In the fine traditon of whacky Oregon summer weather, it's crazy hot out here! Ok, ok, it's about 90. That's not crazy hot to some. Having never had any tolerance for the heat (I wilt like the gentle flower that I am...heh heh heh), some days 70 is too hot for me. I'm holed up here in the Casa De Cozy, reveling in the AC and sucking down sinus meds. Yay, allergies! But at least there's a good reason, wildfires burning in Central Oregon are sending smoke our way. So, if allergies are all I'm dealing with, I'm in good shape.
All this time at home while Mr. Cozy Notions is away in Seattle has me doing a lot of trolling around online. Etsy, let's just put it out there, you basically own me. Lately, I'm into paint by numbers with an Asian flare. No idea why. None.
Other than that, I've started doing the whole Pintrest thing! Loving it so far. It's a great way to organize little bits of the internet that I want to remember. Much better than trying to find one thing amid 1,000 bookmarked links! I'm going to attempt to put a Pintrest button in my sidebar. Which is really the only plan I have for my entire day! Speaking of which, the older I get, the more I'm finding this quote to be particularly true:
Enjoy your random day!
Today I'm considering what to do with this blog. Do I like blogging? Yes. Why? Sometimes I have thoughts about things and it would make my friends insane if I sent them every home dec link I love. Its also nice to be able to show fam/friends what I'm up to. I do put pressure on myself to have *perfect* content and if it isn't *perfect* then I don't like to even bother. Which doesn't work in real life or on a blog! Which is probably why I haven't blogged in ages.
This is Oscar. He's part of a project I'm doing for work, taking pictures of all the staff pets to display in the lobby! I'm loving it. Pets are, of course, my favorite subject matter, but how do you ask people, "Hey, I'm not insane, but can I take 500 shots of your cat?"
Anyway....that's what I'm up to. I'm considering moving this blog to a free service, such as Blogger. I'm considering never blogging again. When I consider that, it makes me kind of sad. So, maybe that's not the right step now. I'm considering taking the dog for a walk because it's a gorgeous (perhaps even fall-like? hope, hope, hope!) morning! I'm considering quite a few things. I'm considering not making a plan and just doing things as I think of them. Hm.
hello? is it me you're looking for? I'm such an intermittent blogger. The last vestiges of winter/early spring are here in PDX and I'm so. very. sick. of. rain. I do really love rain, but seriously. It's time to lighten up out here! To that effect, I made new *ultra*girly* curtains for my studio. (side note: it's decidedly a 'studio'. Toyed with atelier, craft room, sewing room, but it's really a studio. Things are studied. Then I *might* end up making something...or I might take a nap with Floofy.)
That photo was taken a month ago, when it was still dark outside at 5pm. Love that it's lighter later now! Looking forward to even better light to come, better for photos indoors and out. I've taken a ton of pictures lately, but, get this, my computer is FULL. It can't handle any more picts until I make some room! So, lots of spring cleaning around here! It's nice, really, to prepare for 70 degree weather when the last thing I'll want to do is be attached to my computer!
I've done some cute little projects lately, too, including a little mug rug. Thinking there will be more of those in my future, they're like tiny little quilts, easy to finish, instant gratification quilts. Heading into a cleaning up of the blog, new banner, new links, etc. But first, a mini-vaycay! Travelling back home to upstate NY to visit a dear friend and her little boy this upcoming week! SO excited to see them and have some time to chill out! I'll be back in a couple of weeks, see you then!
I thought this was going to be my picture for the day:
Big clumps of snow, like lake-effect back home! Odd.
(found last year at an antique shop)
Never thought I'd ever post this early in the morning. But my coffee was ready on time, the pets didn't put up a fuss during feeding time and so far (in this hour) things have been going smoothly. It's quiet, of course, and there's a cat on my lap. As soon as a lap forms around here, a cat just *appears*.
My Take Once Daily project is definitely a challenge. Some evenings I find I haven't taken anything, then it's dark and incandescent light makes all my shots glow yellow. I've been including them anyway, they can't all be gems and there's some sort of truth to glowing yellow evenings in winter. I've found that most of my pictures are of pets or food and there's a lot of truth in that, too! Pets and food are pretty important around these parts, esp during the dark, rainy days of winter.
