Isn’t it strange how sometimes one gets absolutely no response from reading a quote, thought or poem? Then a day, a month even years later one reads the same thought or quote and it just blows one away. Now that is exactly what happened to me.
I have developed an allergy to the dust that arises when cutting card and paper. Which has turned out to be a bit of a pain considering that paper and everything related to it has always been part of my life. Over the last I have been boxing my paper stash.
I was clearing another shelf this morning when a tag label I had made, floated to the floor. It read“Start where you are and use what you have”. It stopped me in my tracks. I have such a stash of paper and paper related items. Then my phone tinged with some notifications and before 10 minutes had elapsed I had found homes for my paper stash. I love the concept and so my boxes are destined for a number of groups who don’t have the money to use on craft items. So definitely recycle and reuse are to the fore.
Over the years I have accumulated fabric. Well I found if I photocopied some fabric it made brilliant back drops for cards!!! Yes, my mind works in mysterious ways. During the last three years I have gradually become interested in quilting. Now I am gradually able to see what fabric I have.
Now before anyone may suggest that I am just replacing the shelf space, which had previous stored card stock, with fabric I would have to disagree. It may in time but for now poetry books have meandered in, journals duly followed, then the cookery books seemed lonely and just needed to be seen and looked at. I’m sure you know how it is!!! Or at least I am hoping there is someone out there who can empathise.
But to get back to the tag label “Start where you are and use what you have” So, I am starting where I am at this moment with the fabric and books and I will see where it leads me. Mmmmmm there are just so many avenues.
“A little stretch and yes it feels good. I must have been asleep for hours. Then looking at the clock realise it has been all of three hours.”
So what do you do when sleep eludes you? What do you do after you have gone through the list of things to be thankful for? What do you do after perhaps saying prayers? What do you do after quietly reading using a soft light not to awaken your partner? What do you do after turning and twisting for another hour?
For years the answer to my irregular sleep was paper crafting. It was quiet, interesting and at the end there was something to show for the hours where sleep eluded me. Paper crafting brought me into contact with so many other paper crafters. Other nights when I needed inspiration it was to the internet and that good old friend Google to find new ideas for paper crafting.
One of my fellow paper crafters then introduced me to Pinterest which broadened my interest in paper further. When out for a walk I would see things which I photographed and then turned into background paper. The inability to sleep at night was no longer a burden. It had been turned into something very positive.
What does one do when one can no longer papercraft? I know I could crochet but I have found that it is not holding my interest as it used to. Reading is an option but it is not what I am looking for.
I suppose I could hand quilt but if you knew how bad my hand sewing is you would be quickly telling me to put the sewing needle away. I know there is that say “practise makes perfect” but there are exceptions to every rule. Machine quilting is just not an option as there are other people asleep in the house.
I have tried baking but really that is not fair on the rest of the family who are trying to keep an eye on what they are eating so I am either scuppering their eating habits or I am freezing the cakes and lets face it there is only so much food one can freeze.
So what do you do when sleep is constantly eluding you? What do you do with your early morning or nighttime wakeful hours?