Friday, August 24, 2007

chugging along

well, I'm back in my cinder block office (I'm not complaining though, it's quiet and it's all mine). I usually get a few yards of a warm colored fabric to 'hang' on the white brick walls, and it's pretty cozy actually. It's about 7 feet by 16 feet, and I squeezed a desk and filing cabinet in here, and sometimes I even do jumping jacks after lunch if I need a shot of adrenaline. I sort of resigned, and then unresigned, and it was quite gut-wrenching. I am trying to do that thing where you look for 100 blessings throughout your day, and I kind of do that already. Right now I'm thankful that I'm sitting down, and I don't have to talk, or teach, or plan a lesson. For the moment, it's just quiet time. My feet are enjoying the break. I can already think of several blessings for today, so I guess I'm well on my way.
Etsy's been pretty busy, so I'm just focused on keeping up while I'm back at school. I have lots of ideas for new autumnal things. I made a very cute patchwork scarf, and it's the fabric itself that really inspires me. It's very Denyse Schmidt:

I'm calling it a "Scarflette" due to it's short length, and I have no idea if that's a word or not, but it sounds pretty cute to me. It's reversible and has the softest, fleece-like- (looks like wool but it's not)-gray plaid- cotton fabric on the other side. I'm making a skirt out of it too.

I got some gorgeous deer skin too, and I can't wait to have a chance to sit down and make some fall leather purses out of it. I'm sorry to all the vegans out there, but man, I love me some leather. Just walking in to the leather shop makes me so happy! I just breathe in deeply and am overcome by the wonderful smell. I have no idea why it smells so darn good, but it does. I want to do something natural with it, like leave raw edges - none of this rhinestone stud crap that seems to be so popular these days. I can't stand all that metal embellishment stuff all over those handbags - it's just overkill. Just my humble minimalistic opinion, though. I'll post some pics of my leather progress soon. I'm thinking of making some wrist cuffs with the small leftover pieces - I don't want to waste a single spec of it! caio~


cari said...

Love this skirt, so very cute!!!!
What a nicely put togther outfit, and the scarflette is too sweet!!!
Love your blog!
Love your etsy store!
So glad you stopped by my blog and introduced yourself!

Gina said...

Oh so beautiful gems!

Susan Tuttle said...

You are so talented with fabric!!!

I totally empathize with the small office space--I taught elementary school general music for 10 years--I had a tiny office just like that--sounds like you did a nice job of making it cozy and pretty with the fabric. Have a great start to the school year.