by one of my favorite reads! How sweet of her. I loved looking into her creative side, and now I have to figure out the answers to these questions.
1. What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk/making table this week?
If you follow my blog at all you will know the answer to this question! Bags, Burp Cloths, and all kinds of fabric things. Here is my creating space at the moment, my dining room table. One corner for cutting, one for sewing, and the others for collecting stuff. The center has containers to hold the tools of my trade.
To the left is more flannel plus my paper pattern for cutting out burp cloths. The pink and blue basket hold projects in progress so I can keep track of ribbons, webbing, buttons, toggles, etc. This mess will eventually be packed away when the Bazaar sessions are over, but for the next 8 weeks, it’s staying put. I don’t have a designated room for my creating, despite having 4 bedrooms plus a bonus room for 2 parents and 2 children. And 1 “children” is gone 9 months of the year. That may change once College Girl returns to school.
The other creating surface in the dining room is the ironing board. There’s a lot of pressing going on here. The rolled up rug on the floor will be moving back to the dorm with College Girl in a few weeks. Gah, I can’t believe I am saying that. 4 days left of summer for Diva Girl, and less than 2 weeks for College Girl.
2. Where are you currently finding your inspiration?
Inspiration right now comes from You Tube tutorials for bag making, key fobs, and burp cloths. Inspiration for knitting comes from blogs who are showcasing their baby knits making. Since we have just welcomed 2 little great-nieces this year, and are awaiting the next great-nephew in October, I am busy with baby knitting. My Netvibes list is yielding some great ideas for knitting items.
3. How important is being creative to you and how do you blend this with your work-life-family balance?
Being creative is my all! It is what makes me alive. This has really been brought home to me with the recent return to sewing. I have done every, I mean, EVERY kind of fiber related craft there is. Quilting, crochet, sewing, needlepoint, crewel, cross-stitch, rug hooking, latch hook, and some I have likely forgotten. But I never mastered knitting. Until November 28th, 2000. Once I achieved that, I pretty much dropped everything else. I have loved being a knitter, and will always be a knitter. But as the years have gone by, my kids have grown up and no longer need me as much anymore. I found myself in a rut this past year.
The question of “what am I accomplishing” has dogged me for quite a long time. I have felt worthless, or less than able to contribute to life and the family. Not in a depressed way, more in a “life is boring” way. And then, the sewing spark was re-ignited in late June. And I found a worthy cause to sew for. And then a way to “fund” my creating. The passion has returned and I feel fulfilled. Even though I have been knitting and felt accomplished with my knitting, I still lost the feeling of my knitting being worthy of the time I spend doing it. I know I am not making sense. But this creativity spark has renewed my spirit and given me new life.
Recently, as I was knitting while laying out on the pool deck on vacation, Hubster turned to me and said, “You really can’t sit still without something in your hands”. YES! That is exactly it. I have Craftitis. Unfortunately, I tend to become consumed with a craft and pursue it until all else is ignored. I do need to try and find a better balance between my craft and my family life.