It’s that time of year again. Winter is coming, and although I’m in a new locale where all my neighbors promise me winter in Boulder really isn’t that bad, I still worry I’ll go down the rabbit hole so to speak. After all, I was only home for one day when the snow began to settle in the side yard, and it was dark by 4:30.
Maybe you read this old blog post where I discussed my issue with winter and PPQSD (Post Partum Quilt Show Disorder) that I experience at the close of the Houston show every year. If you’re leery like me about winter and need a little inspiration or advice to prepare, I offer the following:
1. Get back in the saddle again (So to speak)
Was there something you did as a kid that you’ve been wanting to pick up again? Maybe pick up watercolors? Assemble a garage band? I’ve wanted to ride again for more than two decades and I’m finally in a place in my life where I can do this once in a while when I’m not traveling or meeting a deadline. There is no happier site in my home than the downstairs closet where my hard hat and half chaps reside. And on top of that horse, my mind goes blessedly quiet, and the only thing I’m focused on is staying in that saddle (and not breaking any bones).
2. Offer to make a quilt for that modest someone in your life.
My new next door neighbor, fellow animal lover with two black labs, saw my pet portraits of my animals in my home office, and I could tell he wanted one done of his dogs. I offered to make a couple of portraits of his labs, and it was obvious this thrilled him. It feels gratifying to do this, and it will only take a weekend afternoon (...but he doesn’t have to know that).
3. Need a laugh? Try reading your local police blotter.
I get my Stow paper sent every couple of weeks to my Boulder stead and find it pretty funny for the most part. You’re going to love this entry:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
1:37 PM: ANIMAL
A caller from Pomposittticut Street reported that her three pigs were missing. A second caller reported that there were pigs in her backyard, possibly building homes of hay, sticks, and bricks. The owner was notified and was reunited with her animals.
I can’t make this stuff up.
4. Read a romance novel.
I read everything under the sun, but when I start to feel like I’m getting in the dumps I pull out a novel with strong romantic elements. If you like banter and good dialogue, I have a number of favorites but if you need something that will pull you out of the dumps quickly, might I suggest my top three reads: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale, or the most hysterical novel ever: Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie (who, by the way, is a New York Times best-selling novelist and collage artist that has been featured in Cloth Paper Scissors).
5. Get a new studio buddy to join you in your studio adventures
Meet my new neighbor, Sophie Rubin, daughter of Luana Rubin of equilter.com fame. She lives fairly close to me, and Luana promised that I could borrow Sophie now and then for my “kid fix.” I think our first activity will be gelatin monoprinting. Messy and spontaneous!
5. Plan a small, quilt chick retreat at your place during Superbowl weekend.
I did this a couple years ago, had a ball, learned some new techniques from dear friends, and looking forward to organizing again.
6. Leaf through old photos of good times at a quilt show.
I love this photo…
(Check out Jamie Fingal's blog for more photos.)
It was taken at Gala on the Green (or Gala in the Ballroom due to cold weather). The band played a slow song, and we all laughed and thought, “Why are they playing this when this entire room is comprised of women? What are we gonna do? Slow dance with each other?!” So we took it upon ourselves to do exactly that and slow dance like silly souls in the back of the room. It is one of my best/silliest memories of this show.
So tell me what YOU do to get through winter (quilt or non-quilt related), and you may be in the running for the following fat stash of fabric from Riley Blake! I'll draw Tuesday morning.