I've been away for a while. Again. I remember that when I was addictively reading adoption blogs in the past, sometimes people would get their referrals and would disappear for a while. Now I understand why. There is a lot of stuff flying around the air here -- Inside our heads and between us -- and it's hard to write about, and also, I'm not really sure if it's necessary or would make interesting reading.
I'll let some of that stuff percoloate for a while, and I'll plow on with a few other things.
First, let me apologize for not having pictures of my ongoing sewing projects. Because, believe it or not, I've been sewing a lot, and I'm pretty happy with what I've got so far. Though not one project is close to being finished yet. Gulp. First there is the Picasso quilt. The top is almost done. I've got some embroidering to do along the edges, and then I need to add another border or two.
Next are the small quilts for the boys. I like the colors I've chosen quite a bit. I'm still not sure how they'll fit together, but that generally comes after I play around with the squares.
Third are the twin size blankets I am making for their beds. I'm excited about those, because I just came up with the idea this weekend, while in NYC. I went in to get our visas to go to Ethiopia, which I'll get into later. However, one of my stops was Ur&an Outfitters, where I was looking for tapestries. Sometimes they have some nice prints that I use for pillows, quilts, what-have-you. This time nothing was right -- they were way too hip, not much fun. Too many faded olive greens, mustard yellows, hot pinks. Not that I have anything against any of those colors. Every color has a place, somewhere. Just not in the boys' room. They can be tragically hip later on in life. Plenty of time for that.
What I did find were curtain panels, retro-60-70's. Multi-colored birds in spindly cages. The colors border on the hip, but in a good way. The birds reminded me of the illustrations in a poetry book I loved as a kid. I picked up three of them, which I divided and then pieced together to make two blanket tops. Ultimately I will join them with two off-white fleece blankets. However, the fleece blankets are bigger than the curtains, so I needed to add a colorful border to the edges of the curtains so they will be the same size as the fleece. Is this making sense?
I will attach the curtains with added borders to the fleece blankets (back-to-back), add a binding of sorts, and I will have two soft and funky blankets. Or so I hope.
The sad ending to this story is that our camera batteries need to be recharged, so I couldn't load the pictures tonight. Sigh. I will upload them tomorrow, or the next day, so you can sort of see what I'm talking about.
Until then, get some sleep for me. And I will also leave you with a comment made by a male friend of mine some years back when I told him I had shopped at Ur&an Outfitters. "Aren't you getting a little old to be shopping there?"