Before the pause...

I am fnishing up packing. I have hurt my back and jammed my finger so I am taking many breaks today between filling boxes. I had thought this would be a quick pack and instead it has seemed to go on forever. I think its because I spread it out over a few weeks. Even though the first week I did not put a lot of effort into it. I only filled a few boxes each day. It still feels like this has turned into a monumental job! The movers come tomorrow. The front room is a wreck with empty boxes, packing material and various stray items littered around the room. I venture into the maelstrom and try to bring order from the chaos. Soon this will all be just a memory.

I had a bad thing happen this week but it looks like I will be able to salvage it...make lemonaide from lemons as some would say. I had pulled out my Paisley project and started working on it in the evenings along with the Paisley belt that I have been working on. It was SO close to being finished and then the unthinkable happened. I guess its because everything is such a whirlwind here. Being in the middle of packing and having my studio topsy turvy, things dont always get placed where they should. Somehow a black streak showed up on the front of it. I had been marking everything with a permanent marker on the white tape they provided to seal the boxes with. I noticed a few times if I slid a box on top of another when the marker was not completely dry it would smear a bit. I can only assume somehow that my piece was placed upon a box for a short time. I dont remember doing that and D usually doesnt touch my work but thats my only explanation. Fortunately the only noticable places were on the background material. I almost cried! This is a piece that I have put unmeasurable hours into. Instead...I cut it out! I was shaking when I did it and D's eyes got as big as saucers when he saw what I was doing but I did it anyway. I left a slim 1/8" seam allowance on all edges and I fused it to a piece of my hand dyed velvet in a gorgeous blueish black colorway. I am now slowly stitching a thin black slinky ribbon all around the edges to cover the seam allowance. It was way too thick to turn the edges under. I thought it would be a last ditch effort but instead it has turned into a face lift. It has made this piece pop like never before. I am so thrilled with it! I wish I could show you pictures but I'm afraid my cord to the camera must be packed as I cant find it....well truthfully, I am sitting at my ironing board as a desk and about the only thing left in this room unpacked is my laptop and my project Im working on. Everything is packed *grin*

So I will show you pictures later...how much later I have no idea :( I will be unplugging the box in the morning and I will be without internet for an undetermined time. Thursday I will be in Strasbourg in my new home ready to settle. The sound of that sounds so good. Finally, I will settle for while. At least two years, maybe longer. I am quite happy about that. I do like to wander, but even gypsys stop and rest occasionally ^_^

So until I see you all again I wish you warm sunshine and soft breezes and lovely spring flowers. Take care!
8 comments on "Before the pause..."
  1. Take care.....see you when you get sorted.

    x Chris

  2. Hey Diane,

    Sorry to hear about your piece and I hope that you are able to fix it up okay...
    And sorry that you hurt your back and finger... Hope they heal quickly!
    On the plus side... it is great that you are up in Strasbourg now... It's one of my fav. cities in France! Bon courage and when you have a chance to put up pics... we'll be here!

    Take care,

  3. Good luck for your move! And don't work too much. Take care of yourself. Hope to see you in good spirits in the new flat!

  4. Good luck with your move! You will have so much fun learning a new place!

  5. Lots of good and positive thoughts are coming your way for a smooth and trouble-free relocation.

    The horrors of the black streak! Good for you to find a solution that made it an even better piece. Life is full of serendipity. We just have to be open to accept the gifts.

  6. Fingers crossed you're happily settling in to your new home xox

  7. It seems like forever since I have popped in to say hello. I have been thinking about you and your move. I am so glad that the stitching mishap has turned to a good thing. Finish packing and don't injure yourself anymore!!!! Take it slow and breathe...we love you...;-)

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