At the beginning of the year I took the time to sketch out some projects that would go with the Historical Sew Fortnightly themes. As the year has progressed, I hit some road blocks. (Projects that took longer than expected. Supplies for projects getting ordered but not showing up.) And then there was the drop in my own enthusiasm.
I had started to feel more intensely that I was making items I didn’t really want at this time or making items in strange orders (accessories before outfits, for example) so that I could match a challenge or really stretching the parameters of the challenge to make something I wanted to only to rush through it to meet the deadline as reasonably as possible.
Don’t get me wrong! I loved doing HSF! It did exactly what I wanted it to, which was motivate me to get started on projects AND actually finish them so that I could build a wardrobe for costume events. Now I have a huge wardrobe. I have actually reached the point that it is to big! I have more outfits than I can wear in a year. Several of which, I am no longer satisfied with.
With those thoughts and feelings in mind I decided a few months back that I would finish the HSF year out and next year I would change my way of doing things. First I’d pack up the outfits I no longer love. They’d go into storage until I reached the point that I could part with them. Then I’d limit my creativity for the year to finishing UFO projects (the vast majority being modern knitting) and limiting myself to one costume, which I would take great pains to choose, to shop for and to sew slowly and carefully.
And then life stepped in. There is actually a lot going on but the primary stepping has been done by my doggy. This is her last Christmas. Lookin’ fine!
She has been slowing down lately and I thought “hmmm, old age is kicking in”. But within a few weeks, old age seemed to be running her over with a truck. Here she is lookin’ not so fine. And starting to have accidents in the house, which she has never done!
I took her to the vets a couple of weeks ago and the old age turned out to be diabetes. We are early into the treatments (strict diet, twice daily insulin shots) but already we are seeing a vast improvement! It is like having a young dog again!
But, keeping her this way means I have to do some changing. I have fast forwarded my plan to back off of the HSF challenges (though I intend to watch and be amazed by the work of others!) Not having the deadlines takes some un-needed stress off of me. And I am vowing that any future projects be either UFO or at least 80% stash busting thus freeing up some cash to support my insulin junkie’s new habit.
Who knows, I may have to start a blog about my life with a diabetic dog!