Sewing My Life Together

Progress and Mistakes

Well, since December 24 I have been feeling really sick…not the stomach bug kind, but the low-grade, chills and sweats, sore throat, headache but no fever type of sick. The type you experience with no energy or interest in doing anything….although I did handle the holidays quite well, I believe. I was tested for flu and did not have it…but no comfort there. I still felt lousy and was told it was viral…advised to treat the symptoms with ibuprofen, lots of fluids,  and rest. Finally a few days ago I gave in and stopped trying to actually accomplish something. I spent a couple of days just resting and reading. And I found myself reading  (and to my chagrin, liking)  a Danielle Steel novel….On Friday, January 4, I went to see my nurse practitioner and was diagnosed with a sinus infection, and given antibiotics…so that by today,  I almost feel normal again.

One task I was able to do with little effort was organize photographs to be scanned onto DVDs….(I have been trying to de-clutter as much as possible)….so I now have a pile of over 600 photos ready to send out to be scanned.  I did this sitting on my bed while listening to music.

Here are piles of 200 photos each....

Here are piles of 200 photos each….

Then, last night I sat at my sewing machine and started to make a new landscape. After ‘auditioning’ several types and colors of fabrics,  I chose my design and started sewing. By 9 PM, however, I was not happy with the results. My stitches were too large, the fabric had wrinkled in places, and it was much too lumpy. I tried ironing it, re-stitching some sections, and finally, I gave up.  I realized this project was one that I was not going to finish.  It was going to be filed as a ‘mistake’. Here are two photos of it:

You may not be able to see the lumps, but you can see that the stitches are too large and too noticeable.

You may not be able to see the lumps, but you can see that the stitches are too large and too noticeable.

Also, I try to avoid 'points' on the hills and mountains, and this blue hill has a huge point at the top....and for some reason  I could not get my fingers to work to fix it.

Also, I try to avoid ‘points’ on the hills and mountains, and this blue hill has a huge point at the top….and for some reason I could not get my fingers to work to fix it.

So, as I went to bed I was feeling like a failure. Not an artist, not a quilter, not even a decent sewer. I also did not like my attempts to insert text into the landscapes….so this baby has been put away, for good!

This morning I woke up feeling better….ready to try, try again….and I had a success today. (photo will be posted when framed).

So, lesson learned: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Mistakes happen. Move on. Let go. Don’t give up!

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2 thoughts on “Progress and Mistakes

  1. I’m so sorry you were sick on your vacation…or anytime for that matter. I didn’t realize you could send your photos out to be scanned quickly. Would that be to a Kinko’s type place? The assortment of projects you work on impresses me. You seemed to have many varied talents.

    • Hi Jan,
      With regard to the photos, I bought a bunch of Groupons for a place called PhotoBin….they provide the mailing packages, and then return the photos with a DVD. I haven’t tried them yet, but will let you know!
      As for many varied talents, I don’t know…I just like to try new things. Maybe I am a Jack-of-all-trades, Master of none!

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