I swear I haven’t dropped off the face of the Earth, though it seems like it sometimes. The last month has been more stressful than usual. That’s saying something, if you have been following the saga of Dashing’s health issues. I still don’t have a voice–it’s sort of coming back but dude, it’s been gone since CHRISTMAS–and a huge new set of bad news has come our way since I last posted.
Naturally, my reaction has been to craft things like CRAZY.
Some people eat, some people turn to drugs, but when I get stressed, I create stuff. My way of coping is to get cozy in my chair and to make something by hand, because that is something I can control. The rundown of the past few weeks is truly impressive, including several pairs of crochet earrings, a hairpin lace cowl/headband/mitts set, a banner for my spinning wheel and a super-plied “brake” to be used during demo season, a wall hanging, three hand-sewn spindle and project bags using fabric I wove a while back (including linings and zippers!), an altered project bag for my wheel, a pin cushion, and a skirt sewn entirely by hand. There’s more but I can’t even keep listing it all. Here are a few pics of what I’ve done…but by no means an exhaustive list:
I suppose the good thing is that I’m turning my energy into something tangible and useful, but I also need to be careful not to use it to avoid responsibility. I’ve accomplished this by making sure I do at least one thing every day that addresses the situation, whether it’s making phone calls, running errands, sending faxes, or cleaning the house. The crafting becomes a reward for getting things done.
The list of stuff I’ve made is pretty impressive, especially because of all the completed projects involved. I am a serial project starter, so focusing on something from start to finish is another good exercise to help me cope.
Things will get better, I know, but right now they are very tough. Thank goodness I can wield a needle and thread.