Friday, September 7, 2012


Where has the week gone?! I think my week's to-do list was a bit too ambitious because I've only gotten about half way through it. I worked on a pincushion design yesterday morning, proofed some magazine layouts in the afternoon, and interviewed a story source for a kitchen article in the early evening. Here is but a small part of the madness that has engulfed my sewing room over the past couple days. I'm afraid if I showed you the whole cutting table, it might scare you! When I work on a project, I seem to lose the ability to put things away, and before I know it, I'm hopelessly surrounded by a mountain of threads, fabric, and sewing gadgets. But there is an upside to chaos. Have you ever noticed that it can often spark some of our best ideas? I guess we need a little mess in our lives to be creative!

To balance the chaos with a bit of order, I decided to clean out a couple of the hat boxes on my sewing armoire. They are filled with vintage seam binding and bias tape. I decided it was time to get realistic about what I will and won't use because it would be a shame for them to just sit there if someone else could put them to good use. As I look at this photo, I realize it's high time I make some window treatments for my room, which still has the ones it came with when we moved in eight years ago. Shortly after we moved in, I found the turquoise shelf, sewing armoire, vintage bobbins, and lamp—all cheap finds—at one of Meredith Corp.'s many prop sales. At the time, I was looking for inexpensive furnishings for my new sewing room, figuring I could repaint them later. Next on the agenda will be sifting out the all the fat quarters I no longer need from the armoire shelves.

To keep me motivated while editing/writing/creating, I'll often turn to my binder of inspirational quotes, sayings, poems and essays that I've kept since high school. It's filled with wise words from Eleanor Roosevelt, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and many unknown sources. Here are a few quotes about creativity...

"No great thing is created suddenly." —Epictetus (Greek philosopher)

"Another word for creativity is courage." —George Prince

"An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail." 
—Unknown source

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." —Albert Einstein

"In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do we ever find them." —Dr. Joyce Brothers

"Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare." —Japanese proverb


  1. Looks like you've got lots of fun stuff going on tree. I see a circle cutter - does that by chance work with fabric as well as paper? I've never tried mine. Your little turquoise shelf is so cute - love that ball fringe!

  2. Creative chaos is always good! Sounds like you have had a busy week - hope you have a fun, relaxing weekend!

  3. Great quotes, but it looks and sounds like your creative juices are already flowing.

  4. Here's a quote for you..."A tidy sewing room is one unused!" _ me I love this post and your lovely chaos.

  5. A tidy sewing room is a sign of a wasted life. Mess and creativity go hand in hand. I have had a good tidy up in my mess this week in readiness to start the process all over again. Have fun.


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