For the last couple of months I have been doing some serious adulting. Grown up stuff like painting my house, un-clogging my drains and getting a new stove. All of which have been serious accomplishments in real world terms but have been taking a lot of my energy, and even more of my money, and haven’t left me with a lot of creative time. The most crafty I have been for the last month is knitting half a pair of baby pants and I am feeling a serious lack of creativity in my life. So much so, that on Wednesday I went rogue and turned the team meeting PowerPoint into a comic book. Thankfully my boss thought it was cool.
Deciding that I need to relax a little I have booked myself into a stitching day 3 weekends from now. I’m not sure that the work they will be doing is really my style as it seems very pretty, delicate and embroidery focused, but I figure I might learn something that I can apply in my own way later on. And…I’m looking forward to a break from the house stuff.
This is the new stove
Baby pants in progress
Baby pants in progress
This is the new stove
The house is nowhere near finished (who knew painting a house would take so long), and despite my best endeavours I never did get a boost of afternoon energy. At least not in the way that I wanted.
I managed a trip to the library, some reading and some knitting. My Mum and Dad came over one day to help and bought my eight year old nephew with them. Nephew needed a birthday present for his Mum, and wasn’t looking forward to a trip to the shops. When I offered him a chance to raid my handmade stash he jumped at it and decided that his Mum would like a hat and scarf.
I started knitting a replacement straight away, because I actually quite like knitting hats and scarfs. I think because they come together very quickly I feel like I am achieving something and they are simple enough to do while watching tv. So, there was a lot of afternoon movies last week, and I finished a new hat and got a good start on a scarf.
On another note: I seriously thought I would be sore from the painting, and I was mostly fine all week but I woke up this morning after one day back at the desk job and everything is stiff. I suspect just doing weekends from here on is going to be physically harder than doing one long slog.
I have been busy making up some kits I bought at the craft fair a few weeks ago. I don’t really know how to describe these projects (a purse and card case). It’s not really sewing because no stitching occurs. It involves folding the fabric and the whole thing is held in place with the final layer of sticky vinyl lining fabric and the clips. They are cute though and kept me out of mischief for one day this weekend.
The rest of the time was spent whipping a small part of my garden into shape.
There was a craft fair type event in town this weekend, so I went and checked it out yesterday and picked up a fair amount of inspiration. I went to two demonstrations, one on sashiko and the other on wool felt applique. I may have collected some new hobbies. There were also lots of lovely quilts to check out, but also a whole section on paper craft which I look at with envy because I have the fine motor skills of a drunk baby elephant. If I try to glue a small bit of anything to a bit of paper I end up with glue everywhere and things stuck to my hands. But nice to look at others work admiringly and be surrounded by crafty people for a part of the day.
The rest of the weekend was spent on chores and gardening. I did manage to create a small potted veggie garden in one corner of my patio as well as doing a bit of weeding and hedge trimming. Still plenty more to do though. It gets so out of hand during summer when it is too hot to do anything other than mowing, so winter is the time for pulling it all back into line.
So, my computer has been updating itself for over an hour now. Probably longer than that, given when I turned it off last night it said update and turn off. The one thing I have learnt from this is that I am incredibly impatient. Which is why I am doing this blog post on my tablet and typing on the incredibly small screen keyboard.
Though I suppose I am slightly more patient than I was ten years ago when I would have just have restarted the computer forcing it to abandon the update process.
It’s all relative I suppose, like all things. The cold and cloudy days that were a perfect excuse to spend the weekend on the couch sewing are an annoyance now I have to leave the house to go to work in the morning. At least I got a chunk of quilting done.
I got my home and contents insurance renewal notice last Friday, and given one of my goals at the moment is to manage my finances better I thought I should do some shopping around over the weekend to see if I could get a better deal. I spent forty minutes figuring out that the only way I can actually compare two products accurately is by downloading the forty page product disclosure statements. Some companies quoted almost $40 per month less than my current insurer, but when I started to look into it there were a number of things they didn’t cover like accidental damage and flood insurance. So accidental damage was an extra, but there was no way to add it to the online quote. Which meant if I wanted to find out how much it was I had to call them, but would I then lose the discount for buying my insurance online? Don’t get me started on the discounts and figuring out how much I should actually insure all my worldly possessions for. So insurance is still on my to do list for next weekend and before then I have to decide what I want in the policy and what I don’t.
Other than that I have been knitting. I’m knitting a scarf to go with the hat I finished last week. Knitting, gardening and installing a new toilet seat. The toilet seat led to a bit of an epiphany regarding home renovations. I’ve been putting off doing a lot of stuff around the house because I didn’t have a big lump sum of money to put towards it. Putting in the new toilet seat made me realise that there are a lot of little things I can do, that don’t cost a lot of money and I can do myself. I can renovate a room by doing one little thing at a time, when I can afford it. It might take me a while, but I’ll get there eventually.
I think I lasted about 3 days before the wheels fell off the current organisational drive. Not that I can complain, because I still have more energy and am getting more done than I was 3 months ago. Maybe I need to go back and re-read my plan every time I am starting to falter to get myself back in the swing of things. Perhaps not forever, but at least to keep me on track for long enough to build some new habits, or until the plan is so firmly entrenched in my mind that I don’t need to read it to know what I’m meant to be doing and why I’m doing it.
So what have I been doing? I had a good go at mowing the lawn last week, doing a little bit each evening between getting home from work and it getting dark. Massive storms and a tonne of rain over the weekend put a stop to the mowing and after about two days all the grass had grown back again. Most of the weekend was spent doing chores, a little bit of sewing without finishing anything, planting some seeds in pots on the back porch, reading and knitting. I am really enjoying my current knitting project. It is a fairly simple pattern, but looks complicated (and way more delicate and lacy than it looks in the photo).