Christmas lights, colors, and festivities put many people in a happy mood . But now those decorations and festivities are gone for another year and depression is setting in. I’d like to take the time here to discuss this topic.
Depression is often caused from looking inward and most of us aren’t thrilled with what we see. When I look inside, I see someone with lots of flaws -overweight, inattentive to detail, poor housekeeper, etc. – who continually makes mistakes and if I kept looking inside the depression cycle would start. But I am choosing to make those mistakes stepping stones in my learning.
Instead I am choosing to lift my head and look out. And when I do, I see so many local needs and while most are not of my calling, a few are. I have skills in the sewing world that can lighten another’s load. We do a decent garden in the summer to share. And I can always share a smile, lend an ear, and be friendly. Some people only need a cheery word while others need more. In the past I have made items for hospitals, street people, military vets to name some. This year, in addition, I’ll be looking for chances to be of help in a more personal way.
I recently learned of some mothers I know who are in a lot of pain because of their children’s actions. Been there, done that, so maybe I can help share their pain and ease their burdens. No one should have to feel alone going through hard times. Yet because we don’t share, we do suffer alone.
Even in our churches we have a lot of lonely people. Maybe once a month I could invite half a dozen people over for lunch after church. Do you think they would care if my house was not spotless, or the meal was a simple plant based one? Would it matter to them that I don’t do “House Beautiful” or maybe that I have more earthly goods than they do? In the past, I have not invited people because of these reasons. I have been to conscious of what people might think of me. This year I am choosing to think of their needs. I am choosing to think they would rather have a friendly visit than critique my housekeeping skills or simple meal. If that’s not the case, they can turn me down. I expect nothing in return, but if they accept, both of us will be blessed.
What about the lonely older people, especially those in nursing homes. I remember when Dad was in the nursing home, his roommate had no company. I took Dad a simple fleece blanket and almost as an afterthought decided to bring his roommate one as well. Simple, but he liked being cared about. I wonder – would have to ask first – but would nursing homes like a simple decorations for the tables or trays for the holidays – something that could be disposable – that says, someone cares. And if I brought a few inexpensive fleece blankets in happy colors, would they have patients without someone to love them who would be thrilled to be thought of And I wonder if they have someone there that just needs to be read to. Another personal touch which people enjoy. Life is fast and if you don’t keep up, sometimes you are forgotten.
I remember the Christmas I was in the hospital over the holidays. When I returned to my room Christmas day, there on my bed was a bright red hat and mittens. OK they were the dollar type – nothing fancy. But the donor will never know how they cheered me and though I didn’t need them and have much nicer items, it mattered that someone cared to include me. I wore them until they wore out. They reminded me someone cared. It may seem silly because I have a large family who cares and gave me nice Christmas gifts. There were two other gifts that stand out that year and both were because someone said “I care” with their time.
I’d like to continue another time and would like your thoughts as well
Here is the blue “GO” quilt. I used a free pattern from the Accuquilt company since I needed a baby charity quilt. I will finish the binding tomorrow which will all be done by machine. The charity quilts I don’t sign.
I updated the “End of Month” report and tomorrow, I will put together the February list along with a menu we will use for the month. As you can see I did finish 3 quilts from the ufo pile, plus I tested the patterns that weren’t on the list.
I do get more things done with a list, but not everything. That’s okay. I usually overbook to give myself a choice when I come to a project that I’m just not ready to handle or that I have to put aside for awhile. What didn’t get done this month will go on next month’s list along with some new items. It any of you would like to play along, just let me know. Feb will have sweatshirt jackets and socks as the primary focus because of need.
1 .Finish getting the blog up done but needs tweeking
finish Celtic solstice in ufo stack
bind pink baby quilt, done
bind BQ quilt, done
sew piecemeal baskets top baskets only done
sew blue accuquilt quilt top done plus quilted and will be bound tomorrow
tested pattern for company by making a throw, baby quilt top and wall hanging. will quilt in Feb
3. AG: Sew 2 dresses not done
4. sewing: Make 2 sweatshirts partially done
5. knit: one pair of striped socks 1/2 done
6. embroidery: none done
Zundt bowl in green
3 Jump stick holders
Large hoop butterfly for bag
start the Anita Goodesign footstep panel
Make menu and find recipes for each week done
8. Using pedometer, walk 8000 steps per day. Averaged 11,000/day
9. Spin black alpaca Not started.
The sun was attempting to come through the fog as I sit down to write this. The shadows are rather interesting.
REMODEL: supplies needed: a sweatshirt and 1″ matching grograin ribbon twice the length of the front of the shirt
This is a very basic sweatshirt remodel. I often wear an open sweatshirt as a jacket and when I find them a pullover like this for $3.oo, I am sure to buy some.
The first thing to do is find the center front. Pin the shoulders together and then the bottom side seam. Make sure the underarm seams match as well. Take and fold it so the center front is nearest you and pin up the front.
Open the shirt and draw a chalk line using a ruler between the pins, after the pins are removed, connect the line.
At the sewing machine, sew about 1/8th inch down each side of the line. This is your cutting line and the stitching reinforces the shirt so it doesn’t ravel. Put something between the front and back of the shirt so it doesn’t accidentally get cut all the way through. Cut through the chalk line.Measure the grograin ribbon leaving a half an inch both top and bottom to turn under. Sew the grograin ribbon to the front side of the shirt with a 1/4″ seam. Turn the top 1/2″ and the bottom 1/2″ up toward you so it will be inside when you turn the ribbon Do this to both sides. You may need stiletto or orange stick to get it started as it is rather thick.
Turn this to the inside of the shirt. Roll the shirt under so the shirt fabric is on the roll. From the back side, sew 1/4″ from the open side of the ribbon, top to bottom.
Now you have a very plain jacket and another time we will go into how you might want to decorate it with embroidery, applique, lace, ribbons, different necklines, etc. There are Just so many ways to have fun with this shirt. You can many and they will all look different.
Have fun playing with different ideas.