Little to report tonight other than that I have sewn on what was pinned on yesterday :)
I plan to use my 2 hours whilst my foster daughter is at contact tomorrow to get everything ready to do some handwork when she comes back. If I get a move on I may even get some sewing done! How I ever managed to do all that cross stitch when my 3 were little I do not know.
Perhaps I should clear up what may be a misunderstanding caused by yesterday's post. When I said that others would no doubt do work of a higher technical standard,and with more artistic flair, that was simply a statement of fact. SharonB and Sharlee were kind enough to be very supportive and encouraging in response and for that I thank them :) But for me the challenge is very definitely small 'c' and not about competing with the others in the group. What a pleasure to be allowed to be part of something so exhilarating, where my work will be part of the project and I will be valued for what I can achieve. I happily do not feel intimidated by anyone's work. I have never considered myself to be very creative or to be at all artistic.
My mother, who taught me the basics, only every sews for utility, a button, some mending , clothes when we were little. My other female relatives knit and my grandma knits and sews and crochets. I don't think their work has ever been valued other than in a practical way and I am sure none of them would consider it to be art. I think they view me with a tolerant bemusement. I have always loved to sew and taught myself to embroidered many years ago but then stopped because I saw no purpose or use for it. Now I have rediscovered the satisfaction of using a needle for decoration as well a s utility. This is the first time in my life that I have been part of a community of women who understand this and feel the same. It is like coming home.
If someone else's bag is 'better', 'fancier' or more 'artistic' than mine then I rejoice in that achievement. Already the beginnings are an inspiration to go places I have never been before. The joy is really in the journey and in the company. My cup runneth over. I am more than content :)