I like it when things are in their place. I’m not obsessive about this, but when things are where they should be there’s a sense of calm in my world. Recently, in the book shops, I’ve picked up a book called the life-changing magic of tidying up: the japanese art of decluttering and organizing. It’s a pretty book and a nice size too. It’s a New York Times #1 best seller, written by Marie Kondo. So, why don’t I buy the book and find out what the magic is? Mainly because it seems to me that it would just add One More Thing that I’d need to declutter.
Three weeks ago I had some dental surgery done, and was instructed/ordered not to exercise for a week. That week ended up being almost two weeks and then, just when I thought it was OK to get out there, I got a nasty cold. Minor stuff, but I listened to my body and just hung about. The benefit of this little break was having lots of time to clean up my sewing room and finish some niggly bits and pieces.
I got down to the bottom of my ironing bucket. I finally sewed a hanging loop on my jean jacket. Honestly, it took less than five minutes and I’ve put it off for two years! I sorted fabrics that are leftover from three different quilts. I put aside fabric and notions that will be donated or swapped. I put hanging sleeves on my wall quilts so that they can actually hang and not spend their days in a pile on the floor. Everything is labelled now.
This quilt, which was started over two years ago, was promised to Project Linus. It will be my second donation to them. Their donated quilts and blankets go to a transition house in North Vancouver.
It’s free motion quilted with different patterns on each block and then a meander on all the white. I hope that it brings comfort and joy to someone.
There is one more UFO, (unfinished object), waiting to be quilted and I’ve just ordered some thread for it. I’m sticking to my goal of not buying any new fabric as my collection is full of wonderful pieces that are calling to be used. And, this afternoon I began working on a lined linen blazer. That fabric’s been around for a while, but linen is timeless, right!?
Yesterday marked five weeks until my Half Ironman race. I’m definitely not where I’d like to be as far as training distances. Three weeks off, at this point, isn’t recommended, but I had a good solid base and should be able to build up the mileage.
My mind and my sewing room have been decluttered. Order has been restored and I can get excited again about new projects and spending time in the water, on the bike and on the road.
Thanks for reading.