Pop! goes the brain.

Ah, vacation – it really is lovely.  This year our family went to visit my sister’s family in Seattle. 


After a couple of days away from the house and the sewing machine, I started to feel my brain relax.


Really.  It actually popped like my ears pop during the plane’s descent – free from the tight wadded up, stressed out ball of neurons it had become.  I slowed down and started looking around.

twin falls trail

I was seeing beauty everywhere – especially on the trail we hiked on our last day.


And this beautifully symmetrical weed-looking-celery-looking-leafy thing?  I can’t explain why I like the shape so much, but I do!

I spent the flight home sketching and taking notes on design ideas.  Then, when we came home, I started focusing on  all the things I had to get done, and I could see myself rapidly returning to the stressed out crafter I was before we left.  Not a good feeling.  So today I shipped off pattern orders and spent time throwing stuff out.  That’s the plan for this week – the last week of summer.

Amazingly, Joanna and I didn’t get a chance to sew together.  With 6 young boys between us I don’t know why I thought we could.  Maybe a sew-along is in order.  :o)  Thanks for a great week, Joanna!

19 thoughts on “Pop! goes the brain.

  1. What lovely photos! My friend and I are looking for a vacation spot for out two families next summer & Anderson island looks perfect. Would you mind sharing (or emailing) the name of your cottage/rental co.


  2. Oh, how beautiful! I’m so glad you relaxed. You definitely need it before school starts. I, too, am a homeschooling mom. But I’m on the other end. Only have two more years before my last son graduates. Treasure the time with them. And try to enjoy the crafting again! I do enjoy your blog.

  3. The pictures are just wonderful! I too love the shape and colors in the leaf. The trail is beautiful! I imagine the hike was very peaceful.
    I am glad you had a good vacation and got to relax a bit. Hang one of those vacation pictures up in your craft room to remind you to take a few moments every day to relax your mind. If nothing else, just to take a bubble bath or read a book.

  4. I am so glad you had a nice break. You deserved that. I can tell you why you are getting stressed again so easily…it doesn’t all have to be done now…use one of those padfolios and make notes then go slow. Life is to be savored. Enjoy the creative process. You have so many ideas floating around, that’s great, but only focus on one at a time.

  5. I love your blog! Thank you for all you do and your tutorials! I would love to pass the Brilliant Weblog Award to you! Check on my blog for instructions on how to pass it on! Thanks for all you do!

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