This may have been the first time that I’ve gone a whole week between blog posts (other than when I’ve been away on holidays). I’ve been doing a little bit of crafting, but haven’t completed any projects. Currently I’m working on a chain of crocheted loops, a crocheted scarf, a cot quilt for a friend’s new bub (yes, the one I visited a week ago – this will be a late baby gift), a bag for a friend’s sister, another bag for a friend who just turned 40 (the party was on Friday night; the gift will be very late), my kitten embroidery from Brown Owls, and the back of my Churn Dash quilt. Lots of unfinished items there – but they are works in progress rather than UFOs sitting in the back of the cupboard!
I visited the Quilt and Craft fair on Friday with my parents and Stella. The quilt display was incredible. I am astounded by the amount of time, love and work that goes into making quilts! I found it really useful as a way of crystallising what I like in a quilt. Although there were many that I can appreciate, I really like quilts that are pieced, rather than appliqued, and I prefer traditional designs but in comtemporary fabric prints. And I like a lot of white! Now there are a few new quilt ideas percolating in my brain. And would you believe it, with all those stalls at the fair, I didn’t buy ANYTHING! Nothing at all! I had too-much-choice paralysis. I did collect some business cards from places that I know I’ll go back to one day, but otherwise I was overwhelmed with the variety.
Generally I try to stick with crafting in this blog, but this post from Pip really struck a chord with me! My life is flat chat at the moment. I’m not doing a particularly stunning job at anything. By the time I work two long days at my regular paid job, do the books for our businesses, do the washing, ironing, tidying, sorting, shopping, bill-paying, etc, my kids and hubby aren’t getting the time and attention they deserve. I’m taking multi-tasking to a stupid level (even now as I type I’m playing a game with Clare – and I should just stop typing, give her my undivided attention and play). Superwoman I’m not. But I have so much internal conflict about what I SHOULD do and what I want to do (and they are sometimes the same thing). I need time for myself, but I don’t want to be taking it at Clare’s and Stella’s expense. Like many women, it doesn’t seem to matter what choice I make; I end up feeling guilty. I feel guilting about the amount of time I spend blogging too, of course.
Enough navel-gazing! Stella has a cold and is asleep at the moment and Clare is occupied with a puzzle, so I’d better get to the shower and make a proper start on the day. I’ll be back later with normal programming! And because I don’t like to post without a photo, here’s one to finish off. Stella has this thing about climbing. Since she’s only 13 months old, it’s not such a good thing.