I was very blessed as a young girl to have three very talented and crafty ladies in my life. They were my mother and my two grandmothers.
I remember their loving patience as they taught me to crochet, knit and sew. I'm sure that's the reason that I still, to this day, find comfort, peace and warm fuzzies whenever I pick up a ball of yarn, a pair of knitting needles, or a needle and thread.
One of my earliest memories are around a little sewing roll that I made for my mother when I was about 10 years old. It was a gift for her, for Mother's Day or her birthday, I can't remember which. I used brown corduroy on the outside of the roll, and lined it with a purple polyester fabric!
The lining was creased terribly and I decided it needed to be ironed. I turned up the heat on the iron and ... hold your breath ... touched it to the lining, which instantly melted in front of my eyes! I was devastated and instantly had my own little meltdown.
I cried and sobbed. All that work was wasted. My little gift was destroyed. There wasn't enough purple fabric left to make a new lining. What to do ....
My mother couldn't understand why I was so upset and she tried her best to help, but I couldn't tell her what went wrong without spoiling her surprise. I had to figure this out on my own. After racking my brain for a few hours, I came up with a plan! I had enough of that purple fabric left to make a patch to cover the burn mark. The patched area would be an excellent pincushion! Voila! Problem solved and Mom loved her gift!
The point of the story is that our projects may not always turn out as expected or as we see in the picture, but that doesn't matter. It's your own project, so bend it and twist it and make it your own, improved version! Sometimes setbacks can be the source of new, creative ideas.
As I grew older, I began to develop an interest in quilting as well. I signed myself up for a quilting class and so a new passion was started. New mistakes were made and creative solutions were invented to resolve them.
I love everything crafty, and I want to share that love with you here, on my blog. I hope to inspire you and I hope that you will inspire me.
Please feel free to email me if you have any requests for projects, or if you have any questions about my posts. I would love to hear from you.