By Denise Patrick On May 28 2014, 9:00 am
I haven’t been writing much lately. It seems that I am just not creating like I was a couple of years ago. I’m still writing, but it seems to be coming slower and slower these days. So, what’s a gal to do? I don’t know what everyone else does, but I sew.
I have been sewing since my mother taught me when I was in elementary school. Of course, it did not make me a hit with my Junior High Home Economics teacher. I knew too many shortcuts and could not see why I had to do everything by the book? Needless to say, I only passed that class by the skin of my teeth.
Now, I mostly make things for other people. Babies, to be exact. Ever since my children were born, I’ve been making baby items and although they are long past that state (both in their 20s), I still love making gifts for new parents.
Last year there must have been something in the water in my office (actually, there is ALWAYS “something in the water” in Utah – we are the youngest state in the Union for a reason) because four coworkers got pregnant – one with twins! And, a number of wives of coworkers were pregnant. What do I do when that happens? I head for my sewing room and get to work. So, this past week I finished the third wall hanging for the coworkers (the one with twins already had one), and I’m working on baby bibs now for all the new babies.
When I’m finally done, I will emerge from the sewing cave with my creativity recharged and ready to write. Happens every time. There is something therapeutic in sewing for me. It’s calming and recharges my batteries. Of course, I also make clothes and machine embroider, but beyond embroidering baby bibs, I’ve mostly been sewing.
It’s been a nice break from writing for a while, but now I’m ready to get back to it and finish that last book in my current trilogy.