However, I've also realized that there are quite a few other new experiences I've had that have nothing to do with travel. While living here, I've had the chance to do things like: be a part of a book club, blogging, working in a completely different education setting than I'm used to, having a standing weekly Saturday coffee date with friends, etc. These are things that for one reason or another, I never had the interest in or opportunity for before living here. I think that living in a small town combined with the fact that there are plenty of other Americans here in a similar situation somehow created the perfect setting for some of these things to happen here.
Another one of these new experiences that I've fallen into recently is sewing. A few of the girls that I've become close friends with over the past few months had been going to a Monday night sewing class. They'd been inviting me to come for weeks, and I kept turning them down. Sewing wasn't something I ever really thought I was interested in taking up as a hobby. Well, a few months ago, I finally went along with them. And I actually enjoyed it. It's not so much a structured class, as it is a sort of sewing "study hall." You can work on whatever you want while having access to a very helpful "instructor" and tons of sewing machines/supplies. Most of the girls who go are making super fancy things like beautiful quilts and Christmas stockings. I'm definitely the least skilled of the group.
I started out by making a very simple pin cushion.
From there, I decided to make a gift for a friend whose baby shower was coming up. Growing up, my mom used to make these cute little hooded baby towel things. I think I even "helped" her a few times. I figured that would be a simple enough project for me to move on to next.
I used this tutorial and tips from my mom as my guide:
My friend Alexa is having her second little girl, and she's not a super "pink" type of mom. So I went with this coral fabric... although for some weird reason, it looks pretty orange in these pictures.
This project ended up taking me a lot longer than I anticipated, but when it was finally finished, I was very happy with the end product! It was fun to give someone a gift that I had made myself.
And here's a photo of some of the girls I sew with at Alexa's baby "sprinkle."
|Nicole, Me, Jackie, Alexa (and baby Sawyer), Colleen, Katie, & sweet little Elise up front showing her belly to the camera :-)|