I come from women who made things.
My mom grew up during the depression; their family was large and money was non existent at times. It created a creative culture out of necessity.
I grew up at the feet of these women. Lots of time was spent under quilts in the living room. I knew how to set up a quilt on the frames when I was young. They quilted, sewed, crocheted, canned, cooked, baked and made simple beauty in their homes using their own creations. There truly is no better night’s sleep than under a handmade quilt. My mom would hand me her button box and a scrap of material and I would sew on buttons while she sewed; those times were the beginnings of my own creativity. I’ve talked before about canning with her, I was a champion cherry pitter! Seriously!
When I got pregnant with my girl, my nesting gene kicked in BIG, the first things I made were sweet little quilts, hand painted onesies, and cross stitched photo album covers. My big sister taught me how to cross stitch and that turned into a love of mine. I don’t sit still well, stitching became something I could do while sitting on the couch with the man watching tv.
When he and I got married we were the OG Diyers. Long before Joanna and Chip, we were redoing, repainting, and being creative to make our little living spaces our own. We have been a part of craft shows from Washington State (Farm Chicks) to St. George, Utah (Dickens Festival). The man has dressed up like a Dickens era character…true story…and we have sold hundreds of hand stitched pictures in hand made frames. We did that for years. Mady & I stitched and Dave made frames.
Are you wondering why I am telling you this? I LOVE teaching, which shocks me to no end because I didn’t think that was in my skill set. But I also LOVE creating and haven’t been concentrating on that for years. I feel like there is a big part of me that isn’t being fed. I have been dealing with some heavy stuff and my husband gently told me maybe it was time to brush off my creative talents and concentrate on actually using the cabin to make things. Maybe that would bring me some much needed peace. Here’s the problem with that…I also need to be able to bring in an income. The thought that I keep having over and over is that I can create beautiful things and also help with our budget. I believe strongly that the things that tug on my heart and fill my head need to be listened to and making things again has been tugging away for quite some time. I have had some ideas for handmade wares over the last year that I really want to bring to fruition and offer to you all. Things that come from my wild heart. That is what my business model is, using that creative wild heart that we all were in touch with when we were young. I still want to teach, but for now I am going to set that aside for a bit to concentrate on creating. I hope you will join me throughout this process and at the end be able to own a little piece of Find Your Wild Heart for yourselves.