Know The Value And Importance Of Just-For-Fun Projects

There are pros and cons to turning your creative passion into a career. The obvious advantage is that you can spend at least partially your working days doing something you love! The biggest scam I’ve experienced is that, over time, your worknlife can overtake your creative life. The thing that was once your greatest hobby may no longer be what helps you relax. Ask everyone who earns a living with creative work.

That is, two weeks ago I had a breakthrough that was really great and I wanted to share it with you!

My parents were in town, and my mom is the kind of person who never wants to leave the house, but who gets bored really easily. So we did a lot of projects. The day she arrived, she insisted that we clean and decorate our playroom (you can have a look HERE). The momentum to end this was so great that we just kept going!

I had this book that I had saved for a rainy day, so we decided to make hand-sewn dolls. The process was so fun and carefree. I haven’t done anything for a while that wasn’t for the Blog. I didn’t even know how much I missed it.

When we finished, I immediately started another project and another and another.

I realized that it was so worth doing things just for fun. It really inspired me!

I’ve always loved Jess Brown’s Designs, and when I realized she had a book called The Making of a Rag Doll: Design & Sew Modern Heirlooms, I immediately ordered it. There are templates included in the book.

When my nieces were in town, they were passion with the dolls I made with my mother and wanted to make them. Fair warning, it was certainly above your age level (you are seven and nine), so if you want to make dolls with younger children, be prepared to do most of the work yourself, or just choose a simpler model. They were having fun anyway!

The two dolls I made with my mother are now hanging in our child’s room and waiting for our daughter to arrive.
I am so happy to have rekindled my love of DIY, just for DIY! I hope if you need this type of project, this post will encourage you to look for yours. xx-Elsie