Thursday, January 10, 2008

Craptastic pictures!

I sew almost every day.....and if there wasn't any sewing, I am sure there was knitting. I need to create. It is me. It keeps me sane. I used to write. I have journals full of poems and stories. Somehow, when I stopped being the tortured depressed soul that I was as a teenager my need (and truthfully, my talent) for writing vanished. Sometimes it makes me sad. I miss putting my thoughts down on paper and having them become beautiful creatures of their very own. I tried to recapture my affair with the written word, but it was never the same. So I left dejected, and somehow feeling like a part of me had died. It was my own creative "dark ages", no, that's not right. It was more of a rediscovery. That time was spent finding me. Amid that search, I found my soul mate, got married and had children. So I guess creativity wasn't gone, I was just creating lives. First my own, followed by my sweet children. It was so easy to become wrapped up in motherhood. What a rewarding thing to be wrapped up in! Still, part if me was trying break though. Then a little over a year ago I learned to knit. It was like something awoke in me. Something long forgotten. I got the same sort of emotional catharsis I had lost when I stopped writing. It was intoxicating, and I was addicted. Knitting gave me the courage to want to create again. So I started sewing. Knitting keeps me balanced, sewing is different. When I knit it is all about the process. The stitches, the yarn, the rhythm. Sewing, for me, is like knitting on speed. Instant gratification. Plus, I just love fabric. I tried to love scrapbooking, I really did. I did love buying the paper......that is where fabric comes in. All the patterns and colors and textures. I could happily get lost in a fabric store.....no a quilt shop. I could live surrounded by yummy yarn and stacks of fat quarters. They just make me happy. Why am I telling you all of this?? LOL Well, I was trying to figure out why I don't update my blog more. I am creating almost daily. I figured it out today. I take craptastic pictures. I will finish something I adore, and want to share it. I pull out my camera and get the most subpar results. It is so disheartening! I need to carve out the time to take a class or something. A New Year's resolution perhaps??

So, without further ado, I give to you my most recent quilt. It was a Christmas gift for the inlaws. I am really pleased with the quilt......the pictures I detest. The only one I have of the completed quilt is blurry, so I will also include some of the top prior to quilting. Maybe next time we visit I will get a picture that does it justice. I should finish another quilt (my parent's belated Christmas quilt) in the next day or so. I am hoping to get some decent pictures. There is always hope, right??







6 comments:

amandajean said...

the quilt is beautiful! I know about the challenge of photography where blogs are concerned...it is difficult, but hopefully it will get easier as you work at it.

Lisa said...

Wow, Nicole. This is amazing. You are truly a woman of many talents!

StakerSensations said...

that quilt would drive me nuts...how do you have the patience..oh man...i would end up pulling out all of my hair...you are amazing... Hey about the photography thing...go to twopeasinabucket.com and last week they started a free 12 week photography course for free...just for people like you ...and me...that blog and digital scrapbook...Go check it out. I am impressed and have learned alot already...you can still get the week one info...

davidandnatalie said...

The quilt is beautiful! I LOVE the one you made for my little girl! Thank you. You are so so talented!

MamatoLittleLouLou said...

Fabu I bow to your crafty goodness and brilliance!! And now I head to my basement in all my jealous rage!!

Stephanie said...

Very pretty!