Such grand plans

1 Jul

I had such grand plans for sewing, today.

Alas, I fear the allure of my couch and sweet Earl Grey tea has somewhat overtaken my ambition.


I’m afraid sometimes–well, often, really–this blog serves mostly to highlight the gaps between my intentions, and my abilities to realize them. Intentions toward self-sufficiency, intentions to learn new skills, intentions to realize creative aspirations. Intentions to use up the fabrics in my stash, to learn good techniques and practices, to mend all the projects that are “one step away” from wearable. My intention to sew a pair of well-fitting pants. Intention to create a flattering blazer. To learn all the secrets of “well-fitting” and “flattering” where they apply to my body, my lifestyle.

So many intentions. So here I sit, drinking tea instead.

4 Responses to “Such grand plans”

  1. Angela July 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    I can really relate to this train of thought. 🙂
    I think for me it sometimes means my intentions are too big for my energy. I might be able to convince myself to do a teeny bit of work on something and feel good about it, but my brain can’t really engage in big learning sort of stuff. I’m getting better at just enjoying my tea or coffee and , maybe, if I must, following with a little something productive to make my day seem balanced, instead of feeling bad, which is what I used to do. I think perhaps our creative minds are just so much faster than our fingers, that we can think of projects a mile a minute, but it doesn’t always manifest into an actual physical project.

    • handmadejulie July 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

      Very nicely said. (I think that’s a common reason why people stash yarns/fabrics/etc. We have ideas, we make plans…faster than our fingers, indeed!)

  2. On the Lettuce Edge July 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    have you seen this poem about sewing and intentions by Emily Dickenson
    I recently discovered it and thought you might like it.

    • handmadejulie July 3, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      Oh…it’s perfect. Thank you for sharing, I think this is lovely for artists of all sorts.

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