Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I'm in a funk!

E-gads!  It's getting to the point where soon I'll have to go to the park and take pictures to show you, I'm afraid.  I'm running out of projects.  Lately, I really don't feel like doing much and I don't know why.  I should clean my house, groom poor Toby, plan nice yummy meals for suppers, clean up all the bags of scraps and junk I have sitting around here, clean out some closets, plus tons of other things I can't think of at the moment!  I need some ambition, is what I need!  Or a fire!  LOL  E-gads, I hope I didn't jinx myself there....that would be terrible!

I did finish the Halloween quilt that I was going to give my daughter for Christmas though:

Halloween Quilt

I gave it to her already.  I am such a sucker for keeping secrets and I thought why shouldn't she enjoy it for this year too?  So now, I'll have to come up with something else for Christmas..........

I did work on my ornaments for the Trim a Tree handmade ornament swap though.  First I made an owl:


"HOOO" wants me on their tree???

And a bear:


A Bear for the Swap

And I started making some Christmas mice too.  This was my prototype:

Prototype mousy ornament

He is really ugly compared to the new ones which I will show you next time.  I could make them all day actually.  I was having such fun with the hand work.  It's been an age since I've done that kind of thing and I so enjoyed it......BUT, I have obligations. SO..... today I will partake of the ladies again.  I have 3 to make and I MUST get myself going on them.  The drawings are done, the fabric is pulled so wish me luck.

In the meantime, I must give you a smile.  After a week or so of rain a few weeks back, and having one drowned rat of a dog each time Toby came in after doing his business outside, I decided to buy him a raincoat. Problem is that once I put it on him, he stood like a statue for a full 10 minutes until I took it off.  The only, and I mean THE ONLY thing he moved the entire time were his eyes.  I wish you could have been here.  My hubby and I had the laugh of the year!  Poor baby!

Toby's new raincoat

28 comments:

BJ said...

I just had to LOL when you described your dog not moving when you put his very CUTE raincoat on him. When we put a harness collar on our dog it is like it is kryptonite and he can't move and it takes so much effort to do each step. The moment it comes off he runs around and jumps. It is the funniest thing.

I think all of us have those times when the creativity wanes. We need those breaks, whether we like them or want them, to get recharged. Soon you will be back to all the lovely and fun things and wonder when you'll have the time to do all you want to do.

Pen Pen said...

Love the doggie raincoat!!! The story was too funny.

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

Sorry to hear about your funk but LOL at the Toby story. I can SO relate to that. They really are fun aren't they. I just had to groom our Izzy this weekend. The weather soared to very hot temps and I just couldn't avoid it any longer. Boy did it free up brain space & energy once it was done though!
I hate having jobs to do that burn on your brain!
xx

Mommarock said...

I'm in totally the opposite situation. I'm over the moon for a pattern.. "Link to the '30s" (the one on the front cover) and I can't continue to work on it at the moment. My thumb joint is bothering me after working repetitive motion for a while, so I have to give it a break before it becomes a major issue.. then I hopefully can get back to work again.. I really REALLY want to get to work on this.. and of course it is inspired by bright colors like your work :) instead of the pastels like the book shows.

Sara said...

Maybe you need to take a day or two off from sewing and then collect your thoughts again:)

BTW I am having some serious fun with the tree skirt.

Your puppy is so stinking cute frozen in his rain coat:P

LJ said...

Next time you should get a video of Toby! You can upload 90 second videos to flickr.

Janet said...

I did laugh!! And it was soooooo good. Poor Toby--I'm not sure he can do his business in that outfit. lol

Sandy said...

Darling raincoat! I think that you need to take a couple of days off to re-organize your priorities! I some times sit with a stack of quilt magazines until I find something that I want to make NOW! Then I am off and running!

Amy said...

I find I get into a funk when there is crafting that I HAVE to do (like your ladies). Try doing a quick finish fun project to get into it and then try them. Would that work for you? It does it for me.

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

I'm hearing a lot of people saying they either are in a funk right now or just came out of one! I was down there too and I thought it was just me, but it looks like its a "thing" that grabs most of us at one point or another. Hang in there, your creative side won't let you stay there too long!

Jean said...

My creativity comes in spurts and gushes. I think the downtime helps me re-group. Sometimes something as simple as just cleaning or organizing the sewing area helps with those trying times.

Carol said...

I'm the same way. I have creative spells that just about wear me out then I don't want to step foot in the sewing room for days. Take comfort knowing that the funk always wears off. You will see something that sparks the creativity all over again:)

I feel bad for Toby and his raincoat but I laughed till I had tears reading the story.

Mrs.Pickles said...

Sorry to hear about being in a funk. It happens to the best of us and i hope yours doesn't last too long. The quilt and ornaments are just beautiful!

