Look what I just bought!! It's an early Mother’s Day gift to myself. It’s a middle-of-the-road Singer sewing machine. Not their cheapest, and not their fanciest. I was surprise to hear that Singer isn’t the same as it used to be . I thought they were a reliable brand, but it seems that they have gone down in dependability department. But, it’s what we can afford, so it’s what I got!
First, let me explain to you how NOT crafty I am. And, while I’m at it, let me explain how VERY crafty the people around me are.
Not Crafty Me – I can’t sew, can’t crochet, can’t knit, can’t scrapbook, can’t decorate (rooms or desserts), can’t draw, can’t come up with a creative idea to save my life.
Very Crafty Friends – Can quilt, knit, crochet, spin and dye wool, sew, make jewelry (and that’s all ONE person so far…my SISTER!), decorate, garden, needlepoint, scrapbook, draw…the list is endless really.
In my life I’ve tried to find my ‘thing’. My sister’s thing was quilting for a long time. Now it’s making yarn and knitting. My friend Beth’s thing is crocheting. She crochets everyone blankets. One of my favorites to snuggle up in on the sofa is a Beth Blanket. My Friend Heather *kinda* scrapbooks and paints pottery. She scrapbooked her two daughters’ first five years. I have friends who decorate cakes masterfully, bake delicious desserts, and can decorate a room beautifully without batting an eye.
I have to confess that I sometimes become jealous of these friends and their talents. Since at least high school age, I have tried to find my niche. I’ve tried needlepoint, crocheting, quilting, scrapbooking, and baking just to name a few. I’ve figured out that I’m not a ‘stick-with-it” kind of gal. I usually start something, find that I’m not great at it (which no one is at first except my sister), and stop trying. It’s probably saved me a lot of money now that I think of it! I haven’t invested in a lot of supplies for anything, so I don’t have a lot of wasted materials.
You might say that my niche is meal planning and cooking regular meals (dinners only for now) for my family. But that doesn’t feel very creative to me, so I’m still looking for something else. I’m still looking for something to spark my creativity –if I have any!
Recently I’ve been wanting to start sewing. Nothing major. Maybe just some cloth napkins, a curtain here or there, and an apron for my friend. This past Christmas I found three or four ideas for gifts that I wanted to make for my family, but I couldn’t do them without a sewing machine. I’m excited to see what I can actually create with this new sewing machine. Maybe this could become a creative outlet for me. Of course, I need to learn how to sew a straight line first. That will come with time, right?