May 23, 2008 at 3:34 pm 3 comments

I handle the marketing and communications for a very small nonprofit organization, and we recently found out that two people were being let go because of budget reductions. To be honest, it came as quite a shock that I wasn’t being let go. Marketing is often considered a luxury, not a necessity, and is usually the first thing to be downsized in times like this. I feel extremely lucky to still have a job, and it’s going to be rough around here with two of our folks — one of whom is a friend of mine — gone. 

Yesterday after work, we gathered at a nearby restaurant for a farewell dinner. It was nice but also a little sad, and I got home at about 9 p.m. and ended up sewing for almost three hours. I had ideas in my head that I had to get out, and I probably wouldn’t have been able to sleep if I hadn’t. Plus, sewing is therapeutic for me. It relaxes me. Except when I break needles or rip out the same seam three times. But other than that, totally therapeutic and relaxing.

I’m pretty sure I’ve never produced so much stuff in such a short amount of time before. I have been working nonstop — other than resting for my back — ever since I found out about the craft show. I’m determined to have as many items as possible finished for the show. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to take photos. And the weather hasn’t cooperated either, so it’s not completely my fault.

market bag

I did manage to take some photos of two large market bags that I made. They’re so big and floppy that these pictures don’t necessarily do them any justice. But they’re cute in person, I promise!

market bag

I made both bags out of some tapestry-esque fabric that I’ve had forever. I ran out of corduroy one day but had lots of sewing left in me, so I searched through my piles and found fabric I had long since forgotten about.

market bag

Hopefully I’ll be able to get some good shots this weekend of everything else I’ve been working on.

market bag

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! Alex and I are going to IKEA on Monday!!! Jealous? 


Entry filed under: Fabric, Family/friends, Handmade goodies, Sewing, Things and stuff.

Floor Countdown to craft show: Part II

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jacquie  |  May 23, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    So sorry about the happenings at work. It’s getting tougher out there! Glad you’ve been so productive before the show. Love the bags! And yes…I am jealous. While you’re there feel free to drop by customer service and let them know that we lowly ones in Kansas City would LOVE a store!

  • 2. Jox  |  May 24, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    sorry to hear about the work stuff, we went through a similar thing last year and some of us ended up having to re-apply for our jobs.

    Love the bags, the fabric is fab.

  • 3. Betty  |  May 27, 2008 at 11:00 am

    That tapestry fabric looks great as a bag! I bet it is nice and sturdy, plus it feels so good to use up old fabric doesn’t it?

    I am so excited to hear all about the craft fair. How much longer do you have to make things?

    Work stuff like that is so scary right now. I’m glad to hear you still have your job, but I can only imagine that it must now be really busy without those two other people.


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