About a year ago I started a passion I had as a child, making something out of really nothing. I loved making little things on my sewing machine for my Barbie dolls. But then life happened and, well crafting was shelved. Not any more!
1. BRINGING BACK A PASSION IN A NEW WAY.
When I decided to bring back my creative passion, I wanted it to be fun, and different. I thought about sewing again but it’s really expensive and it’s hard to find unique patterns. I decided to up cycle what I had in my closet. Bingo!! Not wasteful, fun and creative. A win-win.
2. DECIDING HOW TO BE UNIQUE
I’ve always been a little “out there” in fashion and the quote “age is just a number” definitely applies. I loved working with leather, it shows strength and durability. It feels and smells so good too. The other medium I love is feathers, feathers represent a soft feeing of freedom. So that is what I did. I decided to up cycle my denim jackets, never really wear them but they are a staple in any woman’s wardrobe. I also have a collection of purses, and those I chose to add feathers and make them into works of wearable art.
3. HOW RENEWING THIS PASSION BECAME A SMALL BUSINESS
After making a few items and wearing them out to go shopping and a few events I noticed how often I was asked, where did you get your jacket or purse and my answer was always, wow! Do you have a card, I’d love something like that. Well last April I started Shop Embrace and it’s been so very exciting. My designs have been in magazines, on the runway and in many photo shoots. Definitely rewarding!!
4. ALWAYS TRY
I love the quote, “you never know until you try,” I’m so happy I did try my hand at creating. I’ve been doing Shop Embrace for a year now and have decided that it was one of the most amazing adventures in my life. I’m so happy I followed my heart.
5. THE NEXT CHAPTER
I decided after a year of creating, I decided I’m only going to do commissioned pieces. I will continue to create pieces for charity events, and creating works of art is definitely a stress reducer, it always good to know where to escape when you need a break.
I would love to hear what you have “put on the shelf” and would love to bring back, or for that matter, start new. Please share with me and we can even discuss how to get YOU started in a later blog post.