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3.8.12 New goodies in Penngrove.

20"x26" shams.

A little collection of new goodies I have been working on.  I am especially fond of the shams.  Everything has lots of hand stitching on it and, as always, everything is naturally hand dyed.  I am trying to move away from the straight blue/gray...which I have been obsessed with but now am a little weary of.  I am not sure if I will put any of these in the shop, or just amass a large pile in the hopes that I will get into one of the craft shows I have applied to.  Gulp!  Juried.  Scary.

We are off to England in a couple of weeks to spend some time with the family.  My sister is having her first baby.  So I will get to spend three weeks holding my little niece or nephew.  Yeah!!  I can't wait!  I am giddy.  My daughter is excited about the plane flight - gack - and my son and husband are excited about the pubs and the food.  Mum lives in a tiny - and I mean tiny, tiny, tiny - town in Gloucestershire and my sis lives just outside Oxford in another tiny town called Woodstock.  Both come with their own older-than-anything-we-have-in-this-country houses and pubs.  My sister's home looks like it belongs in the Shire from The Hobbit.  Really.  I kid you not.  Complete with tiny front door that you would absolutely miss if you did not know it was there.  I am hoping to visit some fabric shops.  Mum brought over some gorgeous French linen last time she visited.  So hopefully I can sneak out of the house for a while and pick up some lovely fabrics to bring home.  So...that leaves me two weeks to bust out as much stuff as I can.

Until next time...be well.  Enjoy the sun if you have it.  Or the rain.  Or your warm home.  Or...  xoxo

2.8.12 Kapital – Japanese Sashiko Fabric Tote

find out more here.

A friend sent me the link for this bag today with the subject "thought of you."  Which is a very big complement.  Thank you a million times over.  I would love to apprentice in Kapital's workshop for a day or two.

So today is the big day...the day I have been mulling over in my head for months - perhaps years would be more accurate.  It may have even been a lifetime.  Today is the day I begin to stitch together the fabric for a the Victorian Parlor chair  which has been sitting in my garage, ever so patiently, waiting for me to get my confidence together to tackle the project.  I know this will be a long process.  I am resigned to the fact that for a stretch of time I will hate my work.  I will feel incredibly uncomfortable and I will want to quit.  I am also resigned to the fact that I will keep sewing.  And eventually, I will reach the point where I look down and smile and know I have created something good.   It always works like that.  The same predictable evolution.  The difficult part is remembering that I have been there before.  Remembering that the discomfort is a natural part of my creative process.  And after getting a bolster of confidence from the Kapital tote above, I have to say, I am quite excited to begin the journey again.

xoxo