Thursday, May 27, 2010

Happiness is....



....the house smelling of baking bread....

....a fresh blade on my x-acto knife....

....talking to my family on skype....

....naps and time-to-work coordinating perfectly....

....a new print coming out in a way I didn't expect....

Of course, there are so many other things that make me happy, but these particular things are the ones I've been lucky enough to experience today. 

Last night, I had a heap of work to get done to prepare for my next My Baby and Me collection.  I dutifully cut a few designs and did some sketches.  But then, I just didn't feel like working any longer.  I felt like messing about, trying out new designs without worrying too much about whether they were actually usable.  I tried to resist self-editing and allowed myself the indulgence of an hour of "wasted" time if it came to that.  I found that I was cutting a lot of symbols that represented the beauty of the natural world and I came to imagine that they were a "welcome to the world" message for a very new baby.  All the things a new person has to look forward to seeing and experiencing....


I'll be honest, the cutting and individual painting for this piece took me ages.   Definitely a few solid hours.  But I'm happy with the result and I love to think that a special new baby will wear this one-of-a-kind design during his or her first months on the outside.  Perhaps I'll continue to do these in some sort of customizable way?    I can see a whole range of colors and imagery working.  It's exciting to what comes out if I just relax my expectations a bit!  I'll update my Felt shop over the weekend and include this new "Welcome to the World, Little One" sleeping gown.


(Doesn't it look cool this way?  Just experimenting with my camera, trying to figure out what all of the different settings do and how to take better photos.   Still have so much to learn.)

** By the way.... Just two days left to submit a comment for the Seedling Clothing giveaway.  I'll draw a winner Sunday, May 30th around noon.  Good luck everyone!

6 comments:

Chavah said...

It's great to not censor yourself and let your creativity flow. It's rather freeing, sounds like you had a great time; just being :)

Christine said...

Such an awesome design! and the picture looks great :)

Maura said...

This turned out beautifully! It reminds me of a Matisse design, always have loved that art style. Your experimentation definitely paid off. So fun to follow your adventures here!

Mel @ Wildflower said...

Really love this design (and the story behind it :) )

Seedling said...

Thank you all for the encouragement! Sometimes I feel that I have to be maximally productive because I have so little child-free time to work, but it was really nice to let go of that for en evening and see what came out. Good to remember that positive things can happen if I just relax a bit!

Cindy said...

It is a good idea to know about this by taking pictures. I would be glad to know how to take pictures. I wish I can have the DLSR camera. I think is is quite expensive but I will save for it.

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