That last few days, since we chatted on Thursday, have been kinda challenging for me. In addition to having some problems with my Google Reader and a hacked blog* (not mine fortunately), I was also stationary on my couch for the better part of the weekend. I injured my foot a few weeks ago while hiking and it hadn't been healing very well. After visiting my doctor last week for allergy testing, she told me that my injury was more serious than I originally thought and ordered me to stay off it for a while. I'm not very good at being "sick", so the whole not moving part has been tough. The silver lining is that I've been able to make a pretty good dent in my Fusion Crochet Blanket while resting up. I have a glorious stack of 20 blocks finished and I'll take some photos to share soon. : )
After logging some serious couch time over the weekend, I was struck by how comforting it is to be surrounded by all the handmade things I have in my home, some of which I've made and some that others have made for me. I recently did a fun swap with my friend Marta over the holidays and having her bright and colorful pillow right next to me while I was doing my best to take it easy really helped to cheer me up.
I absolutely cherish the handmade items that others have gifted me, and as a maker I understand and value the time and skill that goes into each item. Just looking at Marta's gorgeous free-motion quilting made me feel inspired to practice my own skills more.
Marta also included some other fun goodies in the package that were each so thoughtfully made and selected--fabric and wine, what else do you need? ; ) I really love the wine bag she made with the natural linen and pops of fun print. I think I might need to appropriate it for my sewing room and use it to hold perle cotton balls since it's really too beautiful to not use everyday.
What handmade items do you have in your home that you especially cherish and love? I'm always struck by the hypothetical question "what would you save from a house fire?" and for me, after my husband and our cat, it would be those handmade quilts and gifts that I would save (and probably my laptop too!). ; )
*I did want to come back to the Google Reader issue in case anyone else has been struggling with this too. I was following a blog via GFC that shut down a few months ago. Within the last few weeks, it was hacked and I have been receiving about 10 feeds a day of just spam. Because of all of the issues with GFC and not being able to access the menu to manage my subscriptions, I couldn't drop the blog. Not too long after, the hacked blog started triggering the "malicious content" warning from my browser, effectively making it impossible for me to access my Google Reader feed. Long story short, I haven't been able to follow along and comment as much as I like on other blogs. I finally found a work-around last night, but it required me to unsubscribe to almost all the blogs I follow and then selectively resubscribe again. I read around 250 blogs (yup!), so it was quite a chunk of time to manually do that. Has anyone else run into this issue before? It does seem as though Google has stopped offering support for GFC and that it's being gradually phased out.