I spent this Saturday afternoon starting to finish my nine (!) rug hooking projects that I’ve completed since last summer. So happy my sister-in-law Anne introduced me to rug hooking and Deanne Fitzpatrick’s studio in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Since then … hours of calm creating these rugs. And a few hours of frustration. The Wave (picture below) was a real challenge for me.
Graeme keeps asking … what are they for? They aren’t for anything. They are for me. What are you going to do with them? Who knows. Anne says some of them can be used as coasters for my coffee.
But the next thing I need to do with them is finish them. They need to be steam-ironed, cut to size, with edges crisply folded. Then the backings get sewn up nice and neat.
Turns out I really like 3/4 of that finishing process – and I got all rugs 3/4 done. But the sewing is not my forte, I’m afraid. I can sew, it’s the “nice and neat” part I struggle with. Looks like I had a seizure when I sewed up Mr. Sheep below. It’s a bit scary, but who looks at the back anyways? Right? I’m hopeful, but not at all convinced, I’ll get better as I work my way through the other 8 rugs.
Fun compare/contrast – here’s a picture of Anne’s Wave, from the same kit (granted colours do vary). But she really made it her own. I love it. Plus, her stitches are beyond perfect and I’m jealous.
Anne has since finished it:
Anne’s rug hooking is at a level I don’t even aspire to. Perfect stitching. She creates her own patterns! Come on.
Graeme says I’m horribly envious, but I like to think that I am unburdened by the strive for perfectionism that afflicts Anne (aka content to be crappy!)
Because I love Beauty and the Beast. And it just makes me smile. OK?
Found this list on Pinterest under the heading 56 Lists to Make When You are Feeling Down. I’m intrigued by the seemingly random number 56.
Here are the suggestions:
- Favorite memories
- Your best qualities
- Best days you’ve lived
- Compliments you’ve received
- What you like the most about yourself
- Your most precious possessions
- Bucket list of things to do
- Things that make you happy
- Positive adjectives to describe yourself
- Your values
- Favorite ways to relax
- Fun things to do at home
About your people:
- People you love
- People loving you
- How you met your favorite people
- People you would like to meet
- What you like to do with your friends
- What you like to do with your family
- People you would like to reconnect with
- Things you would like to do with your friends & family
- People who inspire you
- Every friend you ever made
- People who have positively influenced you
- Gift ideas for your favorite people
- Everything you love about your partner
- People you want to send a thank you note to
- Date night ideas
About your accomplishments:
- Things that you are grateful for
- Things you are proud of
- The scariest things you’ve done
- Dreams that became reality
- Biggest accomplishments
- Ways to celebrate your wins
- All the things you are good at
About your dreams:
- Life goals
- Countries you would like to visit
- Things you would like to do
- Stories you would like to write about
- Adventures you would like to live
- Dreams for the future
- Where you would like to live
- What you will be doing in the next few years
- Things you would like to get
- Skills you would like to learn
- Wish list
Your favourite things:
- Favorite songs
- Funniest jokes
- Favorite movies
- Favorite TV shows
- Favorite books
- Favorite places
- Favorite food
- Favorite restaurants
- Favorite parks in town
- Favorite quotes
- Favorite podcasts
I’m inclined to start with my favourites.
This past week’s vacation did not go quite as planned. But I still got some downtime and managed to spend a few hours at my upstairs desk, zoned out and colouring in Jenny Lawson’s new therapy manual slash colouring book:
Here are some photos. I really have to do this more often:
If I am ambitious in the morning, on my way to work, I’ll walk a couple of big blocks before getting on the subway. Helps me get in my steps when I’m wearing my Fitbit (which is rare these days).
And this colourful alleyway just east of Dundas West always cheers me up.
And this painted garage is new this year, and I think the cosmos directed it to me personally: