Where have I been? Honestly, I don’t know. I took an unintentional break from crafting. I wasn’t feeling inspired. Here is my list of excuses, yes they are excuses not good reasons for not trying.
- My new craft room is in the basement and this was the first winter since moving it down there and it’s COLD.
- My little space heater helped but I kept leaving it on so I was afraid I would burn the house down.
- And blogging is very intimidating!! There is so much to learn and remember.
- Writing is the easy part, but holy moly, photo editing and blog design and then remembering how to do what finally worked?
- I need a logo and a personal color scheme for continuity.
- Do I want to do YouTube videos? If I do, do I use my elderly iPhone or save up and buy a camera?
- How often should I blog?
- Should I have TikTok? Pinterest?
- Honestly, I don’t know how people blog, YouTube and work day jobs. I must be doing it wrong.
I need a mentor or a kick in the butt. I’m working on setting new goals.
Last fall some of the women in my family decided to get together once a month and work on our unfinished projects and have a nice lunch. It’s been a lot of fun and my mojo has been slowly coming back. Funny thing though, because everyone else is a sewer I’m getting inspired to start some small sewing projects. More about that in a minute. There has been some talk about a future road trip to visit the small, indipendant quilt and craft stores. All I can say is the Hotels are going to put out the No Vacancy signs when they see us coming.
I live the farthest away so I have to schlep my stuff to my Mom’s house for a long weekend, usually not knowing what I want to work on so I bring too much. My husband hasn’t complained yet about how much stuff he loads into the car but now that he has a pickup and my stuff can’t go in the back I’m going to start hearing I need to know what I’m doing ahead of time and only take that. I sure missed April and May (due to COVID-19 in case you have been under a rock somewhere) and we haven’t been doing it that long.
Getting to do something for someone else
Recently my cousin needed a cake topper and asked me if I could do something like she had seen online. I said “Sure!”. I found a file I liked online, modified it in Silhouette Studio, cut it out, glued it together and sent it to her, all in a day. Then I realized my craft mojo is based on need. I can’t bring myself to just make a bunch of stuff that will sit around the house or in a box. I have to have a need for the project. And being able to make something for someone else really gets my mojo going.
Back to Sewing?
Back to sewing: I sewed about 80% of my wardrobe from about 12 years old until 18. It was never my happy place. My mother understood and didn’t get mad at my cursing while sewing and just said it was time to put it away for the day if I cursed more than twice. I haven’t made an article of clothing since I graduated High School so my mom asked me to give up my sewing machine to her mother and she gave me her’s. So for most of the last 20 years, oh my, maybe it’s been 30 years, I have had my Mom’s old Pfaff 1222, she bought it used when I was a kid so it’s at least 50 years old. I mostly used it for quick hems and occasional small projects. Actually, Mom used it more when she visited than I ever did.
In April it became apparent that we were going to need masks on a regular basis for a while so I pulled it out to make some. It wound half a bobbin and died. 🙁 I took it to the repair shop and the electronic board is dead and irreplaceable and would cost too much if we could find one at this point. So Mom called her brother who still had my sewing machine that she bought for me when I was a kid. It is a JC Penney machine and I loved it for the button hole maker alone, so much better than the Pfaff in my opinion. He still had it! So I went and picked it up. Because he had not used it in all these years it also did not work, the belt was disintegrating and leaving particles in the bottom of the machine. So back to the repair shop I went.
As of today, the machine is still there soaking in a solution to get the parts/gears to move again. He said it wasn’t going in reverse and a few other things weren’t moving right. I really hope it comes back to me usable. I need masks to coordinate with my outfits and I’m ready to make other small projects for the house.
So here’s to future crafting. Much love from family. Delicious lunches. And future road trips to look for small, independent specialty craft and quilt shops!