Friday, January 24, 2014

Creative Energy

Hi - I'm back!  My apologies for taking such a long hiatus from posting.  It isn't because I haven't been busy creating - quite the opposite.  I can't seem to stop my creativity long enough to sit and write about it.

For a while after my hip surgery I wasn't able to sit comfortably in an upright chair.  That got me looking for things I could do in a recliner.  I pulled out my crochet hooks and yarn but the ball of yarn kept getting away from me and tangling in my walker.  (Not a dilemma I expected to have before I reached the 'home'.)  Anyway, that led me to dig out cross-stitch projects that I hadn't touched in years.  I finished four - so far.  I find I am really enjoying stitching in the wee hours of the morning while sipping my breakfast smoothy and listening to a book that I've downloaded from the library.


Stop by tomorrow for instructions and pattern.
Then with all of the extreme cold and ice we have had here in Iowa, I was a little afraid to step out the front door.  (Especially after seeing the bill for that new hip and viewing the x-rays.)  My studio is a bit of a trek down toward the barn, so instead, I decided to stay in and visit my sewing room.  There were many unfinished projects in there, too, so I got to work.  I have made pillows, pieced together quilt tops, made pincushions, organized my 'stash' and started giving my granddaughter sewing lessons.  My sewing machine broke a few years back and I replaced it with a new Janome that I hadn't really taken the time to get fully acquainted with.  So I have read the manual, tried out the various settings and attachments and generally fallen in love with sewing again.  When I bought the new machine they had a promotion where you got a second, smaller machine free.  So I set it up, too, and am humming along with both machines.  We are having the coldest winter Iowa has seen in 100 years but most days I really don't mind.  I just keep on stitching.




And on warmer days when the ice melts a bit, I venture down to my studio and create with inks, paper and paint.  Some days I even work - but only if I have to.

I went for a routine doctor's visit on Monday and the nurse, in the course of asking the usual questions, asked me if I had experienced any loss of interest in my normal activities and hobbies.  I told her "No, quite the opposite - I seem to be interested in everything!  Do you have a pill for that?"  :)

As always, thanks for stopping.

 

3 comments:

  1. Glad to see you've been busy. Beautiful sampler!

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  2. Hi Cathy so glad to hear you're back to crafting and are getting more mobile. You have been busy! Beautiful sampler, I love the bird house. Those little hearts look adorable and so artfully arranged round that gorgeous sewing machine. Your sewing room looks like a heavenly place to get away from it all. Love that colour on the walls. Good to have you back. Stay warm and safe. Hugs MMx

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    1. Hi Maisie. I am happy to say that I am very mobile now. I don't have any issues with my new hip and have no 'buyer's remorse'. :) So well-healed, in fact, that I have taken back all of the house cleaning duties from my husband. I was a little reluctant to let him off the hook with scrubbing the bathroom - it was awfully nice not to have that responsibility after 40 years of toilet scrubbing! But he has snow to shovel now so I will give him a break. Always good to hear from you. Cathy

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