Last week I was tagged for a crafty meme by Thimbleanna
, and I don't want to let it slip by forgotten, so here goes. (That is some cute recently thrifted fabric up there, and one of the ever present trucks/cars/trains.)1. When did you start to create and make craft?
I do not come from a long family line of sewers or crafters, but I remember that starting around age 8 or 9, I started to feel the need to make things. My grandmother was very supportive of my urge to make things, and she would buy me those craft kits to make doll furniture or melt plastic beads together to make pictures or glue sequins on sweatshirts for her. I did tons of those things when I small.2. Why did you start creating?
I am not really sure why I started to do it, other than my childhood was very tumultuous, and I suppose it gave me a sense of order.3. Why do you create?
My current creative "binge" started when Jack was nearing a year old. Before I got pregnant I was teaching middle school and high school, and it was super stressful. To relax in the evenings I started to paint. It was very soothing and just what I needed at the time.
Then I got pregnant and Jack arrived and everything felt like it was going to hell around here*. LOL Mothering is a job that really has no end, and for a long time it feels like there are no measurable results. You just keep feeding the baby, changing the baby, feeding the baby, changing the baby. So, I started to make things. Anything that I could finish. Something to hold in front of myself and be able to say, "Hey Sarah, you 'made' that today. You finished something." It kept me sane.
Now that Jack is much more of a kid than a baby, I do it because it is something to do for myself. It allows me to have my own time, my own space, my own thoughts without regard for the needs and demands of another little person.4. What do you create?
Honestly? Anything. The only thing I cannot do is knit. Obviously I am in love with fabric and sewing at the moment, but I also enjoy paper crafts, decorating the house and furniture renovation projects. If I see something and want it, I will set out to make it.5. Has this changed since you began crafting?
Well, I never make anything from a kit anymore!
My old sewing machine was a gift from a boyfriend who was hesitant to buy it for me, despite my insistence that I wanted it. He was certain I would use it once or twice a year at most. I used it so much I drove it right into the ground. Once I started getting the hang of sewing, I was hooked.
But, if I am honest with myself, I don't know that 5 years from now I won't be looking at the Huskystar and wondering what I ever did with that thing. I certainly feel that way now about the painting I used to really enjoy just 5 short years ago. Clearly, for me crafting is a fluid process that ebbs and flows with my life changes.
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I will keep the quilt giveaway open to comments until next Tuesday, November 6th.
*I wanted to clarify that just a little bit. That first year of mothering was super hard for me because of the uncertainity of it all. You have to rely on your instincts a lot more than I ever knew I would, and because of the life I had before Jack and Dave, I was not very good at going with my gut. There was no way to make Jack fit into some mould where he would do what "the books" or "other people" said he should/would/could do. I was used to doing things very systematically in order to avoid the great big scary UNKNOWN, and the reality of motherhood is that it *all* is unknown.
This eventually changed me in a very big way and I alluded to that the other day when I said I no longer feel like a biologist these days. Now I feel like a mother and the biggest change, a creative person instead of a systematic person.
And I wonder if any of this makes any sense. :-)