Textile arts, flower gardening, and occasional cat - dog - cat tales.

Jan 21, 2019

Not-so-lazy Monday.

Supposed to be a day off--at least the hubs has off.  I'm making Izannah dolls--cutting out fabric, planning, sketching, etc.   But when you work in your pajamas, is it really work?

Lately I've been thinking about NOT taking things for granted--health, running water & electricity, a roof & good walls.  When I'm tempted to fuss or whine, it's helped me to be thankful instead.  I have a washer & dryer that work, so who minds laundry?  If my eyes don't see as well as they used to, I DO have good glasses that help.  Sometimes it pays to just sit and appreciate feeling good.   

We've had a fine three day weekend, with enjoyable time at the dog park, the luxury of reading for hours, and plenty of food in the fridge--even if it won't arrange itself into a meal. 

So on that note, I'll go and start supper. 

I hope your weekend was lovely, with lots to be grateful for. 

Jan 4, 2019

Clean Sheet Day

I won't bore anyone with long sad tales of medical mayhem at the Conwell's house (and the people said, "hurrah!") so suffice it to say; I am SO very glad it's January. 

All that medical mess started last summer, and finally finished up at the end of the year.  So this month we are moving slowly, deliberately, working and choring.  And healing.

That part takes a while, and sometimes the line of progress is not straight up in a tidy line.  When you're down, lots of what you used to think of as Must Dos suddenly become When I Get To Its.  But eventually you're up, and there's sweeping and laundry, and (yay!) Clean Sheet Day.  I love clean sheet day.

In other news, I have an order for a small Izannah (15") and I'm enjoying the challenge of smaller work.  I don't seem to be able to work on the Winter wall hanging--though I'm almost ready to bat & back it for quilting.  Just that close.  See, I somehow managed to curse myself with a ZILLION pine needles in this design.  And kinda no way out.  (There will be a recommendation in the published version to use pine-needle printed fabric.  You're welcome, or Don't Say I Didn't Warn You--whichever applies.) 

So I'm guiltily thrilled to make an Izzy instead of stitching pine needles. 

Stay warm, and have a grand 2019. 

Dec 13, 2018

A quiet December for us this year.

Well, it's really always a pretty quiet December for us, with our nine grand kids scattered all over the country and none here in Arizona.  But maybe especially quiet this year. 

First, we promised each other no purchasing of gifts this year--we already bought our Christmas Gift to ourselves.  An acre of piney woods!  So now we're in money saving mode, so it'll be a morning of Christmas Music, lights, and watching the pets enjoy their gifts. 

Second, we've had all our surgeries, and the husband will still be in recuperation mode.  A total shoulder replacement is quite a thing to come back from! 

I did start and finish an Izannah doll recently--one I had slated to start in January.  But with so much sitting around time after my second hip surgery, it just seemed like something good to do.  Creativity is a healing thing, I'm convinced.  All the clothing is hand stitched, because I love hand sewing and never let myself just take the time.  Since I had so much time, why not? 

Not sure where things stand as to our new house-to-be.  The surgeon had to do some reattaching to the hubby's bicep muscle, which might require more healing time than we'd planned on. So we'll find out more in a week or so when he has the post-op visit.  If we don't get to do it this year, the land is ours and it's not going anywhere.  Maybe we'll just go camp on it this summer.  I hope that's not the case, as I'm really ready to leave the desert and live in the pines, but we'll get there, sooner or later.