Sewing is a lot like life...sure, there are patterns for just about everything, but in order to love what you do, or love what you make, you have to change the pattern to make it your own regardless if the change is a fraction of an inch or the length of a yard. And more often that not, those choices you make to change the pattern do not work out exactly the way you hope. It can be frustrating and challenging, and sometimes you have have to rip it all apart at the seams and start completely over. Which requires patience. A lot of patience. But in doing so, you create something that is far more rewarding, and far more beautiful, then what you started with.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Have you seen my motivation?

Well. A lot of "life" has been happening around my world lately and in the midst of it I seem to have lost my creative motivation. In the last two weeks, heck, three weeks if I am being honest, I have barely even glanced in the direction of my sewing room, let alone actually stepped foot into it. If you happen to see my motivation while you are going about your own life, please tell it I miss it and I would like it to come home.

What I have to have to admit though, is that since my motivation from sewing has waned, I have gotten quite a bit of preparations done for the holiday. My shopping is started, my tree is up, my stockings are hung, the outside of my house is decorated, and the date and menu are set for my 8th Annual Holiday Baking Bonanza (I gift my friends homemade Christmas candies each year). The weather is turning colder here in the Big D, I have actually found a station I like on Pandora that plays my kind of Christmas music, my travel plans are finalized for Houston and plane tickets purchased for my trip home to Kansas to be there just in time for Chrsitmas Eve.

For the next four weeks I am going to slow down, enjoy and be thankful for every single minute. My husband and I are truly fortunate and we plan on enjoying every minute of the holiday with our family.

And speaking of family, I wanted to get back to sharing my handmade purchases for the holiday and today I am sharing two prints I have purchased from two different shops on Etsy.

First, I love this Olive Tree watercolor print from a fantastic etsy shop called JellyBeans. All of her items are wonderful and I almost ordered several othe prints for myself. This one I ordered for my mother-in-law and I think it will go perfectly in her new kitchen workspace and pantry area.

This one I purchased from a shop called How Fab Designs which I found by "pouncing" on etsy. (have you "pounced" before?) My sister-in-law just recently moved into her
very first condo and I think this will go perfectly in her kitchen.
Do I even have to mention that she loves champagne?
Have you purchased or made any really great gifts that you just know the recipient will love?
I would love to hear about them!


  1. I completely understand! I have a long list of Christmas gifts to sew and my motivation has no kicked in. Maybe it is because the length of my "to do list", paired with work responsibilities, is a little over whelming!

  2. Life is all in my way, too!! I've been thinking about you lately and wondering how things are going. :) I've been a bad blogger and blogging reader...hoping to correct that as I attempt to stay up to a decent "adult" hour.

    I'm happy to hear your xmas stuff is up and running - throw some of THAT motivation my way please!

  3. I think that these last few weeks and even the weeks to come are just overwhelming for everyone. Alot of time goes in to shopping and preparing for the holidays. I am sure your motivation will come back soon...when things slow down. I haven't really been sewing much either...I just don't have the time :) I love the subway art you purchsed...I think it will look great in her kitchen :0