Do you remember Fruit Stripe gum? I don't chew gum anymore -- haven't for years -- but today I am thinking about the distinctive flavor and smell of Fruit Stripe and it is reminding me of elementary school. All started by this fruity little dress.
The dress template came in the Somerset Life magazine and I've been playing around with the shape. All kinds of possibilities.
I'm feel better today, which makes me laugh at myself; it is a rainy, gloomy Monday morning and I'm dressed for work (I *usually* have Mondays off but have to work today). Not exactly "woo-hoo" ingredients. But the weird fog of hopelessness/frustration seems lifted and I'm starting to see solutions (read the manual and adjust the tension and clean the machine before just bringing the sewing machine in for service; look for a wall unit that could go above my "paper crafts" table to help organize things; keep weeding through old magazines and consolidating, etc.). I do sometimes let myself be "reverse inspired" by some of the incredible studio/craft spaces I see on other blogs -- that is, I think only that it's what I want but will never have and give up, rather than appreciating that I do have space available to me and that I just have to put it to better use and invest some time and effort (and maybe a little money) to make it work for me. I'll get there.
OK -- no joke -- here's the back of the fruit dress:
So I'll laugh when I say it -- I've got my work cut out for me.