Sewing My Life Together

Appearing Again: My Blog!

 

 

As with many people I know, December gets in the way of almost anything I like to do in my free time. Even my daughter told me I need to get back to my sewing machine!

What have I been doing?

1. Spending more time with photographs. Uploading them, cropping them, deciding what to keep or delete, sorting out duplicates (of which I have many because I tend to be disorganized). Here are a couple:

Captured on the local 2 mile walk near my house

Captured on the local 2 mile walk near my house

Red branches

I plan on taking the 365 challenge this year: every day a new photograph. Maybe that will also be a blog?

2. Finalizing the article (on the evidence-base for relationship-based interventions for children with autism). We have a final draft now, and one of my co-authors will return from Norway on January 5, so sometime in January we will re-submit it.

3. Sorting and printing my photos from Senegal. I hope to have a show nearby in 2015. Here are a few I like:

Outside of Dakar, there is a lake famous for appearing to be a rose color (but not in April when we were there). There are several outdoor restaurants in the countryside, and this is one that the water apparently took over!

Outside of Dakar, there is a lake famous for appearing to be a rose color (but not in April when we were there). There are several outdoor restaurants in the countryside, and this is one that the water apparently took over!

Women sell trinkets on the streets to earn their living. This woman was selling cold drinks, since the tourists cannot drink the tap water here.

Women sell trinkets on the streets to earn their living. This woman was selling cold drinks, since the tourists cannot drink the tap water here.

5. Words With Friends on my iPhone and iPad. I admit, I am addicted to it. I know it is a waste of time but I love playing it!

6. Organizing stuff. This could be a full-time job for me. I spent a lot of time this vacation week sorting stuff and throwing things out, and the house looks just as cluttered as before, but I feel a sense of satisfaction about ‘getting things done”.

7. Curtains. My mother-in-law lives locally in her own apartment. She is legally blind, on oxygen, and is slowly losing her strength. But she complained about her kitchen curtains, so I volunteered to make some for her. I did not follow a pattern and it did take me a lot longer than I had expected. Her wallpaper is green and yellow, but she wanted red. I bought a quarter-yard of green and red fabrics and we put them up to the windows. And you know what? The red looked better.

In the photo of the finished curtains, they look orange (I took that photo with my iPhone).   So I added the photo of the hems which shows off the bright red color.

In the photo of the finished curtains, they look orange (I took that photo with my iPhone). So I added the photo of the hems which shows off the bright red color.

Grandma's curtains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I bought new curtains for my living room, which required me to hem them. However, I do not have a good photo of them. (and that fact is propelling me to take 365 photos this year so I can become better at using my point and shoot camera).

8. Small repairs.  A hem here, a sweatshirt there, and other small items. Repaired pocket!

Ripped Sweatshirt pocket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Christmas Shopping. Do I really have to tell you this? I would think it was obvious!

 

Happy 2015!

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