I’ve been freeeeeeeeaking out lately. I’ve been feeling unsettled and uninspired and unEVERYTHINGYOUCANIMAGINE.
Someday I write about it all but at the moment it’s still sort of got to be kept under wraps.
When I was a kid, my mom spent a lot of time cross-stitching. Every Christmas she’d make my brother and I a cross-stitched Christmas tree ornament with our name and the year on it. She stitched elaborate pieces of art as wedding gifts and for her own walls. At some point that hobby sort of faded into others, but I vividly remember her sitting in her chair, a blanket on her lap and a hoop and needle in her hands. I tried it once or twice when I was a kid, but I would get frustrated and give up if I made a mistake, so it never really lasted.
Recently, though, I’ve discovered something similar that is really calming – hand stitching.
I started these guys a year ago, intending to have them done and hanging on a tree by Christmas. I cut all the pieces and then just couldn’t decide on the best way to fasten them all together (glue? sewing on the sewing machine? hand stitching?) and so they just never got done. I finally made a decision about a week ago, and I’ve been on a rampage ever since. Well – as much of a rampage as one can sustain while doing something as slow and methodical and stitching by hand. But it’s been AMAZING. It makes my brain quiet. It makes my hands quiet. It makes my heart quiet. There hasn’t been a lot of quiet in my life lately (mostly my own doing, I admit) and something as simple as this has brought it all down a few notches.
I can see why my mom used to spend hours doing this stuff.
I think once these guys are done, I might start designing some non-licensed-character ornaments to sell on Etsy, or maybe make these as gifts. I’ve also been pinning the heck out of some embroidery tutorials. It’s nice to have found something so simple that feels so right? Does that sound cheesy? I know it does. Don’t judge.
What’s calming you lately?