Quite often on this blog I get comments of the "You are so amazing, you do so much" or "You must have more hours in the day than the rest of us" variety... and they make me smile. They make me smile because they are kind but mostly they make me smile because in my head the reality is so different. I seem to spend most of my life barely one step ahead of myself, rushing from one thing to another and never really achieving half of what I want to do. Take yesterday for example...
It was my weekly machine embroidery class at the Settlement. I planned the programme for the term during the summer so I knew what I was going to do. For the classes up until half term I had all my samples made. The plan was I would make all the samples for this half of the term during the break... but for one reason or another it didn't happen. This week as usual has whizzed by and so I woke up on Thursday morning with no sample. Fortunately it's an afternoon class!
So I put on the radio, made a pot of tea and got to work making this little embroidered envelope from transfer printed fabric, adapting a pattern by Jill Kennedy in Stitch magazine.
A little envelope designed to hold the little hand made books we've been making in the previous three lessons. (samples made during the summer!)
Tiny books just 4" square made from appliqued tissuetex and filled with coloured pages.
Which was all well and good until half way through I remembered it was my turn to make the cake (to be cut into 12 portions) for the over 60's club meeting this afternoon. A rather rapid all in one fruit loaf... complete with sunken fruit... was delivered just in time and still warm!
Which of course meant I then rushed out leaving the ironing board up looking like this...
And my sewing table strewn with mess looking like this... not having eaten any lunch and forgetting my sister-in-law's birthday card... which is already late. (Happy birthday Anne! Sorry!)
Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining... I love what I do... and I like to be busy.
In fact, I get restless and irritable if I haven't got anything to do.
And when the ladies in the classes I teach produce fabulous things like these books...
it makes me really happy... because they are so beautiful!
and I learn different ways of doing things from them too.
But sometimes I wish it would all slow down just a little bit.... because I'm tired...very, very tired!
And it doesn't make for very interesting blog reading if I tell you about how I collapsed in a comotose lump on the sofa last night and instead of doing the academic reading I needed to do for a tutorial today... I fell asleep! Rather dispels that wonderwoman myth!