As a Las Vegas native, I learned at an early age that it was far better to stay indoors than go outside - I am not happy when it's hot. My mother taught me to use a sewing machine when I was eight, and the first thing I did was put the needle through my finger. But I was not deterred; for several years after I made clothes, mostly for my friends and their dolls. Then I became a mother - to a daughter - and who better is there to sew for if not your daughter? I made clothes for her until I started working the graveyard shift in a local hotel/casino as a PBX operator and was just too tired to do much of anything.
Working the graveyard shift for over 10 years is not easy. My job was rather boring at times, and I watched my co-workers read, knit, crochet, cross stitch, and - wait, what? Cross stitch? My new pastime was found! I found I could spend my entire eight hour shift stitching - it was awesome. I didn't even mind the job as long as I could stitch - talking with rude guests and executives, but knowing they would soon hang up and I could put in another X. I became obsessive - my hobbies are always my addictions - and I started buying so many charts, flosses, fabrics, needles, tools - you name it, if it had to do with stitching, I had to have it. I made quite a few beautiful things and found out how expensive framing is. Cross stitch got me through almost 20 years total working in the hotel/casino until they blew up the place to get rid of me. (Honest, I know they did it because of me.)
However, not being paid to sit and stitch did present a bit of a problem. I got a few administrative positions where I was expected to sit in front of the computer and fill out forms and spreadsheets, or file things, or take notes in meetings - you know what I'm talking about. Over the next 16 years, I worked at an adult medical school, a software development company, a commercial real estate company, and a few years period of unemployment during which I obtained an education, Bachelor's and Master's degrees - yes, I was stupid enough to rack up student loans, getting my BA at age 55 and my MLIS at 58. I figured that if I was going to work for the rest of my life, I wanted to do what I dreamed of doing since I was a kid, and that was being a librarian. I did work for a library for four and a half years, and I would still be there if not for my health. Oh, what the heck is $125k in student loans? Tish, Tosh. I will pay them in full when my winning lottery check clears.
This blog was started in November 2012, during that six year period of unemployment to combat depression. The only joy in my life was my grandkids, my cats, and the bits of crafting I could get in there. Since my grandkids were small, I was able to get a little quilting in. I made a few other things - you can see the "stuff" I made in my older posts. I did a bit of cross stitch, but getting things done hasn't been easy. Case in point - I started Mirabilla's Spring Queen in 2004 and she is still waiting for me to finish her up!
The blog became neglected when I was working for the library - you will see that my last post was in 2015. Even though I was only part time, I was still taking online classes for my degree, and babysitting the kids. Not too much got done after the last post. But I should note here - there is very little to totally stop me from my addictions. Even through all the periods of time where I wasn't crafting, I was still buying stuff. I'm sure there are many people that know what I am talking about. I continued to buy the fabrics and cross stitch charts, quilting rulers and other tools. I own SO much fabric and stuff, the organizing of it all will never be done.
But - I'M BACK! I'm unemployed again, and honestly, I hurt too much everywhere to find another job. For the past couple of months I have been listing fun pillowcases on Etsy, and I am going to expand to other items I refer collectively to as Soft Art. It will all be Fun, Functional, and Decorative.
I don't know about anyone else, but if I'm not doing something, creating something, I get a bit blue. Sharing my Soft Art adventures is a way to not be blue - I prefer to think of myself as a PPP - Predominantly Purple Person. Purple is royal. Purple is mysterious. Purple is happy. At least, to me. I hope you will join me.