so here they are, the fruits of my determination and the labor of my loyal sewing machine for the past three days stop and go. hours and hours of bliss. i am never happier than when i am entranced in the creative process. although the relaxation is much more when i hand stitch, the sewing machine has saved me precious time by making the tedious straight lines a cinch. i was very strict in the past about not using a sewing machine but i slowly gave in one day when i found a multi stitch singer at costco.
the apron is now ready and listed in my shop as is the banner but my more ambitious work, a purple jacket appliqueed with a sacred heart detente will take longer.
it really looks easier than it is since chosing the right color scheme is hard and balancing all the elements and stitches is frustrating sometimes. knowing when the piece is finished takes a keen eye for artistic composition.
well you can imagine what it was cleaning up the floor after all the snipping, cutting, bordering and embroidering. i'm just too ashamed to show you what my work space looked like in the process.
hand crocheted trim for the apron in pink cotton
three dimensional heart on jacket back, i had started it long ago and it still has a ways to go
you might all think me rather silly spending time like a dreamer, but i'd rather spend all my time making things and even selling them at cost in order to pay the bills. i'd rather make a creative $30 to pay the electricity bill or go out to have an iced coffee with my daughter than sit in an office for eight hours and 4 of them idely. i refuse to work for the system again (GOD please don't let the spit come right back down on my face!) where i felt like a "dead man walking". and that's an understratement. more and more of us are going "indie" and there's a very good reason for it too.
as my good friend kathy would say "things must turn around sometime soon, don't you think?" love that woman. it's more than her blog, it's her in constant movement knowing what's true. oh, there i go again all sentimental like but that's who i am, a sensitive romantic.