i've been a crafter for as long as i can remember, but nothing really holds my attention. at one point i was crocheting--like the rest of my family--and all i could manage to turn out were some blankets for the kids. meanwhile, my aunt and sissy could crank out these masterpieces that i could never dream of doing! and my mom likes to make blankets for the kids, its kinda her thing. so i moved on to knitting. while i got the hang of it, it didn't seem to flow how i thought it should. i'm just going to blame that on my sausage fingers though ;o)
after i had the kids, my dream was to make them each a quilt out of old baby clothes and blankets. well, i needed to learn to sew if i was ever going to do that. just before christmas, i decided to bite it and i bought the machine with all the fixins! i was hoping that it wouldn't be like other crafting kicks that i get on. i buy up all the supplies, make a few, then completely lose interest(ie:scrabble tile pendants, beaded jewlery, scrapbooking--you get the idea) since i have started, i've completely fallen in love. i now describe myself as a "fabric whore". i just can't stop looking @ fabric!! i sit on etsy while david naps, and just scroll through the beautiful yards of colors and patterns.
i think i was so upset the other night at the thought of not sewing! it took me all this time to figure out what i love, and now i was going to have to give it up because of my stupid referb and lack of pocket change.
after a big sigh of relief, i went on to finish the kids' tote bags(which will be birthday gifts). i started these things a while ago, and was getting so aggrivated because i couldn't finish them. first it took me three walmarts and a michaels to find interfacing(i refused to pay for shipping to by it online!), then i couldn't find magnetic snaps-so i scrapped the idea all together, then there was the whole "incedent" a couple of nights ago. i was starting to imagine more crap that i wasn't using just sitting in the house! after my "ah ha" moment last night, i zipped through the second tote bag, and got them finished. it felt so good!
i used this tutorial from the moda bake shop.
i left off the crayon slots-the kids would NEVER use them, so really, what's the point?!
ok, moral of the story? it may take a few tries(and supplies, and time, and money...) to figure out what you really love...but its so worth it in the end.