Friday, March 6, 2009

Love Fridays .... and stripy cushions

As I slowly floated towards consciousness this morning, I think my first fully formed thought was: thank god it's Friday.

I love Fridays - who doesn't? - and so today I'm playing Love Fridays courtesy of Tinniegirl, as well as Hooked On, from Julia in the US. And these cushions fit in with both memes very well.

Why, you might ask?

Well, it's been a long and stressful week at work, with a new boss to adjust to, and no end of associated discoveries and revelations, each one bigger and more astonishing than the last. I'm mulling some of them over, thinking about how they affect me, but I've not made any decisions yet or really considered their impact.

But they've upended the usual sense of peace and calm I like to create around me and operate in. The sands are shifting under my feet.

I take such a sense of pleasure from symmetry in my life, you see. These two cushions here, for example. I've named them Tea In The Afternoon, and they're made from deliciously touchable coffee-coloured velvet, overlaid with individually sewn ribbons in grosgrain, braid, and satin. As you can see, the shades are all milky and chocolatey and coffee-ey. Mmm, yum. And the colour combination is soothing on its own.

Each cushion is trimmed with a different set of ribbons, but the pattern of ribbons on each cushion is symmetrical, fanning out from a single central wide black grosgrain strip. Arranging each design and sewing the ribbons on really gives me a feeling of happiness, because I can see everything in its spot, where it should be. It makes me feel calm, and serene. Like everything' organised, and perfectly placed.

I try to bring a sense of that calm into my general life as well. I have a (reasonably) neat desk at work, though it's piled high with crafty business cards and receipts and materials in amongst the papers and folders and documents. Yes it's true, I even have fabric at my Proper Work. Tragic, I know.

And at home I'd be as neat as a freakishly neat and slightly neurotic pin, if only I could convince My One True Love that he should join me in the quest for order. He is more of the "relaxed" living style, you could say. But me, even when I'm in a hotel for a single night, I unpack and lay things out neatly and hang things up and put everything into lovely, pleasing straight lines.

Life at work isn't straight at the moment. It's full of twisty-turny bends, and dead ends, and blind corners, and metaphorical assassins lurking behind doors, and it feels slightly unbalanced.

So when I get home in the evenings I'm enjoying creating straight lines and perfect symmetry, even if it's just in the tiny space contained by a cushion.


Tinniegirl said...

I'm totally hearing you about the minefield that is work some days. Thank god for Fridays hey?

I just read over at Curlypops that you are going to be at the Made n' Thornbury market. I'll look forward to meeting you there.

I'll add you to the Love Fridays list too.

CurlyPops said...

Those cushions are gorgeous and they would match perfectly to my chocolate brown sofa..... mmmmm chocolate and caramel and toffee all together!

Holly said...

Love the pillows! Our mood can often mirror our surrounding, can't it?

Things That Inspire said...

Symmetry can be such a soothing influence. I love symmetry in houses in particular - it just speaks of order to me. It is nice to find ways to bring this sense of order into your own home!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Great post! I like to have everything just right around me before I relax. I wish I lived in Melbourne! :-)

Troischats said...

Hi Tinnigirl and thanks for adding me to the list for Love Fridays - I love this meme! It's great fun.

And Curlypops, your "chocolate, caramel and toffee" is exactly the sort of description I was searching for but couldn't find ...

thanks to everyone who's left a comment, I love reading comments and feeling like I'm part of a conversation!

Anonymous said...

Loving the pillows! So inviting.

P.S. You have the BEST Blog name ever!

Cass said...

Wonderful cushions; I have just the spot for them!
And I love the name of your blog, that is brillliant!

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

What a darling blog! Love your post today....I can't say that I am a perfectionist...however I do appreciate you putting things in order when you are at a hotel - I find myself doing the same thing!!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Okay, I just have to say that I share your love of symmetry, and I like things to be in order, so I can relate. It is nice to have a feeling of control over something in our lives. What a beautifully written post.

I hope things at work "straighten out" for you soon. I know how stressful it can be when things are off-balance.

Gayle said...

I hope your life at work straightens out soon! Your cushions are so pretty. I love the colors. I also feel so much more relaxed when everything is in its place!