May's been such a busy month that several times I've caught myself stressing about the blog and putting aside tasks that needed attention so that I could complete something *postworthy*. One of the several reasons I started Be*mused was to keep me moving forward on projects, so I don't consider a little self-imposed pressure a bad thing. But I hate it when I realize that, for the sake of a photo, I'm stitching away on something when I'd rather be doing something else. (You do it sometimes, too. I just know it.) Today, prompted by two posts that I've been musing about all afternoon...Suzi's and Nancy's...I'm giving you a look at my workspace, nothing fancy, exactly as I left it last week*. And a few thoughts.
One unexpected pleasure of blogging for me has been the photography. More specifically, photostyling. Capturing items in an interesting setting or light. Trickery? Hmm. It was really, really difficult (killing me, actually) to resist the urge to neaten things up, but there's a point to this. Bear with me. And, as always, you may click the photos for larger views. If you must.
Ok. So. A complete mess. (Truth shots, Nancy?) Sometimes when I walk in and it looks like this, I forget what I came in for. Sewing plans fly out the window and before I realize it, I'm folding and reshelving fabric, sorting buttons & trims, organizing books & magazines and dragging the vacuum upstairs. It feels great. Clean slate. But not this week. This week, it's feeling perfect. Cozy, even. With an undercurrent of buzz. Because ideas are fermenting and next steps are being considered.
I spent a day up here last week when we got back from our trip, a day I never considered blogging about. I cut more strip sets for my yellow/orange Project Spectrum quilt. Prepared more hexagons, fabric & cardstock, for evening stitching. A perfect afternoon, sitting at my cutting table, working on these mundane tasks. And more. I was auditioning yellow border fabrics for the quilt. Pulling down green fabric in piles on the floor. Pausing to consider while I cut and sliced. Darks & brights? 30's prints? Is there even time to make a green PS project? (No.) Do I want to, at this late date? (Sigh.)
My point? Some of the best creative time doesn't result in good photos. And a week with no photos might not mean a week with no progress. Just an observation.
My jury group wasn't needed today but I'm still on standby for the rest of the week. Bag packed. No metal sewing implements will be allowed. Or scissors. But it seems that knitting on bamboo needles is ok. I have mixed feelings about jury duty. I don't mind serving, though my last experience was a rather grim trial. I'd like to think that if I was ever facing a verdict, there would be fair minded, thoughtful people available and willing to consider my fate.
I have lots of email to answer. If you're waiting to hear from me...soon!