Sunday, February 1, 2009

A day of production

First, the weekly address from our President

1/31/09: Your Weekly Address from White House on Vimeo.

Wow! Yesterday was such a great day for me. I found yet another new "group" that I joined up with....the first month is just $1 and then after that $12.....Hey, you can't lose for $1 and it will give me time to try it out and see if it's for me. If you want to check it out go here, Comfort Cafe....I think this is the last day to sign up for $1. I have no affiliation other than the fact that I joined for $1

The one thing that was talked about was Shadow Comforts. "often, when you most need comfort, you can’t think of anything besides TV reruns and left-over pie. Otherwise known as shadow comforts and time monsters (the things we think will nurture us, but actually deplete us or the things we do instead of what we really want to do)."

I was soooo moved by the thought of Shadow Comforts....that I incorporated it into my visual journal. One of the words I worked on was "comfort"

and the other was "layers".

I decided at that point to not use my "shadow comforts" of spending so much time on the internet and I got down and dirty and worked on my visual journal pages, stocked some wools at Simply Fibers, took myself out to "Steak and Shake" and sat at the counter. I love to sit at the counter at a diner.....there is so much action....people shouting out orders....the smell of the grill...I just love it!

I have been craving Steak and Shake for 4 weeks now. Having become a Conscientious Carnivore, I rarely eat meat when I don't know where it comes from, but about once a month I let myself have something if it is something that I have craved for 2-4 weeks. I'm not perfect, but I do feel good about the choices I've been making since July. The chili 3-ways, fries and chocolate shake were so delicious and it satisfied that craving that I'd had for so long. I know that meal had so much fat, but hey, it was just 1 meal.
Next, I came home and started a new little rug.....kind of an experimental piece using rolled pieces of wool attached by sewing....I like how it's turning out.
Here is a close up of the rolled wool pieces....

....and here is a picture of the Valentine challenge rug that I'm working on with my hooking group.....hooked, but not finished (pattern from Primitive Betty)...I think I want to put some sort of lamb's tongues along the shorter edges......part of the reason is that the Valentine rug and the tree rug are both on the same piece of left-over linen that I've been working on.

Go forth and be creative,



  1. You must teach me what you are doing with that new rug! Wonderfu!

  2. Tammy, I love your creative use of the rolled strips!

  3. Looks like you are treating yourself well and that has got to be good for the soul! I've been making one of those rolled wool trivets from my leftovers. I am with you on sitting at the counter of retro puts me in a happy place!

  4. Tammy - Love your tree rug with the pieces of rolled wool - gives it a really cool dimension. Can't wait to see it all done!

  5. parents owned a restuarant...and I love waiting on the people at the counter. Usually regulars, but the people who came in alone would usually sit there...always so interesting!

    You are being very creative...rolled wool, visual journal...WOW!

  6. Love Steak and Shake once in a while myself. I just love the rugs that you create. Absolutely beautiful!