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.
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!
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.
Hopefully I’ll be able to get some good shots this weekend of everything else I’ve been working on.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! Alex and I are going to IKEA on Monday!!! Jealous?