Not last weekend but the one before – with one week left for me on placement in the ICU – Julian left for yet another overseas work trip. Ugh! It was a very dreary weekend. Cold. Grey. Abby had a Sunday full of friends and an outing. I was home alone. Too frazzled to settle down to nursing papers, grad applications, or lovely stitching projects. Too petulant to do housework. Too tired to read – I’d have just fallen asleep. So I did a little shopping – which was when I discovered the Great/Dreadful Spotlight Sell-out of DMC Embroidery Wool – then came home and rearranged the house!
Nothing like a good rearrange to soothe the spirits, busy the body and give me that immense feeling of satisfaction of a job well done :-) It was all for a good cause. With Abby now in the midst of her last two years of high school, she really needed a dedicated and low stimulus (i.e. not her bedroom which is full of posters and books and comics and dolls and laptops and all other manner of distraction) environment to settle quietly into each evening for a solid stretch of homework and study. And so was born The Library.
I moved the big desk with its big computer out of my room (I only have two papers left to write for my degree so no longer need a dedicated study spot) and into the front room (which we didn’t use much anyway), filled the corners with bookcases, three armchairs with a back-up in the hall for comfy quiet times, and moved the three seater sofa into our bedroom. This also required a complete bedroom rearrange – shuffling the bed, dressing tables, and Julian’s wee gentleman’s wardrobe. Blimey – by the time I finished around 8pm that night, I was buggered.
Now – not only does Abby have a great spot for her work, but I have a lovely, sun filled window seat for reading, knitting, stitching, or stretching out for a quick nap! And soaking up this morning’s delicious (but oh so chilly) sunshine – a cheerful, wooly, quilted cushion – I give you The Suncatcher!
It was a completely spur of the moment creation just before placement started. On a cold, late afternoon, Mum was at the kitchen table stitching Abby’s Debutante’s dress – her idea of bliss. Julian was at the stove cooking – his idea of bliss. Abby was on the floor of the living room, drawing and skyping with Sacha- her idea of bliss. And I was flipping through an email from Pinterest – with no bliss – when I spied a picture of all these little coloured circles paired up and stitched into rows. They looked like beautiful macaroons and their pretty colours instantly brought a smile to my face. I cannot remember how they were presented – as a cushion? wall hanging? tote bag? I don’t know what sort of fabric they used for their circles or for the backing. And even worse – I can’t remember who the original artist was and nor can I find the photo again. It would seem I was so excited, I didn’t even pin it to one of my boards. Hmph!
I did, however, get snipping, and by the time supper was on the table, I had 50 little circles of felt cut and paired (all from the exquisite selection at Winterwood Toys). Now, I’m sure they could have been cut more evenly – specially with one of those nifty circle cutter press thingies. But you know me – I’m not a stickler for perfection. I love colour and texture and the whole doing thing. Having it put together in a pretty and sturdy way and then put to good use is all I need for my dose of bliss.
After pairing my circles up, I pinned them out – combination of eyeballing with the occasional use of a tape measure – onto a lovely lovely lovely piece of wool fabric that looks like hessian – oh it is so beautiful with the prettiest halo – which I found at Darn Cheap Fabrics up the road. Of course, it was bought for another purpose, but I never let that stop me ;-) I then pinned this – using safety pins – onto a piece of vintage blanketing for extra sturdiness – those little macaroons of felt carry a bit of heft which the woollen hessian just doesn’t have.
Then – using my walking foot, I stitched straight down the middle of each column of macaroons. Quilted it into checks. Add a border of tumblers in pretty Konas. Whacked on an envelope backing of cocoa and white checks and bound the edges with a nice neutral. Abby picked it out for me – I tend to get carried away – you know, more is always more. Abby has a lot more discipline then I when it comes to fabric choices!
Oh I do love this cushion so much! It doesn’t matter where we put it – its beautiful, rich, cheery, furry colours catch every last drop of sun and bring a wonderful light to this often dark and wintery home.
For now – it’s sitting on my window seat with me and I’m about to sit here in the sun with my cup of tea and have just a little fiddle with this new needlepoint pattern before I write my pharmacology log that’s due in tomorrow! Truly – just a little fiddle ;-) You believe me – yes?