As evidenced here and here, I am quite an excellent procrastinator. Particularly before a big trip. In exactly 48 hours I will be on a plane on my way to my beloved Spain for a two and a half week holiday. This evening, instead of packing, cleaning out the apartment where I’ve been living and sorting out “stuff”, I decided to do a course where I’d learn to make my own herringbone footstool.
Even though we’re not in December, the Yuletide season has begun in Canada. And following my usual I-will-adapt-to-my-surroundings custom, I have decorated my apartment accordingly. I have the usual: wreath on my door, fairy lights around various windows (which I am tempted to leave all year around as they’re so friggin gorgeous) but decided to be inventive in terms of my Christmas tree.
My apartment is the size of a shoe box, and a normal-shaped and sized tree would take the place of a more useful piece of furniture, like my dining table or a chair. So I found these two twigs with tiny lights on their ends, which to my surprise fit perfectly in an empty bottle of bubbly I was using as a candlestick. I do marvel at my own abilities to re-cycle things around the house.
Since doing my pysanky class at the Workroom, I knew I wanted to make my own decorations for the tree by using empty egg shells, and below is a closer up image of the final product. I have just finished the buggers and I’m more relieved than impressed at my efforts. It was a huge undertaking, emptying around a dozen eggs is a right nuisance, not to mention applying the wax decorations and then placing the eggs in the paint-filled glasses, only for the eggs to sink and spit out watery paint and egg-white for over a week. Making the ribbons, and ensuring their grip on the slippery eggs, was also annoying and has killed my patience for labour-intensive crafts for some time.
Cannot BELIEVE a whole 3 weeks have gone by since my last post – where has my time gone?! Truth is that there probably won’t be another post for yet another 3 weeks as this weekend my long-awaited holidays begin. More on the glorious 2 weeks I’ll be spending in paradise upon my return.
But today I briefly want to talk about the wonders of sewing and making one’s clothes. And I could not really talk about a sewing post without mentioning the Workroom. I signed up for one of their sewing classes et voila, yesterday I finished my first ever sewing machine made garment: a tunic. But this is no ordinary tunic, it is the Schoolhouse Tunic and I used no ordinary material, it’s Free Spirit’s amazing Prince Charming print. Both the pattern and material were purchased at the Workroom. There is another lesson – how to make your own skirt – which I will no doubt be signing up for in September.
But in the meantime, I’ll take my tunic with me on holiday and wish that someone asks me “Oh what a pretty tunic, where did you buy it?” so I can answer with the smuggest of voices “I MADE IT”.
Until moving to Canada, I had no idea what pysanky were. But one day, as I was exploring the amazing neighbourhood where I live in Toronto, I came across The Workroom. A beautiful shop/studio on Queen West where anyone with an interest in sewing and other creative endeavors can spend hours by looking at the beautiful fabrics, pouring over their reference books for sale, using their sewing machines, mingling with similar-minded folk or taking a class or two from their monthly class calendar.
I signed up to 2 classes, Sewing Machine Essentials, which was excellent and given by the mastermind behind the Workroom herself, Karyn Valino, and Pysanky.
Our Ukrainian Easter egg class was absolutely delightful, not only were all the materials included but we also got to take them home with us and re-create these gorgeous eggs. Unfortunately, mine fell from the bookcase and died a death pretty instantly. Naturally I was heartbroken, but knowing that I can do these again I’m thinking they might make original and very cool Christmas decorations…