This week is turning out to be a bit moody-broody, weather-wise . . .
But, hey! It's Friday! (And look how green our grass is. . . Now. In November.) Let's TGIF, shall we?
T - Thinking About
I've been thinking a lot about sewing lately. Although I rarely blog about it (mostly because I just don't do it much these days), I know my way around a sewing machine. There was a time when I sewed most all of my own clothes; when I pored over fashion magazines and copied what I liked for myself; when I sewed curtains and cushions and even bedspreads; when I sewed costumes and Easter dresses and matching Christmas jammies for my kids. Heck . . . once I even sewed Tom a custom fishing vest! Now, most of my sewing is done by hand -- when I indulge in some slow stitching à la Alabama Chanin.
I've been thinking about sewing - and Alabama Chanin - lately . . . because (oh.my.goodness. I can't even believe I'm going to type these words) I'll be headed down to Florence, AL next week. To go to a 3-day Alabama Chanin workshop. Right there at The Factory. And . . . (this is the best part) . . . I'll be going with Vicki!!! (We've had this planned for well over a year now, but we haven't dared blog about it. Because so far off. And pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming.)
But here we are. We leave next week on Tuesday (make that Wednesday) (Thanks, Vicki!). And I am THINKING about it . . . all. the. time. (So much so that I can't even keep track of my own travel plans apparently!)
G - Grateful For
I am so grateful that, when I was 5, my Great-Grandma Strom pulled me (the oldest of the grandchildren) aside from all the cousins at some family gathering and asked me, "Would you like to learn to sew?" YES! YES! I was so eager! She patiently showed me how to thread a needle and make careful running stitches that spelled out my name. She didn't even get irritated when we discovered I had stitched my work right to my skirt! She just cut it off, and helped me start again. That first lesson turned me into a life-long stitcher, and I will be forever grateful.
I - Inspired By (or maybe we should say Intimidated By. . . )
Okay. So visions-of-sugarplums are dancing in my head about this whole Alabama Chanin thing. I am so inspired! But also . . . so intimidated! Holy cow. . . Alabama Chanin. It's like my stitching mecca. We get to try on all the things. We get to choose a thing to make. They will coach us and teach us and show us and inspire us. It's like getting a back stage pass . . . to meet the Rock Stars of the stitching world. (I hope I don't throw up.)
F - Fun
Right. I think THAT will be a given!
Don't forget to check back over the weekend. NaBloPoMo means never having a day off!