So, I don't know if you remember but... way back in January I told you all that instead of having a word of the year I was going to have a phrase of the year. That phrase was/is "Live what you love". Since it is June I have decided it is time to check in with myself and see how I am doing.
The truth is I am not there yet, but I am making strides to get there. Did you know that I started sewing when I was six? I hate to tell you how long ago that was but the number has a 4 and a 2 in it. I sewed doll clothes, I sewed all of my own clothes in High School. Most of my friends thought I was crazy because they certainly weren't Southern Oregon standard fare. Thanks to Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness I remembered how much I like sewing for myself. She offered some advance yardage for me to make something to wear to Market. So I made this adorable blouse.. which I have been wearing a lot because it is so comfy and cool for summer.
I also made a dress. I designed them (they are simple) and made them to fit me. I have been thinking a lot about offering garment sewing classes at the shop and so this was a good brush up on my skills. More about that later.
I also starting piecing a quilt just for me, not one that I need for a sample for the shop, or to show a certain collection ... just because I want to make it. The Aviatrix Medallion by Elizabeth Hartman. Here is my progress so far on that one:
This pic was taken at midnight in the shop so ... it is a little brighter than this shows. After all I am using Wasabi as the background :)
My next task is figuring out how I can cut back a little bit to spend more time with my family. The hard thing for me is that I am driven. I constantly want to be the best, work the hardest, and please everyone. It is very hard for me to say "That's enough". I have been struggling with whether I want to expand the business or keep it as it is. Common sense, at least to me, says that I should want to expand and make it bigger and add more and keep doing that. I think I want to go outside the box and say "This is enough" we are busy enough, we have enough, I work hard enough. It goes against everything I have ever done or thought to say "I am content right here". No need to expand more, spend more, grab more of the pie. I will belabor the point a little more and say that I thought this yesterday morning "I am done expanding" then by last night I was already working out funding to expand.... I literally had to remind myself what I was thinking a few hours earlier.
Hugs to all... have a great week!