I'm about to start flying. March is booked, part of April, most of May... June is my birthday month (I think that is pretty self explanatory at this point)... July or September I'll start up again head up to Canada then maybe my peeps in Cambridge??? It's a busy year and it has just started.
I'm going to be meeting a lot of new peeps, talking a lot about fabric design, and printmaking... probably crying
But there are a couple of things that I have started to do as a bit of a preparatory ritual before my life is not in one place for a good while.
Sleeping. I try to take it easy before I put it into hyperdrive for weeks on end. It's like pre-teaching season hibernation. I haven't been doing a champion job of this, this year, just because it seems that every year that I have my business it continues to grow and grow and there is more and more to do. Which is a good thing, obviously. But resting. Totally crucial.
Hair. I know why you hire me... and it's not for my skills. It's my striking good looks. So I have to keep up appearances. You all know that my hair has gotten wildly long. I've started to embarrass myself. I'll be having a conversation with someone, and I'm playing with/ braiding/ pulling/ messing with my hair. I'm one of those girls. It's an odd thing to find yourself with. But I'll just get an overall hair tune up, nothing drastic. But important to the ritual of preparation.
Clothes. I've been really good about not buying so many clothes. I've come leaps and bounds in the separation of need-want-must have. I did realize, however, in this that I am wearing essentially the same thing everyday. And I don't know if this years uniform is as stand up as years past. I have also noticed that by having less clothing, I am wearing out my clothes really fast. This all seems like really basic stuff, but I guess as I buy/make more classic clothing that isn't going in and out of style that I am ruining it by constant use. So it has been decided that the majority of my shopping happens in the pre-season push. I make most of my years purchases between now and Middle March.
I've made two successful purchases thus far. The first of which was a surprising black dress from the Gap and the second an Olive and Orange dress I have had my eye on since last year. There is a fantastic boutique here in town called the Children's Hour. When they got the dress in, I literally could never have afforded it. But with a series of mark downs, a series of shed lbs, and only one dress left in my size, it was just meant to be.
The rest of my purchases will be a combo of JCrew and Madewell. I have found that my JCrew clothes last longer than any other. Plus they are always classic enough to keep wearing them, no matter what. I'm all about it.
so these are just a few of the things I do to get ready to see you/ be with you this year. They might seem superficial, but lets not kid around about how a new dress and sweet hair style can make you feel like you own the entire world.
here I am as seen this past week teaching a beginning sewing class, in my workroom uniform.
I'd say this girl doesn't own the entire world. Just a very small provence in an unpopular country in the EU. Next week. World domination.
maybe this year I will try to look less like a 15 year old.
We shall see...