Saturday, January 5, 2013

Moving Along

My apologies for the longer than usual blog-break. There's been a lot going on. I've been shooting the occasional picture and a thought here and there onto my facebook page, but haven't sat down to write a blog post in weeks.
  • Hmmm, I went to insert an image at this point, just to keep things interesting, but instead I'll have to post a link to the blogger "known issues" page, which tells me there's an outstanding problem with uploading photos through internet explorer. Drat! 
As I was saying--there's been a lot going on. First secret crafty Christmas preparations. These were mostly successful and happily received, though I only completed about half as many projects as I'd dreamed up. Sometimes reality can be tough that way!

One reason for my reduced capacity to complete projects has been my ongoing elbow issues. I have a chronic irritating, frustrating tendonitis. After a few months of physio and yet another injection before Christmas, it's still not fully resolved. So I've had to reduce and modify my textile work significantly. I'm determined to get this sorted, even if it means radically changing the way I do things.

After Christmas I had a week away with friends. A couple of days of Christmas catch-ups, a lot of sitting around and eating and some significant discussions made the days go pretty fast. I did manage a bit of  beading and some pattern shopping. I also had my friend D measure me up and down and round and round in anticipation of some pattern drafting. Stay posted for progress on that one.

The biggest change for me this year is that I've invited a young school-leaver to share my home for the next year. She's taking a gap year and moving away from home for the first time. She and her family are such long-standing and dear friends that they really are like my own family, and she was my guest here a year ago,  but this will be very different from anything we've done before. Her sister was already booked for ten days of Chiara's Driving Boot-camp, so I've had company since I got home.

My immediate challenge is to make room in my home for an overgrown teenager. She's too tall for my spare bed and will be here long enough to need the whole of my second bedroom to herself. I need to re-locate my market stuff and tidy the studio. OK, ok, I always have to tidy the studio, but this time it will be a radical sort and re-organisation. I've already bought curtains and started looking at furniture for E's room.

As I said, there's a lot going on--and surely more to come that I haven't anticipated. But I'd better get on to my next task. That will be a cup of decaff coffee for me and another driving lesson with the resident learner driver.


Dee said...

drat on the photo loading stuffs - right now I am glad of my Mac. (only a bit of a skite)
I would so LOVE to be there to help with the sorting of the craft space - I know I am nuts, but I really love doing that stuff. Perhaps a long distance consult, encouragement and a few picies to assist with visual orientation? I should seriously look into it as a career 'cause it energises me and I am good at it....

Chiara Z said...

Thanks for the offer, I might just take you up on the phone consult. Ra is also a help--I have some tasks for her lined up ;)