful housekeeper and tender. (sigh) It would be hard to find or imagine a woman who was better at house keeping and mothering than my Grandma Hampton -- great cook, loving mother, fine wife .... Maybe more of her will come out in me as I get older?
I have noticed that I am starting to come out of my cave of more-or-less depression ... sank into it nine or ten years ago and am slowly crawling out ... mind you, there have been plenty of happy days in that decade (!!), but I've been generally depressive despite good medication and loving surroundings. (sigh) Saturday, Sunday and Monday I spent mostly at home, cleaning here and there, puttering. I'm, of course, happy that spring is here and the days are getting longer, as I am every year. I'm seriously thinking about spiffing up my house and making plans to help my son with things ... I think life is looking UP for a change. (smile)