the power of love

The Power of Love – post #1


What do I love about me? My ability to create.

I have always been one to look at an object and automatically start to think about how it was made, and how I can re-create it.

I started my creating journey with the help of my Great Grandma and her patience to teach me. Every summer I would travel to down to California and she would teach me to embroider, crochet and hand sew. I loved it! I always went back home with so many ideas and projects that I had no clue where to start – I was overjoyed at my new talent!

My elementary school teacher new the importance of basic living and also taught sewing frequently. I made my first pillow when I was in 2nd grade and helped embroider quilt blocks when I was in 4th grade. I thought it was so fun and better yet; I was getting graded on it! Of course I aced them 😉

In high school I went “hippy” and started making my own clothing. If you are into the Phish scene then you will know exactly what I am talking about: hand made patchwork clothing.

(These are not my photos, but might as well have been! I borrowed them from Etsy)

I developed a passion and  love for creating during my high school years. I cherished my sewing machine and was always sewing! Screw parties, I had clothes to make!

Even though I had a solid start to sewing basics, I self taught myself how to create and sew. I never picked up a pattern, took classes or asked for help. I did have a few sewing books for reference but it was all trial and error. The best way for me to learn is to do it, and keep perfecting it!

After I grew out of my “hippie” stage I started looking at the world of quilting. Quilting is so much different than sewing clothes! You have the be exact and precise or the entire creation will be wrong.

I couldn’t stand it! I hated all of the measuring, the cutting, the worry… but I stuck with it and started to LOVE it!

I have now created my own patterns for quilting that are made just for me and my brain. I have hard time understanding patterns for some reason… it has always been easier for me to look at a picture, deconstruct it in my head and write down my own interpretation. Sometimes it works and sometimes its a huge failure – only another reason to try again!

I must always be creating in my life. I do go without for periods of time but eventually I start to crave it.

But it goes beyond sewing: I love all kinds of art.

I love to oil paint, yet haven’t done it in years. Draw, scrapbook, knit, crochet, embroider, jewelry, journal, poetry, acting/drama. I have always been drawn to visually stimulating environments and events.

It will always be a part of me and I am so proud of my ability’s.

Here are some of my creations:

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Now I sew for me, Jordan, family… and I do have an small online store. I would love to be paid to sew! I have always gravitated toward children’s items – even before J came along.

It’s a healthy hobby for me as it allows me to BE ME at all times. I feel more like myself than at any other time – needle and thread in hand.

Show yourself some love today and be proud of your abilities!


12 thoughts on “The Power of Love – post #1

  1. Super super cute! Before I went back to work full-time I could scrapbook and quilt – now my craft room is gathering dust and needs to be turned into a clothes closet!

  2. Girl, you MUST know this touches my heart! look at all your beautiful creations! I can't sew to save my life but yarn, I'm okay. I love painting, sketching, and just about anything else creative. Thanks so much for sharing!( I have made a few quilts that are always being used as couch blankets)I am proud of those!xoxo

  3. Great post! I love how creativity lets human beings express ourselves in the earth and how it can act as a bridge between language or poverty barriers. :)Similarly, I think food is another thing we can "create" and depending on how much love we put into it, it can truly be a blessing…and with that I must add that your tofu scramble looks AMAZING and I must eat it *nom nom nom nom*

  4. Haha. Ohhhh, the hippie phase. I went through a big one myself. It's both embarrassing and hilarious looking at mementos from that period of my post-adolescent naivety. I'm with you on creating though. Creating something beautiful and positive each day creates a great ripple effect for the world at large, I think. (Hmmm, perhaps there is still quite a bit of hippie left in me after all.)Quilting blow my mind. Every quilter I've ever met has been incredibly innovative and resourceful with their projects.

  5. I am amazed at how talented you are! I can barely sew a button on so I am very envious of your talents! Do you sell your creations?Great post!

  6. This is such a positive, inspirational post about loving your talents and yourself. We should all focus on the things that we enjoy and are good at instead of the unimportant things that we tend to harp on in day to day life. There's so many better ways to spend your time, make the most of it! :)Jenn

  7. Wow Tasha, you are so talented! When I sew, I break needles, sew it together in places it's NOT supposed to be {!},basically it looks all jacked up… and don't get me started on doing things without patterns! That is amazing!

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