I am on a break, though. I hadn't realised that it had been so long since my last post, guess that December goes more quickly than other months.
Festivities, nice new neighbours, perhaps a nice new handbag - so far, so good for 2011.
The Xmas/ NY break officially concluding at midnight tonight, I must observe that one of the few things better than the Sunday evening of a long weekend must be the Monday evening of a long weekend when you are still on leave. Oh, happy, happy day (or night). There will be that deeply satisfying time tomorrow morning when I take my breakfast and a book back to bed, just coz I can.
For the record, any smug self satisfaction will evaporate Monday next week - as I contemplate returning to work on the Tuesday.
I have spent several days sewing - cheesecloth beach pants for the beach baby, and I modified a couple of linen dresses which have been stashed for upcycling/recycling/reconfiguration/deconstruction. The sorting of the clothing stash is a whole 'nother post, let me tell you.
The reconstructed articles work really well over a plain Tee.
While I was sorting stashes, I also deconstructed a slide projector from the verge delectation, they have such fascinating components (and of course they take up less space this way). The lenses give you the best magnifying lenses.
I've had a Dremel tool for ages but it seems that every time I take it out of the box a man appears and wants to try it out ( malespeak for play with it and make random marks on wood and metal). Yesterday I spent some serious quality time modifying a small and very ugly thing - it was supposed to be a bird - with reasonable success and no major injuries. So far.
Next, the metal cutting....bits. (insert sound of evil laughter here)
Most of the op-shops were closed for the Xmas break but a quick look last week yielded a couple of treasures.
We took a trainee with us, as part of our renowned op-shop with the stars tour program. I have to say that she took to it like the proverbial fish. The three of us carried her bags from the boot of the car for transfer to the spousal conveyance.
Useful tip : fold gleanings in a clothes basket and leave them in plain sight. What, these old things? Had them forever.