Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Blog Break

I will be on a blog break indefinitely.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Inspiration, Motivation, Incentive and a Fire Under the Seat of My Britches

Was that title long enough???   Those words may all just be synonyms for the same thing-- what I need right now.  But they all seem to express what's lacking around here.   I was so sure that after things settled down from the Fourth, my little self would be holed up in the sewing room--but no. My little self has been just holed up!  What's been going on?   Reading, lots of reading.  Just finished The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan.  An absolutely fascinating look back at the Dust Bowl during the Depression, it delves into the lives of some of those who lived through the hardship.   I learned so-o-o much--from how much of the blame for the dust storms belonged squarely on human shoulders to what federal programs were first initiated during the Depression.  Of course, the winds and the drought were dealt from nature's hand but the soil that was bared by overplowing millions of acres and laying the land raw in No Man's Land could not be attributed to Mother Nature.  We as a country hopefully learned a lot about soil conservation.   For some reason, I have become very interested in the Depression.  I immediately checked out The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck from the library.   Oh, sure, I have read that book---but probably 40 or 50 years ago  LOL!  Its first copyright is 1939.   And I do vaguely remember Henry Fonda in the movie version.   But I think I will read it now with new eyes.    Hmmm...maybe I should look through my 30s reproduction fabrics to find the missing inspiration, motivation, incentive and fire!  Or, dear readers, you could leave some comments relating what motivates you when you get into a sewing slump....

On a very exciting and delicious note, we are planning a trip to PARIS!!!   I am so beside myself I can hardly stand it.   Of course, it won't happen till 2010--probably May, but all I can think about is I'M GOING TO PARIS!!!   The one in FRANCE!!!   We'll travel with dear dear friends.   We'll also go to the beaches of Normandy.    Mmmmm....Eiffel tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, wine, pastries....ooh la la!   I'd also love comments and suggestions from any who have been to Paris.