I still did not get around to make use of the beautiful fabric pieces from those sample books. The heat of summer is slowing me down like everyone else, I still struggle with my foot (the one that had its ankle replaced in January) and my back is "killing me". I had a disc nucleoplasty some days ago - you can check this out here - and I hope my constant pain at my lower rear will recede. The healing should take place over a two week span, then I will know if this treatment worked.
So there is a lot of resting with legs up, reading or listening to music. But there is some painting too, which I do love now so much, even so I have no talent for it - I still am sure I do not really know how to paint. :-) There is time with the grandchildren, which I do love even more, and I managed to sew two big totes from sturdy decorator fabric, using leather scraps as embellishments and pockets. They both have beautiful cotton linings with one zippered and one velcro closed pocket and key swivels inside. One photographed well, the other one was not so photogenic.
I gave all my fabric painting and dyeing supplies and books away and made someone very happy. I will not return to this task anymore, it is too laborious for me now, but I have no regrets, only happy memories of it.
I hope you are all fine, and if you are not so good, I wish you will be better soon! We can see small tiny signs of autumn here - how is it at your place?