Monday, December 8, 2014

On God, Creativity, the "Whys" and the "Why Nots"

I saw this Maya Angelou quote on Facebook a couple of months ago and it caused me to think.  I felt that it rang true with me.  I know that there are more ideas in my head than I will ever have time to pursue in an entire lifetime, and they just keep multiplying.  Sometimes it gets frustrating because I want to make "all the things", I want to design "all the things", I want to do "all the things", but I know that my time is limited.  Anyone else ever feel this way?  I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.

This quote caused me to think about creativity and its source and why it rings true with me.

If you have read my blog for a while, I hope it is evident that I am a Christian.  I believe in God.  I believe in Jesus and that His death on the cross is what brings the reconciliation to God that we need because of our sin that separates us from Him.  I believe that God is the Creator of the universe. Everything on this Earth was carefully and masterfully made by an ultimately creative Artist.  From every beautifully painted flower, to every rugged mountain, to the smallest delicate butterfly, to you and me, all has been created by Him.

Genesis tells us that God created mankind in His image, after his likeness.  What an honor!  I truly believe that every one of us reflects God in some way, whether we know it or not, whether we believe in Him or not.  We can't help it, we are made in His image.  I think that different aspects of Him are shown through different personalities, talents and abilities.  Guess what... I thinks that's pretty creative.

I think that God's creative nature resides within all of us.  You may not be artistically inclined, but that doesn't mean that you are not creative.  Maybe you are a good problem solver, maybe you are good at managing people, maybe you are good at organizing events, or crunching numbers to stretch your budget, or even organizing closets.  There are so many ways that we as humans are creative.

Until fairly recently, I have sort of wrestled with my own creative nature.  I have often thought "I have all of this creative ability, but what good is it?  How is it impacting eternity?  Why am I like this?".  I thought it needed to have some grand purpose, that somehow I needed to "use my powers for the good of mankind" or something.  Somehow, through all of that, I began to think that it was self indulgent to enjoy being creative. I began to think that it wasn't ok, that it was maybe a waste of time, time that had been given to me by God, time I should be spending doing nobler things.

I  heard a sermon  a few weeks ago that talked about just enjoying God, and that our enjoyment of Him brings Him glory.  It sort of struck a bullseye with me. Its OK to enjoy being creative. Really? Suddenly a lot of things made more sense.  By enjoying the creativity in my life, which is a reflection of God's nature, I'm enjoying Him.  As long as I acknowledge the source, the One from which the creativity comes, it's a form of praise.  I'm SUPPOSED to enjoy it.  What a revelation! What freedom!

Part of our purpose here on Earth is to bring glory to God and by doing so, draw others to Him.  Our time here is short and we have a lot to do while we are here.  Not long ago my husband and I watched a question and answer session on Netflix with man who is a film maker.  During the discussion he told about how his father died painfully and unexpectedly and how that impacted his view on life.  He spoke about how it inspired him to sort of recklessly follow his dreams, because life is short.  One of the things that impressed me was that he said to surround your yourself with the people who were the "why not?" type rather than the "why" type.  What he meant by that was to surround yourself with people who, when you express a creative idea, say "why not do it?" instead of people who just say "why would you want to do that?".

I want to be a "why not?" kind of person.  I want this blog to be a "why not?" kind of place. I want to inspire you to revel in the creativity that God has placed within you so that you can enjoy Him and glorify Him as well.

So if you are waffling about trying something new, I say to you, "Why not? What is there to lose? Try it!"  Maybe you will find that it is something that you truly love and you will wonder why you waited so long.  So what if you find it isn't for you?  Then try something else. Keep exploring.  It isn't a waste of time to find out that a certain activity isn't suited to you because you learned something about yourself that you didn't know before and you won't waste your time and energy wondering about it.

So go... do... be creative... follow what inspires you... :)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Review... and a Sale

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope that your day is filled with family, fun, gratitude and good food. :)

Photo by Brianne of Ali Cat & Co.

