I woke up with butterflies in my stomach this morning. I impatiently waited for the week 1 results on Project Run & Play to be published. Who would have the top design? (That gorgeous butterfly, of course!) Who would be eliminated?
I found out this morning that I was eliminated from Project Run & Play. I was so afraid of this. No one ever wants to be the first one gone. I was so looking forward to sharing my week 2 outfit. I was working hard on my week 3 look. And just yesterday, I’d bought my final supplies for the last week. It isn’t to be and I’m sad and disappointed. It’s quite the blow to the ego.
But I’m going to pick myself up, dust myself off, and go enjoy a weekend with friends at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. I’m looking forward to just relaxing rather than thinking about all the work that I still need to do to finish that candy inspired look. After two very late nights, I’ll be happy to go to bed at a reasonable time. I’ll be more available for school trips and the racial justice activism that I jumped into almost a year ago.
I’m going to keep watching and encourage my fellow contestants who are a group of absolutely lovely women. I hope to keep in touch with them after the competition is over. I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to compete. As stressful as it is to sew under pressure and get beautiful pictures, it’s also so much fun! It’s been a while since my creative brain has been used so much. As tiring as it has been, as single minded as I’ve had to be, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I’ve finally managed to draft a hood I’m happy with! And I’ve pushed myself to conquer some of my sewing fears. It has been a wonderful experience.
So there it is. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the ladies of Project Run & Play, the remaining contestants, and all the voters, whether you voted for me or not. And prepare to see my Buffalo plaid look in the sew along!
PS: And thank you to my darling E who gave me a long hug this morning when I told her I’d lost.