I have been inspired by the absolutely MASSIVE online crafting/ handmade/ DIY community. There are so many talented and amazing people out there and especially a pretty impressive base of women who are entrepreneurial in spirit and are successful!
The one thing I have learned in the past few weeks, about starting your own biz, is that its going to take some time. (Me singing the George Harrison tune ” To do it, to do it, to do it, to do it riiiiight”) I am a little impatient at times, which is why I will stay up into the wee hours of the morning to finish something, even though I have to be up early to work for the man. This urge to complete something satisfactory and quickly is something that I really need to work at curbing or at least suppressing.
I am still trying to find my creative voice; still trying to whittle down the millions of ideas that I have into something concrete and marketable. But marketable isn’t everything. I am a perfectionist and want to see my creations being produced to my standards (high) and that speak to me (and hopefully others). Right now I am playing with an idea when it comes to me… and if I have the stuff to run with that idea (or the stuff in question isn’t that expensive). I had to quit a couple of bags I made,using the wrong thread, botching the fabric choices, just absolutely hating how it came out HA! I just recently learned(with the life lesson of patience)that when you step away from something and come back to it, let’s say 2 or 3 days later, then you might be surprised at how you can view it differently. I just came back to a bag and TOTALLY turned it around with a seam ripper and some fabric paint. I had abhorred the look of it earlier but gave it some time and totally found that BF’s dyed t-shirt, torn into strips, pinned and sewn onto the bag, made for a REALLY cool effect.
It is going to take time. And since right now BF isn’t asking me to marry him, I don’t have any big events to plan and therefore I have time to craft and wait and craft and wait and craft and be amazed!
Today I feel discouraged. I have been working on crafting and sewing and studying and blogging for 2 weeksish now. I know I know, 2 weeks is nothing… but I am a woman who wants/ needs/ yearns for immediate success or even small successes. I have gotten a lot of positive encouragement from BF and has actually been surprisingly sweet about things he may not necessarily care too much about. He cares about his investment in me and with that comes his investement in my interests. Man, he is a good guy!
I have been working on a tote, then a purse and I have had many a good creative idea come through my head. First I dip dyed a tshirt then cut it to form over backing to eventually work into a purse. Well that turned sour when I pinned an absolutely awesome ruffly pattern and then botched it when I went to secure it. I absolutely abhor how it came out and I can’t help but think I squandered a good idea with poor executuion. BF keeps reminding me that I am working out the kinks in my ideas and my creative flow. That I need to work on foundations instead of trying to rush to the finished product. I think I need to take that advice to heart and really crack down on my work.
It’s hard to stay encouraged even when you have someone encouraging you every step of the way.
Cousin, 849pm: I wonder if AC Moore is open. Eh, who crafts after 900pm?
Other Cousin, 849pm: Amanda Shelley Davis
A text I received on Saturday, after a miserable day with a gum infection. That made me smile…
Me thinks I should definitely start making things for friends… They can appreciate one’s early work the best right?
I have also enlisted the help of a friend, who happens to be a graphic designer, to help me out with the logo. Photoshop is kind of hard you guys! I have a feeling I would have to commit ALL of the energy I am committing to Prim and Propah to photoshop JUST to create a logo. Obvi, I have some ideas and we are going to get together to discuss sooooo maybe a creative partnership is in the works? (me crossing my fingers)
Yay for tomorrow being Friday, for a cookout with family and some Watermelon Martinis. Life is good these days!
So after following some pretty inspirational crafters on Twitter, I got the idea to go check out some crafting and sewing technique books from the library. I am sure you are asking the question, “Why didn’t you think of that on your own?” Wellp, people I am the type of girl that impulsively purchases things when the urge attacks, which thankfully I am not only working on but improving on. Hence this situation… I was looking for a particular book Bend the Rules Sewing and was this close to buying it (me holding two fingers very close together)but then thought better of it. My new favorite crafter, Maggie Whitney, taught herself to sew by taking out a whole slew of books from the library and it was like a lightbulb! Why didn’t I think of that?! Of course, the library!! Ha, I am a moron sometimes…. and what a great way to save some sweet moola, support my public library and find out if a book would be worth buying.
I am not a complete beginner as I know how to thread a bobbin and sew curtains but when it comes to more complex techniques and jazzy jazz, I am still a newbie. I am so completely determined to step up my game, it is a little crazy.
Boyfriend’s Mom is setting up her sewing room for when we visit over 4th of July weekend. She has been crafting for ages and I am sure she has some nuggets of wisdom to share with me. Maybe I’ll hit up my Aunt too… she has been a quilter for years and used to make such beautiful pieces…. since one of my new ideas is “Weaving” and then “quliting” (Ill have to explain in another blog) perhaps I can get some basics from her on the quilting front.