11.16.2009

I Should Have Known I Was In Trouble

when I walked in the front door of the library over the weekend and the librarian said, "Are you Molly Dunham?"

"Yes," I said, wondering how in the world I got so famous. Or if my name had been red flagged in the library's computer for overdue fines.

"I just put a book on the hold shelf for you. It looks like a really interesting book," she said.

this table is a sign of a life well lived.

And so it is. I am consumed by the concept of reverse applique. I've been loving my thread, cutting up t-shirts, and digging into my stash of felted wool the last few days. I really, really, really want to go buy some new t-shirts to make myself a swing skirt. My husband reminded me countless times over the weekend that I have a Thanksgiving feast to prepare for, but all I can think about is wearing a new skirt a week from Thursday, and how lovely it will swing while I bustle around the kitchen. Then I get really crazy and think maybe, just maybe, I can make a sweater to go with my new skirt.

There are baseboards to clean, ceilings to paint, menus to plan, groceries to buy, furniture to re-arrange, linens to clean and press, pumpkin tureens to find in the top of the closet, but all of that can wait. At least for a few more days. I'm busy stitching.

Who's going to notice the food stains on the kitchen ceiling anyway? (I'm still curious as to how they got there.)

26 comments:

  1. leave those baseboards and go for the skirt!! that skirt is beautiful. especially if thats what those ginkgo's are for. no one will notice the stains on the ceiling. you could just fling some gravy around the kitchen a little to make it look like it just happened, right?

    (and that sweater has been on my queue way too long - and it looks made for that skirt!)

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  2. I'm enjoying your blog as a recent visitor. The stains on our ceiling are from exploding hard boiled eggs, left unattended on the stove!

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  3. I'm with you ---as only WE really notice those baseboards really. Hand me a needle and I'm a happy clam!!! the base boards can wait :D

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  4. Baseboards are my nemesis...and I always wonder how food splatters get certain places, too....I just blame the kids!

    I'm with carolyn...I never look at people's baseboards!

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  5. That book is my favorite craft book. Hands down. When I first looked at it, I thought time intensive. But I've made countless headbands and shirts now (the rooster shirt is the first gift I've ever made my hubby.) Make the skirt!!! Forget responsibilities!

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  6. That skirt is amazing. Now I want one!

    Just tell everyone the ceiling food stains are part of your experiment in sustainable agriculture. That'll get'm wondering!

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  7. You sound like me. All of the things you listed need to get done, and doing any one of them would make you feel productive, but some would be a little bit more productive than others... Which ones you do first is up to you!

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  8. I can't get that book. Who will make dinner?

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  9. yes, it is crazy. not the skirt, but the sweater. As crazy as my making 11 mugs tonight to sell on Friday. Not going to happen.

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  10. you have plenty of time!

    will need to check out that book very soon. and the whisper cardi, have the pattern just waiting so patiently. you can do it! new skirt and sweater, i dare you!!! ;)

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  11. Ooh Ooh I can't wait to see your new outfit! Your so talented you'll get it all done . . . and have a smile on your face. Amazing!

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  12. Who cares about baseboards?? No one will notice when they are oogling your new skirt!

    :)

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  13. I totally understand your urge to leave all responsibilities behind and tend to the creation of the skirt. I have that book and found myself playing with t-shirt scraps just to try out reverse applique. It is a stunning book. Why resist the temptation?

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  14. that book is an addiction. enjoy your stitching!

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  15. cleaning vs. crafting??? :) No brainer! HEEHEE! :D

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  16. Looks like a great book! I love the library. As for the food stains... I wondered how tomato juice got splattered all over the wall and baseboards. My husband spilled the beans.. Dad had been up using the Squeezo and had been cranking the tomatoes through fast. You never know what is going on in the kitchen when you are not home...

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  17. I have NEVER checked out anyone's baseboards and hope they don't check mine. Thanksgiving is at our house at 1pm. That blows my favorite style of 'keep the lights low and burn some candles and no one will see anything!' But I figure, they're coming to see me and eat turkey. They can come the next week and clean my baseboards if they are bothered by them!! CRAFT AWAY!!

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  18. I love this book! I just posted about it on my bloghttp://notionsandthreads.blogspot.com/2009/11/first-of-many.html. The reverse applique is a fav of mine as well. I've only made a headband but, I'm hooked (I think I'm making my husband a t-shirt for Christmas).

    I say go for the skirt and sweater. They will last much longer than a clean house!

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  19. whew! lucky for you the book does look cool. reminded me that I have overdue books!

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  20. Oh my gosh, you are too funny!
    i love the part about you imagining yourself in the new skirt...and possibly a new sweater, too.
    go, molly!

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  21. I'm with you...stitch on! I can't wait to dive into my copy over our Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving Molly! I'm thankful for you and this place of yours.

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  22. Oh Molly, you've caught the bug!!

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  23. I just got that book from the library the other day--dangerous!

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  24. oh man! now I'm in love with that skirt too, just another thing I NEED to do. Must find out if I can get that book from my library.

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  25. Not to add to your distractions, but I think this company has some simple, lovely, and above all EASY patterns for very wearable wearables. Here's one of my faves: http://www.favoritethings.net/patterns/wearables/cute_skirts
    Great to personalize! I'm making some from funky 1960's bedsheets. Happy turkey-ing.

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  26. me wantie! wantie!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Molly!

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