I’ve spoken before about how I lost my crafting mojo when I was expecting my fourth baby. I’m slowly getting it back, but sometimes need a bit of a push. I know I make it sound like a chore, but it’s really not. I love crafting – be it sewing, knitting, crocheting, baking, or anything else that takes my fancy. My problem is believing in myself. (I’ve noticed that I’m pulling out all the clichés for my blog! Apologies! 😵)
I’m a fairly capable crafter and I know I can produce some lovely makes, with more practice. I also break the number-one rule in the crafter’s handbook – I compare myself and my makes to all and sundry! I have some very talented friends and a very talented SIL. (Jo at The Crafty Wombat) It’s very hard to have confidence in yourself when you’re surrounded by like-minded people who also happen to be very good at what they do.
That’s the way I used to think. After a very low week, where I managed to convince myself that I was rubbish at everything (yep, we’ve all been there) I realised that I was sucking the enjoyment out of it myself. With a bit of help (a LOT of help) from my lovely husband, I thought of things that will help me to stay motivated when those dips in mood occur.
First of all, we thought about where we could set up a permanent space for me to get creative. This was more difficult than it sounds, as space is something we don’t have a lot of. Our house has three bedrooms (for six people), a (tiny) bathroom, a (smallish) kitchen and a living room. The living room is used for family time, entertaining, homework, eating meals (at the table) and houses a small workspace for Mr Sunbeam in a corner. It can be tight, but we make it work for us. We finally settled on a space behind the dining table for my crafty corner. We’ve yet to set it up, but I’m already thinking about how I’m going to style it, along with all the lovely things I’m going to make.
Secondly, I decided to take part in #bpsewvember on Instagram, hosted by Bimble and Pimble. Every day you are given a prompt, and post your picture and blurb accordingly. My thinking is that it will keep me motivated, which in turn will result in more finished projects. It also means I get to connect with sewers from all around the world. The challenge started on November 1st, so today I caught up with a few of the prompts from previous days.
From bottom left anti-clockwise:
- HI, MY NAME IS Mags.
- My HAPPY ACCIDENT was this pair of baby harems, which came about after I shrunk one of my own tops in the wash. The fabric was quite thin, so I lined them with an old t-shirt that belonged to my husband. Waste not, want not! My littlest ray looks adorable in them.
- I currently have three MACHINES. First up is my trusty Toyota, which I received from my parents on my 21st birthday. It’s still going strong, thirteen years later. I also have a vintage manual Singer (circa 1930), which I purchased purely because I thought it was beautiful. I have used it a few times, but need to hone my technique a bit. My Brother overlocker is my latest addition, finishing my projects to a higher standard.
- Finally, today’s prompt is BARGAIN. I received these fabric clips free with a sewing magazine a few years ago. They are great for attaching the paper pattern pieces to fabric, particularly delicate material that would normally retain the pin holes.
Thirdly, I’ve decided that I’m going to use social media as my inspiration. I penned a post a while back about the effects social media can have on our mental health. I still stand by what I said, but feel it can be a good place to start when seeking out your muse. Instagram has an abundance of crafters, all happy to share their makes and stories behind them. I’m also a frequent visitor to Pinterest, the number one place to go to that will get those creative juices flowing!
My eventual aim is to set up a crafting business from home, so that I can be here for my children when they come home from school. It’s something I’ve thought about on and off for a few years now, but didn’t ever think I’d be good enough. Seeing so many mums already doing this has given me the push to start moving forward, with this objective in mind. It’s time to ditch the negative thinking and move towards living craftily ever after!