It feels like I've been unable to do anyting creative for a while, and I've been getting on my nerves.
Yesterday I wrote about it in my diary, which was both cathartic and interesting. It turns out that things are not always what they seem.
When I sat down and made myself think about what I've actually been spending my time on, when I haven't been creating things, it wasn't as bad as I thought.
Not in actual sequence: I cut and started to sew the replacement velvet top, I had to wait until the skirt was done before I could continue.
I spent a lot of time on research. I've been thinking about buying in some hatching eggs this year (as well as raising our own), and I went through my breed wish list. I looked for possiuble suppliers. I made a decision on one breed, and contacted a supplier to reserve eggs. I've almost decided on a second breed, and have been looking for suitable sellers. The rest of my wish list has to stay on my wish list for now. I made the decision to increase my garden flock by 2, assuming 2 suitable girls hatch.
DH has been doing some technical drawing, and he asked me to reconsider buying an A0 printer. It's been some time since I last considered this, so I've spent a lot of time researching suitable second hand printers. I've got the list down to a few now, and I'm still thinking about it.
I finally managed to obtain some second hand Kallax units to put in the guest bedroom (my sewing room). I've been waiting for a particular shape to come up, locally, in a retired colour, for what feels like forever (but was actually less than a month). Units are now installed, DH had to drill into the wall (which I didn't plan for, my beautiful smooth plastered wall!), and now all I need is a trip to I*** to get some more Drona boxes.
This resulted in some shunting around of furniture elsewhere, and I'm trying to get used to that. I also learning about proper online auctions (not Ebay, I mean online auctions run by auction houses). I knew that there was a hefty buyers premium on top of the sale price, and I knew VAT was charged on the hefty buyers premium. What I didn't realise is that some of them charge VAT on the whole hammer price as well! One of the auctions I was interested in ha a 16% buyers premium (plus VAT), AND 20% VAT on top of everything (i've checked, it's definitely VAT on the hammer price as well as VAT on the buyers premium). Another one charged 29% buyers premium, but did not add VAT on the hammer price.
Small Person came to stay overnight, which gave me a couple of hours to adjust her unicorn skirt. I sewed some clear elastic inside the elastic waistband (no pictures, annoyingly). I'm hoping it mightbe possible to remove it without destroying the waistband, so the skirt might last her a bit longer (if she wants it to).
I cleared the cutting table (which doubles as the kitchen table) enough to enable me to cut her two new pairs of leggings from fabrics of her choice. I almost finished sewing one pair, but didn't finish before she had to go.
|Kimchi (2), rye and wheat sourdough starters, |
milk kefir, water kefir
I made some fab rye bread in the Ank.
I started some limes a-pickling, I'm planning to make some lime pickle. If I can find where I saved the recipe. I'm going to make goats milk yoghurt today.
I'm glad that I made myself think about the detail, rather than wallowing in my perception of my inability to get on and do.
I just need to harness this right now, while I feel energised.
I'd better go and get started.