Tuesday, October 7, 2014

When One Door Rots, Another One is Filled With Fabric.......

You might have noticed a sudden upturn in my crafting productivity lately.  Sadly, there isn't an accompanying big new amount of free space in the sewing room--it's probably not even really any less frightening--but I am up to 89 finished projects so far this year.  Why this sudden upturn in creativity?  Because the garden was a dismal, dismal failure this year, so at this time of year when I would normally be canning I have nothing to can.

One of my beds of tomatoes got hit by a fungus, but new extreme heat patterns did the rest.  People can debate global warming all they want, but the lovely thing about science is that it doesn't need one to believe in it--it just is.  And my garden really just isn't this year.  I had such an overabundance of tomatoes last year that there's nothing we really needed this year, but some soups would have been nice.  However, pulling weeds is something my back can't do this year, my allergies have gone completely crazy, and so the garden and I have been taking time apart.  Normally, this week the garden would freeze, though we had such a late, hot summer that it isn't going to be doing that here any time soon, so we might actually get some tomatoes after all, but it does mean that I'm not trotting downstairs every morning to fire up the canner.  So, I have free time this year.  So,

 
It needs to be ironed, but this is the latest chalkboard table runner. The idea is good and I think they will be very handy, but besides the fact that they are really hard to make, the fabric-trimmed ones aren't very practical because these really shouldn't be washed. Now I want to use them for entertaining, which means food is GOING to end up on them and, because this is the way things like this work, it is going to end up ON THE FABRIC PART. What then? So, while this is not nearly as decorative, it's going to be a much better gift, and the fact that it was easier to do is just a nice little perk..............

3 comments:

RobinH said...

Silver lining... at least you don't have the garden producing wildly and causing you to re-injure yourself trying to keep up with it. Next year, eh?

And it's funny how the craft room seems to just stay full. I gave away a huge stack of patterns, magazines and books the other day. And I've been doing a bunch of knitting. But a whole lot of it is on one lousy cone, which just never seems to end. And although I've emptied a bag or two it hasn't translated to freeing up a lot of space!

Mereknits said...

Woo hoo you go! That is a lot of finished projects, although I am sorry about your garden. I don't even try to garden in Florida, the mold, mildew, critters all add up to a disaster.
Hugs,
Meredith

AlisonH said...

Hoping for better tomatoes next year for you. I actually grew some for the first time in ages.