Crocheting and hand stitching has started back up on this pink monster. It’s been a while. I want to finish her, so I can get started on tweaking the crochet pattern for the shop. She’s pretty sweet. Being a fan
Seriously. What are the last few items that you have crocheted for yourself? I used to be really bad at this, but a little motivation to change goes a long way. I crocheted the last Monster Puppet for myself, my upcoming Not a Shawl Shawlette, and the Jackalackackie Hat. I wear the shawlette and hat all the time. Winter soccer practice has been at this creepy (like ax murderer creepy) park, where we have to walk up a giant road to the building with no heat. They have come in handy in keeping me warm.
So many attacks on women’s healthcare availability and rights… For real? Women’s rights are human rights, no? I’ve had enough. I’m standing up for women’s healthcare rights. Healthcare for women should be personal, private, safe, and affordable. Women are human beings, the same as men. I’m baffled how my choices regarding my body, affect anyone in this country… probably because my choices don’t affect anyone aside from myself… and maybe Hubs. (We’re a team, and he’s informed… but ultimately it’s my body. Also he’s cool as hell when it comes to women’s issues.) This goes for any other woman.
This is not an election post. A fissure has formed, and it’s bursting at the seams with our unhappiness. We are redirecting that unhappiness to places where it doesn’t belong, and we are normalizing things that should never be normal. It’s frightening, but this was always there. It just took an election to bring the misery to a head. We have to deal with it.
Sometimes being an artist can be amazing. Those are the times to hold tight to your heart. You create because you have to do it. It’s love. It’s something that has to come out. Your art makes you a whole person. This is not a post for those times as an artist. This is a post for when you (I) need a pick me up as an artist. A pep talk, if you will.
Running a creative business is awesome. It’s also terrible. What? Yes. It’s terrible. Let me explain. It turns out the non creative parts of running a creative business, such as blogging on a schedule, marketing, photographs, listings, edits, advertising, social media, etc, etc, etc… is a giant time suck from the creative part of running your creative business. Pressure mounts, because everything has to be done. It’s difficult to watch your artistic time cut, regardless of why it’s being cut. That’s the terrible part.
Some days I feel like I don’t have time to sit down and actually crochet. Exhaustion and 9 pm will roll around, leaving me to wonder why I didn’t get any hook time yet that day. It’s a little frustrating, seeing that crochet is my jam. Life is so busy during the day. There’s running around in the evening, the phone’s ringing off the hook (do they do that anymore?), and why is food shopping need to be done so often? There’s dinners to cook, kids to shuttle around, and homework to check… plus whatever else is competing for your attention. I think it’s amazing that I have time to crochet at all.
I’ve been doing this crochet online thing for oh so many years. Between that and the craft/art shows, I’ve noticed that crochet really has a way to make people react. I’ve seen beautiful crochet, functional crochet, hideous crochet, crochet that makes you ponder the meaning of life, and everything in between. It gets an emotion out of me. Every time. Crochet is everywhere, and people are cranking out those stitches. I think it’s a beautiful thing that really does affect people, whether good or bad.
I freaked out a little yesterday. I took my grand (and organized) plan for the year and realized it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing. It was close, but there were bits missing. There was no way I was going to follow through and be happy with what I had planned. Yup. Everything I’ve been planning and working on for the year is pretty much changing somehow. Apparently I was overthinking everything and creating stress by way of some crazy strict schedules that I set for myself. Yeah, no.