probably one of the first expressions i learned that made sense to me immediately, no explanation required...
i've spent many, many happy hours dreaming away, la la land we called it when i was young
teachers often mentioned it in report cards, year after year, teacher after teacher
"jillayne is a day-dreamer"
lately my day dreams are more often than not about this room, my studio, and what's in it
it's chock-a-block full of all sorts of delightful goodies, most i've chosen for myself, some gifted to me through the recent craze of "de-stashing"
i'm much more judicious in my purchases than i ever used to be - never mind that i've run out room, i'm also mindful of the time i have available
i've learned that the things i like to do the most are the fiddliest, most labour-intensive, using up next to nothing kind of creations you could ever imagine...
like the little scrap you see below
a very little bit of paper, silk and lace, a few beads, a modicum of embroidery thread
smoosh it all together and it wouldn't take up three square inches of space
but don't ask me how many hours...
i love it though, on ever level
love looking at it, loved making it, love thinking about it, love sitting in la la land day-dreaming about it
trouble is, at this rate of resource usage, i've enough supplies to last me a very long time
and i long for a room that has space in it, supplies enough, but not over-flowing abundance where to get at one thing, you have to move two
making fiddly things, while very delightful, is not going to help create space in here...
so this year i've resolved to make an effort to do things a little differently - making an effort, not just to use things up, but also to take the time to make some of the things i've wanted to make for a while but pushed aside when a bead glimmered at me in the most delightful way
i bought the fabric, surely i must have wanted to actually make something with it???
over the past few weeks i've doing some old-fashioned quilting, in new-fashioned ways
four little quilts, small table mat sized
a tiny four-patch
my favourite one - a disappearing four-patch
and finally, square in a square
this last one has a very strong appeal for me... beautiful quilts are wonderful things but quilts made up with a mish-mash of fabrics, some pretty, others, not so much- they're something special...
approachable is a word i like to use for them
a child would be free to drag them around, inside or out, the dog or cat can curl up on them at will
and they're amazing to have wrapped around you on an under the weather kind of day
the only thing is, little quilts don't help out much in the stash-bash department...
methinks it's time to scale things up a bit, make a few lap and bed-sized quilts, ease the load on a shelf or two and fill the cupboard with a pile of coziness
it's a start...