STOP! And smell the roses...
Since starting Sequins and Slippers, I've experienced lots of crafty developments, career-wise...
|Not Rod - a chubby-chinned pretender|
All of these things have honestly been a lovely surprise to me, as I'm used to really having to push to make things change and grow (if you don't do that in the media. nothing will happen!) - but all the above developments have come to me... which is quite astounding...
I'd like to, at this point, make clear that I started this blog due to a love of making. And that's just as well, as it's still not a profitable endeavour (!) - but I sincerely feel it gives me SO much more than any obvious financial profit. Imagine, if you will, taking tennis lessons every weekend throughout the summer, and Roger Federer walks past your court one day and comments on how well you hit a ball... well that's how I feel when I get lovely feedback from other crafters, seamstresses, and aficionados, both on here, and on the Refashion Co-op site. I spent SO much of my earlier life looking at garments as if they were 'born' that way, that now that I finally have a hands-on understanding for what actually goes into making something, I am much more appreciative.
|"Yellow cardigans always improve my volley..."|
And that's basically it for today - a short post I've been meaning to write for a while, about really listening to yourself, what you love, and who you truly are, and letting that dictate at least a small part of how you live your life... I realise I may have said this before, in a slightly different way, but making decisions at school in the very early part of your life about how the REST of your life will play out, is strange when you really think about it... I mean, it would take an incredibly mature, self aware teenager to understand their own talents and 'loves' enough to know they'd still want the same things at thirty... or forty... or even into retirement age. I think it's incredibly important to take breaks out of real life, away from the commute, the direct debits, the responsibilities of living from day to day, to ask yourself what it is that makes your heart sing. And to be ready for that to change with age, and experience. And whilst doing EXACTLY what you love, ALL the time, isn't realistic for most people (given family & financial responsibilities), I heartily recommend doing at least something you love, a small amount of the time, otherwise... what's the point?
And sew, let me say, I am extremely thankful for Sequins and Slippers, and all that it gives me!Speaking of which, it seems like the perfect time to share some good news... last week I spent two days filming an eight-part series for Videojug!
|*Sneaky peak of one of my Videojug projects|
So until that happens, I have a LONG list of refashioning projects to finish, and only a short time left for them to be relevant... in other words, I won't be photographing/posting summer projects in the autumn drizzle! And at the end of this month it gets busy... starting with my birthday, then it's my Mum's, my sister's, my Nan's and then, finally, my brother's... all in the space of a month! So maybe there's also room in that time period to make & share a few gifts, fingers crossed!
Wishing you a productive and happy