We can choose to connect to our stitching and times gone by, if only for a few minutes or hours a day. Slow stitching is so relaxing and allows me to focus on enjoying creating something handmade and unique and moments of contemplation and time to reflect. Somehow it is down time for my brain
when I am hand stitching in a chair with a warm cup of herbal tea.
I find to be creative I have to declutter my mind and if I have an untidy home or sewing room I really can not think properly! We do not live in a show home by any way or form and for those of you who have seen my overloaded dresser in the kitchen you will know we are far from minimalists but I do like some order to my clutter. Anyone else like me out there who can not be creative with a jumbled mind and work space?
Over the weekend I have taken a single bed out of my sewing room and brought in some furniture instead, settling for if anyone needs to sleep over in that room we have a large blow up mattress that can be put in there instead (which is generally over the Christmas and New Year period so why keep the space with the single bed there) ... bring in some lovely furniture/cupboards and make the room just what it is suppose to be. We have another large spare bedroom which is just that so it is only over spill in my stitchery room...... It was fun and games and there is stuff everywhere right now whilst I put it all away but it is making me do it and pull out furniture and dust and hoover ... makes me feel better. This room was my children's room years ago but as they left I decorated it and had it as a half sewing room. Then taking one single bed out and keeping the other .... it has been a slow process to just have it as my space. When we do move when Mum is settled then of course I will have more rooms but for now and for me to work in a better format ... the beds are both in storage.
I am excited about getting some things out of boxes that were stacked high and having it in order in cupboards and drawers plus making it look really pretty and relaxing for me to work and look out in the back garden. I only want to use my dining room table for eating of course and cutting out large pieces of fabrics and linens ..... With this new found space this should now happen.
On the sunny days to come I can take a basket of sewing into the garden and on cold days I can cosy in a chair in the lounge or snug if I would like. Other than that I can be in my sewing room watching Miss Muddy Beak about her hustle and bustle of her daily life.... She is nesting right now and she is very busy and hungry indeed.
I also have family photos along the window sill that make me smile and they are all there.! Even a photo of a family hamster called Bramley who was much loved, and a total character. You would not see him during the day but at around 5pm he would come out and was the James Bond of hamsters -- very active and loved swinging around his large cage. Some family members are missed but not forgotten and always in my thoughts ....
Paisley drawer is being sorted and put else where I think but until I have unpacked things I am not totally sure. Then it is spring clean the spare room for a visit from a great friend and a re arrange about in our tiny conservatory with a large cupboard going out there so things are away instead of on a table out there and under it ... you see its a Spring Clean.
This all done it will be back to serious business of creating and slow stitching projects .. the cobwebs will all be gone from not only my head but the home ...... leaving me more focused on sewing and looking after my Mum.
I have been sorting through my vintage kilner jars with fabric tops I made to make sure each one has the correct things in them that I use mostly ... some of the threads have gone away in a drawer instead. My husband has been taking down the bed and with the help of a lovely neighbour carrying furniture up the stairs ( I do not have that kind of strength in my back!) Laughing at me with where best to display and use the typewriter and put my work baskets. Then there is the little ( well large matter actually) of quilts.... I want to display some out and some must go away so I can chop and change but I am so petrified of moths! So I have been told lavender oil so I am going to get some to pop on the carpets in the corners in there and have a lavender candle in there plus cedar wood.
I panic about those little munchers of wool and fabrics and all things gorgeous! so I know when there are some folded and displayed and not under plastic with air sucked out I will be forever checking on them!
Well that is it for today, I hope you have enjoyed a vintage rambling read ...
Whatever you are up to today I hope it is enjoyable - Happy Stitching! XX