Crop-cycling is a practice that allows farmers to keep their land healthy. Growing the same crop in the same field over and over again tends to deplete the nutrients in the ground, resulting in poorer and poorer produce. By changing the kinds of crops grown in a field, farmers are able to optimize the land they have available to them. I think the same goes for creativity, at least, it does for me.
Sometimes the joy and interest have just gone from a project, or maybe I just don’t have any more ideas to propel me further. When this happens, other projects start to look enticing. I am confident that this switching on and off of different pursuits has made me much stronger over-all. Think of it as adding cardio into a weight-lifting routine, diversification of practice leads to better overall health.
All this to say that once I’m finished with my current sewing undertaking, I will be switching off to painting/making miniatures again. I’m a little nervous that anyone who likes my sewing content will be turned off by my art ramblings, but I am reminded that this blog is an exercise in selfishness, therefore I shall be selfish indeed. I am by no means abandoning my sewing projects, merely putting them aside until I can come back to them with the attention and patience they deserve.
One of the ways I can tell that it’s time to switch things up is when I start making sloppy little mistakes or trying to rush through things. I genuinely enjoy sewing, I can spend hours working on projects, but when I find myself cutting corners and racing through steps I know it’s time to take a step back.
The same applies to other art media. I recently attempted another miniature paper-cut piece, but my heart wasn’t truly in it. Because I couldn’t give my full attention to the piece, it really suffered. I don’t like to truly quit working on a project, but so many mistakes were made that I will have to start over completely. I cannot make art that I don’t believe in, it just withers on the vine.
To prove to you that I have not given up on the idea of sewing, here follows the list of sewing projects I would like to complete in the upcoming year:
- Turn of the century house-keeping outfit, complete with apron. This one is intended for a video I want to make about being a housewife in the early 1900’s.
- 1960’s Halloween dress. I bought the patter of Etsy on impulse, and I have the material hidden away in my stash.
- Halloween apron.
- 1900’s afternoon tea dress. I’ll admit, this one will be a bit of a stretch, especially if I want it done by spring!
- Anne Shirley inspired back-to-school look. This is the one I’m most looking forward to! If none of the others on this list get made, by golly I’m going to do my best to make this one. Due in September.
- 1950’s tiki dress. I think 1950’s fashions are best suited for the summer. I plan on wearing something beautifully tacky this summer while drinking a Mai-Tai out of a coconut, even if it’s actually too hot to leave my apartment. I’m not afraid to throw a pool party in my bath-tub.
- At least one more corset. There will always be a place on my to-do list for one more corset.
All this in addition to figuring out the best way to make videos about my finished projects with very limited space at my disposal. I have so much planned for this year to come. I have a long list of art projects I want to make as well, but a list of titles doesn’t really make sense to anyone but myself. 2018 is going to be great, I can tell.
Also, thank you to anyone who has taken the time to look at my stuff in the three months this blog has been active, I can’t wait to celebrate a whole year of this, and I hope ya’ll stick around for it. Happy New Year.