Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring. This change of season, it's one I've been anticipating. I've been making ready for it indoors as the signs slowly emerge outdoors. These days are full of all those change of season rituals that mark this time of year - spring cleaning, sewing, knitting, seed sorting... I've just about finished the great seasonal clothing swap, taking inventory and buying or making what's lacking, keeping just a bit of cold weather clothing in reach for these still very chilly mornings and nights, those last few lingering cold days. But I can see it happening - signs of green.
We're in the midst of shifting furniture around here, making room for the growing up of this family of nine. Alex suddenly decided that he's just too big for a high chair, which means we've now officially outgrown our table that seats 8. With a new dining room table on the way and a junior chair pulled up to the kitchen table, I do believe we're getting there, step by step.
We picked up Alex's big guy chair over the weekend and while browsing through the labyrinthine path that is IKEA, came across a solution for which I've been searching for many months. Last winter I hurt my back cutting fabric on a low surface - nothing debilitating, but enough to drain my sewing mojo - and since that time I've kept my eye out for a studio table, a reasonably priced but well-made piece of furniture. (Tables are so expensive - something I've been reminded of late!)
My solution? Repurpose a kitchen island. The butcher block top is the perfect cutting height (and out of baby hand reach!) and the table provides plenty of shelving beneath for baskets of all those many things I seem to accumulate, project to project.
With a few fresh spools of thread and new fabric washed and folded on the shelves, I think we're ready to begin a new season of sewing.
Happy spring! xoxo