As I said in my last post, I have had a busy few weeks around here and I have not done any sewing at all since the start of November. As you can see from the button (once proudly, now ashamedly) displayed on the side of this page, I had every good intention to join in with the Dakota Sewalong hosted by Rachel at House of Pinheiro and Maria at A Stitching Odyssey. The day to upload pics of your finished item is today. I got this far:
And it has been there on my dining room table since 8th November. Complete with coffee stains.
What I have been up to is creating some of the videos for the new tour of a certain Irish boy band – though it is debatable that you can still be called a boy band when you are embarking on your 20th anniversary tour! It has been quite a nice job to do; creatively engaging, good client to work for, but it has meant anything from 12 – 20 hours per day sitting at my computer. I am knackered! The tour started on Thursday and we uploaded the last of the videos to them at about midnight on Wednesday…
On Thursday JB and I had a nice day. I didn’t manage a lie in, but we took a trip out of the house and went to a miniatures (as in war hammer, not dolls house) shop for him and I got to make the pilgrimage to the Minerva Craft Centre. Like many UK sewists, Minerva is one of my first ports of internet call when I am looking for some new fabric, but although the shop is only about 40 minutes drive from where I live I had never actually been there. And boy, did I have a lovely time. The in store fabric selection is not overwhelming (far too much space taken up with yarn of all things… Only kidding; I am not a knitter, but only because I don’t have the patience and I am quite envious of those who do), but they had a good selection and the service was fabulous. There was a certain fabric I had seen online, and though I had clocked from the website that it was an “online special”, I enquired about it and the lovely lady went off to see if the chap in the back knew what I was after. She came back with a swatch of just the thing (and a swatch of an alternative, just in case) and then proceeded to take a great interest in what I was doing, offering advice and suggestions which were most welcome.
I can’t tell you what I bought, as some of it is to be packaged up and sent to California (Hi Laurie – I’m sorted, at last!), but I did come away with a bulging bag of goodies and a big old smile on my face.
…Anyway, after the first night of the tour, the band needed some changes to a couple of the videos, so we got that call at around 11pm (having actually spent an evening with the sadly neglected wicked stepdaughter) and I finally put the job to bed at 3am on Friday morning.
Friday I did nothing.
Saturday I vacuumed 3 weeks worth of cat hair and general dirt from every room, landing and stair in the house and then in the afternoon we went to see the FREAKING AWESOME Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Brilliant. Loved it.
Today I thought I might get around to finally making my Dakota, but after tracing and cutting out the pattern I think I should maybe have gone for a larger size, so my enthusiasm for running up a muslin is not great, as the thought of having to trace and cut out again fills me with – not exactly gloom, but a whole load of meh.
I think what I need to do is have a good old sort out of my sewing room. Since I last gave it a really good sort I seem to have acquired more fabric, but no more storage space, so new purchases have been shoved, thrown (and sometimes placed) somewhat randomly in there. Do you want to see? Does other people’s mess make you secretly a bit happy? (not judging – I love other people’s mess!)
There is another big pile hidden at the end of the little sofa bed there (don’t tell me you can’t see the sofa bed, it is clearly that thing on the right of the first picture disguised as a pile of fabric!).
This is the cupboard I would like to put it all away in:
The thing is, I don’t mind a bit of clutter, but it is beginning to feel a bit oppressive in there, so I need to do something about it. I think I’ll be much more likely to get back into the actual fun stuff if I can get some order in the place. However, 4pm on a Sunday is not the time to start that sort of thing. I think I’ll just go with a bit more family time today and then see if I can’t work up the energy tomorrow.
I’ll let you know how it goes. Bet you can’t wait!