Dropping in today to share a peek at the cozy slipper DIY that I created for Simply Sewing issue 24. Something to keep you warm through the cooled months. Issue 24 was available on newsstands across the UK and Europe November 30. You can usually find copies in Barnes and Noble or JoAnn Fabrics here in the US – and all patterns are given in both metric and standard measurements.
I’m not sure if there’s much in this world more inspiring than a clean and well stocked creative space with a project waiting to be made. I spent some time yesterday spring cleaning my space, and went a bit deeper this time – giving myself permission to let go of things that I’d been hanging on to in hopes of one day getting back to them. I’m hoping I’m not the only one who does this…
These past few years have seen the closing of some doors, and opening of lots of other ones, mostly just through the natural ebb and flow of life. It’s good to take the time to let go of the things that belong with the closed doors. It frees up space for the things needed for the new ones that have opened.
Looking at my creative space now, it’s easy to ask myself why I didn’t do this sooner, but I’m sure I wasn’t ready. Everything in it’s time. But I can tell you that I love being able to slip into my creative time so much more easily. The space is there, waiting and welcoming, instead of buried under a pile of things that I need to move to find the space to actually create.
Cheers to spring cleaning! PS., this is also a peek at the new scarf camera strap collection coming to the shop!
I debated on whether to post this, and the other day realized that I had been making my personal posts to the main website page – facepalm – so it looks like I haven’t updated here in a while. Oh, well. Bygones.
Basketball and quiz team practice have started respectively for each of our boys. This means lots of running back and forth and tag teaming with my husband (I couldn’t make it without him being a solid support and committed to sharing the load evenly) to make sure that everyone gets where they need to be at the right time. We’re all adjusting to the schedule changes and shuffling around commitments to make things work. I find myself in a season of change – for the good.
It’s also a time of seeking out high schools and going through admissions processes for our oldest. Things are very different when you live in a big city (for me coming from a small town), and for me that means doing new things every day that I never dreamed I’d need to do. It’s good, and challenging.
Work with bluebird chic is growing busier! And is amazing. Opportunities are opening for things to grow, regular magazine commissions have started to build a steady flow, and I’m adding teaching on business and design coming in the next month! It’s all very humbling, and I’m excited at the doors that are opening.
I posted on Instagram the other day – when God opens a door and you take a tiny step of faith, it’s amazing how the universe responds. I really believe that.
So, yeah. After I took this, I thought of so many more things I could have said – like how I’ll also be sharing a more personal peek at what it’s like being a small business owner, and how I sometimes get hung up on perfection(which is important for products that I sell, but not life) and that keeps me from pressing the button on stuff and I’m trying to change that. I thought about doing another take, but then I realized that was pretty much counter to my whole point. So, here it is. Shaky, imperfect, me. In my studio space talking about where I’ll be going with this blogging stuff.