Bella headed off to my mom's last night for a very short holiday (back tomorrow), so I had a full day of work today. Usually when I have a day like today I insist on getting out of bed as early as I can bare (bear? which one is it? why am I brain dead?) and often don't even take the time to shower. I just head straight in to my studio and pretty much stay there until Jim comes home and insists that I at least eat something.
However, I've been so tired lately and pretty stressed (as has been unfortunately evident in my posts) and have been desperate for a little time off. So as a compromise, (because who's got time to take time off!) I decided to at least allow myself a lie in and actually stayed in bed until 9.30!
Whilst lieing there I was thinking about WIP Friday (mainly about the fact that I had finally remembered it on the right day!) and Self Portrait Tuesday and all the other meme's that gives us the opportunity to record little specific snap shots of our lives. And I decided that that was what I wanted to do today. I wanted to record specific points of my working day. If for no other reason than to share with Jim when he gets home (he likes that kind of thing, bless).
I don't think this will be very interesting for anyone else, but I found it interesting to see how much I achieved as each hour passsed. I usually get a little crazy when I have the opportunity to work all day. The possibilities or necessities often seem endless which means I often end the day with very little achieved, just feeling completely overwhelmed. But because I wanted to take a photo on each hour, I really focused on what I was doing instead of flitting from one task to the next. It was actually a little like a blogging microcosm. As with most bloggers, blogging itself has led to an increase in my crafting as well as an improvement in the quality, because I want to have something good to post about at least every few days. Well todays little project was just a miniature version of that. I wanted there to be an obvious progression in my photos so I focused much better than I usually do.
The only down side is that the photo's are all a little dull! Sorry about that. I was limited by the lack of decent light today and by the fact that the setting and the subject was pretty much the same for each photo. Also, now that I look at the photo's I realise that it really doesn't look like I've achieved much today! Blah, after all that build up, I fear I am about to show you an incredibly dull day! Hey ho, it was fun at the time.
My day started with a cup of hot water and a lemon slice (can't handle coffee first thing).
I finally convinced mysef to put away the buttons and do some work! I had a commission from a friend for a Princess and the Pea set the other day and wouldn't you know, instead of making less work for myself and using one of my existing sets, I decided that I had to make a special one for her. This is me starting the tote for the set.
The green index card that you can see on the right is what I use to record all the details of everything I make. Each item has an individual green index card with every detail noted on as I go along. I've found this to be absolutely invaluable. I find note books too restrictive. (I got the idea from the Kinsey Milhone books. I'm a geek).
Just the straps and the front pocket to sew on to the tote.
The tote is finished, but I'm unhappy with the actual Princess. I decided to try a new way of doing the hair and features and I'm just not liking it, so I'm just going to have to unpick it and start again. Blah.
Started work on a commissioned quilt. I had already cut the blocks and fused on the applique, so I just need to machine zigzag stitch the edges before hand embroidering some extra details. I've been having a lot of fun with this one. It's been commissioned by a very good friend so I want it to be special. She's buying it for someone with mighty high (read awkward) standards, so it's got to be good.
That's Germany V Argentina on the television. I LOVE the World Cup and was particularly looking forward to this match! So pleased that Germany won! And that's my cat Marshall asleep on the bed.
Yay, back to playing with buttons! These little piles will become something new that I'm working on. More on that soon. Although I will say that it's given me a new reason to buy more vintage buttons! Uh huh.
And here I am back where I started, except that's a cup of coffee as I've still got a lot of work to do tonight. Jim's working late so I shall just park myself in this little corner and do my hand sewing in front of Big Brother. My mother was kind enough to send us home last night with a bag of food that included some ready meals, so I don't even have to cook! Yay. ( I do however have to kill the moron that is outside beeping their car horn over and over again!!!!).
The only downer is that if I want some wine (distinct possibility) I'm going to have to walk to the shop. Hmmmm, I guess it's a case of whether my laziness will outweigh my need for a nice cold glass of Zinfandel. We shall see.
So that's it. My day. Fun.