Preteen Playdate

Last Sunday when my son popped by for a minute with my grandkids in tow, my grandson said, “Grandma, can I come over next weekend and sew a wallet? I made a wallet for myself out of paper but it’s falling apart.” The most special thing to me about this exchange is that he didn’t say—to his mom or his dad or his grandma—”can you buy me a wallet?” He said, “I want to make a wallet.” Such an activity was within his realm of possibilities! In preparation, I started searching the internet and came upon Allisa Jacobs’ blog and … Continue reading

Gift + Gift = Treasure

Anytime I gift someone with one of my handcrafted treasures, I try to communicate to her that regifting is okay. I know not everyone has the same love or use as I for the things I make. And I project that theory onto gifts I receive. A gift can become a gift, in my world. If you’re mindful of that theory, you’ll understand how thrilled I was to receive my friend Marilyn’s Christmas gift to me. Marilyn is one of the most creative people I know. <Sidebar on> Let me give you a couple examples of Marilyn’s creativity and generosity: … Continue reading

Creativity Involves Taking Chances

Okay, creativity involves more than just taking chances. It involves learning. Lots of learning! I still am not finding time to get to my sewing room. I ran in there for 2 minutes yesterday while the dryer was running to mend a popped-out sleeve seam. But I’m not pulling out patterns and pinning them to fabric, and I’m not sure I’m going to find time to do that before the primary elections in early May. I did find time to create a website for my neighbor’s non-profit organization. But I’ve been having a hard time with enabling the comment function. … Continue reading

Creativity by Any Other Name

Anyone who loves to sew and create as much as I do will easily understand how frustrating it is to not have time to do so. And please don’t say to me, “Just make the time.” I can’t add hours onto the clock. Trust me, I’ve tried! I may have mentioned that I’m serving as campaign treasurer for Michele Lepore-Hagan in her bid for the Ohio House of Representatives. But there were other campaign tasks I was ideally suited to, so I took them on, too. I’m managing the content on her website and generally acting as her assistant. And … Continue reading