Saturday, July 26, 2014

{ When Summer starts wearing me down }

I love Summer.  There, I have said and I want to be sure that you all understand where I stand.

The problem is that Summer seems to always be a time where I find myself quite busy, it's like I'm trying to cram as much fun as possible into 3 months, before the new school year kicks off.

I don't know about you all, but there comes a point where I start getting a little overwhelmed, a little summered out and that is usually when I force myself to step back and do something that I find calming.

Enter sewing.....

Sewing Day

I've often talked about what sewing means to me..... a connection to my grandmother who I love dearly. She taught me everything I know about sewing machines, and sergers and invisible hems and alterations and dress making.

Sewing Day

Now, I haven't really applied all those things I've learned, as I don't always have my sewing machine at hand. It would be nice to one day have my own sewing/craft room where I can leave the machine up and ready to go.

Hurtling it back and forth from my closet upstairs to the kitchen downstairs, gets quite frustrating.

But when summer starts getting me down, and I feel like I need to ground myself and do something quiet and calm, I turn to things like gardening and sewing and book reading.

Sewing Day

The other day I came across my fabric stash, it was still in a box, and some of the fabric I had completely forgot I even had. I used to buy it when it was on sale, still back in Arizona, and just saved it for a future project.

These greens, browns and blues looked just right for what I had in mind.

A quilt.

So, after housework was done, the laundry washed and the floors swept, I pulled the sewing machine down, set it up on my kitchen table and got to work.

I spent 3 hours just sitting, the machine purring away, the fabric slowly being paired up and formed into panels while enjoying a cup of hot green tea.  That is my newest obsession and something I have at least 3 times a day.

While I sewed, I had my laptop nearby turned to a radio station in Portugal.  It is called M80 and all they play are oldies from the 80's, which I love.

I sang along to Billy Idol's "White Wedding", Poison's "You and I", Erasure "A Little Respect" and so many other hits from my childhood.  Oh the memories.

Isn't it funny how a certain song can take you right back to a moment in time, a certain age, something you were wearing, a place you were at, thoughts you were having?

After 3 hours, I got everything put away because dinner needed to be started.  I am making a simple Jambalaya with some smoked turkey sausage.  Simple and yummy!

I'm sure I'll sew more tomorrow.

Redeemed Picnic Basket

I just had to show you my new picnic basket.  I have never had one but it was something I always wanted.

There was a knock at the door yesterday while we were eating dinner, and hubby came in with a big box.  It was from my dear friend Heather.

This is my birthday present.  I can't even tell you how touched I was.  Heather is that kind of friend that you make and no matter what happens or how far apart you may be, she is always there when you need her.  I love her and I do miss her terribly.

Redeemed Picnic Basket

I am so in love with this basket, it is beautiful and I can't wait to use it. Of course my favorite part of the basket has to be the lid with the scripture.

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. - John 1:16

Just beautiful!!!

I am  extremely blessed with the friends that I have, near or far, in which they love me for who I am and constantly and often remind me that I am loved, and appreciated and that I mean something to them. 

In this day and age where everyone seems to be about hurting others, being rude and insulting and means the world to me to know and feel that I'm surrounded by lovely Christian women who hold the same values that I do.  So blessed!!!


Sweet Tea said...

You are obviously very loved by your good friend. What a thoughtful present. I think your quilt is gonna be beautiful. I really like all the colors you are using.

The Smelly Lady said...

I love it when I hear a song from "back in the day" and it reminds me of something. Interesting you mentioned that, I have a post coming up sometime next week along that some subject.

Can't wait to see the finished quilt. It's been a long time since I've made one. I made one for a christmas gift for the exchange at work one year. Everyone thought it was the coolest gift ever!

Mindy Gauthier said...

I absolutely loved everything about this post - the way I too get to feeling overwhelmed by summer, the fabrics in your new quilt, the picnic basket, and the scripture. Hope you have had a very happy birthday Sandra! God Bless - Mindy :)

Jen said...

What a neat gift. Even though we have never met in person (YET)I consider you one of my closest friends.

Summer is often called the lazy days. I think that should be refrained for winter. Summer is a constant go go go. Between going to camp and my son's many fireman's parades we are constantly on the go.

Tina Leigh said...

Love that basket! I have several different kinds of picnic baskets..when you are tired of that one you can send it to me! Lol!

The brown in the quilt just sets it off. I love it.

Here in South Georgia, it's so hot and the humidity is so bad. It's 96 right now w/heat advisory expected to get 108 today. It already feels like 101 b/c of the humidity. It will be like this for more than a month now and I start wishing for Fall. I hide inside with the curtains closed & a/c on dreaming of cooler days! When theses dog days come, I AM DONE WITH SUMMER TOO!!

Sarah H said...

What a beautiful basket. So pretty.

I too get summered out, but then I also get autumned out, wintered out and springed out. LOL I love the seasons, but there is always a time for change. xx

Christy said...

Oh, I understand your feelings about summer. By the time the school break comes around, we are so ready for it after having such a hectic school year. However, by the time the break is over, we are so ready for school (and the routine that comes with it) to start again.

autumnesf said...

Sewing is a grounding activity for me. Currently working on two quilts that are Xmas presents for a niece and nephew.