The holidays and thinking about resolutions reminded me of something that happened several Christmases ago, and what I learned from it.
And so I made one with the freehand newspaper pattern I made that you see at the top. I used plaid fabric and I gave the monster a happy, non-threatening smile while still retaining its "monster" qualities. It was so darn cute I wanted to keep it for myself.
Well, I should have.
Christmas day came. My nephew opened the monster. He was noncommital about it---after all, he had a towering stack of plastic toys made in China to get to!! And I knew from the start that I couldn't compete with that.
What I didn't expect was the reaction from his mother. She was horrified and she didn't keep it a secret. Later, when she thought I wasn't looking, I saw her pick it up off the pile of presents, gave it a disgusted look and hurled it into the corner. Whether she was upset because it was a quirky monster or because it was hand made, or both, I'll never know.
I was just sick at heart. I lay all night in the guest bedroom thinking about whether or not I should creep out and steal the monster back. That sweet little monster is probably moldering in a landfill right now.
I let that one incident stifle me for about a year. I didn't sew at all or make any more monsters.
Then one day I was looking at a huge vintage 70s tie I had and something about it made me think, hey, I could fold it this way and make an owl!
And I did. I put some up in my Etsy store and I have sold all the ones that I have listed. (and one of my resolutions for the new year is: make time to make more!) Updated note: I have a bunch of these ready to list in my new shop, Moss and Root!
Somewhere during this time I also came across this book:
|Fitting In Is Overrated|
I'm not all that big on the self-help stuff but this book made an impression on me. The section on family is especially good.
I guess what I am trying to tell you is: sometimes people aren't going to appreciate your vision, sometimes they might even be mean to you, BUT GO ON ANYWAYS. Because it is your life and your vision. Don't let people with pre-conceived ideas and a lack of imagination dictate your progress. Don't let them stifle you. Because then it is really YOU stifling you. I let a whole year of sewing creativity be wasted because an unimaginative and unkind person didn't approve of my vision and I let that affect me.
Don't let that happen to you, dear viewers. Let yourself be yourself.