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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The faster I go.....

I was determined that this was to be a productive day. And it was, yet I was plagued with dumb mistakes every step of the way.

I have hand dyed and painted fabric for a very long time and although I use these fabrics, I still have a small stack of my favorites that I have been hoarding. This photo doesn’t do this fabric justice - you will have to trust me that is a beautiful, rich red and until today, I have only snipped very, very small pieces off the outside edges. Finally I decided it was the perfect background for a small piece I am working on. Pleased with my choice, I pressed and cut.....and in doing so, cut a hole right in the centre! Yes, I will work around it, but still it made me shake my head in disgust at myself. 

That seemed to set the tone and I proceeded to break machine needles, drop hand sewing needles, chase bobbins across the floor, get paint where I didn’t want it, and on and on.....what is that saying about the faster I go, the behinder I get? I finally got smart, walked away from my work, baked some muffins, went for a run, regrouped and started again. 

Things went a little better after that. Thank goodness.

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  1. LOL....we all have those days Jennifer. Just keep moving.....

  2. Hi Jennifer - good for you for stepping away, making muffins and going for a run; then coming back with a fresh mind. We all need to learn how to do that. I hope you and yours have a great Easter Weekend, these holiday weekends are not easy the first couple of years - I will be thinking about you and your family. xoxoxoxo Barbara

  3. Been there, done that, though usually not as graceful ......

  4. Kitchener QuilterMarch 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Ooooohh. All that is maddening to be sure. So wise to walk away and come back later. That's what I try to do, and not fight it. That red does look intriguing. No wonder you love it so.

  5. Jennifer VienneauMarch 28, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Thanks, Marjorie! I have to keep telling myself that some days.

  6. Jennifer VienneauMarch 28, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Thanks! I guess you just have to laugh at yourself and move on, eh?

  7. Jennifer VienneauMarch 28, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I am pretty stubborn sometimes, so it takes me a bit to process that I am not making progress. The day did end up being productive which is a good thing!

  8. Jennifer VienneauMarch 28, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Hi Barbara! Well, it takes me a while to clue in to my own destructive ways sometimes. This week has had it moments, yesterday was a struggle and I suspect that is why the day just didn’t play out as I hoped. We will spend a night with Dad this weekend and I am happy to be seeing him, but Easter is tough. Life is still surreal. Thanks for all your kind thoughts and I hope you and Suzie have fun looking for the Easter bunny! Jen xo