Last evening, feeling too brain tired to do anything remotely involving sharp instruments including scissors, rotary cutters and fast moving needles as in sewing machines, I turned my attention to a studio re-freshening.
No time for a MAJOR de-clutter, but just starting in one corner and working slowly at discarding, putting away and dusting off while watching something intriguing.
I started by clearing the surface of my desk. I worked on from there.
The Crown on Netflix was mentioned by several readers on Facebook, and being as i love period dramas, and anything British and BBC-ish, I gave it a go.
And I was captivated within the first 5 minutes of watching the Queen Elizabeth II walk down the aisle to become the wife of Lt. Philip Mountbatten of the Royal Navy, formerly the Prince of Greece and Denmark and newly the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich of Greenwich.
And it’s the 1950s, and the fashions are AMAZING.
I puttered and put away through 2 episodes, at times stopping and doing nothing but watching because it is THAT GOOD.
Cleaned, vacuumed and still watching from behind the Bernina.
And it hit me. I was also standing in front of a piece of history from the same time period. Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation happened in 1953, the same year that my “new to me” green Bernina 117k was manufactured. I’m not sure why, but this fact made me smile. Perhaps because it made these kinds of fashions for someone who purchased this machine NEW in 1953.
The other angle.
I hit pause to vacuum, and even took the hose attachment and got all of the lint and fluff from the edges and corners. Amazing what a good vacuuming can do. It sets things right in my world. My studio space has been a disaster for the past few months of being gone gone gone.
I always wondered why I could go from clean – I’ve never been a compulsive neat-nik – to looking like a bomb went off, but my mom told me that even as a child I was just so busy busy busy that I could never slow down long enough to take care of things before moving on to the next step or the next project. I guess that hasn’t changed. But every once in a while I just need to clean it up and do a reset.
And I”m telling myself that those papers pinned to that poor wonky log cabin need to be sorted through and MINIMIZED. But if they aren’t in plain view, I’ll lose them. Better on the wall in plain sight, those ideas and sketches and planned projects. I know where they are. It just looks like a disaster.
Only THIS remains.
These are partial kits left over from cruises and classes and trimmings of backings and leftovers that haven’t been stripped down into Scrap User’s System widths. Maybe I’ll tackle this on another evening of binge-watching The Crown.
All I can say is that it felt good to clear up this mess, make some semblance of order, vacuum it up, dust it off and make it ready for some heavy-duty creating when I am home for my holiday break just before Thanksgiving.
Today we get all we can out to the post office before they close at noon. This evening we are going up to the cabin to meet with a realtor and get that going.
There will be a for-sale sign in the front yard within days. My heart is in a knot. But I know it is the right decision. There are better things to come. We’ll come home tomorrow, and I’ll get back to the order fulfillment on Monday.
Loving these greens!
They remind me of our MYSTERY GREEN!
Dear Wendy's of Wallburg, North Carolina:
Please note that when you leave the pecans out of the apple pecan chicken salad you are leaving out the best part! And I was too hungry to drive another 4 miles to go pick them back up from you.
Salad in my belly and invoice box number 9 out the door and on its way! We are well into box number 10!
I’ve been asked if I will show which colors from the 3-in-1 Color Tool match up with the colors chips from Lowes for this year’s Mystery. My plan is to post that tomorrow morning. So those who have the Color Tool on order, those are coming as well but I will do some photos to help you until your tools arrive.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage half-square triangle quilt seen in Houston.
Just give. Living without giving equals an empty life.
Have a lovely Saturday, everyone!