You know how sometimes everything just gets a bit much? You're working too hard, you have worries, you're waking up at 4 am after just 3 hours' sleep with your mind and heart racing, and you haven't had any time to do exercise or sewing in a fortnight thanks to crazy 11 hour work days?
Well that all happened to me, and so I put my foot down. This weekend, which happened to be a long weekend, was declared to be a "Retreat at Home".
On Friday night we caught up on some TV shows and drank copious cups of tea while I worked on the longest ongoing crochet project ever, my Critron shawl. I'm almost there, but not quite. I suspect I may actually never be there.
Saturday morning I sewed together the backing for a quilt. I like the harlequin effects of it.
Then I was a smartarse and tried pin basting the quilt sandwich on the dining room table. The middle section came out beautifully, but not so much the outer borders. Back to the floor, with a roll of duct tape, I go.
The AFL grand final was on Saturday afternoon. A few weeks ago I finished all 72 Hexy MF flower blocks, and now I'm slowly sewing them all together. What a great game it was, too. Even if my team weren't playing.
This morning was set aside for the traditional birthday swim with the girls, followed by a birthday brunch. I was thoroughly spoiled. Also Pulp Kitchen in Ainslie does the BEST BREAKFAST EVER. People! Streaky bacon! Lyonnaise potatoes! I was in heaven.
Back home, I pulled the vomitous scrap stash out and pressed it, then spent an hour or so cutting it into 2.5 inch squares for a Scrap Vomit swap I am part of.
So much fun. I will never look at scraps the same way again. I've cut half (have to cut 49 for each swap) and I have heaps leftover for my own squares. I only stopped because a) I needed a cup of tea and b) my right leg was feeling more numb than it usually is (surgery side effect. Fun) from standing too long.
The best thing about my retreat at home? It's only half over! I still have another day and a half to quilt, baste, sew, cut, go to the movies and have another swim. Also, I'm getting more than 3 hours of sleep at night.
Hope everyone's having a fabulous weekend as well!