Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy MLK Day!

Reclaiming My Sanity

 I decided to take back my life this weekend.

I have been in the a deep, dank, funk...
for sometime now
I decided it was time to do something about it this weekend.

Chicken or Egg?

One could ask...
which came first the chicken or the egg in a funk like the funk I am in.
And to answer that question 
I would have to say...
who cares!
There are so many things right now that have me in this state of depression
I wouldn't even now where to start.

So, I decided to start with some small quick fixes
to gain some forward motion.

I started Saturday with folding the 6 loads of clean laundry that have been sitting in baskets all week.

Then yesterday...
No More Pity Pot

No more falling off the pot every time I tried to wipe my arss.
A new toilet seat on the commode!
Oh what joy!

Where there is no light...

Let There Be Light

The original light bulb in this fixture lasted about 4 or 5 years!
I love these fluorescence bulbs.
Only thing is...
it burned out several weeks ago. 
However, yesterday...
a new bulb!
Let it shine, let it shine!

What a Mess

My mending basket is overflowing.
My sewing machine is a little displaced.
And my kittens have made a total mess of my fabric.

My studio for the most part has become a dump site.
No creativity happening in here.

This is a perfect mirror to my life right now.

A Great Place to Start

Yesterday morning after waking up and taking ALL my vitamins and other necessities...
(this was the first time I had done that in WEEKS)
I took my coffee into my studio 
and preceded to tidy things up.
I wiped off my work space and my folding cutting table.
I put things away in their designated places.
Then I brought in a snow shovel..
just kidding
but I did bring in the shop vac.
I wasn't fooling around.
I displaced my sewing machine once again.
Simply moving it out of the studio, created a domino effect.
The face lift bled over to the rest of the house...
One sewing machine forced me to re-arranged all the rooms.
it has really opened things up.
And I now have my sewing machine back out in the front room.
I can help Mary with her school work and 
maybe even work on some projects at the same time without total chaos.
I like this change.
Mary's work table is back in the den so all her school stuff is in the same place not in several places through out the house.
A Room with a View

Since today was a holiday and all the schools were out,
Mary got to
hang out all day with some of her ole pals.
She woke up and did all her chores and headed out fairly early.

Which left me with some time on my hands.
What to do?
I once again took ALL my morning pills
(woo hoo 2 days in a row... I'm on a roll)
and with coffee in hand,
I headed for the studio.
I did some journaling, 
made a meal plan for the week,
cleaned up the kitchen and then
jumped into the day!

One Man's Trash

Trimmed, cut and ready to ...

Start Sewing

Another Man's Treasure

 Tote bag made from a recycled horse feed bag.

I have been wanting to make one of these bags for a while.
Except I wanted some out of the Layena bags.
I love the ...
the Barred Rock design.

My barn angel friend ... Kathy
made one a while back reminding me of how I had wanted to try this.
There, the seed sat...
I started bringing home feed bags from the barn and a few weeks ago.  
Then the last time I was at the feed store, I picked up some Layena chicken feed.
I usually go for a much cheaper feed for my gals.
Sorry, ladies.
However we were out of feed and I was there.
I haven't made one of these before (at least not with feed bags) 
so I decided to start with the horse feed bag since I only have one chicken feed bag.
Just in case I mess up the first bag, I will work out the bugs before I try on the beautiful chicken bag. 

Hey, bugs and all...
I think it turned out pretty well.

One down two to go.
Now you may ask, of all the projects I have why start with this one?

My rational was this...
I may have all kinds of good intentions
but to most folks if an idea only stays in your head 
then a few feed bags in your studio become simply trash.

This my friends...
is a metaphor for my life.

"In the case of an emergency, please place the oxygen mask on yourself before you try to assist your fellow passengers."


Susan said...

Wow, lots of progress this weekend! I love it when that happens, makes my mind feel like it's accomplished something, even though that sort of work has nothing to do with brain power??!!

Daisynconcrete Photography said...

Right On, Mama D!! Killer bag and the blog of my life, haha. I love you xoxoxo

Green Gourd Creations said...

@ Susan... thanks I was thinking of you when I started this post. I was already feeling as if I had accomplished something before I started the blog and felt even more satisfied after publishing the post. And fer me ... it is ABSOLUTELY brain power... because all those pesky things like, should, guilt and doubt clutter up my brain. It was like brain house cleaning weekend.

@ Ginny I love you too... I knew you could relate (it is genetic).

I am glad to see that you both were able to post a comment. I tweaked the comment settings yesterday and I was hoping that it would allow you both to post. Since the two of you were the only ones who have told me that you were having trouble posting comments.

Thanks ya'll, keep commenting reading! It helps keep me inspired.

Anonymous said...

Good Job Debbie..I love Marys school area..and the bag is HOT...It does make you feel so good when things are finally in their place..
The light is at the end of the tunnel..and you are getting their..Good Job!<3 ME