Thursday, April 02, 2009

Passions

I have three main interests I want to pursue right now:
1. Sewing
2. Gardening
3. Running

The first, sewing, is really exciting. It gets me so riled up and excited, dreaming up ideas, possibilities, projects... I love nothing more than the feeling of being inspired. It is exhilarating! Everything I look at I try to envision how I could make it. If it could be sewn, or hand-made in any way. I would love to make whenever possible, and resort to buying only when necessary. However I'm afraid I've become a bit impotent in this area. I have no real sewing skills, just my self-learned attempts at the craft. The problem I think is this; I have been noodling around trying to make all kids of things that I'm just figuring out on my own, without a pattern. I think I am relatively good at this, but I have yet to complete a project because I am constantly second-guessing myself and my creations. This becomes very frustrating and gives me a sort of paralyzation. Creative paralyzation, the worst kind. Aside from actual paralyzation, that is. I need a good success, a completed project, something to be proud of, to continue to inspire me instead of frustrate me. Also I am dealing with less than ideal materials. I wish I had the money to buy the supplies, both fabrics and notions and tools to make it a lot easier and satisfying. That and someone to really teach me to sew. Maybe I need to find a nice new, simple pattern and complete something to give me sewing confidence and cease my impotence. The worst kind of impotence, besides actual impotence that is. Ha.
I want fabric!!!!
Then there's gardening. I really want to learn more about this. I have no illusions about starting a real garden this year with a babe-in-arms, but I do want to start, and to start learning so next year I can really attack our yard. Again money comes into play. I know that you can do a lot without spending a lot of money, but it's sure a lot easier and sometimes more gratifying if you can just spend money. Instead of buying seeds for everything, buying some plants to get started. Our yard needs a lot of work, and I think I would really enjoy the work. I don't know anything though, so I am trying to self-educate myself, again. Timm's spring break starts on Monday and we have dubbed it landscape week since we never have time to do anything with his work schedule.
I want plants and a pretty yard!!!
And then running. I have always dreamed of being a runner, but assumed it as impossible. Just one of those things that was basically impossible. However I am learning to challenge that assumption and prove more to myself, to overcome one of the most difficult things I can dream up. I just got a new pair of shoes, to be featured in an upcoming post, and have merely completed day one of week one in my 8w eek program. Still, I yearn. If I prove to myself a certain degree of dedication or completion I am going to buy some running clothes, and eventually my own iPod. Music is absolutely key.
I want to run!!!

It keeping with these interests and my love for self-education, here are my most recent checkouts from the library: Bend the Rules Sewing, Stitched in Time, Covering Ground, and Complete Home Gardening. Any and all tips would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, and continuing to lose weight. Sewing, gardening, and running could all help with this endeavor by keeping my hands and feet busy. Plus, I can always use some more time on my butt with my sedentary interests.

9 comments:

Diana said...

You are just on a roll Jessie with how much you are getting done and planning on getting done.
I can't wait to see all the wonderful projects you are going to create.
You should ask Charlotte about that book she had about beginning running.

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michelle said...

"Creative paralyzation, the worst kind. Aside from actual paralyzation, that is." I love your wit.

Too bad running really isn't a possibility for me -- it could counteract all of my sedentary pursuits...

GCC said...

I am in the exact same boat about gardening, although I don't have an excuse to not start this year, other than being overwhelmed by the idea. I've rid myself of any delusions that I could ever be good at sewing, though. No doubts there. :)

Hannah said...

Sewing, gardening, and running...three things I enjoy! I hope you take the leap with sewing. Money is what is holding me back right now- I just want fabric!

The thing with gardening is, you can start small and add on year after year. Check out square foot gardening too. Oh- and planting seeds can feel like daily instant gratification. You start them earlier so you get the early benefit, and they change daily and give you such a sense of accomplishment and wonder. I highly recommend it. I will save my notes to pass along to you this summer for your garden next summer :)

I am excited that you are running! It has motivated me to get out there again and mix it up (on the days it doesn't freaking snow!)

shannon said...

Gardening is the only thing on your list that I do...

There is something so satisfying and healing about being outside in the garden nurturing plants...There's so much energy there...almost like being near the ocean...

Susan said...

I know I have told you that I taught myself to sew! I guess I did grow up with my mother sewing and maybe some of it sunk in!

You can do it. Linda knows how to sew, she used to sew for Sophie!! Get a few tips from her. You just need to learn a few terms and techniques, like "facing"! Go for it. But, I will tell you, that fabrics can be addicting and you will freak out at how much you will accumulate! You will buy fabrics just thinking of what you could do with them and they will get out of control. Do you rememmber the fabric ladder that Dad built for me to store mine on?! I finally gave it away after years of saving it. We made Grandma one too! We used to have our sewing days just like Michelle has creative Fridays.

I wish I had time for gardening too. I think it could be theraputic. And, there is so much beauty available in the south.

Running, not for me! I guess my legs are just too short...

I'm actually tired after reading this post.

Denise said...

I don't even really wish I wanted to run.

I really want to do something--ANYTHING--to beautify my heinous yard this year. I just don't know how and where to start. I need someone like Shannon or Hannah to be my teacher.

Fabric? My drug of choice.

kim said...

Ooooh, sewing! I just took it up a little more seriously about a year ago and although I'm still learning, I love it! (well, most of the time) I can't wait to see all the cute creations you'll come up with.

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