Thursday, August 30, 2007

Sewing

I have gotten off track with my reorganization projects! As usual, this time of the year I clean out our classroom. With the school year soon upon us, this is a priority which helps get me excited about teaching again. I always function better in a clean, tidy and well organized environment, and it makes starting classes a stress free experience for everyone. This year, however, I decided to compound the issue by cleaning and flipping the shelves, which are smiling under the weight of their loads. This has taken the reorganization to new heights, because it inspired a purge. Oh, the mess! Eleven years of homeschooling is a disaster. It is gratifying in one respect, but I'm starting to wonder if we are 'over the hump' and will ever see the house returned to order again.

Today I was put off track by my eldest dd and her dreams. She is designing a knitting needle case to sell to pay for some master's classes she wants to take. Of course I'm the one with the sewing experience, so I have to help. This project is taking all day! I think we finally nailed down the design and I wrote out all the construction details for her in steps. She's off to figure measurements and make a pattern. Then we will bring it to a knitting circle here in town for critiquing. This will be the second trip for a critique. I will keep you posted on her progress. There is already some interest in purchasing it, and someone wants to carry it in their ebay store! I think she will have much success with her endeavor, and hopefully be off to her master classes within the next two years...how's that for a motivated teenager? I was never that motivated at 15!

5 comments:

a thorn in the pew said...

I'd love to see a photo when you are done! That sounds neat.

Lily said...

Will do! She worked on the pattern today and will likely make something out of muslin over the next couple of days. We need to get the 'manufacture' of this thing going. There is a big trade show our friends show at in October, they want to promote her needle cases there. So much work, so little time, as you well know.

a thorn in the pew said...

I have nominated you for an "award":
http://athorninthepew.blogspot.com/2007/08/nice-matters-award.html

Anna S said...

Looks like you're having a share of good, hard and satisfying work! I wish you much success. Maybe, at a different season in your life, you will even miss being so busy? ;)

Lily said...

Yes, Anna, you are right, I will miss this someday. Today, still up to my elbows, I'm feeling frustrated! LOL! We bought new shelves. To fit the shelves, we had to rearrange everything. Now we are cleaning out closets and all too! Whew, what started as a simple clean up before school has evolved into a huge house overhaul.