Monday, May 7, 2012

Two Blissful Days


Ahhhh...an escape to my sewing room! 
After a  week of trimming shrubs, weeding flower beds, mowing, washing paint trim, planting the garden, plus our regular chores, we declared a two-day break to pursue more relaxing hobbies.
I went right to work on this small quilted flag to hang at the entrance to our campsite. The shamrocks and our name are machine embroidered on khaki twill and bound together with a cute shamrock print from my stash. I can't wait to use it later this month at Dale Hollow. I may put it by our back door when we're at home.
I haven't done much machine embroidery lately, so I really enjoyed browsing through files of designs to find the shamrocks. Naturally, the floral, swirly, and geometric figures stimulated my brain with ideas for other projects. And, I need to reorganize the design files on my sewing hard drive. That gives me a never ending supply of things to do; I'm guessing I won't get bored for a while!
Cool Woodland Path
Looking through my tabletop scrap basket, I found a number of tumbler blocks left over from my last wall hanging. No sense letting those sit around. I just started stitching and created a pattern as I went. A neutral beige and white print worked perfectly for the lining and shoulder strap. Two pretty buttons were a last minute embellishment. The result is a new purse design that I'm calling Cool Woodland Path.
Completing these two new projects gave me a wonderful sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Time spent in my sewing room is rejuvenating, peaceful, and keeps my creative senses sharp. Even if I'm only straightening up the room, the machines and fabrics silently beg me to stop and play.
Useful Notion: Carve out time frequently for the hobbies or activities that you love. Balance your work, chores and responsibilities with play, creativity, and fun. Find your bliss!
Happiness isn’t a destination, but we’re best able to experience it when we follow where it leads.” – Lori Deschene
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook