Today I am looking back one year. Today is not a birthday, or even an anniversary…not exactly. Last year at this time I left the boys with a dear friend and flew to Maryland for the first time to look at houses with my husband for our then-upcoming move. Our house in Wisconsin was on the market, perhaps under contract at that point. My days were spent caring for the boys, packing, tidying the house for showings and trying to keep it all together.
Fast forward to today. Our first summer in Maryland begins. The boys have a school year under their belts and a new handful of friends. We never did find a house to buy, but we are renting the one we are in and it suits our needs. I call it our mini-van house. It’s not my dream, it’s not my taste, but dang if it’s not functional and comfortably fits our life. At least for now.
How is it that one year can pass in a heartbeat yet in that heartbeat your whole life has evolved and refashioned itself into something else? We crafters are really in tune with evolving one item into another, finding a new life from something old. Sometimes it involves taking an “ugly” item and making it beautiful, as in a make-over. Other times we cleverly refashion one thing into another thing and the result suits our needs better. My family was refashioned this year, for better or for worse. We are doing our best to embrace the change, but sometimes it is still difficult.
Today is also the photo shoot for the cover of Sewing Green, my second book that I’ve been toiling away over for the past 9 months. I’m not in attendance for the shoot, but I know it is in good hands. I can’t wait to see the result and even more anxious to share it with you.
Sewing Green: Projects and Ideas for Stitching with Organic, Repurposed, and Recycled Fabricsshows how to refashion second hand items into new, as well as explores the use of organic and eco-friendly fabrics and why they are so important to the planet. I learned so much in the making of this book. As you (probably) know, I’ve always had a penchant for repurposing tossed-out sweaters into fresh and woolly cuties, but the projects in this book go WAY beyond felting. As seen by the tutorials in my sidebar, such as the old jeans apron and the hand-me-up shirt, I’ve often dabbled in other materials, including non-fabrics! Sewing Green thinks along these lines but takes it further…I’ve worked hard to design fresh projects that show using organics and repurposing can not only be only fun, clever, and good for the environment — but stylish too!
I would go on, but since I am not at liberty to really show you anything from the book, I’d hate to tease you too much. The book won’t be out until Spring 2009, after all. But not to worry, we all know how fast a year can zip by….