Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I'm in a slump - Building Blocks Tuesday

What the what?  I can't believe what a slacker I am with regard to this blog lately.  I just can't seem to find the balance I think I once had.  Perhaps it wasn't balance at all, but instead a more intense desire to connect.  It's not that I don't want to connect now, but the giddiness in sharing every little detail of what I was up to has waned.  I feel like it has to be something really spectacular to be worth the time to sit down and write about.  It shouldn't be that way.  I like being an "ordinary" person that sometimes does "ordinary" things.  Not everything I write about needs to be special.  Also, not helping, is that when I do sit down at the computer to write, time flies by.  My computer is a time vacuum, sucking the minutes I could be doing something else...away.

I have no new blocks to share for the last two weeks.  I have no finishes.  I have spent some time in my sewing room, mostly cutting the pieces for the Sawtooth Star quilt I am making as a commission, or preparing my supplies for QuiltCon this weekend.  But I haven't actually sewn a darn thing!

Instead, I've been spending nearly all my time in the garden - the other time vacuum I own.  One would think that it would be far to early to get started on the summer garden.  I would think that!  But of course, this year I decided to concentrate on planting more permanent items - fruit trees and perennials.  I had 6 or so trees that I bought last year that never got planted, but I ordered another 20.  So much for my "a few trees each year" approach.  Of course when you have 26 trees, most bare rooted, lying around and lots of rain in the forecast, you feel need.  Need to get these darn trees in the ground!  "Take advantage of those raindrops, they are so rare here."  "But don't dig in wet soil, let it dry out a bit before you plant!"  Ugh.  I have all but 3 potted trees left.  That was a lot of holes in the ground and I am shocked and dismayed how long it took me.  My back is also not pleased with me.  And because a bunch of trees wasn't enough, I also ordered about 40 berry bushes.  I haven't planted them yet, and I am crossing my fingers that they don't dry out or sprout before I get back after the weekend. At least the holes for them will be smaller.

I am exhausted.  Manual labor has beaten me and whipped me.  I am very much looking forward to getting away for the weekend and just learning about some new skills.  I am a bit terrified that I might fall asleep in my classes.

What classes am I taking?  Ironically, a lot of hand work classes.  I am taking a hand piecing class and an embroidery class.  I'm also taking a design clinic with Anne from Play-Crafts.  I admit, I signed up for that one just to hang out and hopefully spark some inspiration and motivation.  Finally, on Sunday, I got into a quilting class I had been waitlisted for.  I had already made my flight reservations before I got in, so I will have to leave the class early to catch my plane, but hopefully, the first half will be the informative part.

What blocks have you been working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


1) Please link up only to the page on your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr and Instagram pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!

Thanks for reading,


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  1. I wish I had some blocks to share but life is getting in the way of stitchy time. Don't worry, these things always cycle back around to crafting sooner or later.

  2. No linking of blocks but I feel your pain. I am an interior decorator with 3 projects that didn't go as planned and having to deal with them. It just sucks the life right out of you. I just want to sit at my machine and move fabric through it. People don't realize how stress relieving that is. On the other hand, you haven't failed because you didn't post any blocks. The quilt police aren't keeping count and if I had a lovely yard, I would surely be in it as well! HUGS!

  3. like you I am getting lazy with my blog and seem to just put on completed things. The garden work sounds exhausting you must have a big one to be able to plant so many trees, now all the hard work is done you can sit back and enjoy it. Have a good time at quilt con sounds interesting, nothing like that here in the uk.

  4. It sounds like you have been having an exhausting time Jen, I am not surprised that you haven't had time to blog! It is too easy to feel that every blog post needs to be about another amazing project or finish, but to be honest these are the posts that I usually skim over. I much prefer to read about the ordinary goings-on of my fellow bloggers, I can relate to that more easily than to a full on bells and whistles post!

  5. I think a lot of bloggers have cut back on their blogs, and some have switched to IG or other medias. It should never feel like a chore though!!!! Hope you are all well and happy ! Xxx


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