Haven't been doing too much sewing, which is a bummer. Though I did whip up some napkins in a desperate need to actually finish a project! Been working on a quilt that's slowly making me insane and I needed some instant gratification. The quilt is the first one I'm making for Chez CozyNotions, not giving away as a gift. And, for some reason, that ups the stakes for me. Frustrated Perfectionists, raise your calloused hands! There's some puckering at the end of my rows, though I used a walking foot and adjusted the thread tension. Possibly my machine needs a tune up? I need to think about this problem more before I go back to that quilt.
My next project just might be a pillow, since SMS is having Pillow Month and I LOVE pillows (Mr. Cozynotions would say I love them to a fault). Playing around with some Echino and linen. Flooooofy (aka Ivy, Doodle, ScroofyPoof) approves.
Summer happened! What is it about summer in the blogging world? Things slow down, take a breather, even if they don't mean to. It's an unexpected mental vacation. I love summer this year, a distinct departure from years past. Certainly, having central air plays a huge roll! The (cozy) apartment was on the 3rd floor and the heat was heavy and had the ability to wilt me. This year, the sun is shining in the windows, our house is lit up and I feel great! No closed up tomb for me!
This year, having a dog really shook up my routine! It's a welcome change and I love having a walking buddy. There are many parks and trails around here to putter around on, but I always felt kind of bored/dumb/creepy-why-is-that-girl-walking alone?.... With the dog, I feel slightly more normal and definitely more engaged. Little details stand out that I might have missed otherwise; a heron hidden in the reeds, an owl perched on a branch, a neighborhood cat strolling home. And with a dog, esp a mostly black dog, you get to sit down during walks to keep him cool...which I wouldn't have done before. Sitting in the woods, JUST for the purpose of relaxing, is a luxury I never took advantage of pre-Hennessy.
Some things went by the wayside this summer, including the quilt-blocks-of-doom. I donated money instead. Time to sew is short here, with a full time job, a full time dog and all the other little things that make up a life. I really identify with The Selfish Seamstress, whose blog I began reading this year (thanks, Em!)! Her blog tag line is, "Because I only want to sew stuff if it's for me". While I do enjoy sewing in general, who ARE these people who sew gifts for their family members? Who bust out embroidered dish towels weekly? Who make jam and pickles and then decorate the jars adorably and distribute them to their neighbors? Gak! HOW do they do it???
Anyway, fall is coming! The sun is starting to slant. I've started cutting up fabric for a couple of quilts. 5.5" squares... cute little patchwork squares with chickens and apples and little flowers! A little Alexander Henry Farmdale quilt, for cool fall mornings with coffee in the kitchen....siiigh that is the BEST. And maybe sometime I'll update my blog banner to reflect the season change! I just noticed it says "spring 2010"! HA! Summer, you do take over!
Wow, that was unexpected! I didn't anticipate leaving this space for 6 days straight! Just finishing up 5 days off from work, which, despite the weather, was *very* refreshing! For the first 3 days, I convalesced as I was sick with the same sniffles it seems all of Oregon has! The past two days, though, have been wonderful. I almost forgot I even have a day job! I spent a lot of time in this spot:
Did a lot of thinking...planning...daydreaming....... it was a great mini vacation.
Just one thing makes me feel better when I'm under the weather. De Cecco Farfallini #95 pasta. My grandmother, Nonnie, used to make this pasta in chicken broth and it always reminds me of her and her tiny apartment kitchen scented with garlic and basil. mmm..... I feel better already.
Well, it wasn’t a big jump, to tell ya the truth! I love coziness, everything about it, the
feel good spot in your tummy after a meal, a cat on your lap forcing you to
relax, that snug as a bug feeling you get from being home. And I love that ‘notions’ are ideas as well
as all the bits and bobs of sewing that help those ideas become something
Now that I’m lucky enough to have my own room to be creative in, I’d like this blog to be a pin board of sorts. All the unique things that combine to inspire us to sew, create or even just sit and *think* about sewing or creating! Mix in a good laugh, some fun background music and a cup of coffee (oh, and a cat or 3) and you’ve got cozy notions!