Do you ever get an idea stuck in your head.... one that won't leave you alone?
You know the ones.... those little snippets of a project that you can't quite visualize completely. The ones that keep popping into your head and make you itch to dig into your stash and get to work. And it just won't leave you alone until you get it done, no matter that there are waaaaayyyyy more important things that need to be taken care of.
Maybe I'm assuming too much, thinking that this happens to other people. But I'm hoping that it's not just me, because this has been one of those weeks where this has been a regular occurance, and I just want to know that I'm not alone.
You see, I'm playing a very small role in an outreach production that our church is doing this week. It's one of my favorite Christmas movies. Maybe you've heard of it...... Miracle on 34th Street.
Yep, thought you had.
So, here's the thing. I'm singing with a group of carolers at the beginning of the show where we wander around the audience, trying to engage them to sing along and hand out candy canes to the kids. But with no pockets in my circa 1947 get-up (yea, we have to dress like the 1940's) I needed a basket to put my candy canes in. And being the type of person that likes to have something just a little bit different than the ordinary, I decided to make one out of fabric instead of buying a wicker basket that I will probably never use again.
Do you see where I'm going with this?
So, this week, not only have I spent countless hours scouring the antique stores and Goodwill for clothes and hats that look like they're from the 1940's, I spent an entire morning making a silly basket instead of tending to my ever growing list of things-that-have-to-be-done.
And the entire time I was working on it, a little voice kept whispering to me.....
You shouldn't be doing this. You should be making that quilt instead.
Really. The laundry needs to be done so that we don't have to wear the same dirty sweatshirts again.
Ah well, I just ignored it. Because I had this idea for a little bag I wanted to get done. So I kept working on it until I got it done. And here it is, all filled up with little candy cane balls.....
This little basket bag (or some variation of it) will be in my next book, so look for it in a few months!
AND, I found a hat to cover up my twenty-first century hair! I never knew how hard it would be to make myself look the part of a 1940's mother. Especially when they all had long hair. But, I think the hat helps cover up my short spiky hair. And if not, I really don't want to know, because I REALLY need to get working on my quilting stuff now, before it gives up on the whispering and starts screaming at me!
Oh, and what do you think of the coat?! You gotta love it!
The show runs for 3 more nights, and after that, it's back to being myself, but until then, I'm having fun dressing up as someone else!
Have a good weekend!