24 October 2011

'Mending' a Relationship

Have you ever had one of those relationships with someone that you wish could be better? 
In fact you knew could be better. But maybe you weren't pulling your weight. 
A little lazy. Or unmotivated. Or afraid to even try to improve it?

I have one of those relationships.

No, it's not with an old friend. 
Not with a family member, a coworker, or even with an acquaintance. 
It's not with Lucy or Jordan.

It's with my sewing machine.

My grandmother gave me her old sewing machine when I moved into this house 3 and a half years ago. It's been sitting in my basement ever since.

I haven't used a sewing machine since high school. I think I was pretty good with it. It was during a home-ec type class and I made a skirt. Will I pick it right up again? Should I take a class and properly refresh myself?

There are so many projects and so many ideas I have running in the back of my head, but they all involve sewing. I've become the queen of finding no sew solutions to many of my DIY projects, but I'd like to expand my abilities. 
I was inspired a few weeks ago when I saw this display in Anthropologie:

I fell in love and it's my mission to replicate this in my house somewhere.
I have an idea of how I can (fairly) easily recreate this display, but it involves some sewing. 

So I'm vowing now to bust out my sewing machine (with the instructions of course), set it up and relearn how to use it.

Are there any old 'relationships' you've been meaning to mend lately?


  1. I really want to learn how to sew.

  2. oh Jess, you can totally do that project without sewing! Though I think you should learn how to use the sewing machine anyway... that or give it to me and I'll learn for you!

  3. but also, thanks for that picture... that gives me new ideas for my growing collection of mobiles! oh I need more babies around for all of these ideas

  4. Isn't it such a cool idea? You should go check it out next time you're at the mall. It's actually pretty huge in person.