As a kid, I spent summer time and winter break religiously watching Aleene’s Creative Living. The genius behind Tacky Glue was my first exposure to Friendly Plastic and the Print Gocco. I remember trying to make a tacky glue and white bread clay to frame a tiger paint by number I made. Trying was the operative word, though Aleene swore it would work. I made jewelry with Friendly Plastic. I still fantasize about the Gocco, but I have no graphic design skills, so I don’t even bother dreaming much anymore (mom always said no… who knows how different I would be now if she’d gotten me one).
But one thing that I still remember Aleene promoting was a posture belt. As a kid I had no idea what spending hours slumped over your craft could do to your back, but I still kept this image in my mind. And now that I have been growing increasingly aware of my humpback over the last few years, this memory is growing more and more prominent in my head. So a couple days ago I decided to do something about it. I bought myself a posture belt. I’m still waiting for it to come in the mail, but I’m really quite excited about it. I hope that it actually works, and doesn’t just leave me uncomfortable. I hope I can wait out the awkward adjustment period, where my muscles get retrained to how they are supposed to rest. I will probably be tempted to wear it everywhere I go. I’m okay with that.
In half-related news (sewing), I have adopted a new technique for batch sewing. It’s a variation on the stripping technique quilters use. Instead of sewing and cutting all my headbands loose from the machine after each one, I have started leaving the thread attached and starting a new headband. What I end up with is this crazy prayer flag looking thing, but I only have to do one big batch of sewing and then one big batch of cutting. It seems so much smoother. So smooth, in fact, that I have to wonder why I didn’t think of this before.
And now, I must iron. I’ve got eight headbands to finish before work.