For the Friday Work in Progress (with a new Flickr group), here's my current work pile. These are all vintage curtains that are about to become handbags like this one for a wholesale order. I've still to choose linings for each, but the pile has started, and so the work will follow shortly. I love these 'curtain bags' as I've been calling them.
And here's another pile that I want to show you. (clicking on the photo will show you just how random this pile is.) This was directly behind me while I was taking the first photo. Steve often threatens to start a counter blog called "The Other Corners of My Home". (I think he should!) And while it's all in good fun, he does have a point. It may appear that all is glossy around here...the photos semi-polished with no sign of laundry and chipping paint; handmade clothing for the babes; and lots of finished crafting projects. I always assume you know that what you see here is just a part of my life. I choose to mostly blog about the good, the positive, the things and people that bring me joy. (And the hope is that it brings you some joy too). When I'm having a hard, terrible parenting day; when I'm not so proud of a parenting moment; when my house is completely trashed; when I'm tired and grouchy and covered in breastmilk and peanut butter...when all of these things are happening (as they often do), I find immense sanity in stopping from all the chaos to blog about the joyful things. A simple handbag. A new pair of shoes. A dress for my baby girl. It reminds me of what's beautiful, and of what's important to me.
But when I hear things like, "how do you do it all?," I worry that my focus on the good stuff is deceiving. That you really think I DO do it all. I assure you that is quite far from the truth. The things I 'let go' around here could fill it's own blog if I really wanted to talk about it. But I make very conscious choices in how I spend my time - and the things that I am not willing to let go of are what is most important to me. My family. Living a creative life. Trying to be mindful. Living with intention. Parenting gently. And so that's what you hear about. I worry sometimes that this might be forgotten, and oh, the very last thing in the world that I would ever want to do would be to put more guilt on another Mama. So. Please. Be easy on yourself, and know that this is just me sharing a bit of my life in my own attempt to keep it real.
Whew. Sorry to get so heavy and rambly on ya on a Friday afternoon. Have a good weekend, everyone.