Friday Funday-Sew What Are Your Creative Outlets?

In Life Essays, sewing, Uncategorized on January 24, 2014 at 8:19 am

The main character in the novel I’m writing is a fashion designer, and yes, just like on Project Runway, she sews. So for the past two years I’ve been writing about someone who sews, while working in a sewing store teaching sewing and selling machines that are pretty amazing, and do things my grandmother probably never dreamed possible. And I have done… no sewing.

DSCI0091Now that my ‘real’ job is only one day a week, and I’m spending most of my time writing, I’ve indulged, admittedly with some guilt in a new toy of my own, and since I bought it, it would be wrong not to use it….right?

My sewing room isn’t set up yet, it will probably be a few weeks before I get the opportunity. Most of my tools and fabric are still in storage, and Hunky Hubby is still busy with more important things like finishing the kitchen! But, I’m planning my projects for the year, and I’m trying to learn the capabilities of my new sewing machine in the meantime. And believe me, there’s a lot to learn.11143_1197385549150_1663838805_486536_6553773_n

I am no seamstress, but I do love to sew, and I enjoy teaching sewing lessons. Some sewers are quilters, some are garment makers, some love craft sewing or home dec. I’m kind of a dabbler, I like to do all of it, but I’m not truly expert at any of it.

So this year I plan on making curtains for my new kitchen, and two of the bedrooms, possibly doing some sewing for my bathroom, and making a bookshelf quilt. My friends and family will probably all have to suffer with homemade presents this year and I have a sweet cousin who was recently married that I want to give a special, if belated wedding gift.

Saving sewing projects on Pinterest has practically become a hobby in itself, and I’m dying to try some of the clever sewing projects that I’ve saved!!

Between writing a book and getting settled in our home I probably won’t get everything done that I want to, but I’m going to try!

16836_1279514282317_1663838805_664134_4339287_nI’m sharing a few pictures of previous projects. Wish I had more, but for some reason I don’t remember to take pictures! I promise to take more pictures to share with all of you.

So my pretty, new sewing machine is just waiting to release it’s potential, and sew am I!! What are your creative outlets? Your passions? What do you squeeze time out for in your busy schedule? Hope you’ll share!!

  1. Sounds like 2014 will be another exciting, creative year! Hope you’ll drop me a line when you have a minute. I’d love to get a card in the mail to you, but need your new snail mail address.
    Stay inspired!

  2. I love sewing… but about the only time I actually do is in December for Christmas. My goal this year is a big one… to finish all of my unfinished sewing projects. I also have a few new ones I want to make; capes for the kids, placemats and curtains.
    I also love scrapbooking and the only way I make time for that is by setting up a scrapping day with my friend, Sara.
    I think it is hard to make the time for hobbies. Someone told me once that men don’t care if the dishes and laundry aren’t done; they still take time for their hobbies – and women should follow suit. I am going to make a conscience effort this year to spend at least 2 hours on the weekend doing something I love (instead of house work).

    • Hahaha, Kandi, I think that must be true, of course I don’t know about at your house, but at my house men don’t care if the dishes are done because they know I’ll do them!! I definitely think we all need a little time for creativity in our lives, it’s good for the soul. I like your idea of putting aside a couple of hours a week for your hobbies!! Big hugs to all, and maybe you can get TJ to do those dishes!!

  3. I have always felt like there was not an ounch of creativity in my bones. But when I saw that you mentioned your passion. I do have a passion. My passion is that the people God puts in my life would be excited by who He is and that He is not a God hidden in the heavens by very much a part of every aspect of our lives. That God would be real and alive and although I am an avid reader, there is no book I find more exciting to read than the Bible. My passion is to teach Bible studies that people would catch that excitement and grow to closer to God. My passion for many years is to embrace that woman on the outside, the one who has a hard time relating, the one people walk around so they don’t have to be stuck with and through interaction and love bring to understtand how loved she is by God and by myself. Yes I have a passion His name is God.

  4. Aunt Gloria, Your heart is always pure and full of love…one of the many things I love you for.

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