This is the first entry of the rest of my blog.
Being a perfectionist, I have been filled with dread at the thought of beginning… something permanent, public, and personal. Finally I could see that I must just jump into the water and start swimming, or I will never get anywhere. Splash.
I have been working for months to improve my creative flow by organizing my workspace. Well, it isn’t my workspace yet… it has been the room where we shoved all the boxes we didn’t need to unpack from our move (last August!). I feel like an archaeologist, uncovering layers of my former selves. (I even made my son a scrapbook of all of the little boy stuff I’d been archiving from his birth onward.)
I have been working at the dining room table. It’s not ideal. For one thing, my mess is very unattractive. For another, we have to eat dinner on TV trays. And the third: An hour ago I spilled three quarters of a cup of hot tea on the table… and the doll parts… and the tools… Fortunately, I grabbed a big handful of muslin and sopped it up before damage was done. I smack my cloth dolls with a teabag anyway before I call them finished.
I wish I had taken a photo of the room when I began. It was literally wall-to-wall (and up the walls) boxes. Here’s what it looks like today:
For now, I don’t expect it to be attractive, although I’ll be working toward that. All I want is a quiet friendly room where the dollies and sewing can be left out without the danger of being eaten by small dogs or doused with tea. I’d also like to be able to find the items I know I own.
I am also planning to list my first item in my new Etsy shop. She is a little bunny with a big imagination. She comes with two hats that she uses to play dress-up.
Here she is wearing her tall witch hat. You can see more of her at my Etsy shop.
In honor of my progress, I will be giving away some of the things I’ve excavated. In the pile so far are a very cute pattern for a twenty-inch dress, a pattern for “Amanda Lou” (and friends) by Cindy Taylor Oates, a Dover book of Victorian frames, borders, and cuts, and a chubby little Berenger baby with the cutest toes. None of these things has ever been used.
I will draw the name out of a vintage hat at eight o'clock in the evening on March 29. All you have to do to get your name in the drawing is to leave a comment telling how you chose the name for your Internet identity or your online shop or blog.