2 years ago…

My blog was down for about a day maybe a day and a half thanks to some bad ram on the server. Luckily, the dynamic duo solved the problem and I’m back online! It’s funny how when you can’t access something, that’s when you want to access it the most!

Awhile back, I made a skirt for my friend Molly‘s daughter.

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 2 years since I made that skirt. That photo was taken in June 2009. That skirt was one of my first completed sewing projects. Molly showed me this picture yesterday and I had to share it.

I love it! I laughed right out loud when I saw it. I was surprised to see it still fit on her but as Molly said, that’s the beauty of elastic. What’s even better, she tells me that it’s one of her favourite things to wear. I’m overjoyed about that.

I know I’ve mentioned it before but I love seeing photos of people with the stuff I’ve made. I haven’t made all that much and honestly most of it has been gifted to friends but it’s definitely a great feeling to see a picture of someone holding/using/wearing something that I made.

My birthday is in exactly one week. In exactly one week it will have been 2 years since I was given my sewing machine. It was something I’d wanted for so long but just never got around to buying for myself. I would tell my mother, “I know that I could sew, if I just had a machine.” She would say, “It’s not as easy as it looks.” I insisted that I knew I could do it if only… So on February 20th, two years ago, my parents gave me a sewing machine for my birthday. Apparently they’d also made my friends aware of the gift so that when I went out to dinner with “Les Filles” (or Los Chicas, depending on my mood), my gifts were everything that I might need to pick up to get started. I can’t even remember what all they gave me. I know there were scissors and at least one pattern. I was set in that one day.

Then, like with anything new, I was certain I needed to find someone to show me how to use it. My mother insisted that she couldn’t because she insists that she doesn’t know how to sew very well. I’ll show you why that’s not true some time. Anyway, after figuring out how to thread the machine I decided to start sewing. The very first thing I made was a tote bag for my mother. It may not be perfection but it looked pretty good for a first project and she still uses it so I guess I did something right!

Other than taking home economics in jr. high, I had never sewn before and that doesn’t count because it was a horrible experience. I still remember sitting at the machine, not knowing how to thread it. I spent most of the class sitting there waiting until finally the teacher came over and did it for me. Unlike shop class, I have nothing to show for my time in home ec. I can’t cook (or rather hate cooking) and I didn’t make a single sewing project. The giant purple pencil clock I made in shop is sadly still hanging in all it’s shameful glory, still ticking away. So there.

I’ve had and have many hobbies and interests but sewing is different. It just felt right from the moment I started. I love sewing. I feel at peace when I’m sewing. I’m proud of what I do when I finish something. I wish that I didn’t have to worry about ever finding a job and could spend my days working from home and sewing. It is perfect and it is when I am at my happiest. I also wish that I wasn’t tired all the time and that I had more energy to actually spend on sewing. I regret the things I haven’t had the energy to make. I’m slow. I’m slow because I only have enough energy for about 2 hours and that’s often forced and I’m usually completely spent for awhile after I’m done. But I’ll take those 2 hours and run with them, if that’s all I get. It’s better than nothing (which is what will happen if and when the time comes that I have to work outside of my home, unfortunately).

Anyway, that’s my ramble for now. I’m happy I’m back online! I know that there aren’t many people who actually read this blog so it probably wasn’t missed during the downtime but that’s ok. I’m still happy to be back.

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