Lizards and Machine Quilting

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In a fit of exuberance I agreed to photograph someone’s wedding. No big deal really, I have done it before and while it is not a fun job I’d rather do that than attend a wedding as a guest. Not that I have any particular animosity to people getting married, it’s just I’m not a party person at the best of times and usually the food is bad and there are hours sitting around trying to pretend you wouldn’t rather be at home reading a book.

I woke up yesterday though and realised the wedding was only a month away and it has been far too long since I spent any real time with my camera. I decided an outing to the local park was in order, because in the absence of models I figured the local wildlife would make a reasonable substitute. I managed to scrounge up a few decent shots including one of this rather large water dragon sunning himself (or herself) on a rock.

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Didn’t stay out too long though because of the heat. I ended up coming home and doing what felt like an awful lot of machine quilting. I don’t know why that last little bit of the quilting always seems to drag on and on, but it does. I did manage to finish the quilting though and this morning machine sewed the binding on.

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I have a sewing group meeting on Sunday so I can hand sew the binding down then, but for now I am off to start something new as soon as I figure out what I want to do.

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Getting Un-Organised

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It seems being too organised was actually getting in the way of my doing stuff. I’d plot out what I wanted to do for the week and then split up tasks by day. Wednesday I would have task C to do and Thursday I would have task D to do. For some reason or other I would end up not doing C on Wednesday and then I couldn’t do D on Thursday because I hadn’t done C and the whole plan would end up in a heap. And…I wouldn’t do things even if I had the time and the energy because they were scheduled for another day.

So this week I stopped organising at the list of things to do for the week. I just left it at that and am just slowly working my way through the list, looking at the list when I have motivation to do something and picking something that appeals. It seems to be working as I am quickly ticking things off the list. Though in order to stay focused I have had to start a second list of ‘things I think of that I should do but don’t want to do because it would distract me from finishing the list’. I figure the second list can be the start of next week’s list.

So far this week, I finally fixed a bag I made some time ago where the seams were starting to fray, and I made this cushion from a piece of patchwork that I made so long ago that I forgot what I was meant to be doing with it.

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I started getting organised for Christmas, wrapping presents for everyone I am done shopping for.

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I even managed to go out and get some gardening done, though that might be more to do with the fact that I gave myself a specific gardening task rather than just adding ‘garden’ to my daily list.

And…a few days ago I went to the acrylic painting class I booked myself into back in September. A pretty impressive effort if I might say so for my first attempt, though the class was very good and I don’t think that anyone’s painting looked hideously bad.

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Now, off to make myself some lunch and then pin a quilt for quilting this afternoon.

 

 

 

The week that was…

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Elections aside, it’s been an interesting week all things considered. I started out strongly, completely unmotivated but forcing myself to do stuff just by sheer will power. I finished a quilt and got a few other things ticked off my to-do-list. Tuesday I pottered along and then Tuesday  afternoon we had a massive hail storm. Still managed to stay on task Wednesday despite excessive heat (and another big storm) and semi-finished another quilt which has been sitting in my cupboard for over 5 years because I wasn’t sure how to quilt it. Now the binding is on and ready to hand sew down at my sit and sew group on Saturday.

Today, woke up with a cracking headache and then spent way too much money buying new toner cartridges for my printer. It’s a good printer but getting to the stage where it would be cheaper to buy a new printer than buy toner which is not a good place to be, especially since I swore I was going to stay on budget this pay cycle. Other than that I am struggling to focus today even though the headache has started to clear up. But after a week of hot, we topped out at 37C today and my aircon is struggling to deal with the humidity so I am feeling hot and sticky. But I think most of my lack of productivity has been due to indecisiveness about what my next project is going to be. Do I start something new or finish something old? Do I want something by machine or by hand? Do I sew or read or work on the house? Do I try to learn a new skill or go with tried and tested? Unfortunately, there are no easy answers.

What I am finding is that I need to narrow the field a little. Plus, I think I need to decide my projects the night before and get everything set up and ready to go so in the morning I can just get up and get started.

 

Frustration

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Ok, so I am just getting to the stage when I want to start doing things and I had a whole big long list for this week. Then…I had to retire injured after stabbing my self in the foot on a loose piece of floorboard. I had a sliver go in so deep I couldn’t get it out myself and had to go to the doctors this morning and have it extracted. Hopefully, she got it all out and all is well from here on, but my foot is still sore and for the next day or so I will be limited to what I can manage from the couch, or hopping around the house.

Thankfully, I went to the library yesterday so I have plenty of books to read, knitting to hand and obviously can type, so doing some writing would probably be a really good use of my time. Also, our local supermarket has a pretty good grocery delivery service so I won’t starve.

Other than that just frustrated at not being able to go and do what I wanted to do and feeling like a bit of a klutz. Though I was slightly mollified by the fact that ‘extract foreign object’ is actually a tick box on the form the doctor fills in about my visit. Obviously it’s not just me.

On a more positive note, I did manage to get this little guy finished earlier in the week. Who doesn’t need a ninja stuffed toy.

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Reality vs Perception

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Its one of those weeks where I feel like I haven’t done much, when in reality I have done a fair few things. Reality doesn’t quite match perception. However, I have still spent a fair amount of time doing not much. I feel like I am improving though as psychologically I am starting to feel like I want to be doing things, compared to the first couple of weeks off work when I would have been quite happy to sit on the couch and do nothing except watch daytime television.

The thing I am finding interesting is that sometimes, the less you do the less you want to do. The more you do, the more energy you seem to get for doing more things.

So, after months of having it sitting in the corner this week I finally replaced the hinge on the door of the kitchen cupboard. I have been doing a little drawing, a little writing and a little sewing. And…the big project, even though it was much less fiddly than the cupboard door, was a screen for my bins. Which I am quite proud of for some reason.

Now I just need to figure out what I want my big projects for next week to be.

 

 

time and expectations

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The first week of my 3 month long holiday is almost over and I am not sure how I feel right now. I have done a few things, more things last week that I had thought I would do. No where near as much as my conscious was screaming at me to do. I am working to shut down the voice that keeps repeating – it has been a whole week and you still haven’t finished mowing the lawn yet.

I have to confess that my time for the next 3 months is not terribly well planned. I had a whole bundle of things that I thought I might like to do, but lack of planning and more critically lack of cash flow is limiting my options somewhat. Surprisingly, I am not too bothered about that. Even if I don’t travel I will find plenty to do. Was drawing up plans this morning to make a small fence to screen off my wheelie bins, and watching youtube videos on how to install hinges on kitchen cabinets so I can put the door back on my kitchen cupboard. A trip to the hardware store next week should be relatively inexpensive and net me enough goodies to keep me out of mischief for a few days at least, and that doesn’t even factor in the contents of my sewing cupboard and my bookshelf.

And…I have had a good time this week even if it wasn’t what I expected. I read a couple of good books, went to the quilt and craft show, spent some time with some friends. All of it good stuff.

 

 

Savings fail

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It is now only 3 and a bit weeks until the start of my long service leave, and I have to say that my savings plan is going really, really badly. This savings failure was in large part due to a run in with a book shop and a 40% off fabric sale.

Not only that, but I made the mistake of going to the library. So…I haven’t been doing all the planning stuff I said I would do before my leave started because I have been reading.

The only consolation is that if I can’t afford to go anywhere while on leave I will have books to read and fabric to sew.