Madame Samm said...

funk or no funk...toby looks like she loves you anyway and we do too

Amy said...

I guess we all times where we feel we are in a funk. Not to worry, it will pass. I do like your Halloween quilt.

Teje said...

Hi! I hope your sweet baby get used to his raincoat, because it would help a lot!
xxx Teje

Dianne said...

Try forcing yourself to do a fall cleaning. Once you get going you will feel rejuvenated and there is nothing like a clean tidy space to foster the desire to create like mad and mess it all up again!! When I get in a funk cleaning and organizing always help me feel like I have taken a load off and somehow I just feel better.
BTW Toby is tooooo cute in that coat and your story made me laugh!! My girlfriends mini schnauzer does the same thing LOL!

Bouncypoodle said...

I think everyone is taking a break before the HOLIDAYS! Ha! Carol you'll get your quilting "mojo" back soon!

For Mr. Toby, maybe the sound of the plastic is scaring him (the deer in the head lights look!) Try a sweater and see if that works. Ms Izzy hated the sound of plastic. So I pulled out an old sweat shirt (Big Dogs) and redesigned it to fit her and she was happy as a bouncypoodle! (I sprayed scotch guard on it to water proof it!)

But Toby sure looks cute, Poor little fellow! giggling

Lesley said...

You are so funny! That doesn`t sound like a funk to me! You put me to shame with all your projects! Love the Halloween quilt and love the little munchkins that you have crafted.
Cheers!

Mary said...

I hope working on your ladies again will help. Take more time off if you need to!

matate10 said...

I think Toby must be one of those doggies that just don't do clothes. My Dusty just tumpted right over when we put a Hawaiian shirt on him. He just laid there until we took it off of him.

Sewconsult said...

Poor little Toby. My dog-niece doesn't like to be clothed, but she knows that she has her paws (and more) wiped down as soon she comes back into the house. I am amazed that she stops inside the door, waiting for the towel, but as soon as she is dried off, she expects it to be play time!

Hope your funk goes away quickly, but the weather hear just seems to be bring on the funk.
Beckie

Susan said...

I remember standing out in the yard holding an umbrella over our dog every time she had to go outside, for a solid week! Longest week of our lives! lol Toby is so funny with his raincoat, I'm glad he gave you a good laugh. :)

Your slump will pass, you just need a little break and then you'll be off and running/sewing again, you'll see, Carol! Ya just can't hold a good woman down. :)

RobinLovesQuilting said...

Love those ornaments! Especially the owl.

I'm with Dianne - whenever I get into an "I don't want to craft funk," I clean house and tackle my to-dos. That way 1) I clean, which is never a bad thing, 2) my crafting space gets cleaner and more inviting 3) all the other things I *don't* do because I'm crafting (like mail things I said I was going to mail, or get all my laundry done) stop hanging over my head and making me feel guilty 4) after 2-3 days of cleaning, crafting usually seems like the better alternative (again).

My favorite task when I'm in a funk is gathering things up to go to Goodwill, and taking them: then I am clearing my space AND helping someone else out in one fell swoop.

Jo said...

Oh Carol, I just love the fact that you are getting so much pleasure from Toby.

Annie said...

eeek! Are you sure you've got that doggie raincoat on him properly? It looks like the front is upside down! lol

Rettabug said...

Hi Carol!

I ♥♥♥ your Halloween quilt for Ms. T. GREAT colors!

Toby looks so funny in his raincoat...what a bundle of laughter he has turned out to be, huh?
I'm glad he makes you smile.

I think you have a touch of SAAD. Our days are getting shorter & lord knows, it dark with all the rain we've been having. I think we both need those special lights!

VickiT said...

If you find any of that ambition you've lost and have some to spare, please send it a few hours South to my house? I NEED some so badly. For weeks I've been finding all sorts of things I'd love to make and I have no reason not to be doing them all day long...BUT I just sit here looking and finding even MORE things I'd like to make. I actually said if my computer died I'd actually get things done and then panicked like you with the mention of fire that I'd jinxed myself. lol

Your poor dog. Too funny. I can totally see you both laughing at that poor thing standing there like a statue. When one of my boys was living here after moving back from FL he had his two very small dogs who needed coats in our Northern IL winters. One day we put one of the sweaters the larger of the two dogs had onto my Ragdoll cat and we all laughed hysterically for about 20 minutes till we had tears running down our faces. You see, the minute we had the sweater on my cat, he looked up at us as if to say HELP ME, stood there about 30 seconds and then just fell over sideways, legs sticking straight out and did not move until we could manage to stop laughing a few seconds to rescue him. It was the funniest thing I'd ever seen the way he just tipped falling sideways onto the floor. LOL