Creativity is a gift from God, and I am so thankful he gave me some! I also love fabric ❤️ whether antique, vintage and sometimes new. If it catches my eye, has just the right color, print, texture, vibe and price tag … I find a way to buy it.
And then I hoard it.
I convince myself upon purchasing that I will use my creativity and do something awesome with it.
And I stash it.
I put it safely away until my creative juices flow, and when they do, and the time is right, I get my scissors, pins and fabric and sit down to start my project.
And I stop.
Why? Because I know that when the scissors hit the fabric there is no turning back. It’s not a dry erase board, or a digital photo where you can erase or press delete and start over …. nope it’s more like 35 mm film, when you take a shot the frame is used, done. So you better make sure it’s focused and the aperature settings are correct or you ain’t gonna be happy with the results . Pick your subject wisely, don’t waste the film.
This is when I start second guessing. Is what I’m making worthy of this fabric? Should I save it for a bag? A skirt? A chair? Will it even sell? Do I love that fabric too much to get rid of it? So many thoughts so many ideas I can’t decide I won’t decide.
And..The fabric goes back in my stash.
This is an ongoing process for me and clearly explains why I have no room for any more fabric.
I’m not saying I do this for all my projects, just with the special fabric I hoard. After all, once you cut into it, you’re pretty much committed, am I right?
Lately it’s dawned on me that I do this with more than just fabric, does anyone else relate here?
I’m not getting any younger and the projects are piling up, it’s time I throw caution to the wind (maybe not throw, but gently toss, maybe even hang on a little?).I need to just commit to the cut and trust my gut (hey that rhymes).
Who cares if I’m the only one admiring the decision I made? That’s a risk I’m quite willing to take right now. And If it really is just about loving the fabric and not letting it go, well I can always save a scrap to admire for later, just like we do with our photos right? There goes the photographer in me again.
So here’s to a year of getting creations out there and to accepting where that wind blows me!
As always, Cover that thing Cool!