Tuesday, May 10, 2011


I have a hard time relaxing.
No, seriously.....I just don't know how to sit still sometimes.  Unless, of course, I'm absolutely beat at the end of the day, I just can't seem to be content to sit quietly with my hands still....doing nothing.  Oh how I wish I could!  I can't even sleep in in the mornings!
What brings me to this acknowledgement is my decision as to what to carry to the beach this week to 'do' while vacationing.  Honestly, I do look forward to sitting around the campground, watching people and chatting idly with my husband.  But, I can only handle so much of that idleness and then I get squirmy.  So, my dilemma is whether or not to take any sewing with me.  If I do, it has to be simple, easy to work on, non-messy and I have to promise myself that if I don't have to do it!  It's simply going to be my back-up if I get bored with crosswords, puzzles, reading, chatting, suntanning, biking, swimming, etc....you get the picture.
Last time I took a simple I Spy quilt that was cut and ready to go.
I just sat and chain sewed....easy peasy...
I even talked Bill into cutting the pieces apart, but I don't think he'll be as easy to coerce this time.
Anyway, back to my current world (we don't leave until tomorrow)....I have actually caught up on ALL my 'necessary' sewing - AMAZING!!  Just need to finish making summer dresses for my niece and sister-in-law.  I finished 3 more Buttercup Bags (pattern by Rae Hokstra) and listed them in the shop.  Why, I just don't know, because they really don't sell that quickly....perhaps that's more of the 'squirmy' in me that just wants to do it because I've got fabric up to my eyeballs and need to do something with it!!!!

Oh yeah...it helps that they've been cut out and waiting to be sewn for several months now....sheesh!  I'm pretty sure I started them last year because I used to sell them mostly at craft shows but we don't have time for those anymore.
Anyway, while working on real orders for my Etsy shop, I have also enjoyed creating adult TIE-shirts for fun
My son's roomie saw his shirt and requested one for himself.  I'm loving his color combination!  I only wish there were more boys around to make these for!

I also found time recently to get into my garden and get it cleaned up and ready for summer.
We decided against planting any veggies this year so the only thing I'll be harvesting (hopefully) is some sweet basil and flowers.
My husband recently purchased a pallet of landscape blocks at a killer price for his construction project and luckily had plenty leftover which I used to trim out my beds.
Perhaps when I get back from vacation I'll have the energy to tackle the bed in front of the house.....


Karen said...

Have a fabulous holiday!

Shay said...

Looks like you've been really busy . Beautiful bags Jenn!

I do hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Pokey said...

Enjoy ~ whatever you take along to do!

Stephanie said...

Darling tie t-shirts!!! Enjoy and relax.

Shann said...

I am a squirmy gal as well! :) I love that you took your sewing machine camping with you. I used to do the same thing. Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is lovely!

randi said...

take it! if you use it, great. if not, no big deal. your sewing project will always be waiting for you. :)

happy vacationing!

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