Thanks for taking this stop along the Sewing with Ti Thankful Sewing Blog Tour! Today I’d like to talk about the desire and ability to create. One of my favorite quotes says:
I think that a lot of us have a drive and a need to create something.
My brother studies piano and jazz at University of Northern Texas. He used to sit on the piano when we were kids and tinker with popular songs. These days, he performs for weddings, in concerts, and wows us with his renditions of hymns. He gives us lectures on jazz, composers, and understands music like a second language.
My husband shares his talent each time he makes us a meal. He comes from a family of wonderful cooks, Italians who love food and for whom a meal is much more than sustenance. A scientist by profession, he desires to understand the components with precision. But if you ask him how to duplicate one of his creations, he can’t because he doesn’t usually use recipes. It’s a science, and an art, and he’s an artist.
Over the last few years, I’ve had to make many changes to my diet. My husband did a bunch of research and learned to make bacon that I can eat. He buys a pork belly, cures it, smokes it in the barbeque, and then slices it up with the meat slicer. I package it into vacuum sealed bags, and then I have weeks worth of sugar-free bacon. What a guy!
And then there’s me: I’ve always loved sewing. It began at age 8. My mom taught me to make a gathered skirt in between teaching piano and wrestling my three little brothers. I had other interests growing up including piano, photography and gardening.
I majored in Landscape Design in college, but not without taking every sewing course available to me. About 10 years ago, I started experiencing health problems due to an autoimmune disease. Eventually, this meant I could no longer garden and a career in Landscape Design was no longer possible. I started this blog but I couldn’t sew much because of chronic pain and injuries. I dealt with infertility. It was devastating. I felt like I had lost a big part of myself.
Then, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Slowly, I began to improve. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! What a joy she has been in my life. I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Disease and began treatment. My pain decreased enough that I was able to really get back into sewing.
I still deal with pain and fatigue every day, but I have so much to be grateful for: my family, my faith, and sewing. I am so grateful to have a way to channel my desire, my need to create. I like Jessica’s motto because I definitely sew for sanity! Sewing gives me a positive place to channel my thoughts. It challenges my creativity and problem solving abilities.
If you’re a maker and a creator, keep doin’ your thing! Don’t do it to impress, do it to express yourself! Being creative will help you be happy by helping you be a more grateful person.
Thankful Sewing Blog Tour Schedule:
Nov 1st: Tenille’s Thread
Nov 2nd: Candace Ayala
Nov 3rd: Hazelnut Handmade
Nov 4th: Musing of a Seamstress
Nov 5th: Sewing Portfolios
Monday Nov 6th: mahlicadesigns
Nov 7th: Seams Sew Lo
Nov 8th: Margarita on the Ross
Nov 9th: Stitched by Jennie
Nov 10th: Sewing with D
Monday Nov 13th: 5 outof 4 Patterns
Nov 14th: Tales of a Southern Mom
Nov 15th: Hazelnut Handmade
Nov 16th: Octaves of Color
Nov 17th: Kainara Stitches
Nov 18th: Kutti Couture
Nov 19th: The Petite Sewist
Monday Nov 20th: My Heart will Sew On
Nov 21st: Needles to Say
Nov 22nd: Back 40 Life
Nov 23rd: Lovemade Handmade
Nov 24th: Sewing by Ti
Nov 25th: On Wednesdays We Sew
Nov 26th: Paisley Roots
Monday Nov 27th: Mermaid Mama Designs
Nov 28th: Sew Haute Blog
Nov 29th: Ma Moose Handmade
Nov 30th: Everything Your Mama Made & More
Our Thankful Sewing Bloggers are creating something special to share with you to celebrate this month of Thanksgivings! As an extra special surprise, we also have a couple giveaways during each week of the tour. Share your thanks with Petite Stitchery who has a new pattern to share with us, a free pattern giveaway from Sew by Pattern Pieces, and a chance to win a shop credit each week from Simply by Ti!
Petite Stitchery and Co Mama Adelyn Giveaway and Simply by Ti $20 shop credit