I created this ‘stitched bit’ almost two years ago when I began my artistic journey:
I still love looking at it – something in me connects with fabric…!
So, I thought maybe it was time to create another one, and I created one this week:
Just bits of nothing really, and yet oddly calming and quieting to work on. As I arrange and then re-arrange the ‘bits’ I find myself transported to places of ‘nowhere’. Everywhere but nowhere.
Thinking about lots of things, but thinking about nothing.
Dreaming many dreams but dreaming of nothing.
Odd. Calming. Restoring.
On one of my jaunts through a thrift store I happened upon a bread bag of scraps in Christmas colors – reds / greens / prints….all obviously cast-off and cut-offs from Christmas Crafts Past and it was ONLY 60 CENTS, so I rescued it from the thrift store and sat down to create something….I added a few buttons, and it slowly started to take shape:
The colors seemed to dictate a Christmas theme, and so I just stayed with that:
kept finding bits….putting them together in interesting combinations:
and I emerged with this:
I included loops on the top and hung it from a rod I had….still haven’t pressed it but I stitched a back to it and I guess I will call it freehand-textile-art….!
From something that someone else considered garbage, or a waste, something (somewhat!) beautiful was able to be created…..isn’t that a great metaphor for our lives? How many of us live thinking or feeling that all we’ve got left is the garbage, the waste…how much good do we actually have left to offer the world?
How many of us think that what we have to give is worth nothing, or maybe only 60 cents….
Maybe the magic isn’t in our offering. Maybe the magic is in allowing someone with greater vision and creativity the opportunity to form something beautiful out of it.
I’m just sayin’.
All this stitching reminds me of some work my friend Julie has done….work completely done with fabric:
hmmm…maybe I’ll have to keep exploring!
Here is someone else exploring their love of fabric through stitched bits.
Join me: I’m
Unarguably, many of the little and big things in life are brought about by one thing…..our choice.
We choose every day the kind of wife we will be. We choose every day the kind of mom we will be.
We choose how to fill our 1440 minutes each day.
We choose where each dollar goes….
I want today’s post to be a very practical thing you can refer to when it comes to choosing things which come into your home and your life.
Ask yourself these questions:
1) Do I need this?
“qualifier: yes…even ask this question about food, toiletries and cleaning products”
2) What is it replacing?
“qualifier: did I just use something up, and need a replacement, or is there a more practical replacement I can choose….or do I need it at all? Have I just become accustomed to having it?”
3) Could I be making a better choice?
“qualifier: now here is where those of you who think frugal = cheap may be surprised. Sometimes the better choice costs more”
4) Can I wait? Do I need this today?
“qualifier: you might be amazed at how long you can put off a purchase instead of giving in to immediate gratification”
Here’s a link to a lady who has decided to use what is in her cupboards and freezer instead of just trying to fill them up each week….her grocery budget is $60 / week for a family of 4.
5) Am I buying this to impress someone else? Do I think I need this to make my home, me, my kids etc. look a certain way?
“qualifier: If I lived in the woods, and nobody was visiting for 6 months, would I need this? Do I feel like less of a mother / wife / homemaker if my home doesn’t look a certain way?”
6) When I die, is this going to add value to my estate?
“qualifier: this one is from personal experience….I’ve handled enough estate sales / garage sales to know that our stuff is worth bubkus, nadda, zip”
7) What will happen to this when I am done with it? Can it be recycled or will it end up in a landfill?
“qualifier: to say I’ll give it to charity’ is not really a good option…the person buying it from the resale shop will probably not give as much thought to recycling it as you will”
Those are just a few of the questions I’ve learned to ask myself when making decisions about where my next dollar goes. Amazingly, since working on this ( and it is work…!), I’ve found I have more money available to be generous, to give to charity, to save and to pay off debt! It really, really works.
The hard part is the discipline of sticking with it. The hard part is not worrying what friends and family think of my choices. They are MY choices. I feel comfortable with them, I know it’s for the right reason.
I’ve been emailed that some of you don’t know how to leave a comment….you just need to look right below the post, and look for where it says ‘ (#) Comments‘ and click on it.
For my friend who emailed me and asked “so are you becoming a minimalist hippy?”……
Nope. Would a hippy wear these…????
(Qualifier: these are all about me baby, all about me…!)