It’s a new year and it’s starting out to be a good one! Above is a recent project that I tackled (more on this later) that ties together what has been going on in my life these past few months.
Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump. It’s winter, it’s cold, it’s dreary. That never helps. But it’s more than that. I’m working more hours in my “day job” and I tire much more quickly than I used to. Oh yeah, and I’m pregnant with my first child!
As of today I am 16 weeks along and every day is an adventure as to how my life is changing and will be completely different from now on. I’m going to prenatal visits with a midwife, I listen to podcasts about pregnancy and babies (to learn about things such as birthing options, baby carriers, breast-feeding/pumping, etc.), I watch documentaries about the current situation most American women find themselves in when giving birth (Pregnant in America and The Business of Being Born are two of my favorites so far and are currently able to be streamed via Netflix), I follow along month by month with my used copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and I keep in touch with my good friend, Sarah, who is my pregnancy mentor, since she just gave birth to her first child three months ago (congratulations Sarah!). What a great source of support and knowledge! My husband and I are taking things one day at a time and trying not to stress out too much about the whole thing. So far, it seems to be working.
Now that the first trimester is over and I’m regaining some of my previously lost energy, I feel more motivated to make things again (besides just this baby). Motivation has been a real hinderance lately. Though I want to start creating again, I find myself feeling a bit blocked as to what I want to do. Do I continue making things almost exclusively with recycled materials? Do I continue seeking out shops to potentially sell the things I make, as well as keeping up with the shops I’m already in? Do I switch gears completely and just start making things for this baby? I think the answer is probably to do a combination of all of these things.
Sometimes it’s the hardest to just get started, especially after what feels like a long break. Taking things slow is probably a good way to start, which is how I came to make this crocheted baby dragon. But let me back up first, because before I could make anything, I had to get organized.
On January 1st we took down all of our Christmas decorations, clearing the slate for the new year. After that was done I was ready to do something that had really been getting me down; cleaning out my studio to make room for the baby. I realize we have plenty of time before the baby will be here but it felt good to find new homes for all my tools and supplies.
The long, low dresser filled with my most essential tools (scissors, glue, hammer, pliers, crochet hooks, knitting needles, fasteners, etc) found a perfect new home as a buffet in our dinning room, conveniently located next to our dinning room table, which is an excellent place to work. The vintage suit cases underneath store finished products and also double as displays during craft shows.
On the underutilized side of our living room, my work table found a new home right next to a small closet which previously housed little more than our vacuum (not too necessary with all hardwood floors). After moving the vacuum to the closet of the baby’s room, I had plenty of space for bigger essentials such as my sewing machines, irons, ironing board, sewing threads, and my most frequently used yarns.
My favorite feature of this storage space are the shelves that hang from the top to the door. We found these for only a dollar at a yard sale last summer! Now I can store and see all my little do dads such as buttons and beads. Love it!
Other, less used supplies, are now stored neatly in the attic and are still easily accessible.
I mention this because having an organized workspace is very important to many people’s creative process, including my own. Though I feel lucky that I had a whole room to use exclusively for my work for an entire year, it did pose a problem of its own; it was impossible for me to keep it organized! Now, with everything out in our living space, I am forced to clean up after my projects daily, since I am now unable to just shut the door and forget about it.
Now that I was organized I had to think of some things to make. I started by processing a bunch of plastic bags that people have been giving me into new plarn. Though it’s nice to have all those bags made into plarn and ready to be crocheted, I haven’t thought of what I want to make with them next yet. So the plarn is on hold for now.
Then I started to look at my yarn stash and see what I wanted to make with that. I couldn’t think of anything so I turned to Ravelry for some inspiration. That’s where I found this free Baby Snow Dragon Pattern. Originally, I had set out looking for something cute to make for my new baby. Since this little guy has safety eyes it’s not exactly baby material since I guess it could be a choking hazard. But it was the perfect application for my last bit of my green silk bamboo yarn, and since I haven’t done much amigurumi yet, it was a good exercise in the process.
More importantly, it got me making again, happy to be using up yarn in my stash, and excited about having a baby to make cute things for. And I guess that’s all that really matters right?
PS- Doesn’t this baby dragon look like it needs a hug?
PPS- Here are my baby bump pictures that where take every two weeks starting at 12 weeks and ending with a picture that was taken today.
This post has just been added to Made By You Mondays over on Skip to my Lou!