well, not ALL... but mostly. It's a little hard to focus on other things... The table is full with hand-dyed yarns and ribbons that we received this week. I've been slowly winding them out of skeins into more usable forms so we can cut yardage for everyone. I'm totally in love with the ric rac.
I've had a few late nights at home, watching good movies ("Departures" was the best of the lot this week) and winding, winding, winding. Last night after a meeting, Pastor Tisha said to me, "just reading your status updates, I think, she sure is having a lot of fun with her life." It's true. There is something very satisfying about working with my hands on such a simple task. There's a clear beginning and end, a definite improvement that I created. Not to mention the enjoyment of watching the lovely colors slip through my fingers. There's something meditative, and, dare I say it, kind of Zen about the whole thing. Still, it will be good when Pamela brings in the ball winder and swift.
I started thinking about things to do with all this ribbon. When I ordered it, my first thought was about knitting. And yes, a skein would be a gorgeous scarf... I remembered that I've used such ribbon as fringe on knitted scarves - that's one way to use it in smaller amounts, and I'm still thinking about ribbon necklaces and bracelets. But last night I was reminded that I have several lovely books from Ryland Peters and Small in my bookshelves.
Sachi and I love that publisher - the photos are always so lovely. In fact, I have a book called Ribbon Details, which has tons of different ideas that have my head spinning even more. They've sewn ribbon on the edges of blankets, pillowcases, napkins and placemats, used ribbon for garlands and displaying photos, trimming picture frames or lamp shades, wrapping presents, and so much more. Sorry, we don't carry their books at the shop - Frugal Muse and Half Price books are usually where we find them...
After my meeting last night I suddenly realized that Saver's was still open for another half hour so I quickly drove over there. I've had a few thoughts rolling around in my head for altered clothing - namely to get more striped shirts and to get some denim skirts for the shop. I think those will be fun with some patches of fabric. I also want to get a photo shoot of the adorable girl in the arboretum wearing a fairy dress. Since I'm not going to get her summer dress sewn in time to catch the flowering trees, I thought I'd find a shirt to add a tulle skirt to. Now, the minute that I found out she was a girl, I ran out and bought a dress for her but I really don't let myself do a lot of shopping because I could so easily get carried away with cuteness. I don't know why I keep forgetting the thrift store options. But it's probably a fine thing. As it is, my brother-in-law has to counterbalance the fluff with Carhart overalls (who knew they made those in baby sizes?!). I don't think he has to worry too much about my influence (though she does already know about lipstick), but I did hold off on the little pink cheerleader skirt (it was at Saver's last night if you want it).
Anyway, I found a sundress with lilacs all over it, which will look great under a skirt of tulle... now all I need is the lilacs at the arb. And I found this sweet little yellow dress. I'm thinking that I will do a little ribbon embroidery of sorts. I'll have to play around with it, but maybe a little free form cursive in a hand dyed ribbon? maybe some ribbon flowers? I know that I won't have the patience for true silk ribbon embroidery, but I think I can figure something out. Oh, there's so much fun to be had, it's hard to know where to start.