Monday, May 17, 2010

Adjusting My Sails

I'm still jumping from patterns to internet to books. Should I sew? Crochet? Tat? Paint a room? Build a table? Plant the garden? Read a book? More choices than time, as usual.

I think the unsettled-ness I'm feeling is just the uncertainty of our future with hubby still in need of a job. We've never been in this situation before (in 27 years!) so it's odd for us to question our future. Thus, inspiration strikes at the most unusual times for the most unusual reasons.

A quote that I added to my office wall at work today is:
You can't change the direction of the wind. You can, however, adjust your sails.
This is a great reminder for me! We can't get so comfortable that we forget how to adjust and adapt to each new situation that life brings. I'm adapting and adjusting and remaining optimistic, but I do have to keep myself busy to stay sane.

One project I completed is this crochet clutch from Moda Bakeshop - just because I liked the idea of sewing on some clear vinyl. I've probably said it before, but it seems like projects that are fairly quick and easy satisfy my need to accomplish something.

And I'm working on some tatting/jewelry bags, just because I feel like sewing lately. Nothing fancy, just playing. Not sure if I should sell them or pack them away to use for gifts.

Hubby and I are also considering building a table like this, with plans from Knock-Off Wood. I have been surfing various plans here A LOT lately and re-designing my sewing/craft room. In my head. (For, you know, when I have some spare time.)

This next weekend I'll be planting my vegetable garden. And then what? I'm never sure until something hits me. I seem to be getting pretty good at planning and research - it's the implementation that loses me sometimes!


  1. I know the feeling well of trying to decide exactly which project I can fit in at any given time ~ and also about ajdusting my sails. I've had a lot of practice with that. Sounds like you're doing great!

  2. Oh, I love the crochet bag - it would be perfect for tatting needles!!! Cool idea!

  3. That's a great quote! I've always heard, "Flexibility is the key to air power." Same idea, but by air instead of sea. Hope you find wind in your sails or beneath your wings soon.

    You did a fantastic job with the crochet clutch and the tatting bags! I know what you mean. I have a handful of hobbies that I really enjoy and most can be fairly labor intensive. So unless inspiration strikes, I am sometimes hard pressed to decide which to pursue. I usually go with whatever is most relaxing at the time (or most portable some days).
    :) Ann


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