January 25, 2014

some thoughts on motherhood, creativity and other such things...

A bunch of these pretties should be in the shop by the weekend! #crafternoon
crocheted hair bows with lace | $5.00 each

For the past couple weeks, I've felt like my days have fallen into a nearly-perfect routine. I'm not sure what it is exactly (or whether it will even last), but I've been able to get so much accomplished. Not only that, but I have managed to also not accomplish things each day and not feel like a complete failure because of it. Progress, right?

I've stayed busy, busy, busy. That's one thing. And it hasn't been the kind of busy that makes me a stressed out crazy-lady by the end of the day.

Jay was gone for a week, and this is the first time he's been away when I haven't felt a little bit like I was drowning. I felt so capable. The week flew by, and I didn't even feel like I was just trying to get through each day…instead, I found myself waking up (with Eisley, before the sun) actually looking forward to all that was ahead.

By the end of the week, we were both so ready for Jay to be back home, and to get back to our regular daily routine…but I'm starting to be grateful for opportunities to be on my own a little bit. I no longer dread them. And I feel like I've finally reached the point in motherhood where I feel most comfortable and confident. (Who would've guessed it would be the "terrible twos"?)

One thing I have been working on is finding ways to fit some sort of creativity into each day. Even if it's just sitting down with an ink pen and a blank piece of paper for a few minutes. Even if it's just crocheting a few rows with my favorite color of yarn. Even if it's just re-doing some sort of little graphic for my blog. Something. Anything. It's important, and I'm grateful that at this point in life I do have the luxury of free time—be it during Eisley's afternoon nap or after everyone else is in bed for the night. There is always time for something to help me find my center.

Those who can't nap, craft.
vintage paper confetti | $2.00 each

I'm looking forward to adding more variety to my shop—which is another reason I'm glad I never limited myself to creating just one thing. I've had my shop for nearly seven years, and I've changed in a hundred ways since then…creatively and personally. I'm excited to take some time to fill my shop with new items that really represent me again. Who I am and what I love to create now.

Vintage books and other pretty things, felt wallets, scrap packs, hair bows, handmade notebooks…I'm hoping to have all these things and more up in the shop this year.

Works in progress... #crafternoon #feltismyfavorite
hand-stitched wool felt wallets | in progress and coming soon!

I have an embarrassingly large stack of wool felt that I've had for ages and am just now getting around to using. One of my goals this year is to use up what craft supplies I already have on hand before spending money on more. Which, as any crafty lady knows, is ridiculously hard—especially when Michaels has the cutest things in all humanity right now. I mean, honestly.

Hey, I printed things! I'm fancy! (Coming soon to the shop.) #crafternoon #lettering #fancypants
illustrated prints | coming soon!

I've been working on a lot of lettering and illustrations and such, and I'm trying to learn all I can about image editing and making prints and all of that business. I never thought I would actually be able to do something like this—it always seemed out of my league. But there are many things that I never thought myself capable of doing…learning how to code and design a blog, taking photos with a fancy camera, having my artwork featured in a book, selling the things I make. In the past ten years, I've learned that there are rarely any real limits. There really aren't. Except the ones I've decided for myself. 

I've gone out on a limb here and there, and put my mind to learning all I can about one thing, and more often than not I'm quite pleased with the results. It's amazing how many free resources are out there nowadays, thanks to the good ol' internet. Even though I don't have a "real" job, even though I'm no longer in school, I think it's so important to never stop learning.

So, we'll see what the rest of the year holds for me. I think it will be a good year, because I feel good. And confident. And brave. In so many ways.

2 comments :

  1. i loved this post. Great to know you're never giving up on learning (and yes- the internet is such a great tool for stay at home moms who want to learn new things, even new stitches on crochet, or embroidery, or whatever!)

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  2. It's the most amazing thing if you can fit in tiny little things of happiness into your day... even if it is only a few minutes here and there.

    So much to accomplish, Kerri! So happy for you!

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