I love summer and I am lucky to be able to be around when my kids are off, but by mid August… Anyone that stays at home with their children and attempts to have any semblance of a career can relate that it starts to suck. In addition to my home duties I am starting a non-profit and I actually have things to do that require total concentration. Apparently this idea is a bit too abstract for my spawn. I get a lot of “oh ya, that… ” from The Teenager whereas The Associate simply wants to know if I am the boss. When I answer “yes?” she wants to know if I can fire people. Besides bringing the The Donald to mind and sending a nasty shiver down my spine I try to explain the concept of collaboration, and she quickly loses interest. *Sigh*
Purgatory is over and school is back in session. I can answer all my emails, complete those important phone calls, write a blog and get back to business.
The Associate on her first day of 3rd Grade.
This is the only image I was allowed to take of The Teenager.
As I poured myself a second cup of coffee in my blissfully empty home a cabinet door crashed to the ground. By the time I rounded up a new hinge, screws, drill bit and successfully charged up the drill, I had gone crazy cleaning out my cupboards in the mudroom and kitchen. I forced myself to finish the chore I unwittingly started and attempted not to lament my dream of a peaceful morning.
However! I did find something to play with while digging through the mudroom. Even though it is too hot outside yet to wear scarves I don’t let myself hesitate. I have had this idea for a couple years and every year I end up stuffing them back into a bin because I miss the boat. I guess it can be argued that I have little control over my day, even when no smaller people are bugging me.
Momentarily I am distracted by the most wonderful package EVER!!!
Seriously does this woman know me or what??? *Thanks Julia!*
The project is simple. I have somehow accumulated 9 plaid scarves from various thrift shop adventures. They are all different and all too short.
After washing them and matching them up I debate sewing them with a machine. I give this a shot but feel like it looks lame. I am trying to create lush and vibrant neck wear and the small stitching looks silly. I trim off that mistake and decide try my absolutely favorite glue in the entire world!
Some off the scarves are wider than others, but I really like the way the patterns and colors hang together. I use the trim from the middle scarf to cover the overlap, and let dry. The bond is very secure and in my past experience will hold up in the wash. I discard ideas of decorative stitching in contrasting colors (mostly because I am terrible at it.)
I then attempt to take pictures of my creations, but recall my model just started 10th grade. This is the best I could do after discovering them in pile on her floor still un-selfied.
Now I will put them away until the temperature goes down. Maybe I’ll go answer some emails, answer phone calls. Oh wait, The Associate is home sick.