Friday, March 21, 2008

Sew Crafty Friday and an Emptier Nest

Well, the chicks are starting to fly. My oldest moved out yesterday, into his first apartment. Do you know how weird it is to walk into his room and find it (virtually) empty? I get a little choked up knowing I don't have all my kids here. One day, I know they will all be gone. This is just the start.

It's life. It doesn't mean I have to like it. But Michael promises he'll be back, especially if I call and tell him I'm making something special for dinner. Nothing lures a kid back home like dinner, LOL!

I guess I'll get used to it. I've already bought fabric and started new curtains for the room, which will now go to my youngest son. (My middle boy wants to keep the room he's been sharing with his little brother for 18 years.) They are a gold-on-gold cotton, light in color but boyish enough. The room needs painted before Nicky moves in--when we bought this house 14 years ago, I let the kids each pick their own paint color. Michael had picked orange. I'm hoping to do it in a goldish brown--neutral without being boring.

I also started a new valance for my kitchen. It is a cherry print on a pink background. I don't have one iota of pink in my kitchen. I started to pick up an apple print, since there is a lot of red in my kitchen. But apples are playing it safe. I needed to indulge myself today. So cherries on pink it was.

I also endulged myself with a cat print to make curtains for my office.

Some people drink or eat to fight the blues. Me...I buy fabric.

Hey, I actually have a finished project to show. It is a necklace I made to match my dress. As you can see in the photo, the dress has matching binding around the collar. The armholes are bound in white double-face bias tape. If Easter were a month from now, I'd have pushed myself to finish it for Sunday. But it's too cold to go sleeveless yet.

Enough talking. Here is a picture of my necklace:

Please visit Shereen at "Waiting for Him" (see my sidebar) and enjoy other crafty goodness. And thanks for indulging me as I mope a little!


Chief Family Officer said...

Awwww! I'm sorry you're missing him. Don't forget that the promise of free laundry, especially without the hassle of having to remember to go to the laundry room before someone moves your clothes, is also a huge lure to return home. :)

Debbie J. said...

I have 2 21 year olds who might stay here forever! They like the food and free laundry! The necklace is nice and buying more fabric is a great way to get cheered up. Buy fabric and make stuff for your recently moved out child... That'll help.

Terri said...

I love the necklace! I often wonder what it will be like when my children move out. I have a ways to go yet but especially after homeschooling and being with them day in and day out, it will be very difficult.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Sorry 'bout your son moving out. But don't get too sad too soon. Both of mine kept coming back--so you might not be rid of him yet.

Becky said...

Coming from the opposite end of the spectrum (the kid's side), I'm sure he'll be missing you guys too. I know I would be missing my mom. (It's kind of the opposite in my family-- both my brother and I ended up with music degrees, and so my parents haven't been able to get rid of us yet! Though my mom keeps saying she doesn't mind-- at least not for me. ;) But hopefully you'll cheer up soon, and I bet that the redecorating project will help a lot with that!

Anonymous said...

That necklace is really cute, and at least you have some sewing projects to keep your mind off other things ;). Thanks for the comment on my blog. Forgive me if I am a total idiot, but what is a stay stitch?
Thanks in advance....

Susie Q said...

It is hard isn't it? I know it is life but like you, I do NOT have to like it!
Dan is 25 and still here but he is a huge help with some things and Grace adores him so. He pays is rent and does his own laundry...yes, the bathroom would be neater if he was in hi own place but hey. : ) I love having all the family around the dinner table.

I love the necklace...I am glad you have projects to help.

He may well be back more than you think. And, like Dan, be home again! But he misses you too I know...he has a wonderful Mom!


Christy said...

Oh..empty nest..somedays I long for those days to be here and other days I worry and know I will be lost without the noise, chaos and fun my 4 kiddos bring!!! I, too, buy fabric when I'm stressed!!!! I'm always worried there may be a shortage on fabric or patterns someday so I must stock up now :) !! Crazy, I know!! Thank you for the nice complements you left on my blog!! I have been thinking about posting some pictures all week, I just haven't gotten them downloaded've inspired me, so, hopefully I'll do that this next week!!! Thanks again!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

Ohh-I can only imagine how that must feel! Keep your chin up, and know that if he is able to live out there as an independant adult, then you've done your job well!

and for my $.02 I think you did the right thing going with the cherries-whenever I go against my first instinct and "play it safe" I'm not happpy with the result. The things I always like the best are when I take a chance!

BTW-I've been reading you in my feed so hadn't seen the new blog header. It's very pretty!

Dianne said...

Hello! Thanks for your kind words on my blog this morning re: our beloved gecko Pete. That was very sweet of you. So, I've disovered your blog in return and I just have to say from this... "Some people drink or eat to fight the blues. Me...I buy fabric." ... You are a girl after my own heart! Nice to meet you!
Mama's Pocketbook

Ginny said...

Your necklace matches so nicely. Your fabric choices sound great for curtains.
My oldest moved out more than 3 years ago and I still miss him being here. But he comes to visit often, and calls at least once a week, and if I get missing him too much, like you said, I invite him for dinner. They'll always be our baby's.