There’s no doubt that I’m a selfish seamstress. Nowadays, sewing is only my hobby and one of my goals this year is to make all of my own clothes and not buy any. I lose interest in sewing when I’m not making what I want, when I want, and get really stressed out when sewing for others, which is why I decided not to pursue making wedding gowns. And home sewing? Well, I think you guys know how I feel about that!
I try to keep this blog about sewing only, but I thought I would share a project I’ve decided to try my spiritual life, and I thought maybe some of you readers might like to join in. I’m a practicing Catholic. Sometimes I practice my Catholicism better than others and sometimes I get really lazy about it. I’m trying to be better.
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of forty days of Lent which ends at Easter. I made my obligatory fast and wondered about what things I could do more and what things I could give up this season to make this lent more meaningful. A small sacrifice…..
I could give up sugar and grains! I was planning on doing that anyway, and truth be told, that is for my own vanity anyway, since I want to lose a few pounds I put on this winter. I could go to mass more often. Yes, I will do that. I could fast from social media. I do plan on spending less time on it, but I’d rather be sewing than reading Facebook or looking at Instagram. That’s not such a sacrifice, to be honest. I could give more to Food For The Poor, my chosen charity. Yes, that’s on the list, too.
But how could I approach Lent with regards to my sewing? I thought about giving up all sewing and blogging. But instead, I decided to sew all the things for my home and family that I’ve been meaning to do, but have been too involved with my own fun sewing projects to finish. My husband has been asking me for months to make some curtains for the living room. The heating bill is higher than it should be, and we would save money if we had drapes downstairs since the windows are single paned and drafty. A few weeks ago, I went to downtown LA and bought all of my supplies. Did I start on the curtains? Well….no. There are eight windows so this may take awhile.
This antique bed in the corner of my sewing garage is out of control. I meant to make a pretty linen mattress cover and some linen Euro shams. But somehow I threw an old vintage sheet on it instead, and it’s a spot where I put all my fabrics that I’m thinking of making something with. I’m a messy person by nature, and this really doesn’t bother me, believe it or not! But my husband is very tidy , so fixing this up will be something nice to do for him. I will try to keep my sewing garage more tidy for him.
And lastly, I need to make some spring and Easter dresses for the girls. I like kids sewing, so it’s not such a chore, but I don’t like it as much as I like sewing for ME!
So hopefully I will get these projects done. Would you like to join me? I will be using the hashtag #sewingforlent on Instagram. Maybe we can sew all those things that our homes and families need , but that we don’t want to do, together! An unselfish sewing support group!
You don’t need to be a Catholic, either. Springtime is a time of renewal for all of us, and this theme ties in perfectly with spring cleaning and all those other things we do when the long winter is ending.
I hope to see you on Instagram. You can find me @sewcountrychick.