Saturday, March 17, 2012
"Back to Work"
Well, it's back to work! Thanks to you all for asking about me....making me feel much better. I'm on the mend and although short of energy, eager to get it back and MAKE something!!! Today, I thought I'd straighten up that little studio space I have created in my living room this winter, so I could go straight to work on something. (Seems if there is a clean surface anywhere on our property...all of us seem to find things to stack - or for some people - to PILE things on all those surfaces.) It causes me great stress....even if I am the one stacking. So....today I did manage to get that little studio space all ready for a new project.
What caused that little spurt of energy? Well, my favorite grandson brought me flowers! And, in my mind they seemed to say....little studio space....freshen it up! So, as you can see there are beautiful tulips and calla lillies....making everything around look and smell better. Thank you, Ty!!
I've placed a little project there......begun last September, of all things and crying out to be completed. So, there are threads, needles in a lovely little salt cellar pincushion from one of my thoughtful blog readers and scissors just ready to stitch on this crazy heart. In time, you will see the results. Inspiration is here, too, in the form of a vintage little book with a page about a girl stitching. Such a lovely old book!
I like to surround myself with 'stuff,' as you know, and where I sew needs lots of inspirational things around to stimulate my little mind. So, there are glass containers of buttons, a silk rose,
a beautiful box that came with three bars of great smelling soaps (from Tuesday Morning), some old books...I just love stacks of those...they may take over the place one day. There is a ceramic flower with a pink bird perched on it's edge...full of buttons and one of my favorite little books from artist Michele Palmer. Love her bird drawings. That little pitcher is full of paper strips I cut from scrapbooking papers, those cards that fall out of your magazines, and other bits of paper from around the place. I use them to mark places in books and magazines I am reading or even write little reminders on them. There are two tiny vintage dolls I bought from a friend's booth at the flea market recently and the little chair came from Hobby Lobby many years ago. (It's crazy how much I LOVE that chair!!)
You'll also see the English Cottage lithograph..........I have a small collection of these...four to be exact, and I'm always looking for more. I LOVE and ADORE them. I always think of embroidery when I see them and plan someday to paint, applique and embroider my 'version' of one, should I live long enough to do so. And, should I find more at a price I can afford - well, I'll just have to show them to you.
So, this little living room 'studio' is ready for some work to be done. Now, if I can only get caught up on some of the less attractive or fun things to do here in the house....I will be able to spend some time....perhaps very late at night....creating something pretty to show you...my dear peeps!!!
A friend turned me on to this quote and after the last couple of weeks here at the Nest, I think I should pay closer attention to what it says. It may help you too:
"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand....and melting like a snowflake." Marie Beynon Ray
Take care out there and thanks for sharing this 'one sparkling moment' with me! pat
PS. Again....a lot of photos. One of my readers told me not to worry about the amount of photos I post....so, I'm not. Hope you enjoy!