I spent some time today catching up on the crafty blogs that I read, and found a fun link from Cutting Edge Stitches n' Seams. I mean, downloadable clothes patterns that don't suck? Just need to figure out if they're free or not.
I've been spending some time lately pondering why I do certain things. It seems to me that creativity, for me, is either a way of life, an addiction, or perhaps a little bit of both. And I guess sometimes it gets me in over my head. I'm especially pondering in regards to my sewing. I've realized that, when it comes down to it, there's not really much I actually need in the way of clothes. Which is a bit unfortunate, since not only is that my favorite thing to sew, it's not like I can just channel my apparent need to constantly have something going on into other things. Someday I'll have my own place to decorate and will have plenty to occupy myself, but I'm not there yet. So it's making me wonder if sewing is something I should cut back on, or at least try to focus on ways to stretch these projects out so I don't overfill my closet again-- more complicated techniques, trying to come up with my own patterns instead of rely on commercial, take the time to make the finished seams look more like storebought clothes, etc. The other thing is, I have a lot of things already to make. Refashion pile aside, I have at least an entire bin full of fabric bought with specific projects in mind. So I need to figure out how to balance getting the things I already have done and my apparent over-accumulation of stuff.
Why I scrapbook is easy enough to figure out. I'm a born journaler, and I love taking pictures, and one of my favorite art forms growing up was collaging things. It's only natural I'd end up uniting the three. I have to admit that part of my ponderings on cutting back my sewing for awhile is motivated by the fact that I still have a rather significant portion of stuff that still needs to get into an album dating back to grad school. I could easily stay on one or the other of these things full-time, and I often question what I'm doing having two such time-consuming and supply-heavy crafty hobbies. (While they're not the only things I do craftwise, they seem to get the heaviest focus.) And yet somehow, I'm not willing to give either up. And they're beginning to cross over a bit for me-- I find myself using my machine to sew paper or photos down on my scrapbook pages, or making minialbums to chronicle my sewing projects (it's nice to see that I've improved a lot since high school!)
I wonder about keeping this blog too, since other than the occasional Wardrobe Refashionista, it's pretty obvious that I'm the only one reading this. But it's an interesting exercise for me, chronicling these projects as they go and how my ideas change as things happen (or don't). So I suppose that as long as I enjoy it, no harm in taking up the internet space, right?