Juli 18 2021

Not That Much Happening

At least not on the crafting front. I worked two days in a new job and found out that it just isn’t meant to be. I do like the job (filling duvets and pillows with downs and feathers – I especially love making baby blankets and baby pillows, I keep imagining a pregnant woman opening the packet and telling the bump that her/his bed is ready and waiting) but I can’t stand the downs. They are so light and airy, just one touch sends them off flying, and they get into everything, and I really mean EVERYTHING. I even found some in my bra at night. (My mom said if I kept collecting them I’d have my own duvet in no time.) I wore a mask at work and still had trouble breathing for the entire day and evening so I suppose that even though I’m not exactly allergic, my body won’t tolerate working in that environment for long, so I’ll have to quit soon. It’s a shame because the hours are great (no night shifts, no weekends, mostly mornings) and they pay good wages – but my health is more important.

One of the projects on my list this year is treasure hunting for stuff to use in my bullet journal, art journals and junk journals, and here’s what I got this week. This is scrapbooking paper that I bought on Amazon. It was advertised as 360 pieces, and while I realized there would be scraps of different sizes, I wasn’t quite prepared for this:

Some of the scraps are not just small, they’re tiny, and the quality isn’t what I suspected either. The colours look faded, but not vintage-faded, just dull – ugly – „we don’t put much effort into this“ – faded. I know I will be able to use all of the scraps some way so I will get my money’s worth in the end but I won’t order from that seller again. There are some Etsy shops that sell vintage paper and ephemera, I think I’ll try one of them next time.
On the plus side – my mom gave me some magazines my brother didn’t want to keep any longer, and I think I’ll use some of them for journaling. After I’ve read them, of course.

The only „real“ crafting I did was cast on a new pair of Mojos, this time for my own feet. The yarn is a hand-dyed yarn from Wollpapst from way back when Marion still dyed sockyarn. The shop still exists but these days, she just sells the materials for dyeing. The colours in this 4ply range from deep purple and dark brown to dark petrol.

All in all, this has been a week of frustration, disappointment and bad news. Tuesday brought heavy rain and floods a few villages over where members of our congregation live. Fortunately, they were all okay, some had to cope with power outages for a few hours, and had to pump water out of their cellars but by Wednesday, things were back to almost normal over here. Other parts of Germany have been hit much harder, with houses collapsing and being washed away, dams breaking, villages being evacuated, and what’s worst, the numbers of fatalities still rising. More than 100 confirmed deaths so far, and still many more people unaccounted for and maybe trapped in flooded cars and houses. Watching the news is heartbreaking.

If I had to sum up this week in three words, it would be these: