April 18, 2014

Begin It

Last week brought a hint of spring and along with the all the fresh air, open windows and warm sun, it also brought me inspiration to get going on some new projects. I made a pair of pants for Amos from Anna Maria Horner's book Handmade Beginnings. Most of my clothes making experience has been sewing skirts for myself and I rarely follow a pattern. I'd like to be able to make more clothes and starting with little pants that don't need to fit perfectly seemed like a good way to go.

How satisfying to make something useful and wearable for Amos! And to make something that turns out the way I had hoped on almost the first try (my actual first try turned out much too big, but he will be able to wear them eventually). The pattern is easy, makes one reversible pair of pants, and was a great excuse to combine fun fabrics. When I think about why I like to make things, so often I come back to the satisfaction of creating something, especially when that thing is also useful.

It has taken a long time for me to be able to take an idea and make it successfully in the first few attempts. I value the process and the learning experience that comes with so much making and I always have more to learn. Right now, though, I want to celebrate the importance of just starting somewhere. Surely there is something you have been wanting to try creating. There are always a hundred reasons to put it off or not do it at all. Sometimes these delays are unavoidable but the longer you wait, the less likely you are to take the time to use your hands and experience the satisfaction of creating.

So, in honor of spring, when nature starts fresh and begins creating everything anew, I urge you to listen to the birds, smell the sweet breezes and jump into whatever creative project you have been waiting to start.

P.S. I saw this video and love the idea of trying and working on something for 100 days. More inspiring projects here.

P.P.S. It is really hard to get a picture of Amos (and his pants) that isn't blurry because these days he is always on the move.

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