I took a Writing class over Winter Break and started a Physics-related class before the Writing had finished, so I haven't allowed myself much in the way of down-time.
That might explain why I have had such a hard time concentrating on doing any research or writing. And, given that I've got a paper due in less than a week, I should probably snap out of whatever funk I'm in and focus.
It's not just classwork that I'm having trouble concentrating on. I've tried doing some sewing this week but that's not been going very well.
Fortunately, embroidery is working out well for me. I have a project that my mother gave me a couple of years ago - pillowcases with a printed design and three different shades of blue floss. It's a Jacobean motif, so the placement of the colours isn't exactly crucial. I don't really have any decisions to make. Thinking is minimal. I can just sit and stitch for hours on end.
Last week, I finally bought a very pretty sewing box from Hancock Fabrics. I've been looking for an attractive basket for several years but they are usually either too expensive or crappy. I managed to find a very charming one when I was at Hancock Fabrics, last week. Mine is one of the ones in the upper lefthand box but the fabric is different and (I think) more attractive. It's large enough for my handsewing things and the tools I use most often. There wasn't room for all of my pattern drafting stuff but I have something that works for that stuff. What I've needed was a pretty basket to travel around the house with me.
I've only had one proper sewing box before now. It was a tiny thing that I got when I was a girl. Since then, I've tried any number of containers but none of them were either pretty or special. I think that the last thing that I was using was a recycled plastic box that once held wipes, so almost anything would be a better!