Well, you know this of course. I go on about it a fair bit. But I do love it. Sewing. And writing. I often think, if I could only find a wealthy benefactor who would pay me a living wage just to stay at home sewing and writing all day, then sublime contentment and happiness would be mine indeed.
However, bills must be paid and tutoring fulfils that need. And I am still writing articles and proof reading for the magazine for whom I remain a house editor, so I am earning at least a little from writing. But oh! To sew and to write and not have to fret about an income!
Anyway, following on from my unravelled Saturday, I spent a lovely yesterday planning my project for embroidery class based on the topic 'The Hedgerow.' I read a lot about hedgerows. I learned a lot. And two ideas formed as the research sunk in and I attempted some very naiive sketches because artist I ain't. And these are they...
1) A variety of hedgerow leaves in various sizes, shapes and shades of green and brown to be variously embroidered and wired and/ or appliquéd to a background fabric, then in the middle, the focus of a bird's nest (I am thinking blackbird only because there is a Mr Blackbird arrived in the back garden and making a right old racket of a morning in the apple tree) made from small slips to resemble moss and twiggy stuff, and in the middle of it all a clutch of eggs - vibrant of colour and in a shiny satin stitch...
2) a free standing fabric jam jar of blackberry jam(I can see it in my mind's eye - I'm sure I'll find a way of making it happen somehow!) resting on a garland of bramble leaves(embroidered and wired), blackberry flowers(soft silk with wired and beaded stamens) and blackberries (all beaded) in various stages of ripeness from new green through to ruby red to burgundy to indigo-black.
In my head I feel Option 1 is the safe option. And in my heart I know that when I show the ever-patient Angela (our lovely tutor) Option 2 she is likely to have an inner pink fit but she will not show it because she knows that I kind of tend to go my own way. But she will use her invisible guiding hand to make sure I don't get too ambitious or too in over my head, because she will make subtle suggestions which I will think are brilliant and therefore she will navigate me through the course like she has the previous two!
I can't wait for Saturday!!
And I'm continuing to edit 'Night Owls.' It's funny when you edit a substantial piece of writing and you've forgotten half of what you've written, and you have moments of thinking, 'Did I actually write this?' It's proving an enjoyable process.
And I guess that what I am saying is that it doesn't really matter if you don't earn financial gain from what you love doing, because just doing it is reward enough.