love and a dress…

A few weeks ago, one of my closet friends asked me to alter her wedding dress. Her and her husband are renewing their vows after 10 years of marriage. Lovely! I, of course, said yes! After looking it over it ended up needing more alteration than both of us expected. It was a difficult alteration, as most intricate alterations are. And I am a perfectionist… even though I try not to be…. I wanted it to look perfect for her, and I always want to put it back together the way it came. If you do any alterations you know this can’t always happen. There always has to be allowances made unless you really take the whole piece of clothing apart, and rebuild it.

While I was sewing I started thinking about how disappointed I was that I was not going to be able to make it to their vow renewal. But just like sewing, in life allowances have to be made. Life steps in, and you can’t always have things the way you want them. Yes… this is true people!!

As I sat there sewing I thought to myself that each stitch I was sewing was out of love. Yes, this may sound a little cheesy. But it’s true. Love for someone that has been in my life for about 17 years. We have been through so much, definitely our fair share of ups and downs, but when you get right down to it we are friends for life. I sometimes think how odd it is the people you end up still friends with after high school, after college, through husbands and kids, and everything else. If you would have picked my group of friends I am not sure I would have believed you. Not because we weren’t close when we were younger. It’s just oddly enough we had a large circle of girl friends we hung out with. It’s funny how out of that large group this group of women have been together so long, and have forged a friendship that will last a lifetime. These are the women I want to sit on my front porch with every year of my life, and talk, laugh, cry, dream, hope, fear, and just love. These are my friends, and a part of my soul. And if I didn’t have them I guarantee I would be crazier than I already am.

So True.

I ended up finishing the dress yesterday evening, and I have to say she looked stunning in it. I was so happy with how it all turned out. I promise I will post pics as soon as she sends them my way. But for now, I send my love to you on your special day my friend.

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e-course=inspiration to move forward

I have been taking a e-course with Kelly Rae Roberts. (If you have not seen her work check it out here Kelly Rae Roberts.) It is very inspiring and beautiful! I was first introduced to her through our store which sells her work. I love taking this course, and the community of creative women that it is helping to shape. We are from all over the world, different types of artists, and most have regular full time jobs. But what pulls us together is a intuition that we are supposed to be on this creative journey as well.

So as nerve wracking as it is to put yourself out there in the world, sometimes you just have to take the leap…. my eyes just might be closed while I am leaping… I am afraid of heights…

The main thing I have gleaned from this e-course so far… is I have never been really sure of what is holding me back from pursuing my own creative interests. And I have to say I am still not sure BUT I am walking right past whatever it is and choosing the path not taken.. Which all this rambling on means I am bringing my sketches to life and sewing again. Look for pictures and tutorials to come soon!

saw this on pinterest… and thought maybe I should be listening…

btw.. go to Pinterest. Guarantee you will be addicted in less than 5 minutes..

learning to fly…

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so here I am… taking a deep breathe… and learning to fly.. again.

I think that someone can never be too old or young to learn to truly spread their wings and fly. For the past several years, I have leapt into the blue with my eyes closes, taken the risks without worrying about the costs, and chasing my creative dream.

They said we wouldn’t leave and fly on our own, but we did. We moved from Oklahoma to Louisiana (a place we had only visited once) and took that leap together. and we succeeded. My husband and I. We both received our Master’s in Theatre as of Fall 2010. And immediately leapt again to Tennessee for a new job, a brand new life. But sometimes I think once you find the one thing you think you have been searching for years for. You realize it wasn’t the truth all along. The dream job doesn’t give you the dream life. And the life means more than the job.

So we looked at each other and with fear in our voice asked…. are you happy?….. are you? gulp… the answer was no… And when considered all life had thrown at us, the answer was there all along. We had just thought that going home would be the worst choice. the failure. the i can’t believe you moved back here choice.

welcome to small town america. but when we stopped listening to other people’s voices, and truly listened to our own. we knew where home was and where we should be. So here we are back in Oklahoma.

As much as this creative journey and this blog is about my journey. it has to include my family as well.

and as much as this is a creative journal about my work, and the love I have for sewing… it’s also about the path you must take to get there…

btw.. did i mention i turned 30 this year…