I love to sew. Mom taught me when I was about 11 years old. Unbelievably, my first project was a pink swimsuit and I wore it! Since starting up again after a dry spell of about 15 years I’ve become addicted to finding beautiful fabric and hearing the whir of my sewing machine. After sewing 12 beautiful aprons – I’m branching out. Today I finished my first handbag.
What is so amazing about this is that handmade means I don’t have to worry about something I want and need coming from China!! I can imagine, even if I didn’t make it, that someone carefully selected the materials and worked in their own home until it was completed. Magnificent! Check out your local art gallery, boutique or farmer’s market and find a well made item that you want or need. Check out http://www.Etsy.com, for a regional, national and worldwide marketplace of handmade! This is one way to live green and boost a local economy.
Most people have something they like to create, even if they think they are not creative. They cook, garden, detail their vehicles, build things around the home, scrapbook, design playlists, etc., etc. A great pianist, Arthur Rubenstein said, “if you love life, life will love you.” Well, this wonderful impulse to create is natural and playful. Enjoy your life – make something out of nothing – or find someone who can and have them create a special thing just for you!