On the way to work this morning, I was thinking about the lunch hour trip I needed to make BACK to JoAnn's for a couple skeins of embroidery floss I'd forgotten the day before when Martha waylaid me. My brain started churning, Halloween started knocking, and I was suddenly thinking how fun it would be to bring one of my Halloween embroideries on vacation to work on--and I knew just which one!
I wasn't sure which floss colors I might need, so the trip to purchase eight skeins of floss turned into a trip to purchase something like FIFTY-eight skeins of floss. And a magical organizer thingy that could hold floss or any number of other small crafty supplies. And floss holders. Next thing I knew, I was sitting at my guild meeting, winding floss on holders, and before long, I'd convinced my friend Sandy to help me.
What happened to the idea of prepping a couple more applique blocks and calling it done?
Well, when I got home and looked for the embroidery pattern I had in mind, I didn't find it. In fact, I think I never actually BOUGHT it. So tomorrow--my last day before vacation--I'll spend my lunch hour making a run to one of the local quilt shops to see if they might have the pattern I've been thinking of. If not, maybe I can find it on my travels, because now I have just about every color floss one can imagine, all neat and tidy in a magical storage organizer and I don't want it to go to waste.
In looking for the embroidery pattern, I DID find two other patterns I wanted to make, though. Both are wool. All I need to do now is comb through my wool supplies, looking for what I need, and I'm good to go--at least as far as wool projects are concerned.
Okay, so here's the thing. Up until now, I've been the voice of reason for my little vacation-bound group. Whenever they see me, they know they'll hear me say something like "Don't bring too much stuff!" Or remind them, "There's not enough room!" "You'll never use half of what you bring!"
Yeah, right. At this rate, if the Big One hits (that mythical, oft-predicted earthquake that's expected to drop California into the Pacific Ocean) while we're on vacation and Pismo Beach turns into Pismo Island, I know I'll have enough crafts to keep me busy until rescue arrives to relocate the survivors to dry land.
I wonder if we're going to need a U-Haul for this vacation?