It has been two weeks since I last posted. Two weeks of trauma and stress and upheaval for my family of origin. The trauma that I have been dealing with is not one that I want to talk about here, except to say that it has had me so upset and heartbroken that I have not been able to even look at anything crafty or creative. That is why I have been absent from Matching Pegs. Today I have taken a tiny little step toward making something, and that something is inspired by these adorable little robots. This fabric has been part of my stash for years, a hoarded treasure waiting for exactly this project.
Crafting is generally my therapy, and it gets me through most of the average stresses of life, but it is hard to craft when you feel anxious and helpless. When I am too upset to craft, I turn to reading. I love to read anyway, but I make sure that I have something to read in the evenings that is escapist (but not trashy) so that I will not spend hours tossing and turning with worry before going to sleep. I read so that I can fall asleep thinking about the plot, and save my worrying for the waking hours.
I have been continuing to work on my feather stitchery occasionally, and I’m pretty happy with how it is going. The message of hope on it is a good reminder, in a time when it is hard to be optimistic.
So this post is a step in the right direction for me, in an effort to care for myself, but the painful times are not over. I will be here in my “happy place” when I can, and when I am not tied up with being needed elsewhere. Thanks for being part of my happy place.