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.
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.....