And yet …

In my tiny corner of the world, I have tried one thing and another to keep my creative heart happy whilst awaiting cataract surgery. But my “good” eye is full of floaters, while my really bad eye sees everything in triplicate. As a result, I’ve ripped out more unsatisfactory results than I care to recall lately.

And yet …

Today I figured out what I can do. I decided to finally put a white flannel backing on Remember 2016 (please note it really is as asymmetrical as it looks) …

After bidding the b-side a fond farewell …

I pinned the two layers together and began stitching with two strands of magical silk/cotton thread dyed and gifted by Deb Lacativa

It’s such a little thing in the context of what’s going on in the world when there is so much to bemoan. So much loss and change and angst. So much fear and sadness and frustration touching oldsters and youngsters, teachers and frontline workers, people of color and immigrants, those who have lost livelihoods and those who have lost loved ones … the list is endless.

And yet …

Look at these smiles on the first day of “real” school …

and virtual school …

and pre-school …

and most especially on this first day of patient care in nursing school …

All of them moments of Zen.

Spoiler alert: birthday gift preview

Ellis will celebrate her first birthday one week from today. She has sprouted new front teeth for the occasion …

and is working on walking …

She loves books, so I created one from her outgrown baby clothes …

complete with a peek-a-boo flap a la Pat the Bunny

It is full of siblings …

parents …

and extended family …

with a NanaPopPop thrown in for good measure …

because every birthday is special, but first birthdays especially so …

And while I was too in-the-zone to stop and take process pictures along the way, here’s a look at the stitched spine …

which was great good fun to cobble together.

Last, but not least, for all of you who predicted it would be so very soft to the touch …

you were so very right!

Out of my comfort zone

Ellis is almost one year old …

and what a year it has been!

As I did with Parker, I have requested E’s outgrown clothes in hopes of making a patched coverlet. But the reality is that the littlest ones wear mostly knits, and the few outfits that are made of woven cloth are teeny tiny, which means I am far from having the requisite yardage.

But knits there are (or were) in abundance. So, I’m working out of my comfort zone …

Even going so far as to use the sewing machine …

Not one of my strengths, but hand stitching will bring it all together in the end.

To be continued …