While sitting with Gizmo the few days he was in dire straights - I found it hard to read or watch tv. Instead, I worked on the applique blocks for the wall hanging I've been playing around with. I found the repetition of the stitching (without having to put too much thought into it) calming and very "zen" like. I got the entire thing pieced together (even the borders) and now I'm going to work on doing some serious embellishing with fibers and floss - maybe a few beads.
There's a little rabbit that goes on the bottom. I've cut him out of wool flannel and I'm going to blanket stitch him down. I've never really worked on a "traditional" piece like this before - it's really kind of fun.
I had so many things "in the works" when Gizmo got sick and time just stopped. It is nice to be finishing up some things that I've promised out.
Here's an "initial" bag that I made for Sal's sweet little girlfriend, Lindsay. She picked out the fabrics and asked if I could make it with her initial "L" on it. I made a little pocket inside for her phone and camera. It came out cute.
On thing Gizmo's recent "mishap" reminded me of - was the importance of PATIENCE.
Those who know me know I'm not a very patient person when it comes to accomplishing things. I begin tasks with one thing in mind - to get them DONE. Sadly, I find that holds true even in my stitching - and while I have such a high regard and admiration for "slow cloth" - doing anything "slowly" used to just about KILL ME. But the last few weeks have demanded me to slow down and "wait." And you know what.... it didn't kill me.
It has been nice slowing down and taking my time with these projects - remembering that the joy of things is found in the JOURNEY and not just in the DESTINATION.
So let's just sit back and enjoy the ride.
UPDATE: Gizmo has returned to his blanket -
in my studio - right by my side. He gets his tummy staples out next Monday.