This morning I was going to write an entire blog post about how much I hate my quilt. Last night I spent two hours unpicking 56 pieced rectangles, all because the pattern was wrong. I was going to tell you about how angry I was, how I checked the designer's website for corrections before I joined them all as something just didn't seem right with the instructions, but there was no mention of a problem. I was going to tell you that at midnight last night, after a huge glass of red wine, I finally finished sewing those little bastards back together and now they are crooked, and I really think this quilt is going to look bloody awful.
But then I remembered that today's "This is ..." theme is what makes me happy. This quilt does NOT make me happy, but there is plenty of stuff that does at the moment.
* Not working in an office anymore makes me very happy. And healthy.
* My friends make me happy. Yesterday I spent time with a good friend and my heart almost burst with the happy. Of course, the Italian pastry I had may have also made my heart burst with a coronary, but it would have been a happy coronary.
* Creating makes me happy. This morning I cut out a few more project bags, and the fabric was so lovely I couldn't help but smile. A couple of months ago I was on a course for work. Through a questionnaire, I discovered that my best work style is as a producer. Creativity didn't even show a blip on the work radar. I wondered where I had lost myself. And I wondered if it was healthy to lead such a Jekyll and Hyde existence - creative and imaginative by night, producer and dull by day. That thinking actually made my decision to leave the job a lot easier. I wanted to find my creative self again.
* This makes me very happy. It's the view from my sewing room window, and it's another perfect Canberra winter morning, albeit cloudy. My first daffodil has come up, and the frog pond is only a month away from sounding up again. Shortly I'll be seeing the mister with his wheelbarrow, pottering around the garden, moving soil and pulling pond weed out of the water. He is such a lovely man, and he makes me happy as well.
Thanks to Jacinta for such a beautiful theme!