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Monday, July 12, 2010

I Promised You a Contest...

And I hate to admit it, but I've drawn a complete blank on what I might think of for you to do.

Anyway, yesterday was my birthday, so this is a birthday contest. And The Ravishing Reds of Roanoke's "Duchess of Does Too Much" has simply worn herself to a frazzle and is heading off to veg out tonight (not even a yoga class as usual tonight, I'm just too tired).

So leave me a comment - I know, how about you tell me your favorite way to recoup after you've exhausted yourself? Leave a comment on THIS post, and give me your "remedy" whatever it will be...and on Friday night (midnight DST) I'll shut down the comments put everyone's name in a hat and draw a winner. I've got two of Nana Sadie Rose's Baglets (one of each size) and a skein of Wendy Happy 4 ply bamboo sock yarn in a lovely blues/purples/pinks colorway called Aquarius for a prize...(yes, I know I'm a Cancer...still the color is lovely, I promise).

Ok. Now. I told you I was making someone else's design for a bag, right? Well, here it is...

Obviously, this isn't quilting weight cotton - in fact, it's a heavy almost cotton duck weight, but it's nubby. I've had this fabric (and the red lining) for years. I bought some blue denim to make the straps. I love the bag, but I am fairly certain I won't make more of these: I almost killed my hands making and inserting the straps. And the bag is really heavy because of the weight of the fabrics. AND - it's a "dump bag." You know what I mean? You dump everything in and it all falls to the bottom where you can't find a thing. This is the reason I originally designed the Nana Sadie Rose Mera bag (my first design). 6 pockets and a center section, so that "there's a place for everything and everything in it's place."


Well, someone really likes this "other person's design"

And I think this is quite possibly the best photo I've ever taken. What do you think?



Blogger Re-Illy Unique said...

haha look at that face! I hope you did not try and move him :)
IT is a nice photo :)

8:51 PM  
Blogger teabird said...

Oh, what a face!Happy birthday, belated, Sallee!

9:35 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

I am pretty sure he knows his eyes match the blue in that bag. I wouldn't want to be the person who fished him out of it - he looks far too settled!

My current favorite recovery strategy is spinning. Alone. It seems it is brain energy that I am running out of recently, from too many intense conversations at work. Spinning is a nice rhythmic exercise that requires enough focus to calm me and keep my brain from chasing thoughts, but I'm good enough at it that it doesn't cause stress. And my eyes aren't on a computer screen, either!

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

Great picture Sallee! You had Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake at B&N, I had the Lemon Cheesecake. It was fab too!

11:55 PM  
Blogger teabird said...

Oh, I forgot my suggestion - I regenerate by lying down in a cool room and listening to music - Anonymous 4, for example, medieval music sung by women. Unearthly, and transporting --

12:07 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

what a darling photo!

my favorite way to recoup is to just knit and watch some of my dvd's or listen to an audiobook or music. it really depends on my mood! *L* what i love is having all those options available to me. :)

4:44 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

How do I recoup? I turn off everything - computer, tv, radio, phone - then at dusk, tend to the garden. Nothing backbreaking - just a little weeding or cutting flowers or picking some vegetables.
Does wonders for the soul.

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a great photo - would make an excellent Ravelry avitar for you.

DH says nothing is relaxing as curling up with a meezer...enjoy!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

If I am not too "brain tired", I sit in a nice chair and knit. Get in to the rythym of the knitting and just let go. It is glorious. Nothing like it and such a peaceful feeling.

10:49 AM  
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10:49 AM  
Blogger Geraldine said...

Oh, toooo cute! A perfect photo of the Tonk. Worthy of printing and framing.

Best way to recoup, reading or knitting or crocheting or cooking...I don't really have a fav. Today I'm finally getting back to sewing. I guess for me, creating is what makes me happy and feeling rested and renewed.

Happy Birthday again, G

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Carrie #K said...

I do like dump bags but they must have pockets.

My favorite way to recoup is to hang out in my backyard (which is much nicer now) with my cat, a book and my knitting.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Oh, that kitty looks so comfy. I recoup by going for a run. It sounds odd, I know, but I find it calming to go run in the woods. And no matter how tired I think I am, I can still go the distance and feel great after. Sometimes, feeling tired is more a state of mind. For me anyway.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

I am actually a fan of 'dump bags', most of the time, and that one is especially nice, both the fabric and the living adornment. To refresh myself, I have to admit that I turn to chocolate most frequently. Also to propping my feet up with a good read, or simply knitting, especially knitting some lace.

7:31 PM  
Anonymous diann said...

That is a wonderful photo!

I should be the queen of recovery strategies, all things considered! There are several that work, depending on the season and my mood and all that: gardening - serious gardening like pruning and planting and weeding; knitting on something that doesn't make my brain hurt and where I can see that progress is being made; reading and drinking tea and maybe eating gingersnaps; knitting with my buddies; and spending time alone wandering in San Francisco.

1:11 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

The most decadent thing for me is napping. I lay down on top of my bedspread, at anytime during the non-traditional sleep hours, cover my shoulders with a hand knit shawl and gracefully fall into slumber. All the while thinking..."What? I've earned this. Afterall, I have no more babies to look after!"

1:31 PM  
Blogger 17th stitch said...

My favorite way to recharge it to get a big glass of ice water or seltzer, put my feet up on the sofa, and listen to the radio for an hour. I often drift off to sleep like that. Favorite stations include NPR and XM "40's on 4"

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday--hopefully it will continue into the week!
I usually stretch out on the couch (unless I fall asleep sitting up!) with one or two kitties on or near me. That's a good way to recoup!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Definitely a great photo!! Bag as cat bed -- I love it :)

As for unwinding, I think it's what I'm doing this week -- reading a lot, sleeping a LOT, taking my time and cooking meals I look forward to eating, and working really hard not to feel guilty about taking the time I need to recover. I'll let you know how it works!

12:32 PM  
Blogger squiggi said...

my favorite recovery is to quietly curl up with a little mindless knitting or a good book with cinnamon brown at my feet.
Nothing like a doggie foot warmer.

Love the kitty pic.
I hope I can get some good ones of my new baby. He won't sit still long enough right now.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Mr. Cheddar said...

Oh that's an easy one. I love to wake up the humanoids waaaay too early then after a hearty breakie, I go back to sleep for a well deserved snooze. While they work! Snort...What do you think TOnk and Meezer?

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a nap.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

My favorite way to decompress is: climb in my pj's, even at 2 in the afternoon, turn on HGTV and knit for a couple of hours.

Have a wonderful weekend!

9:27 PM  

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