Saturday, January 21, 2012

stitching saturday: just stitching along

plain white ribbon for hanging

Pretty much all of my Saturday was spent stitching and photographing for the Feeling Stitchy stitchalong post. Before that sounds too much like work, keep in mind that I wore the same leopard-print cuddly bathrobe and pajamas all day, whilst doing this. :)

Ok, putting together tutorials like this is a lot of work, but it's also strangely satisfying, too...

ribbon loops

Maybe it's because one of the things I like best about stitching is that "idea" phase when everything begins coming together. The planning, the brainstorming, then the process of making, these are the things I love best.

Then there's the after-parts - the comments, the emails, the encouraging words and lovely anecdotes about the things I'm working on and the things other people have made. To me, these things are priceless. Maybe that's one of the reasons I've never felt a draw to sell what I make, or put ads on the blogs I contribute to - it just doesn't appeal to me as much as what I already love, what I already do. Plenty of people sell and craft for profit and for their livelihood, and they have my immense respect, but it's not something I feel drawn to.

Mary Thomas Cover
photo courtesy of Barbara Turner

A person I dated for years once joked that I was the best at not making a penny from what I do. I remember feeling hurt and stupid, back then, but now I look back on that quote and see that it just describes who I am. There's nothing essentially bad or good about it - it's just that what motivates me in life is a bit different than what motivates others. Giving has made me happiest in life.

I want to say thank you to everyone who's followed this blog over the years, real friends, virtual friends, and all the real virtual friends, too. Your love and support have anchored me in the most difficult times in my life, and shown me what inspires me and who I want to be. Thank you! :)


Katie said...

What a sweet post! I can say, as a long-time reader, the inspiration you have given to me (and many others!) is so valuable. I completely agree - not everything has to end with a sale, sometimes the relationships you build are worth more! Thanks for doin' what you do!

Kat said...

I have to say thank you as well. You are extremely talented and creative. I really enjoy all of your posts.