Lately my sewing mojo has been a bit off. Creativity is still pouring out of me, just not necessarily at the sewing machine. I have been enjoying making jewelry, doing various DIYs around the house, crafting with my kids, cooking, and am even considering picking up my old paint set and working with acrylics again. I have been wanting to do things to glorify God, and have been working on a lot of inspirational projects which I have yet to share as I am still trying to decide on the platform on which to do so.
I’ve been debating whether or not I should give Craft Fairs another go, start a new website shop that sells these I AM projects, or keep it simple with an Etsy shop or Instagram feed. I honestly truly don’t know, and it has taken many months to learn that it is OK to slow down. I know that may sound silly to some, but as a general ‘do-er’ I tend to GO like the energizer bunny. I started to follow my old routine of jumping in head first, but came across so many roadblocks it wasn’t even funny. I made impulse purchase decisions that set me back financially, and continued to try to push things through in my own strength. It wasn’t until I slowed down that I realized I needed to simply BE. That things would be so much better if I let them happen in God’s timing.
So while I am still working, I am taking the time needed to just be. Be a better Mom, be a better wife, be a better seamstress, and be a better listener to what God has in store for my life. It has been a hard lesson for me, this lesson of slowing down, but I am ready to get focused. And in order to do that, I need to know what specific path I should be on. I don’t need to take every path, just the path meant for me. As a person that comes up with new ideas every day, that is where it gets tough. I want to do everything, but I just simply can’t. Not anymore. Not with any worth.
Embroidery thread rope necklace
I found this necklace tutorial and simply had to make it, or at least my version of it. It was the perfect project to do in front of the TV with the kids as we watched a movie together. I was able to be with them, yet still work with my hands. I love the end result, and wore it to a conference this past weekend and got loads of compliments. I am considering making them for sale, but worried about the end cost of what a necklace like this should be as it does take 3 – 4 hours to complete. What do you think? What would you pay for a necklace like this? Would you even buy it if you saw it? (Considering you can totally make it yourself if you want to instead – ha!)
MAKE THIS NECKLACE: Rope necklace DIY HERE
ALTERATIONS: I added olive wood beads handmade in Bethlehem around the neckline, as well as a wooden cross also made in Bethlehem. Furthermore, after doing one necklace that followed the instructions for the necklace closure – I decided to get rid of all that nonsense (cord ends, eye pins, jump rings, lobster clasp, jewelry chain closure). I can simply slip this necklace around my neck – no need for all that extra work. I couldn’t be happier with the end result, and want to make like a million more of them. I already have the two color ways Brit & Co. used, but now want to come up with my own.
Let me know what you think!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…
Happy sewing 🙂