Saturday, February 20, 2010

of Slow February Progress............

So, here I am at the end of my second working week… feeling as if I’ve achieved, well, not a whole lot! I miss stitching, I miss blogging, I miss being able to do just what I want, when I want to! I don’t know how so many of you juggle a day job with creativity! I do enjoy my job though...... just need to learn to balance it all.

I’ve speedily read the blogs I keep up with (sorry, I haven’t left comments!), and tried to do at least a little hand stitching each evening….. Once I’ve caught up with the dreaded housework this weekend I intend to work on some things here in the studio…. I can't wait!

Hand dyed muslin, silk and linen...

This little piece is from my last dye batch. I'm not planning at all, just using scraps and small pieces and stitching to keep me sane...

Hand dyed vintage lace on rust dyed silks and muslin

This piece started life as part of a challenge but I didn't end up using it. I have more stitching to add; I'll out line the Rose with split stitch and possibly the leaves too. The background is machine pieced.

Hand pieced and quilted commercial printed cotton

This little block is all hand pieced from my scrap bag. I haven't done any hand piecing since the Really Ancient Cloth in my last post! (About 100 years ago!)

Thanks Marie at Ancient Cloth for the link to my Green Eyed Dragon! and to Catherine at Emergence for her link too. They are both doing some amazing work and experimentation!


Jules said...

Good luck sorting out your work/life balance, it just takes a while! And enjoy your creative time.x

Catherine V. Bainbridge said...

Great news that you are enjoying your job. And inspite of what you say, it looks like you've been busy. I am SO impressed with these three, Sandi. What a treat! I like each in their own way, but REALLY love the third one!!! AMAZING!

You now what... housework can always wait! :) Get those who live with you to co-operate more, minute by minute, and there will be less work to do overall. Easier said than done, I know! ;/ But look for ways to resolve the small things of cleaning up and the big stuff will vanish!

Joei Rhode Island said...

Well....Jules and Catherine have given good advice. But, it is tough to balance...and it tough to ignore Mom's nagging voice about cleanliness. I just know you've got it in you to do both though. These lovely pieces prove it. I look forward to seeing more.

Marie said...

I sooo know what you mean about trying to balance it all. Stitching is such a luxury to me!
Love all the stitching you have going on! Thank you for the inspiration! : )

Puddleduck said...

Jules, Catherine, Joei and Marie, Thanks for your thoughts and support! Feeling better this morning; got most of the housework done AND some stitching! Have talked to kids and hubble asking for a little help. I'm not fastidious about housework- learned that lesson many years ago!- but for some reason when I'm working the 'stuff' gets to me more.... Have a great day!


I feel privaleged that you made it to my blog when you are so busy!!!
Perhaps we can meet up at a forum sometime. Geelong for me this year.
Nice blog to. I so miss my place being here in a flat with my 6 pot plants.


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