"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18.2

Monday, April 2, 2012

A Little Mania Can Be a Good Thing

I know, I know. You've heard it before, that I'm back, with a renewed commitment to my blog and to posting on a regular basis, blah blah blah... Well, I certainly can't make any guarantees - after all, I could get hit by a bus or be wisked away by a tornado! (Auntie Em! Auntie Em!) But, I'm back. Whatever that means.

In my last post - almost 4 months ago! - I mentioned that my end of the bipolar seesaw was beginning to rise up into the air. And it is, hallelujah! I told my therapist a couple weeks ago that I feel a manic swing coming on. A little mania can be a good thing - the key word being "little". But this time around I'm on the correct medications and in therapy, and being aware of what's happening and understanding it will hopefully help me tame it and keep it in check.

So, things at my house have changed a lot in recent months. My sister, Rhonda, and her son, Damon, have moved in with me. And it's good. We laugh a lot, which is healthy for us all. Rhonda cooks and cleans, which I do NOT! I've said for years that I don't need a husband, I need a wife. So now I have one, sort of.

My nephew Damon is a great kid. Mostly I like him because he laughs at my corny jokes. He's pretty smart, too. Damon attends the School of Engineering, a special high school here where the kids take college classes along with their high school curriculum, and they graduate from high school with a two-year degree in engineering. Pretty cool, huh? And he's also a wicked soccer player!

My all-purpose art/cutting area

My former art room is now Rhonda's room, and my former sewing room is now Damon's room. So what happened to all my stuff, you might ask. It's all in my former bedroom! Which actually works out pretty well. I haven't slept in my bed for several years now, thanks to an achy back and joints, sleeping instead in my recliner. So I put the bed in Rhonda's room and have somehow managed to get MOST of my sewing and art stuff into my former bedroom. Cozy, for sure, but it works. (The boxes and boxes of stuff that's left over are behind the sofa, waiting for me to list them on ebay.)

Can you say too much stuff???

My sewing station


A very small sampling of my stash
 So what am I working on these days? Purses. LOTS and LOTS of purses. I started making these several years ago and sort of burned out on them. But I wanted to have a booth at a craft fair coming up in April, and heaven knows I have plenty of fabric! So, I sketched out some new ideas, and over the last couple of weeks my rotary cutter and I have become quite intimately reacquainted. In addition to purses, I am making adorable little purse-size-tissue covers and coffee cup cozies.

Love these fabrics!

And I've changed my little "business" name from BeBe's Creations to Button Soup Creations. How cute is that? Of course, I had no idea there's a book from days of yore by the same name. Who'd a thunk? And I've decided to open an Etsy shop, which is in the works. See? I told you a little mania can be a good thing!

Until next time,


The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.   Proverbs 18.10