I have had so much fun with my sewing machine this weekend. I made the white Scout Tee first. This is a pretty straightforward pattern except I don’t really like doing a bias edge on necklines. So I made a facing for the back. For the front, I added a piece that was cut on the bias to add a different direction. (I have been sewing for over 50 years so these adaptations are years in the making.)
Then I dug into my clothing fabric stash (yes, I have a fabric stash for clothing and an even larger one for quilting) and found the print. I had seen a Scout Tee with longer sleeves so I decided to try that. Again, this was not new to me. I have altered and adapted patterns many times. I forgot how soothing it can be to sew.
And this sewing time made me think about my closet and this concept of enough. I want to get back to a more mindful approach to my wardrobe. I am looking forward to this book and to making a few more items to add to my closet. Until then, I am planning to spend some time cleaning out my closet. Spring will be here before we know it. How wonderful to have a more mindful closet to welcome the new season.
I don’t have a history of success when it comes to routine. I am easily pulled away by shiny new things. But this month, I am really trying. I am using a new insert that is not dated so if I miss a week, I won’t have a blank page staring at me. And there are a few challenges that might give my daily routine a bit of a boost. This week is the Back to the Mat challenge. I cleaned up my mat space yesterday and I am ready for some short Pilates practices. Next week Michelle is offering her Just 5 Things class. I love anything that involves making a list.
Do you have a routine that includes notebooks and planners?
looks like playing with shadows and solar eclipse glasses.
It was the first day of in-service at work and everyone was very distracted. I felt a bit sorry for the workshop leader but she really rolled with it. We kept wandering outside to see what was happening in the sky. We were at the 90% point but it never got too dark. There was an odd stillness and it got cold! I am so happy that my husband thought to get special glasses for the whole family!
I don’t dislike Mondays. They are the start of the work week so that is fun. All sorts of possibilities. I try to set my Monday morning up for success by making lunch the night before and leaving the kitchen tidy when I go to bed on Sunday night. I cannot image a Monday morning without the auto set button on the coffee machine. After my Sunday pause, making a habit of listing gratitudes might be a good Monday morning practice. So before I head out to the rainy streets this morning, here are some simple things that fill my heart:
- Coffee, of course
- A good visit with dad yesterday
- A new #5things letter from Michelle
- A chance that the rain will let up in time for an afternoon walk
- A video and a book waiting for me at the library
I try very hard to reuse and recycle. A few years ago I started using glass jars for cook ahead lunches and snacks. First it was soup, made in big batches and frozen in single serving sizes. Lately I am using jars for every thing from snacks to yogurt to chicken salad. At the end of October, I made a personal p,eadge to have a no waste November. That works well for taking my lunch but then there are my daily stops for coffee. I have grown fond of the call ahead orders at the big green coffee shop. This month I am committing to taking my travel mug so no call ahead for me. I had quite an internal argument this weekend. I left my travel mug at home – should I make an exception? Did I really need another cup of coffee? I went back and forth h for a good hour while I ran errands. My no waste pledge won out. I made a cup of anti-inflammatory hot cocoa when I got home. Seven days in and I have stayed true to my pledge – no throw away cups or bags. Only 23 days to go. Better wash some more jars.