I’m gathering my thoughts and materials for two new personal projects. . . and I’ve got an idea for a third project that will probably insist on getting in the way of everything else I’m working on 😉

A giant, heartfelt THANK YOU to Kathy and Phil, Sharrai at Holly’s Fine Flowers, and Lorna for the wonderful supplies that you’ve contributed to my craft room ❤ I can’t wait to share what creations come from these goodies!!!

wonderful supplies

on display

I’m looking to reserve space in a nearby Fall Swap Meet and have been keeping an eye out for local craft fairs and holiday bazaars to join as well. . . there’s also talk of weekend pop-up space in a shopping center in town that sounds promising. In preparation, I’ve made a few product displays and signage to use at my table and am stocked with business cards and other sales accessories, handmade of course!

I’ll let you know details of when and where I’m setting up, and what, exactly, will be available for purchase 😉

I’m so pleased with how great my prototypes and first-runs look and how well the displays turned out!!!

perfectly productive

The first half of September is shaping up to be quite productive around here. . . so much so that it caught up to me this past weekend and I’ve been moving and thinking like I’m stuck in a bowl of pudding. And not in a good, “Awwww, puddin’” kind of way, but just a slow and sticky mess.

But leading up to it, there’s been good things happening inside and out. . . I started off nursing Mr. Husband and his on-the-road cold, so we’ve both been eating extra healthy and drinking our tea, and I’ve still managed to ward off his cooties! To freshen things up afterwards, I washed linens and pillows and caught-up on a few other chores and am looking forward to a few warm days this week to open up the windows again. I managed to reclaim both of our desks from piles of papers and stacks of stuff and I continued around the home office to make a workspace for myself after organizing supplies and projects old, new, and in-progress. In the process I rediscovered the dining room table while Mr. Husband found the garage floor under the recycling.

We’ve pampered a few potted plants on the deck for fall and transplanted a few hearty herbs to the yard around the old tree stumps. Mr. Husband worked hard to gather the largest pieces of wood from the tree he cut down last month and stacked it for the upcoming season. I watched him do all that work, so I know it was hard!

We also researched a new ‘tea’ to feed the bees in fall and winter and after checking in the hive Mr. Husband set them up with a new feeder. Unfortunately it seems the ‘wild’ hives in the fir trees are probably the result of our hive splitting up, but the remaining girls have a good honey supply for themselves and may still have a queen, but it’s so hard to tell. FYI, I stand nearby and watch Mr. Husband take care of all this and pretend to know what’s going on.

The weather has been just-right and I’m glad the sun is shifting for fall. . . summer sun is just too much for me so the partly-cloudy days and crisp nights are my reward for toughing it out.

sew many aprons

When I started to stay home full-time and decided to begin artsing (and sometimes fartsing) I found I wanted to make the days easier by wearing simple, comfortable, and functional clothes. . . I thought about how women have worn aprons for generations before me and how the only time I see it now is in Montessori classrooms, art classes, and cooking, so I wanted to revive the habit. . . and save my favorite clothes (and time picking them out!) in the process.

My inspiration and motivation to get sewing was my Grandma Winnie’s Mushroom apron, a bright pink, cotton piece with a large pocket on the front that is silk screened with a colorful group of mushrooms.

Inspiration Piece - Grandma Winnie's Mushroom Apron
Inspiration Piece – Grandma Winnie’s Mushroom Apron

I have different aprons for different activities, like cooking, gardening, daily homemaking, and for creating and getting messy. . . I enjoy the simple design of the cross-back, or Japanese, aprons and find them easy to sew up. I have one more to make with two cute fabrics, but that’s a gift, so no sneak-peeks. There’s also a little pile of fabric left to be made into waist aprons, which I’ll use as work belts for sewing or shop work, and then my collection will be complete!

I had fun photographing these aprons the other day. . . The yard was quiet, except for a goofy stellar jay and a few other little birds, and a nice breeze helped my subjects move into beautiful poses.

Fresh sheets on the clothesline
Fresh sheets on the clothesline

And yes, I do use the clothesline for laundry. . . mmmmmm, fresh sheets tonight!

ravenous reading

I have been devouring books lately. . . some for pleasure and some for research & development.

ravenous reading
ravenous reading

I am gathering inspiration from two gay men with hilariously disturbing imaginations (and real lives!), and brave, witty, smart, and adventurous women, both real (one is a distant relative!) and fictional. . . I’m also giving my creativity and business skills a refreshing boost with these and a couple by Austin Kleon and an Etsy financial book that were only available online.