One week in London at the International Wine Fair left us exhausted, but it did give me the chance to meet the wonderful Janet. The first time I met someone I only knew via the blog world, and it was an absolutely wonderful day. She took me to see Liberty's, and just looking at dresses that cost more than 600 GBP was quite an experience. So was rummaging through their fabrics, and I had to restrain myself from not buying every single one.
My mother is one of my readers (always wondering about the amount of fabric I just absolutely need for survival), so I can't tell you how much I really did buy.
I don't know how many of you have already been to Janet's blog, if you haven't, you should go right now. She's a designer and makes quilts (and other items) that are really very beautiful. I was lucky to get this tea cozy as a gift and it makes me wish I were patient enough to stitch things as detailed as these birds.
Since we got back home to France we had a great deal of bottling going on around here, which is always emotionally draining because so many things can go wrong.
Besides that a team of craftsmen is renovating one of the houses on the winery and it seems they need constant attention, which is taking up most of my time at the moment (they don't do a lot of planning beforehand and are often wrong about the quantities needed of certain products, and that drives me to distraction).
In the evenings I am usually too tired to illustrate or do things that involve a great lot of thinking. So I started finishing all the projects I started and have never brought to completion (Clutch from Amy Butler's Institches).
It's soothing in so many ways, diminishing the piles of things with loose threads, pins and needles poking in every direction,
A finished project is a thousand times calmer than one on progress, visually but also in my head. It doesn't cry out 'I'm still here ! You still haven't gotten around to my threads and needles !' every time it sees me. Unfinished projects are annoying that way.
Now I just have to give all these newly finished things away and I'll feel much better with the world. After all, these were supposed to be Christmas presents. For 2008. Ahem.
Oh, and by the way: Ernie called and told me to say 'hi'.