Monday, May 1, 2017

What If

I read the most interesting article the other day, one I wish I'd written.  You can read it here:  What If All I Want Is A Mediocre Life?  It got me thinking, let me tell you....

Our apple trees are blooming

I've been feeling a bit down, because pattern sales have not been doing well.  So I've been thinking a lot about what I want out of this whole designing thing, why I started it, why I continue.

And I've come to the conclusion that the reason I do it is because I love it, I'm not trying to become some superstar of the design world, I don't want book deals or all the other hype that seems to hit so many bloggers that I've been reading over the years.  That's not me.  I don't have that kind of energy, I'm not motivated that way, I just want to quietly create and enjoy the slow process of bringing a picture to fruition in fabric.  

It's so easy to forget that, when I'm scrolling through the many forms of social media, seeing all the frantic activity of producing more and more and more.  I see the success of others, and forget who I am.  Is there coveting?  I think there might be....and yet, if I had that kind of success, it would wear me clean out!

Robin's nest right outside our garage

Don't get me wrong.  I LOVE to see others succeed.  I applaud what they do, I buy their fabric and books and patterns.  It's just that sometimes, I forget myself, and what I want.  

I started designing because I wanted to earn a little money to keep buying quilting supplies.  And I've done that.  And I'm very thankful!!!  Thankful that folks like my designs enough to purchase them, thankful that I can keep creating, thankful for a humble, quiet life.  This is my corner, and I love it here.

Ok, enough of that - I wanted to show you how my little corner is coming along.  My best friend Cathy moved house, she gave me her china and corner cabinet, and this weekend she also gave me a couch and chair that had belonged to her grandmother.

Hermione approves

That is THE perfect stitching chair, and the couch is wonderful for relaxing and watching a movie.  They're already covered with quilts, as Hermione thinks I got them for a scratching post for her.  She's getting re-acquainted with the spritzer bottle.  I love vintage furniture [as you well know] and I couldn't be happier - thank you Cathy!!!

I'm still working on my apartment building, it's coming along, I've got three blocks done  - here are two, with the sashing fabric.


I'll be starting the first apartment window tomorrow, yay!  I'm having so much fun doing these, no pressure and I keep adding things, and that's ok.

I hope you're keeping well my friends, I'll be around for a visit, keep the kettle warm for me.....

Love,
Allie

31 comments:

Águeda said...

My dear friend:
I am reading your post today with great tenderness and with my admiration. I do not think at all your life is mediocre. I create a simple life and in peace, with enough to eat, that is success.
I regret that your sales are not very big. Your designs are precious. I sincerely believe that there are other reasons that prevent sales: The lack of money of the people, the large number of designers in the world, problems of people to buy online to other countries .... Even sales can be small because The people who can afford it (successful working people with great salary), they do not have a quiet and happy life with time to sew.You are a great person and a great designer.
I see you are already a great person with a successful life.
You just need a little more sales. I want them to increase with all my heart.
A big hug.


I am said...

Hi Allie your designs are awesome and i agree it is so easy to lose yourself and your goals sometimes,i think this is about growing and learning about yourself,and you are amazing my friend and a great source of inspiration.
Oh i do love your new couch and your sewing room looks wonderful my friend xx

sunny said...

Great post and great article. Thanks for sharing. Thanks also for sharing your apple tree and the beautiful photo of the nest!! I believe that we come to an age where we stop trying to be someone we're not, and embrace who we are. I've always wanted a simple life. I like to be comfortable and able to travel, but I never felt the need to race up the corporate ladder. I don't need the newest, shiniest, fastest anything. And life is good! We all need to learn to just be who we are. So just be Allie. She's awesome!!

Jeanette said...

Great post Allie. Your apple trees look beautiful. Love your new couch. Hugs, xx

Nancy J said...

Blue eggs, gifts from a friend, already in place and so loved . Life isn't always as we want it to be, and others see us in entirely different eyes. A fancy home, brand new vehicle and designer clothes, not my choices, and to be content as you are, with what you have, is a blessing every day. Hugs and love from the south, as we are fast moving into colder weather. I am so thankful for ample firewood, blog friends, and that I am able to type, sew, and cook meals. Little things, but contentment comes in all shapes and sizes.

