Spring time has me all antsy and excited for new things! New life is starting to bloom outside and oh the warmth is so amazing! Kina and I have gone on a walk like everyday last week. It won’t be stopping anytime soon! 🙂 I have also been dreaming up some new things for The Ruffled Stitch. A new wallet design as been floating around in my head, and I am planning on making a run to a local leather store and start playing with some real leather for a change! I also dove into making clothes for Kina and I. We will see where these fun new ideas lead me.
As I was drinking coffee out of my super cool mug that I just made (tutorial coming soon), I couldn’t help but think about how I got here. Four years ago I said things like “I could never sew like that.” Or “I wish I was as creative as you.” I never dreamed I would be sewing myself a dress without a pattern four years later. Sewing has become such a huge part of my life. It is my creative outlet, my stress reliever, a source of income, and my hobby. I took a class on sewing in high school and absolutely hated it. I put it out of my mind, figuring I would never sew. I have two very creative crafty sister-in-laws that sew, and I really started to wish I could do that too. So I asked my mother-in-law to teach me. We did a few projects. She fixed my mistakes and helped me when I completely jammed the bobbin thread, which happened way too much. I still wasn’t really feeling it. So I stopped again for awhile. A couple months after I got married I kinda got the hankering to sew again. I bought a cheap old sewing machine and pinned a few tutorials on pinterest. I started trying out a few different projects and found that I really liked making things my own and using tutorials as a guideline. I realized that maybe I hated sewing so much before because I was confined to a pattern. Teaching myself gave me the freedom to customize things to what I wanted. Trust me there was lots of frustration and very hideous outcomes involved. But what I realized was, I really could do this. And on top of that it was really fun! I also had a husband that would encourage me to keep trying after many very mangled projects. He never let me give up because he knew how much I really loved it.
Through my sewing journey I have realized that never is a very strong word. I have realized that good things don’t always come easy. And I have realized that it is really good to have a happy place. Especially now that I have become a mom. It’s easy to become consumed with taking care of your husband and kiddo(s). Its easy to forget/feel guilty about taking time for yourself.
I want to encourage you today to find something that makes you happy and do it! Or if you want to try something new that you think you could NEVER do, try it! It may take awhile (sewing took me attest a year or two to get down), but don’t give up if you really like it. If you really want to do something, I encourage you to try it. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t go perfect the first time. If you have limited time, do tiny bits at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself. I think doing something that makes you happy each day, even if it is only 15min will have a great impact on you! So where is your happy place?!