Last Sunday at work a book crossed my desk that I knew I had to own...not just borrow. By Tuesday, Simple Matters by Erin Boyles, was mine! (don't you love AmazonPrime?) I have what could be called a small library on downsizing, simplifying, organizing. You would think I'd be a pro by now (this whole obsession of mine has been going on nearly 20 years), but I still find inspiration every time I pick up one of these books. Probably because 'simplifying' your life is not simple. Downsizing is not a one-and-done. And just when you think you've found the perfect organizational system....you discover something just a wee bit better. I guess I love the whole process.
Erin is young. She hasn't had the joy?/curse? of a lifetime of accumulated stuff with which to deal. But the one tenet she puts forth is the same one I've been working on for years....the same one that English textile designer, artist, and writer William Morris said in the mid-1800s----own only things that are useful or beautiful. But Erin takes this one teeny step further....own only beautiful. When you buy a broom, do you want a lovely handmade one with a wooden handle, destined to last a lifetime and look timeless, or do you want a crazy colored plastic handled thing that may last a couple months? A dustpan---a study, metal vintage dustpan--can be beautiful with a vintage, wooden handled dustbrush. (I currently own the vintage brush...but, my dustpan is a yucky, blue plastic job---blech.) If you have surrounded yourself with ONLY things that are beautiful, the unavoidable 'messy' times in your life will still bring joy.
So most of my week has been spent reorganizing, cleaning, and purging. I can see progress. Hubby has been so caught up in installing a new basketball pole, he hasn't noticed. (hee hee....he wouldn't have noticed anyway---I've declared his office space a lost cause; he has his own 'system' that defied 'beautiful', but he's happy with it.)
Leaving the spring cleaning.....
On the creative front...'the blanket' moves on. It's now 10 squares x 10 squares.
and I've been able to move the odds and ends to a smaller basket...
but it appears that I will still have leftovers after I've added my 2 additional row goal of 12 x 12. (eep! only 44 more squares...this has actually moved far more quickly than I originally thought. Maybe it needs to be bigger?)
The sewing machine came out and I made some two-sided napkins (sorry, no photo) and I finished the 100 Acts of Sewing tunic top...
which, paired with the AlabamaChanin scarf I made last fall, could become one funky, crunchy handmade wardrobe staple. (The 'crunchy' was daughter's description.) I even started embroidering the pocket and around the neck before calling that over-the-top-even-for-me---at least for now.
See the embroidery? See the bias-tape neckline? I MADE THAT BIAS TAPE! I learned to use this cute little (useful!!!) bias-tape maker gadget. Stop laughing. This was a big deal to me. I'm sewing-machine impaired. Totally useless, and I ended up with something not bad. Yes. I'm bragging. (I am woman. Hear me roar.)
And....if that wasn't the culmination of a mighty fine week, just look at what came in the mailbox yesterday.
Jennie at A lovely homemade life picked my name in her drawing and I won....a sweet little e-book, stitch markers, AND 4 skeins of GREY yarn.
Life is good.
Just ask Freddy.