Thursday, October 06, 2011

Reminder to Self: Why I Sew

So, I dont' know if you've noticed, but I've had sewers block lately. Yes, of course I've been busy, and of course I have a million other things to do, but I've also just felt stuck. Like I don't like anything I've made lately and I look at the piles of fabric I really want to use, but never seem to have time to used. Like I have so many ideas swirlng around in my head that I can't decide which one to start on. And by the time I decide, my sewing time is up. Like why should I keep sewing when I never get any comments (or very few, anyway) on Flikr and no one in Montreal ever says, "Oh wow, that's a cool bag / blouse / scarf" because everyone has cool bags / blouses / and scarves that came from one of the many cool boutiques that are everywhere. Like why am I doing this anyway?

Then I have a night like tonight. When I have to get dressed up to do "Curriculum Night" at school, and the best outfit I have is a smock that I've made myself (I love the word smock - have I showed you my smock yet?) and a scarf that I've also sewn myself (have I showed you my voile scarf either? No? Bad blogger. Bad blogger).  Did anyone comment on their awesomeness? Nope. Did I still feel great wearing them? Yes.

And then I phone my friend Barb (for whom I made the mini quilt last week) to say that I won't be at Bible study this week (as I have to talk for 5 min. at Curriculm night) and she tells me how much she loved and appreciated the tiny quilt I made for her. And how her family put it on the very first page in the birthday book they made for her.

Suddenly, Flikr comments and stranger adoration fade away into the background. And I am happy with my little corner of the internet, and my little happy sewing projects that make my home cozy and my friends feel special (not to mention me look cool and artsy on Curriculm Night).

6 comments:

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

I had a similar little epiphany to that a few months ago also.
It is hard not to get caught up in the numbers and the encouragement etc...
I still have my moments. But funnily enough it was only once I started really creating for me that the other things started to grow too. Go figure!
I hope you can get over your hump soon. Crafters block sucks!
Hugs
Kat xx

Barb said...

Well said! I bet you looked amazing at curriculum night! Enjoy your sewing and don't worry about everything else. I know I never look at my 'stats' as it is just depressing! Happy Thanksgiving.

quiltzyx said...

Well now, I want to see that artsy smock & scarf & how cool you were while wearing them! C'mon, don't be such a tease....

I'm sure I even know where to look for my blog stats! I have not yet made a good habit of regular blogging, so I don't get many comments. Then the computer hard drive died....oh well! It's about up & running & if nobody is looking (or commenting when they do look) - what the heck! I just like putting it out there. :D

Kristen said...

"Smock" Ha ha ha - you made me laugh, or at least smile because as cool as I'm sure your smock is, the word "smock" reminds me of a Calvin and Hobbes strip - I'm going to find it and post it now, just for you :)

Jilly said...

Of course I think of the Calvin and Hobbes strip when I say the word Smock. That's why its so fun to have a cool smock. When you find it I'll link to it (and post a photo of my smock, since its sunny today.

Kristen said...

http://crafty-kris.blogspot.com/2011/10/smock-smock-smock-little-calvin-and.html