What inspires you? Since becoming a mommy, God has cultivated a creative side that I had since forgotten about. When I was very young, I loved to draw and paint. When I turned 13, I bought my very first sewing machine from a yard sale. I paid to have it serviced and used it for about a year. Then I found out about sports. Then I found out about boys. Oh, brother. I took a random class here and there- painting, watercoloring, dancing. When Beau and I were dating, we enjoyed taking a pottery class together. I have the best memories of throwing a very ugly coffee mug and then going out onto campus to play frisbee with my beloved for hours.
So Beau inspires me. I have to admit, one of the aims I have in anything creative is to get a head pat from my husband, a "Wow, that's really nice!". He is very sweet to encourage me, allowing me a creative budget even when finances are tight. That in itself is inspiring.
But becoming a mom left me with more initial free time and a desire to do something that I saw as productive- as in, finishing a project that stayed finished. It started with sewing and now I get to try all kinds of projects. Sewing is definitely my first love, though.
And that is why I want to make this dress here! I saw it for the first time today on Strawberry Patches' blog. Suzanne is at Quilt Market and was able to give her readers a sneak peek at what is going to be new in the Patch. I get much inspiration from her store.
I love looking through other mommy blogs, especially the crafty ones. Reading blogs on frugality and childrearing make me feel a bit anxious, but when the blog entries are peppered with whimsical projects, I enjoy reading them so much more.
I can't wait to see what awaits me at Strawberrry Patches in the coming weeks!