I'm just stopping in to share a quick post.  I wanted to let you know that yesterday my Gingersnap pattern was reviewed on Pattern Revolution.  I so very much love what both gals did with the pattern.  It is really humbling to see others enjoying my little creation, it actually gives me butterflies.  It's the little pattern that almost wasn't. :) When I designed it, I was just looking for something that I could sew several of in a short amount of time for a craft show that I was planning to do.  Once it was done, however, I realized that it wouldn't take a whole lot more work to just release it as a pattern, so I took the plunge.  I already had all 5 sizes drafted and had calculated the yardage for each, so what was writing up some instructions and doing some charts and illustrations at that point?  I'm so glad that I went ahead with it.  It has been received with much love and that really means a lot to me.


To share the love I'm offering  a deep discount for the next week!  You can get both or just one of my patterns for 50% off.  I reduced the price to half price at Craftsy, and you can use coupon code: bfriday2014 at Etsy, DIY Crush and Big Cartel to get your copies at half off. If you decide to purchase and make something, I'd love to hear your comments at Etsy or at Crafsty and of course here on the blog. 

So... Until next time.... Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Zippy Keepers Pattern by FABulous Home Sewn

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to test this pattern for a friend of mine from one of my Facebook groups.  Fenna, of FABulous Home Sewn

The Zippy Keepers pattern is a great little pattern.  There are several options for each of two bag sizes. The center insert can be scrap pieced, gathered, evenly pleated, or improvisation-ally pleated.

I even took it a step further when I made my second bag and scrap pieced the main fabrics using my tiny scraps.  My friend Amanda would be proud. LOL.

This is a fun, easy sew. It's great for using up those small leftover pieces and would make really nice gifts for the upcoming Holiday season.

You can check out her post on Pattern Revolution today and even register for a chance to win a copy of the pattern.

Until next time,
Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Introducing the Gingersnap Dress and Tunic Pattern

I am so excited to be releasing my second pattern today!
Check out this post at Pattern Revolution today.  Today is the kickoff of the Aspiring Designers Series for November.  I am honored to be a part of this amazing event. Keep checking back every day for the next two weeks as there are plenty more pretty things to see and new patterns to be released.

You can register to win a copy of my new pattern at the Pattern Revolution blog today.  There will also be a big giveaway at the end of the series, so be sure to check back for that as well!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Guest Blogging for Jaime Johnson

Thanks to Lily AnnaBella, Faith and Kristie Mason Photography for the modeled photos

Today I'm excited to be guest blogging for Jaime Johnson!
I'm sharing a tutorial for adding ruffles to the front my Estherlyn's Jumper pattern. I invite  you to hop on over to Jaime's blog and check it out along with all the other great posts.
Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tester Call and Why I Have Been MIA

I apologize for having been a little MIA this past week.

For one I was sick and really just down for the count for a few days. I'm feeling much better now.

For another, I have been putting the finishing touches on another pattern which is ready for testing! YAY! I almost feel like a real designer or something, LOL.

The new pattern is for a dress that I am calling the Gingersnap Dress.  It is a simple, 3/4 sleeve kimono style dress with a single button closure in the back. It is great for color blocking, adding trims and personalizing with your own unique style. It is designed in sizes 2-6. Below are the line drawing and size chart. If you are interested in testing the pattern, please fill out the application. Testers will be chosen by Thursday evening, Oct 9. Testing will start on Friday, Oct. 10 and run through Wednesday, Oct. 15th.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mod Mondays - The Link Up

Welcome to the final week of the Mod Monday series.   This series has focused on my Shoulder Tie Dress pattern and simple modifications that can be made to truly make the pattern your own.   If you would like to see the previous weeks, you can click on the links below.  The links to the Shoulder Tie Dress pattern are in the sidebar on the right hand side.  

Now it's time to show off your creations!  Please link your blog post showing your creation!  I can't wait to see what ideas all of you have tried!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!