I am about to make twenty (20!) bow ties for The Project for Awesome. Due to other things (redoing my bathroom and also depression) I am only just starting this massive bow tie order tonight. I need to finish them in a week. Hooray! It’s like university all over again! Anyways, expect most/all post in the next week to be bow tie/stress making related. Hopeful interspersed with photos of my amazing new bathroom. This should be a great week for the new followers I’ve recently acquired! Hello all! I’m Elija and I make things (apparently, always at the last minute).
Those days when, after your shower, you’re doing your regular daily sciatica exercises and you realize that, “hey… things aren’t as bad as earlier this week. I’m stretching further, and breathing deeper. I feel stronger.” It’s a strange and wonderful feeling in contrast to six days ago when you couldn’t walk properly or take stairs. And as you’re lying on your back, you reflect: sometimes bad things will just happen, but it takes work to make good and positive things for yourself and others. And that’s okay. It’s good, even. It means it’s always worth working at being better.
Firstly, Canzine was great: sat next to a great friend/human, met cool people, sold some stuff. Tried to flirt with cute boys: probably failed. Thank you so much to all those who came out, and to all those who couldn’t: I still have some stock left, so I’ll probably make a post about that in November and y’all can order things for Statutory December Gift Giving Holiday or something.
I was invited to design some bow ties for Nude Voice Apparel; the photo shoot was last week so I’ll let you know when they’re up on the site! It’s been really great working with this company: very excited for future things.
I’ve been working on a potential commission: I’ve pattern drafted and made a neck tie, a new bow tie pattern, and pocket sampler. More on that soon?
And then there’s my birthday: that’s in a week. Birthdays are a big deal for me. I really love to celebrate my birthday, but I have no idea what to do with myself this year. Spend the day baking? Hmph.
This is a brilliant and wonderful interview from The Street Idle with my amazing and talented friend Hillary!
Hillary is a mate of my from uni; she is very intelligent and engaging, and I have a secret dream to share studio space with her and have some sort of making company together. This secret dream has only been spurred by working in a studio for a team doing just that. I highly recommend checking out Hillary’s blog, and drooling over her lovely designs&things, and sharing my respect for such a fantastic individual.
FUCK IT: I'm just going to watch Doctor Who over again.
I need to watch/listen to stuff while I work. I just finished re-watching all of QIandThat Mitchell and Webb Look, and I’ve been hobbling along with some stand up comedy specials… but nothing compares to WHO. I get way more done when I watch Doctor Who while working, because I enjoy it more than the internet and am thus less distracted.
And then it suddenly hits you: this is your life. All of it. Not just the big events, every single moment. Making your bed. Checking the weather. Waiting for the coffee. Your first waking thought of the day. Bending down to pick up your dropped phone. The outside air hitting your face. Step over step over step over step. And you’re never waiting for life to begin. Life is happening, has been happening, and you’re doing so many things to have it keep happening. Every day you live. Every moment you’re alive. And it’s overwhelming how joyous and terrifying that is.