Wednesday, 18 March 2009

I want

That sounds a little petulant and self indulgent, does it not? Let me explain.

I want to be more creative. I want to work at a more creative level than I currently am.

There. It's out. Not much of a statement you say? But how often do you say 'I want...' in relation to yourself and actually follow through with it? Not just a 'I want a coffee' or 'I want to sleep in'... 'I want' in relation to something really big and bold.

What if I actually ventured outside my comfort zone and tried something completely different?

Don't get me wrong. I love sewing. I love sewing stock for my Silly Gilly store. I love fabric. I really enjoy seeing other creative people thrive and grow and get that crafty buzz.

But what are you getting at Gillian? Well, I'm a big believer that if you don't say it, it'll never happen.

So I started my more creative phase last night. I drafted a softie pattern from a sketch that has been on my pin board for months. And here's a snippet of what he looks like.



Ok, so it's a first draft and there's work to be done. But he has a gusset, which I'm mighty proud of, and I've discovered a new love for working with linen. And my daughter was over the moon when I told her that he was all hers.

So I feel like I need to take myself to the next level. I am going to be more creative and take more risks (insert heady little giggle here). Watch this space.

15 comments:

clare said...

Congratulations , go for it !
clares craftroom

tea and cake said...

Wonderful, Gilly! I think we have a duty to ourselves to continue, and develop and, well go off in different directions. Otherwise, we stand still and, while for some that is okay, for most of us it is not.
It sounds like a reaction to the fire tragedies, too. Such experiences tend to make us this of our own mortality, and gives us the kick up the b*m to get a move on with our lives.
Ooh, sorry, not too deep, I hope? This is going to be such fun for you!

tea and cake said...

... sorry, 'make us think ...'

Amy (badskirt) said...

I've got four sketches sitting about waiting to be tested. I find it hard to take the next step on them and wish I could get out of my comfort zone too!

Can't wait to see yours!

norma said...

ohhhh!!! can't wait to se the rest, that wee peek is very teasing but looking soo cute already.

CurlyPops said...

I say go for it! It's so much fun to just make things up in your head and then try to get them to work.

trashalou said...

yay Team Silly!

our shabby cottage said...

3 cheers for Gillian - go for it!

Cass said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with

rousabout studio said...

I too need to kick my own butt into making things that I have designed and the fear of putting myself out there is what scares me.. I too have lots of those type of 'I wants', so on that note, You should be proud of your step in a new direction..Now you can say 'I am'

Cathy said...

go for it Gilly. Your best critic is your little girl! She already loves him - you are nearly there!

running thread said...

We ARE watching this space.

I reckon forture favours the bold ... so go for it!!!
And your softy looks delightful .. so keep getting creative and brave.

Hoppo Bumpo said...

Good on you, Gilly. I really admire people who move out of their comfort zone, onwards and upwards. (I'd like to do the same!). I can't wait to see your gorgeous new softie ... the sneak peek already looks very cute.

Jenny said...

Good on you from me too! Looking good!

Linda said...

such an inspiring post Gillian!! your softie looks fabulous can't wait to see ALL of him!