Today I thought it was the right time to switch things up a bit. My thinking right now is to call my blog and newsletter “Taking Your Time.” I have been focusing on homesteading but I realized that this wasn’t the real point for me. I do things slowly. I take my time with things in order to get the most out of something. This could be a fun journey that can be shared with photos, projects and interviews with like minded folks. I feel that we can learn so much from others with their own passions and this would be an amazing place to collect these.
Here are a few reasons to “Take Your Time.”
A higher quality product is created.
I started sewing by constructing garments. This was my first shirt that I sewed seven years ago (I had no idea how to do it but I have learned that you need to at least try something first before you can learn anything). I was instantly hooked on sewing and learned how long something actually takes to construct. With each project I have learned how to fit, work with different materials, construction techniques, pattern use, etc. The jacket photo to the right shows one of my more recent projects sewing with silk, multiple zippers, linings, fitting, etc. This jacket was lovingly and carefully constructed and I love wearing it! It is the best feeling in the world when someone compliments you on it and you get to say that you made it! The look of surprise makes all of it worth doing!
Better understanding of ingredients.
One of the reasons that I like to grow my own food is that I know the history behind the item. I grow organically and know that when I am eating the food it wasn’t laden with chemicals. I don’t eat a strictly organic diet (I would love to but financially it isn’t an easy option), but I try to make an effort to when I can.
When cooking it is also good to know all of the items that go into something that I am eating. The fast route these days is to buy something that can be stored easily and microwaved quickly. There is something lost in the building of flavors, timing and inspiration for these meals. That being said it can take a lot of energy to accomplish these meals. I want to start collecting quick tips for this and sharing these on the blog.
We want things now!
In many ways technology brings a lot into our lives. It offers information quickly to those who may not have been able to access it. It also makes it so that our brains don’t retain as much needed information. Do you notice that you always misspell the same word? Our computers will automatically change our misspellings and we move on. We get so used to having things come so quickly that we expect everything to follow. We can order something online in minutes and it is delivered the next day. In some ways it is hard for our brains to imagine the length of time that actually goes into learning, building or creating something. It takes an effort to really let go and allow something to develop over time. I want to focus on the reverse of this and focus on classic forms of entertainment and creating.
Take the slow road.
I am a slow walker. It is actually really weird. My sister joked with me recently that I walk like I am a lady on Downton Abbey. It is more of a casual stroll than a brisk “I-need-to-get-there” motion. To me, I am able to pace myself with my day and take in all that I need to. One of the things about having a dog is that you leave the house a few times a day and go for a stroll. It is a great way to get some air in your lungs, some sun on your face and change up what you are doing. Taking a slow stroll is a great way to reset your day.
I am also in the works with setting up weekly challenges and themes to follow along with. I miss that part of creating work for a show. I am going to use my blog as a platform for this. Do you have anything that you like to take your time with?
It is always so exciting when your creation appears in print! When I was asked to feature my Reshelly bags in GreenCraft magazine I was thrilled! I had been working on these upcycled bags for a little over a year. One of the Editors of the magazine found me through Etsy. (on a side note Abbey Glassenberg has a great post about the pros of being an Etsy Seller).
As an artist, you spend so much time alone in your studio creating something. There is a lot of time just spent in your own head trying to figure things out. There are a lot of tries, fails and wins. When you are able to share your wins like this, there is an awesome sense of accomplishment! You feel like all of your crazy time that you devote to the process of making can be inspirational for someone else as well!
One of the directions that I want to head with these bags are the hand made part of it when it comes to the pattern design. I created a stamp for this fabric and loved the process!
I miss drawing and designing imagery. I have loved the sewn process but I felt like I was missing a major part of my creative background. I studied painting when I went to art school and it will always remain a part of my creative process. This is a way of keeping that while developing these creations. I have a few of these bags left in my Etsy shop! Stay tuned because I will be creating new designs and actually printing out some designs using Spoonflower!
I am currently rebuilding my website! Very exciting! In the process I apparently deleted my blog that I had been writing for seven years! Wow! Well, I have to look at it as a new start and saying things in a different manner. I do have access to the old photos and I may do some new posts inspired by the old. I guess I am going to look at it as a way of “Making do and mend.” I am going to work with the scraps to bring in something new!