I've been sick since Thanksgiving with some unknown illness. First the doctor told me it was an upper-respiratory thing, then pneumonia (I was tested for whooping cough!) and then Bronchitis. I've been on two rounds of antibiotics and just finished a round of steroids and I still feel like utter balls. So, that's been a drag. I'm not very good at being sick and have a tendency to catastrophize the whole thing 'til I'm wallowing in a sad place that's like there-is-no-god-and-we-all-die-alone. Anyway, I've been trying extra hard not to go to the Dark Place and figure out how to enjoy myself even though I have no energy at all and feel yucky pretty much constantly.
Side note: When I see people, this depressing interaction happens:
"K! How are you?"
Oh, not so great, I've been sick for like a month.
"It looks like you've lost weight!"
Maybe a couple of pounds, I've basically been in like a half-coma.
"Well, you look great."
Our society is really effed up, y'all.
See, that's the Dark Place, and I am not going there. Let us go instead to the Pillow Place, which is a crrrrrraft I managed to finish. First I made copied a template of a fox onto paper. Did you know you can use your computer screen like a light box? I just found a design I liked online, then held a piece of paper over my monitor and traced it. Then I traced it onto one of my personal favorite tools in my sewing room: Double-Sided Interfacing. Oh how I love you, Double-Sided Interfacing! Then I ironed this cute little fox onto my fabric. Basically I did it like this lady did, only I used a zig-zag stitch instead of a straight stitch around the image. Then I put a fancy trim and a zipper in, and I tried a new zipper technique (for me) which mostly worked out, but on the last of four of these pillows that I made for some of my girlfriends, for some reason I broke no less than EIGHT NEEDLES. And there was much screaming and cursing. And thus were such obscenities screamed at my sewing machine that have not been heard in many a year. But lo, the pillows were still pretty cute.
On the back I put this cute flannel - I was going for a sort of winter-cottage look. Just in time for the several feet of snow that's been steadily falling on us for the past few days.
Stay tuned for more Xmas recaps and.... wait for it... Nail Art! Oooooo yeaaaaaahhhh...
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