Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Well Needed Break

As for a lot of us, it's been a rather hectic few months. It's not quite over yet as I still have orders to post as well as some to finish (happily not for Christmas), but things are slowing down just a bit, at least in terms of work.

I still have mountains of things to do around the house, things that have been rather ignored over the past few months. Cleaning for one. But also things like presents for the teachers (school finishes up on Thursday...somehow things always sneak up on me, despite my best intentions) and a house to ready for the family invasion. The in-laws have all decided to go north for the holidays and our house happens to be the destination of choice. So among baking cookies and cakes and sewing curtains and maybe squeezing in a little laudry and painting (of the kitchen this time), I have finally taken just a bit of time for myself to have a play with my embroidery machine.

It's been sitting here waiting patiently for me to pay some attention to it, but to no avail really. Until yesterday. Yesterday I put everything aside and decided to take some mental health time for myself to have a bit of a play. Had I put more thought into it, I could have killed 2 birds with one stone and played while making pressies for the teachers. But alas, this kind of forward thinking is somewhat of a rarity in my life at present. Maybe next time.

I did however make a few very sweet lavender sachets that I'm quite happy with. Nothing earth shattering, but I think they are lovely all the same. Maybe I'll find some time tonight between kids, homework, diner and those curtains I'm meant to be sewing, to make something for the teacher. Maybe... Any ideas?

12 comments:

ArtMind said...

Ohh, I think the teachers would be delighted with a lavender sachet, Gretchen! And I can know because I have two beautiful ChiChiBoulies sachets myself! They are lovely! :)

ArtMind said...

Oops, happy holiday's to you and your family! :)

l'actrice said...

Chichi, have no ideas really, but I love what I see! I would be very happy with a lavender sachet.

BrownBunnybyIris

ingermaaike said...

These are so very sweet!

Amber Dawn said...

hmmm...I agree. teachers would love the sachets. The calming Lavender scent would come in handy teehee. I am a little behind, but I just opened my Mary Engelbreit magazine and there you are on page five!!! Congratulations!

Morrgan said...

Oh, those are beautiful! And I agree with everyone else, why not those for the teachers?

Good luck with all that still needs doing and happy holidays to you and yours! I just took the last pre-Christmas orders to the post office myself, yay. :)

Atelier Susan said...

These are lovely Gretchen! and I think the teachers would be very happy with a gift of an original lavender sachet:)

Swirlyarts said...

Oh those are great! We (well the girls) made salt dough ornaments for the teachers Christmas trees - and they were well received!

aliceinparis said...

Those are beautiful little sachets. Truly sweet. For the teachers, maybe some home baking. Make some extra. Delicious cookies on a cheerful plate. I am sure they are pressed for time too and would love something from the hearth.
Cheers, Shelagh

Geri said...

LOVE those. Lavender sachet is the best because lavender is a mild antidepressant and when you use it in bath it helps alleviate tension. Plus, it's great if you suffer from sleep problems because a 2004 study found that people who used it actually slept deeper and more restfully than those who did not.

Uneekdolldesigns said...

Your items are just wonderful! Beautiful work! (And my prayers are with you as the in laws invade, er, I mean visit you this Christmas season! :)

Cupcake said...

I love the sachets. I wish I were a teacher :-)