Dreaming of...

Picnics! and Quilts!
(see more lovely photos like this one here.)

And sun-shiny outdoor adventures!

And all of those wonderful things that come along with Spring! Hooray Sunshine! You are magnificent today.


My manifesto so far...

*Photo Credit: Erica Parker (http://ericaparker.wordpress.com/)

Manifesto for Making

1. Love and live by the beauty in the details.

2. Making and baking go hand in hand.

3. Don’t seek out the moments or make excuses to take breaks; let them find you. It’s more fun that way.

4. Love what you do and do it well. “Your God-given purpose will always coincide with someone’s need. You will always be excellent at what you are truly passionate about. People are always willing to pay for what they need if it is truly excellent.”

5. Money isn’t everything. “The riches of personal fulfillment easily compensate for the lack of material reward when one is living a life of purpose.”

6. Never second-guess yourself or your work. But don’t settle for something when you are genuinely feeling unresolved.

7. Stretch your mind, heart, and hands through continuous learning. You never know what process(es) you might love next.

8. Surprise people with fun little handmade gifts.

9. Drink coffee. Out of cute mugs. Lots of times and lots of it.

10. Never stop collecting. Ideas. Images. Objects. Materials. You name it, take hold of them.

11. “Sewing is easy. Sewing is profitable. Sewing is Fun. Be Patient. Be Persistent. Keep Trying. Perseverance Pays.”

12. Embrace the past and the individuals that lived it. There is much to be learned from it. And from them.

13. Be quick to recognize the needs of others. Serve them. And don’t think twice about helping. This is what you were created for.

14. Find joy in every circumstance. In every broken needle. In every incorrectly sewn seam. There are lessons to be learned, and laughter to be found.

15. People (both creative and non-creative alike) understand and appreciate color and texture. Or at least want to. And if they don’t, make them. Use this to your advantage and combine them brilliantly!

16. When the creative process is flowing, don’t stop!

17. Make the things you want to make. Then find little ways to make them even better!

18. You don’t have to forsake the cuteness or the sweetness to find the toughness. Just the same, you don’t have to remove the toughness to hold on to the cuteness. It’s not necessarily about cuteness vs. toughness. It’s about cuteness and sweetness with adamancy.