My mama made this...um...embroidered patchworky thingamabob when she was newly married. Now, perhaps she was not the most skilled embroiderer/quilter in all the land (as you can probably tell). But she wanted to make something to represent how she was feeling: this new sense of home. and this is what she made. She hung it in her house and it brought joy to her and to those who saw it.
Many days I am paralyzed by fear when it comes to creating. I think, "I'm not as good at sewing as so and so, or i can't even remember the last time i picked up a paintbrush." I can get so afraid of what might come into existence that i don't even begin.
But when i look at this silly little art that my mom made (which hangs in my studio), it urges me on... she didn't care that it wasn't the very best in the world. She just went for it. She made something that represented what she felt and it brought pleasure to her and to those who saw it. maybe i'm overly simplistic in my thinking, but isn't that really what art is all about?
So, in the spirit of new years resolutions; I would love for my mom's picture to encourage you (and me) to CREATE this year. Whatever your art is: sewing, writing, music, making etsy listings, cooking...whatever it is, JUST TRY...see what comes out. it might be better than you think.
As for me, i'm going to try to sew more this year. I really want to make more reconstructed or completely homemade items for the shop. and I'd love to hear what YOU are working on :)
thanks for reading,
p.s. i swear this blog won't always be so sappy.