Everyone has to start somewhere. No one is born knowing how to do stuff; even those who are geniuses or prodigies who can learn stuff faster and better than the rest of us have to start somewhere. That’s what I always tell my writers – the best way to become a good writer is . . . to write! A lot and often. Make mistakes, fix them, or forget them, move on and keep on trying. That’s how I learned to sew. It started when I was a young teenager and I knew that the only way I was going to get a “new” dress or top or skirt was if I figured out how to make it myself. So I did. But the truth is, it takes a lot of determination to keep going with anything when you don’t have a lot of guidance and have to do the old fashioned “trial and error” method.
Creativity takes courage-are you brave enough? Check out today’s blog post at Vintage Mama’s Cottage!
Which is why I love to teach younger women some of the skills I have acquired over years of that same old-fashioned “trial and error” method – if they want to skip some of the pain and exasperation of that way of learning. But, still it does take a bit of courage to express your creativity. Not only do you have to overcome the obstacles of the unknown and learn lots of new skills and develop tools and techniques that work for you – but sooner or later you will encounter the need to have courage in the face of “what will other people think?” That’s probably a much higher hurdle to get over than learning how to use a sewing machine, or make a quilt, or stitch together pattern pieces to create a design that someone else came up with. Or any other creative project you might want to tackle.
(Even though I probably won’t go with red and white gingham – which I LOVE – I really like the idea of a color-theme that brings together a variety of items reflecting that theme)
As I am currently in the midst (yes, really in the middle of a huge project!) of painting my sewing room / design studio, it is easy to get overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. Besides the walls needing to be painted, and the trim around all of the windows and doors needing to be painted, there are the cupboards and drawers that are a MESS! Yucky blue paint on some of the cupboard doors and drawer fronts with old, icky knobs and drawer pulls, mean that I have to paint ALL of the cupboard units AND the drawer fronts and doors PLUS figure out what to do with those old door knobs and drawer pulls. If you have ever painted cupboards or cabinets, you know what I mean when I say it is a rather overwhelming task.
So we have about half of the cupboards finished. Haven’t even been able to start on the drawers. Hopefully we’ll get going on that part of the project this week. But, in the meantime, it is challenging to actually work in the middle of that kind of a mess (and I don’t manage chaos and clutter well at all!) so it has been with momentary bravery and frequent discouragement that I approach this project every day.
(Can I find jars BIG enough to hold all of my fabric scraps? No matter, I can use LOTS of jars, and the good part is that you can see what you’ve got before you dump it all out and search for just the right color for the current project)
So when I came across this little saying, “Creativity takes Courage,” I knew it was time for me to stop being a sissy and step up to the plate and get the job done. We’ll see how that goes this week, but in the meantime, I decided to create kind of a “vision board” of ideas for my sewing room / design studio. Kind of to keep me focused on the end goal and not get lost in the forest of good intentions . . . or the swamp of despair as I look out there and see paint cans stacked up, sewing supplies piled onto one table so we can paint the other side of the room, shipping supplies all shoved into one section of the studio to keep everything out of the way of the bull-dozer Paint Man when he gets started.
(Ribbons and lace always make me NUTS! They are usually all tangled up or coming off the little spool they come on. In a clear glass jar I could see what I’m looking for and not have to rummage around through 500 different spools of tangled up ribbon to find what I’m looking for!)
Here are a few of the fun ideas I discovered (where else but Pinterest???) that have me inspired to get this project finished. I especially love the storage ideas for things like fabric scraps, lace and ribbon storage, glue sticks in a glass jar, and hanging baskets for some of my larger pieces of fabric. For now this will have to be my inspiration, because I can’t get out there TODAY and do all this stuff, but it gives me hope. In the meantime, one of the projects we are going to be working on today (me and my girls) is art journals. That will be a creative project to keep them occupied on a summer day instead of all of the electronic devices that seem to be everywhere. Then perhaps a trip to the library, and hmmmmm . . . . maybe weeding the flower gardens. Never a dull moment, and unfortunately, rarely time to finish painting that sewing room / design studio. But I am determined. I hope this will give me the motivation to GET IT DONE!
(And then maybe when everything is re-organized, I can find time to create a few cute little wall hangings to keep me inspired to find the courage to create)
More ideas from my “vision board” tomorrow – but for now I guess I better get back to work on some other stuff!
PS All images are from Pinterest and you can find the original posts by searching “Sewing Room Organization”