Little Quiltsong said...

Love your little corner and quilts on the sofas. Love your wall of pics - so cozy. Yes, the spritz bottle for Hermione - we did that with our cat too. He was always eating our spider plants - I think he called it pruning :)! Your apple trees look so lovely with all the blossoms!
I'm not a designer and appreciate all who can and do design. I do get caught up in sew alongs though, and need to rethink that. My first mission is baby quilts for our local hospital - and a few quilts for friends and family members along the way. I know a little how you feel.

Deanie said...

I enjoy your patterns and I must say your apartment building design is looking very nice. My suggestion, if I may, is I would build on that...do a design of row houses perhaps or coordinating individual buildings with a quaintness that can be embroidered and made into a quilt. You are a wonderful designer, please keep at it.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You sent me to the dictionary, which I frequently visit. I thought I understood what mediocre meant. Then I read "barely adequate". BARELY! After reading the story at the link you provided, I thought I agreed and mediocre is OK. BARELY ADEQUATE?? Nope, not me and NOT YOU. I think I first visited here when you posted your road home piece, at least I think that is what was. I like your designs and think you are talented. I LOVED Deanie's suggestion to build on your apartment buildings patterns. I think I'd like to stitch them and a collection WOULD make an amazing quilt.

Mediocre? Nope, not ME and not YOU!
xx, CArol

Natureluvr57 said...

This Too Shall Pass......It's spring and you would think everyone would be enjoying it but, the annoying but word. We have had rain for the last 5 days...we got over 4 inches in one day so our back yard is flooded. This too shall pass. Last week was awful, a 16 month old child a few blocks away "went missing". I feared a pedophile picked her up as they said she was last seen walking away. The helicopters and the news kept you focused on her. I prayed and prayed she would be found safe only to find out all the time I was praying she was already in the arms of Jesus. Life, so precious, didn't even get to grow up. She was found in the house she lived. I think God for all the man power and searching and coming together of community, all which could have been avoided if the family had been honest. We are waiting to find out what really happened but it zapped my energy and angered me. This too shall pass. Everyone gets down at times but just remember "this too shall pass". You have lovely designs, an awesome new sofa & chair, family, friends and a renewed sense of who you are. Relish in it all, sniff a rose, pet your cat, stitch into the night, whatever it takes to uplift your self. God Bless You.

Yvonne said...

Your new sofa and chair looks very comfortable. I think Hermione has improved the sofa. Hope you will feel better soon and that you just have a bit of a late winter blues. I know we are having it here, the weather is still to cold, we can use some warmer weather!

Kathy said...

Thanks for that link. The article was a good one and I sent the link to my daughters as well.
Your sewing room looks very inviting with the new furniture pieces. And your embroidery is beautiful.

WoolenSails said...

I really feel that way myself and sometimes i forget and get wrapped up in the hype too, but I know I am much happier and content when I do things because it brings me joy, not money or fame. Wonderful pieces for your room, the older furniture is made so much better.

Debbie

Karen said...

The apple blossoms are so pretty. Do you have a cherry tree? My mother had two and they made the best cherry pies.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

From the outside looking in, you are receiving more than patterns sales. You are definitely loved by so many.

You are the least coveting person, I've ever met. I still think about what a delight you were at our meeting for lunch. I had a blast and Mick still talked about it as well. I'm blessed to call you my friend. And I do love your designs so don't quit! Big Hugs from Texas.

Sandra :) said...

OH my goodness your sewing nook looks so comfy and pretty ... and Hermione is the cherry on top!

I'm happy for bloggers who go "international" or get books/patterns published. If that's what they're looking for, it's wonderful that they've achieved their goals :) I'm happiest on the sidelines watching, getting ideas, trying to sew up my stash, and just generally picking and choosing what I want to do in as stress-free a manner as I can :) I don't need to have all the pop-up screens asking people to follow me on this or subscribe to that or to IG this or FB that - I want to read and play and sew and blog as I want, in a manner that will make me smiley and happy :) Of course, I'd be even happier if Hermione were sitting beside me right now so I could give her tummy rubs :D

Fiona said...

