I’ve had this revelation a few times– my lesson # 3 is that I really like to make stuff for myself. This might sound obvious (or selfish), but when it comes to crafting, I tend to put others first. After making a small practice quilt to get the basics down, I gave away the next 9 quilts I made. Don’t get me wrong– I absolutely love giving away gifts, especially those I’ve made myself. But once in a while, I need to make something for me. (All of the photos in this post are of quilts I’ve made for others. Not one of them live with me anymore!)
I have had the opportunity to make a few commissioned quilts, and have been selling scarves I’ve made from recycled sweaters as well as a few other sewn goods at art galleries and craft shows. And I love doing all of that, but I have to remember to do it in moderation, because when I get overloaded with projects for everyone else, I sometimes forget that this is what I choose to do with my fun time!
I also have to admit– while I can’t imagine living without my Google Reader, and I absolutely love seeing what everyone else is working on, sometimes I feel like I can’t keep up with it all, and I have to give myself a pass. I choose to sew and to blog about it simply because I like to, and when I remember I get to choose what I want to make, when I want to make it, and whom I’m making it for, I am able to get back to the basics and I find I have more energy and inspiration for my projects. So here’s to making something for yourself from time to time!