What am I working on?
I am currently working on curtains for my daughter's room. Four months ago we bought a new house (literally). It is beautiful, light, airy. I love it. When we first saw it I felt at home. Now we are slowly but surely making it our home. I have been looking for ready made curtains to put in Little Monkey's room for a long time, but I could not see a design or a price tag that I liked, so decided to make them myself. I have been working on this project for almost two months. I start and stop, then start and stop again. I like to start and finish a project, so I am getting annoyed at myself for progressing so slowly this time. I am nearly there though!
How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I don't think what I do is different from anyone else. I just make things that make my daughter and I happy. It really is that simple.
Why do I write / create what I do?
I write about things I create, and I create things because it makes me happy. My daughter is custom sized. She is tall and skinny. Finding ready made clothes that fits her well can be a challenge, however I can make her pants that fit well around her bum and are long enough. I can make her a dress that fits her around the chest and is not too short. When I finish a project I have this feeling of accomplishment. What once was a pile of fabric is now an item of clothing, and it fits my daughter perfectly.
Since I started blogging I realised I wanted to learn more, push myself further, gain new skills, try new things. This year I started sewing for myself. It is very exciting! Well, it is if you are a sewing addict, and I sure am! This blog is a record of my achievements and lessons learned. I have also made great friends through blogging, the type of friends you can talk about life, not just sewing.
How does my writing / creating process work?
Once I manage to settle on a project (does anyone else go through the agony of picking one thing out of about a hundred things on the I-want-to-make-this list?), I often get in the zone. Sometimes I struggle to stop until I finish whatever it is I am making (with curtains being an exception). I cut out pattern pieces and decide to quickly sew shoulder seams. Then I think that I can also sew the side seams and the neckline. And then sleeves... and before I know it I am hemming a new outfit... and it is well past midnight. Oops!
I put a new outfit where Little Monkey can easily spot it in the morning. I love seeing her reaction when she notices it. I love to observe how she admires and investigates her new outfit.
Photography is my least favourite part of blogging. I am not good at it, and chasing Little Monkey taking gazillion photos hoping that at least a few will end up blog-worthy can be frustrating. But we usually manage just fine. One of my goals is to get better at photography. I will start working on it as soon as I finish curtains ;)
Now, are you ready to make new friends? Then please say hi to Nat from Sew Outnumbered and Renee from Nearest the pin. Natalie is a mum to two adorable boys. She makes gorgeous things for herself and her sons. Renee is not only my sewing friend, she is also a real life friend. She also sews for herself and her gorgeous kids, a boy and a girl.