Your room looks so inviting... I want to come over and stitch with you. I hear you with the designing - it's good to do what you love and it's good to find that place where you are content. One person's content might be another persons mediocre though - and we need to set our own benchmark of happiness don't you think? I would be content with a cuppa and stitch with you....

Hugz

Susan said...

Defining "mediocre" is a lot like trying to define "normal" or "average" or some other subjective word. It has been said that "Normal" is just a setting on your dryer. (My dryer doesn't even have a "normal" setting.) I was forced to a simpler life and sometimes I wish I could do more or have more, but I have found more doesn't really satisfy me. Being thankful for what I have and what I can do does satisfy me as compared to many, I have an abundance.

I like your new sofa and chair. It looks like a nice cozy spot, especially with the kitty.

Janice Holton said...

This was a good read. I often wonder how any of these quilters who do this for a living balance their personal life with their quilting? It seems like sometimes it just takes over! I don't find that an attractive lifestyle at all. I think you've got the best of both worlds. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your beautiful designs!

desertskyquilts said...

What thought-provoking thinks! I love (yes, not just like it, love it!) what you create, and I think you do beautiful work, both the creating and the designing parts. It's important to me to have time to notice things like robin's eggs in a nest, too. Your nesting spot is becoming very comfortable!

Karen Schurr said...

Oh my...everyone has expressed their admiration of you in such tender and loving words. I can only echo what they have already said. You are such a talented lady, and we are so blessed that you share your talents and life stories with us. You're the "Real McCoy", Girl. Love how your sewing room is evolving, and those apple blossoms are wonderful. Can't wait to see the next steps in your apartment creation. Thanks for sharing what you do so well. Hugs.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Love you, my dear friend...and very proud of the woman you are, Xxx

KaHolly said...

I read that article the other day, too. I quickly forwarded it to my daughter, who waffles between wanting more, and wanting less. I'm glad it gave you pause and redirected your path. I feel that way, too, sometimes, yet I know it just isn't in my nature to be more than I am. Loving your 'little corner' of the world, and if I was there, I'd snuggle right down next to Hermione on your new old couch, and Stitch along with you! XO

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

The article was great food for thought. Love you, friend....

Lin said...

Nicely put Allie. Enjoy what you do, that is the main thing. Those eggs are amazing! Great new furniture. xx

Janice Holton said...

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Cathy said...

Love your flowering trees. I miss that from living up north. You are so fortunate to have a large lot and visiting deer. Your sewing room is really looking good. You are so talented. Hugs

O'faigh said...

Dear Allie, such a cosy spot you have...a few years back I started pattern designing...it is tough....I love your designs the lemon tree, the poppies and now your lastest Bluebell.....wonderful to see your apple trees in bloom...thank you for the link I am going to pop over and read it now

Tanya said...

You do make a big splash in this quilting/embroidery/blogging world. I understand what you mean about figuring out one's purpose and not losing sight on what God put me in the earth to do. We love you!

Dorothy said...

Dear Allie,
I'm sorry to read you've been feeling a bit low lately. I hope with the coming of summer you will start to feel better.
I was happy to read your Mom is doing better.

Carla said...

I think we all feel that way sometimes. Yes it does look like the furry baby has claimed the couch. She's so pretty.
Your embroidery is beautiful.
Hang in there.

Lynette said...

Hi, I found you through BillieBee's blog. I absolutely *love* your apartment stitchery so far, and that brick print is perfect with it. I'm looking forward to exploring your blog some more.

And. . .

Hear! Hear!! There is a LOT to be said for a non-celebrity life. I can relate completely to what you've shared, and I always come back to loving the fact that my life is not driven by the need to ride the scramble wave of staying on top of marketing/popularity/numbers. Here's to a happier mode of simplicity, with a little sales on the side. :)

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