Sunday, December 07, 2008

Winter Blues

I haven't had the heart or energy for blogging this past week. I am feeling the pressures of the Holidays fast approaching, & I also have other stressors that I am dealing with. I have to study for 2 tests that I have to take for work. I tried to get them done 2 months ago, but it just didn't work out, so now it's crunch time, & I HAVE to get them out of the way, & it seems like it's been one road block after another. I am beginning to think maybe it's time to consider a different job. Maybe go back to office nursing. I loved the one office job I had, better than any other job ever.
I am still working on holiday decorations in the house. Outside looks like this today. It's not only the darkest days of the year for us here, but today we woke up to fog. It's 32 degrees, & it's been foggy all day. I took these shots about 10:10 this morning. It's now 15:15 & it looks the same outside.
It reminded me of the new scarf I just finished. It's the same purple (almost Periwinkle) silk, with Angelina (Calypso Blue) that looks like the same color as the silk. I used a really light layer of the Angelina Fibers, as the other scarf I made, I feel like I went too heavy, & I think it will be stiff.
I haven't finished that first one yet. I'm going to use it to demonstrate on in my classes. That's the other thing I've been a little stressed over. I am trying to get my classes planned & have to have everything ready to turn in to the Quilt Shop on Tuesday.

Above it the scarf before washing out the stabilizer, & below it's in the sink getting washed out. I used warm water (not hot) & it worked just fine. I washed the whole scarf, then threw it in our new dryer on air only for 9 minutes. It held up fine.
Here it is in front of a white background.
Next I tried in on black, to see if it would photograph any better. That gray spot inside my camera is driving me buggers!
Here's a close-up of the edge. I don't have time to do it now, but I would like to add small beads to the fringe to weight it down & make it hang pretty.

My Dad called today. He calls every Sunday now. It's always so nice to hear from him. He is 88 years young. Still working full time. An amazing guy.


Vicki W said...

I'm with you on the stress thing. Work is driving me insane and it's not going to get better any time soon. I haven't put out the 1st Christmas decoration and I'm not sure it's going to hapen at all. Some thing have just gotta give and it's not going to be my sewing time! LOL! Love your scarf - that willbe a great class.

My LIttle Family: said...

You can do it! Just one foot forward at a time.

Steph said...

Sorry you have been feeling stressed. The scarf looks great! Just take a deep breath things will smooth out soon

Fran├žoise said...

Your scarf is gorgeous!
I hope you'll be able to relax soon.

roxanestoner said...

I have all the confidence in you to do the job. You are one person that I look up to. The way you juggle all your hats and none of them fall down. You are a terrific woman. So there. I love your scarf. It does reflect the outside light and monochromatic colors but you added the sparkles that shines through your heart. Two more weeks as you say and a new cycle starts again.

Nanc said...

Take a deep breath, Deb.......You can do it! Your scarf is beautiful....much prettier than the colors we've been seeing outside! You are busy, busy, busy!

Delighted Hands said...

Sorry for the stress........sometimes deadlines do take the joy out of what we usually love to create.

Allison Ann Aller said...

Those gray skies all day have got to remind you of home in Western Michigan...monotone gray at about 800 feet for days and weeks and months on end...!

I'd think about an office nursing job...if you loved it so much before, that is a good indication you will love it again, isn't it?

Gaia Quilter said...

I love your scarf, the beading will be the cherry on top. I've been machine quilting nonstop since Nov. 5, my necks achs and burns and I'm not finished. I'm working on flannel snowman quilts for the "triplets" and time is running out, we leave for Florida Dec. 20.

Michelle Auer said...

Any time I have romantic thoughts about living in Alaska, I see these snowy photos and remember what I didn't like about it. I don't think I mind the snow as much as the muddy season.
miss you!

Michelle Auer said...

PS- your Angelina work is very pretty!