Everyone has their own style, and I really respect that, I just need to respect my own style too! lol.
I was really nervous about
Sometimes I can't help but compare my sewing to others, and I know I really shouldn't. But I do. You know how it is, (maybe?) every time I make peace with one aspect of myself, I find something else to get all messed up about, lol.
Sometimes, I feel like what I do is so easy a caveman can do it. I think it's because I am a hobbyist and not a professional. But that's so not true AT ALL. What a bonehead thought!
I forget that I have been sewing for years, actually DECADES, and what little sewing I do is an acquired skill/talent/expertise. I need to own and fully appreciate that. I haven't even reached the tip of the iceberg of what is possible, & whether I go there or not is up to me. I get that now.
What I gathered from your wisdom is: I need balance.
I have managed to achieve maintain balance in so many aspects of my home and work life, that I thought I deserved to be a little reckless in my me time. Over time, I've realized that recklessness can become a mojo killer.
So last night I did some re-thinking. First let me tell you how Toy's prep work tips changed my sewing life. Seriously. I used to hate planning, but after translating some of her methods into my routine, I find I have more mojo when I'm not so impulsive. Here's what I started doing after she shared her tips.
- I always carry a mini composition book to jot down my thoughts/notes/lists, but now I put my patterns and notion list in too (duh me), so I'm always ready for a sale. I used to just write that info on the sales flier or a post-it note, but they ended up lost or thrown away by accident.
- On my Nook I started using an app called spring pad to make lists. I tried apps on my phone, but I need something bigger. I'm blind. Also right before I hit up a sale, I open up the web page on the Nook browser to my BMV or Simplicity wish list, and leave it up so when I go in the store I can just grab and go. I never have to
fight tolook in the pattern catalogs.
- I now group pattern, supplies and fabric in a gallon size zip lock bag. I was getting to a point where I didn't know what I wanted to make and was losing mojo. The baggie method allows me to shop my stash and use the supplies I have on hand instead of making weekly trips to Joann's. Ummm okay, I'm still in there every week, but I don't purchase every time.
But anyway, the other night I looked at my "baggies" with fresh eyes and chose which patterns will be fly-by-night and which will be focus-time. Instantly my mojo revved up.
But I told myself - no pressure. That way my sewing self esteem won't plummet if I get impulsive.
...and while I'm on an Alana Davis kick.
OK, back to regular happy stuff.