Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Crafting in place

I'm making small, no-fail things, just for the sense of accomplishment. A quilted zip bag, a lined tablet case, pom poms. A pair of plain socks. I made chocolate chip cookie dough and didn't even bake the cookies, I just ate the dough with a spoon, because baking them is where it always goes wrong and honestly, I like them oven-free just as well. Maybe better. I cleaned my closet and donated about twenty purses to the Goodwill, then I made a purse. I made a skirt from last year's pattern and it didn't fit [see "cookie dough", above] so I donated that, too. Wheels are spinning here in every possible sense--fleece becomes yarn on my Ashford Kiwi, my mind whirls with crafty ideas, and as more snow continues to fall, we get the car stuck in our own driveway every other day. I compose letters in my head: Dear Siberia, Please stop coming over the North Pole and dropping Canada on me. Thank you.

20 comments:

  1. Oh dear, sounds like a bit of cabin fever has set in. Looking outside my window I'm seeing such a variety of snow, big fat flakes, tiny ice crystals, and the wind is whipping it all up, down and sideways! I don't know what happened to that spring day we had yesterday, but it - is - gone :[ Your solutions of dealing with your winter sounds perfect with the sewing and purging. One more month to go :)
    Wendy

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  2. Way to go! you sound like you are crafting like me. Anything, as long as it feels like I am producing something. You just reminded me, I need a make up bag! Jo x

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  3. We have had no snow at all this winter where I am in the UK. But a few winters ago, we did, it started early and went on and on. I got heartily sick of snow and winter, so much so that I don't care if we never have any more of it. So I do empathise with your long winter, it gets very oppressive that constant white glow and the muffled atmosphere seems too close. I hope very soon you open your curtains to some nice bright sunshine and spring flowers. They can't be too far away now.
    Sara

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  4. I'm liking that indigo pouch with the yellow button. Looks like you're keeping busy - thank goodness you have a generous craft stash to get you through the winter. I laughed about getting rid of the purses and then making a new one. Something must fill in all that new space in the closet :)

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  5. You always make me laugh so well.. Now I read your posts aloud to my 17 year old son, who also gets a hearty smile/chuckle.. And he's a discerning lad. Enjoy the cookie dough, it IS best eaten raw. I will cut ole man Winter some dirty looks for you, next time he looks my way. Hang in there. Love your new pretties.

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  6. I feel for you with all that snow but at least you're keeping busy (cookie dough consumption accepted and understood)! xxxx

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  7. I read your blog posts to my husband and we always laugh together. Thank you for bringing a special warm and cozy-ness to our hearts! Your blog is a blessing!!! Stay warm! (I want some cookie dough too!!!)

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  8. When the wheels are turning, you've just got to run with it!

    I used to eat raw cookie dough all the time. I'd leave the bowl in the fridge and just grab a blob when I wanted some. My sister was sure I'd get sick from the raw egg, but I never did. She would refer to my roommate and I as Sam-N-Ella when she saw us eating it.

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  9. Thank you for this post. It was a hoot! I hope the snow stops soon. Not as bad as last year here, but the wind is so cold. So, just any cookie dough or just chocolate chip?

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  10. Oh jeepers, poor you! I feel so sorry for everyone up north in the snow! Meanwhile, down south, we're sitting with bergwinds (hot winds), fire alerts and Cape Town (the mountain, plantations, one lodge, an old age home, houses) is burning down.

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  11. Cookie dough, yum. I bake mine though. But not before I have eaten a spoonfull ;) and then they are pretty much gone. feel pretty unhealthy by then - and swear I will turn my life around. No more sweets. But, I love sweet things too much;)
    Sometimes one just needs simple projects.

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  12. Oh, I can feel your cabin and snow fever in this post. I am so sorry that you have to endure all of this, but your simple projects are a great idea! I love the small clutch purse. And, the cookie dough...well, that is something I love but can no longer have due to Diabetes Type 2. May the spring birds whistle for you soon...

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  13. Long cold and what feels like a never ending winter.... but this too SHALL PASS..
    Raw cookie dough - Another thing we in common!!!!
    I heard birdsong yesterday.... Albeit before the snow began again... but I'm certain spring will return again <(")

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  14. My, you've been so busy crafting.. I hope you manage to feel better soon, and that the bad weather goes away (here it's back after a couple of days that felt like Spring, now it's almost snowing)! x

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  15. you make me laugh! Love the letter to Siberia. I think you should be right proud of yourself for your industry instead of curling up in a fetal ball somewhere warm.

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  16. Funny story :-) But keep in mind....spring is on her way. With the first sun, find a chair, point your nose to the sun, and sit there for at least two hours, or four, or the whole day. Maybe a week. And more ideas will pop up. And you can use them, together with the ideas your building up right now. And than you can surprise us with all the projects that will come out.
    Greetings, Stuyvesant

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  17. Greetings from Canada. We're sorry you keep getting our winter but we have no-where else left to put it. Snow piles high and the kids are sick of sledding. Today the temps peeked above zero for a second but tonight we're back down to -24 :(
    We've taken to tracking down Groundhogs and shaking them for more information. They promised an early spring this year!!

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  18. hehehe I've heard of gluten free---but "oven free"?
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  19. Send some snow to Seattle! We aren't even getting our normal rain and we will pay the price with water prices this summer! It sounds like you are making the best of it though-enjoy your cozy times.
    xoxox

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  20. So much snow, cabin fever seems to have set in. Love the tablet case a real delight.

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