I have a folder of old blog banners and graphics that I've used over the past years, and it's interesting to see how my tastes have changed since I started this blog. One of my former banners is shockingly pink. I do like the color pink, but I'm oh-so-glad it's no longer the background color of my blog.
|The never-ending rain has produced a bumper crop of mushrooms in our yard. If there was some type of award for|
growing chickweed and mushrooms instead of a lawn, we'd be the winners.
Well, you see, I sent an audition to the Super Online Sewing Match being held by Sew Mama Sew. And... I was not selected as one of their ten competitors. Which, of course, was disappointing (though not at all unexpected). But after my initial disappointment faded, I realized that it was a good thing! First off, I'd have spent the next few months (assuming I made it through a few rounds) slaving over assigned sewing projects, rather than sewing the garments that I really need/want right now. Second, trying to collect the necessary pictures and such for the audition made me realize that it's time for a project gallery, so that it's easy to see at a glance what I've sewn over the past few years. And third, viewing the various blogs of the selected competitors and judges inspired me to revamp my blog's look and functionality. So I've learned a bit more about CSS and HTML. A very little, but enough to get me where I want to go for now.
But through this process I learned something even more valuable. A few years ago I made a list of everything I could ever remember sewing. Adding to that list the items I've made in the intervening years, I'd calculate that in the past decade I've made over 200 garments (for myself and for others), plus numerous other bags, headbands, accessories, household items, and other miscellany.
It was like an epiphany.
Sewing is my "thing."
Of all my hobbies, I really like sewing the best. I kind of already knew that (and you're probably thinking "duh!") -- but now I've realized it in a "I want to pursue this more seriously" kind of way. Sewing is my primary creative outlet. I want to learn new techniques, challenge myself, and become a better seamstress just for the fun of it. Granted, sometimes practicality trumps impressive techniques (for instance, sometimes all I need and want is a simple skirt or top). But I have some ideas on how to stretch myself, and I look forward to honing my sewing skills.
Well, I'm off to my sewing machine! I'd love to know what's on your crafting table this summer!