Every year I come back from quilt market with 2 distinct emotions. On the one hand, I feel completely inspired, wanting to go home and create as much as I can. On the other hand, I feel completely humbled by people who are able to inspire the masses and be productive. While I’m putting out a pattern here and there they are writing patterns, writing books, designing fabrics, all while taking care of their children. Besides the obvious creative differences, another difference is people. I don’t have people. No Craft Apple staff. Wouldn’t that be nice to have people? I chatted with Darlene Zimmerman about having people. She was so encouraging. She told me about starting her business in 1992 and only this year has she started hiring a housekeeper. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
So while I don’t have people, per se, I am thrilled to have dependable test-sewers and a supportive husband. I’m so happy to have a sewing room – even if it needs a major cleaning – and a little buisiness to call my own. And I’m always excited to be able to talk to a small part of the craft world through this blog. Besides inspiring me creatively, those fabric heroes of ours have inspired me to work and to be focused.
Ready for some more inspiration? Anna Maria’s book, Handmade Beginnings (sorry, can’t find a link) due out in May:
And Sandi Henderson’s book Sewing Bits & Pieces due out in April.
Both are published by Wiley.
On a side note, do you remember the first few times you read craft blogs and noticed lots of pictures with people’s heads cut off? It used to seem weird, but after a while I got used to it. It seems that it has become a normal part of our culture. So normal that both of these books have pictures without heads. Funny. 🙂