Mudcat Café message #3946431 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #161248   Message #3946431
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
27-Aug-18 - 12:32 AM
Thread Name: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
Subject: RE: Declutter & Fitness - Clearing Out the House
Thanks, Michelle! The feeling is mutual! We have a triple play coming up; my daughter turns 30 this week, I turn something considerably older next week, and of course there is the retirement in between, so we're considering our options. It could be here, it could be an event out.

There is no upcoming instance of looking around for something to do, rather it's a matter of figuring out what things I want to finally finish and what order I want to start on the projects that have waited for a while. Some of you who are on Instagram have possibly seen photos I've liked or shared by a friend from high school who lives in Hawaii now. She is a talented seamstress and finds amazing patterned and printed fabrics to make tote bags, clutches, and other small utilitarian projects. I think she sells mostly at a local market. I have a friend here who has been making costume jewelry for a number of years and who attends various craft fairs. She is always looking for someone to share the cost of a table or booth, so I am thinking that kind of hobby could become another opportunity. Several years ago I bought some tapestry and straps for handles to make bags, but never got to it. I used some upholstery samples and made padded cases for my and my next door neighbor's Amazon Fire tablets (versus spending $30 or $40 for a case). They're simple, just slide it in and out, but I enjoyed designing and making it.

I have a couple of job nibbles that came in earlier this month (both out of the blue, and both entirely do-able), so I'm looking forward to the next stage of my work and craft life. And yes, my dogs will love having me here more. For starters, we'll be out walking regularly mornings or evenings.