Saturday, September 20, 2014

Where Did You Go, O Dish and Spoon?

I'd pretty much reached the conclusion that -- like the dish and the spoon -- my blogging mojo and my quilting mojo had run away together. I wasn't exactly sure when they'd left, nor did I have a clue as to where they'd run off to, but it was pretty clear that they were gone. It went on for a little more than a month. I tried to blog and I tried to sew, but I just wasn't feelin' it. So finally I just gave up. I stopped trying to blog. I stopped sewing except for a couple of necessary things -- blocks for a swap deadline and sample blocks for upcoming bee participation.

I couldn't even pinpoint why they'd left. I know I was saddened -- perhaps to a disproportionate level -- by the departure of the autistic school from my work place. There is also my perception that The Little Church is dying and that I'm sitting a death watch as I work. But that is a post for another day. Finally, there was the aforementioned influx of hurtful input from readers, comments I might have just shrugged off had it not been for the other sadnesses.

Then, much as they'd run away, those mojos  appear to be back. I don't think they've quite settled in yet, taken off their shoes and unpacked their bags, that kind of thing. So I'm going to be gentle and not make a lot of demands.

Yesterday Marsha and I went out to the Mancuso show at Oaks. We've done it before: I drive, she navigates, and we both do a B+ job. I didn't have an extensive shopping list and neither did she. I had told my daughter that I would make a baby girl quilt to donate to my granddaughter's ballet school tea party that raises money to fight breast cancer, and I thought I might find some fabrics. That was all I wanted and nearly all I actually purchased.

I wasn't home more than an hour before I was digging out Tula Pink and pressing and straightening pinks and violets. And after dinner I was back at it.

They haven't said where they went. Or what prompted their return. Or why they didn't even send a post card. But I think that the fewer questions asked, the better.

19 comments:

Brenda said...

Amen, sister!

Barbara Anne said...

Wonderful post. I am so with you on wondering where my love of sewing went but happily sat reading.

Since AMIL's sudden stroke and death, I cannot sit still to read but am sewing again. The baby who will receive the baby Single Irish Chain quilt has now been born and I am hand stitching the binding on her quilt. I have a Halloween project to quilt and bind, and at some point in time, AMIL's 3 quilts will come back from the quilter for me to bind and label. Hope I don't make those quilts soggy with tears as I stitch.

Didn't mean to get maudlin.

Hugs!

stitchinpenny said...

So happy for you. We the readers like that you are back and dislike the fact that people were rude and hateful, but maybe they were the ones that needed a break(called a timeout) for their behavior.

Janet O. said...

Good to have you and your mojo back. I missed your last post. Sorry about all of the grief you have been given. I think you are right--the anonymity of the internet has certainly removed civility from too many of us.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that you are back. Sorry to hear of negative comments that you received.

Marilyn Kalinowski said...

Sewing mojo was listening mightily for a "need". She ALWAYS comes back when she knows your creative juices will rule - rather than a "have to" deal. Hugs

Carol said...

It's your blog to post anyway you choose, for crying out loud as my grandmother used to say! If I choose to read, I am choosing to think about your words whether they agree with my thoughts or not--and sometimes, they don't. But I would never ever take the liberty to give you a negative comment--I choose to read and enjoy your writings and photos. Not everyone in this world agrees 100% with everyone else. That's how we were fearfully and wonderfully made! Dismiss the negatives and write on!

Amy said...

Glad to see yout mojo back on both counts. A local guild hosted Tula Pink for a lecture last week. She was delightful and sassy and could be a stand up comedian if she wasn't designing gorgeous fabrics. We got to fondle her quilts. Sigh. We also got peeks of her upcoming lines. They are lovely.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Welcome home to the mojos!

Denise in PA said...

I always get a bit scared when my quilting mojo appears to take a vacation...I would be very sad not to have this "thing that I do" that brings me so much joy and satisfaction in my life! I always say how grateful I am that I have such a passion. I'm glad your mojo is back from vacation! Cathy and I went to the Mancuso show yesterday and we were commenting that after all the fabric input, we just wanted to go home and sew! She drove, I navigated....or talked too much and we somehow got a bit lost on the way home - LOL

Synthia said...

I'm so happy you are back. I don't understand why people need to say hurtful things. So much nicer to just go your separate way if you disagree. No need to be nasty. Anyway, I'm not sure I always totally agree with you, but I think you're terrific and I always enjoy what you have to say because you're thoughtful and smart. And on top of that you're a super duper quilter!!!! Be gentle with yourself and have a happy hearted day.

Shari Sherman said...

Welcome back! You were missed.

alwaysinthebackrow said...

What a unique use of the dish and spoon! I have always loved that poem. I have definitely had a "dry spell" for quite some time. Like you, I think it has been related to losses. But with the change in the weather, I am also feeling a bit renewed in my energy and creative cravings. Maybe it was related to summer as well.
Good luck with the new quilting projects. I have my new project in mind, but haven't quite gotten to the shopping stage. Once the materials are in my house, they tend to call me to work with them.
I am glad you are blogging again as well.
(PS---my daughter and son-in-law have made the move to Philadelphia and love it. Hoping to get out to see them soon)

Gretchen said...

Welcome back! Love your lovely pink blocks :)

Kat said...

I can't imagine someone leaving a not so nice comment! Tell me who they are and I'll give them a good talking to! Glad your Mojo is returning.. it's maddening when it takes a sabbatical, I know.

Karla said...

127I love your creativity! I am so glad your mojo came back. Judging from this post, I believe your mojo may have had some fun while it took off with the dish and spoon.

I too did not see the post titled The Company I Keep. Gosh by golly it is malarkey like that which cause my head to spin and my desire to bitch slap someone. I am not sure what has happened to people. It seems we cannot have a difference of opinion with out fear of being bullied. And that is exactly what some of it is. Well, my dear sweet GF, I got your back, even if our views ever differ. <3

LizA. said...

I think they've taken mine hostage with them.....glad yours are back, maybe mine will eventually find their way back across the country too.

Such sweet, soft loveliness......

OTquilter said...

Welcome back to you and your mojos! We all have those dry spells and they are so frustrating. I was at the Oaks show on Thursday; especially enjoyed the holiday art quilt challenge and the applique society quilts.

Ms. Jan said...

Welcome back! I know how the sewing mojo can be--a fickle mistress. XOXO