Ha! I quickly realized I had underestimated the extent of the mess in my studio. However, I have religiously cleaned every night for the past two weeks and....drum roll please...it is still NOT completely clean! I know it’s sad, but that is the only even remotely disappointing part of this journey, because I have really enjoyed and learned from this experience as a whole.
As it turns out, I had a misconception of what was in my sewing room. In my mind, I thought I took every scrap of every project back to the shop and put it in the scrap bin. But in reality, while I do take a lot to the shop, much of it actually stays here in baskets (oops!). At Prairie Quilt, the shop that I own, we have red and purple baskets for our shoppers. Evidently, another reason we have those baskets is for me to collect things in, because I discovered I had NINE baskets hidden in my studio. Fortunately, a large part of my cleaning required me to take baskets and baskets full of scraps back to the shop. How wonderful to be rid of all of those baskets! Though, to be completely honest with you all, I did find several projects I am still planning to make, which means I do still have a basket or two left! But hey, that’s better than nine, right?
As soon as I finish posting this blog entry, I will get back to working on the projects I have on my to do list, including a
Jelly Roll Rug I’m really excited about! I am one of those folks who must sew. When I breathe, I sew. I can’t think of a better way to explain it than that. For me, sewing is a way of communicating with God, my ancestors and the universe. When I get into that magical sewing zone, I am closer to all of them. Making art, especially with needle and thread, calms and centers me, which is why cleaning instead of sewing these past two weeks has been difficult for me. However, I know I will enjoy sewing even more tonight when I start in again in a clean, fresh and pretty studio.
You’ll see in one picture a mosaic cross created by my sister. In another photo you may notice my collection of doll heads. According to my children and grandchildren, my doll head collection is “creepy.” So much so that they feel the need to turn the doll heads to face the wall whenever they stay the night with me. Haha! What can I say? I like them, so I’m keeping them!
In each of the pictures, you are probably wondering why in the world I would paint all the walls that horrible color. I painted it 19 years ago when I had just returned from my honeymoon. I was so taken by the beautiful teal of the water that I wanted to remind myself of it. But now, I am soooo over that color! I am hoping you are going to suggest a new color for me. I thought about one accent wall color, but whatever I decide, it has to be lighter than what is on there now.
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April 27 - Misty Cole - http://www.mistycole.com/blog
April 28 - Carolina Moore- http://alwaysexpectmoore.com/
April 29 - Heather Pregger - https://heatherquilts.blogspot.com/
April 30 - Linda Bratten - https://lindabcreative.blogspot.com/
May 1 - Lisa Reber - https://www.dippydye.blogspot.com/
May 2 - Teresa Coates - http://www.crinkledreams.com
May 3 - Lisa Chin - http://www.lisachinartist.com/
May 4 - Jamie Fingal - http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
May 5 - Sam Hunter - www.huntersdesignstudio.com
May 6 - Jessee Maloney - www.artschooldropout.net/blog
May 7 - Randa Parrish - http://www.sewartsyfartsy.com/
May 8 - Sarah Vedeler- https://meaningoflifedesigns.com/
May 9 - Jessica Darling
May 10 - Melody Crust - http://www.melodycrust.com/
May 11 - Debby Brown - http://higheredhands.blogspot.com
May 12 - Cheryl Sleboda - http://blog.muppin.com