Creativity is an outlet for self-expression. If you tend to be creative you know what I mean.
Creativity is an outlet for self-expression. If you tend to be creative you know what I mean. It is like you have to produce something to release stress or you may just self-combust from all the built up pressure. Over the years my hobbies have varied and now my craft room is overflowing with remnants of past interests and endeavors. Every summer I clean it out and try to get rid of items that no longer suit my interests or needs.
In the early 1990’s I begged my husband to let me have a hobby. He worked nights and Taylor was in bed early so I had a lot of time to myself. He asked me what I wanted to do and I told him that I wanted to make floral arrangements. Silk flowers were very costly even back then, so after two finished baskets he squashed that idea. Next I asked him if I could cross-stitch. You could make a project for less than five dollars so he conceded. I spent numerous hours working on stamped cross-stitched quilt blocks and quilt tops. This appeased me for a while, but then I got bored and moved on to counted cross-stitch. By 1995, we were divorced and so I had even more time to myself. I began making counted cross-stitch Christmas ornament, which I still have today.
Shortly thereafter I bought my first sewing machine. The first new machine I purchased cost a hundred dollars. I went crazy with it. I made Taylor’s play clothes and holiday dresses. I made pillows and curtains and then I started quilting. I checked out book after book after book from the library on how to quilt. When I wasn’t making quilts I was embroidering, or cross-stitching, or painting wooden cut out figurines. I was always doing something.
In 2000, Taylor and I moved to Carmi. At that point in time my interests became quilting and making doll clothes. I did very little hand sewing, because I liked the quick projects I could complete by machine. I sewed for the magazine Country Sampler and had my items in a store in Chicago. That proved to be more trouble than it was worth and so I quit. Next, I worked for several craft stores in the area including Two Raggedy Sisters, Country Depot, Leah’s Crafts and Homestead Primitives. All but one of these stores went out of business.
Finally, I became tired of working for pennies on the dollar, so I opened my own online business on etsy.com. One of my stores, Thoreau’s Cabin, is just a few months old. I make country primitives to sell there. I love taking an idea seeing it come to fruition using my own skills and materials. It is fun having someone value your work enough to spend their hard earned money on it. While I have made a little bit of everything over the years, I never tire of being creative. I have returned to quilting, scrapbooking, and making doll clothes. My fear is that before long, my hobbies may outgrow my home!